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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Daughter of Highland Hall Review!!!

The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

Book Description:
The Daughter of Highland Hall || Book 2, Edwardian Brides (Waterbrook Multnomah, October 2014)

What if the title, the estate, the life of security and splendor . . . what if it isn't enough?
Strong-willed and beautiful, debutante Katherine Ramsey feels ready to take the London social season by storm, and she must. Her family estate, Highland Hall, has been passed to older male cousin Sir William Ramsey, and her only means of securing her future is to make a strong debut and find a proper husband. With her all-knowing and meddling aunt as a guide, Katherine is certain to attract suitors at the lavish gatherings, sparkling with Great Britain's elite.
When a shocking family scandal sidelines Katherine, forcing her out of the social spotlight, she keeps a low profile, volunteering with the poor in London's East End. Here Katherine feels free from her predictable future, and even more so as a friendship with medical student Jonathan Foster deepens and her faith in God grows. But when Katherine is courted anew by a man of wealth and position, dreams of the life she always thought she wanted surface again. 
Torn between tradition and the stirrings in her heart 
for a different path, she must decide whom she can 
trust and love---and if she will choose a life serving 
others over one where she is served.

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About the author: 

Carrie Turansky is an award-winning author of more than a dozen novels and novellas. She has written contemporary and historical romances, women's fiction, short stories, articles, and devotionals. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Scott, and they have five adult children and four grandchildren.

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My Opinion:
Torn once again.  I ran out of time to read the first of this series so I jumped right into the second so I could meet my deadline.  I found it to be a nice stand alone, but I do want to go back and "get to know" the characters better in the first book.  Anyway, there were definite feelings of Downton Abbey for me, but I loved this better because it holds truer with Christianity at the fore front.  That was actually my favorite part of this book the faith of the characters and how they express their relationship with Jesus.  The messages and lessons are fabulous and expressed beautifully, and I really enjoyed the growth of the characters!  It was hard for me to get into this one though because I personally felt the pace was a bit sluggish and there were times my mind wandered.  There were also times I felt something was missing, but I can't quite put my finger on what.  I felt the pace would pick up every now and then, from the middle of the book on with GREAT scenes that held suspense, intrigue, or the character triumphing, that helped make it interesting (some of my favorite scenes are in the last few chapters, but then it'd fall into another lull).  There are so many different things going on at once.  I really began to love the female lead Kate as she grows and becomes less self centered and more service centered.  And I do LOVE how Carrie writes prayers from he characters!  I also love the relationship between Jon and his sister Julia.  I'm not really sure what would have made me enjoy this read more except maybe if the pace was a little faster.  Overall the plot is interesting with side stories of intrigue and the characters are nice.  I am looking forward to seeing what The Refuge at Highland Hall will be about; the title has grabbed my interest, especially since I think I have an idea on who the lead might be. ;)  I think in the end I would recommend this book because of the great Faith base. 

Songs: "God Gave Me You" by Dave Barnes and "Write Your Story" by Francesca Battistelli
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

Matthew 6:33


*I requested and received this book as a member of Litfuse for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about The Daughter of Highland Hall. ~ASC

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