Friday, October 31, 2014

The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

About the Book
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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My Thoughts
Due to the busyness of my life recently I had to read all but seventy pages of this book in one sitting but this book was so good that I really didn't mind! As I've mentioned in other reviews, regency isn't always my cup of tea but I've found myself thoroughly enjoying both of this author's novels.
Katherine was a bit of a spoiled brat in the first book of this series which just made her transformation in this book all the more rewarding! I loved how she learned to switch her focus from herself and her social status to the plight of those around her. It was so cool to watch as she found such joy in helping those less fortunate that her!
And Jon was just an amazing hero! I loved how selfless he was, his genuine faith, and his care for everyone. I pretty much loved everything about him, especially that fact that he was willing to sacrifice his own happiness for the happiness of those he cared about, yet he was also brave enough to follow God's guiding in his life.
I loved getting to catch up with the characters from book one especially Kate and Jon's families. Katherine's aunt was definitely my least favorite character but we weren't supposed to like her so that's okay!
In short I immensely enjoyed this story and I'm looking forward to what is coming next from this talented author!

Meet the Author
CARRIE TURANSKY is an award-winning author of more than a dozen novels and novellas. She has been the winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award, and a finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award and the ACFW Carol Awards and Genesis Contest. 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.
Find Carrie online: website, Facebook, Twitter

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


Rissi said...

I feel you about not having the time to read, Abbi. Sometimes we do have to rush to meet those deadlines - glad you didn't mind with this one because it was so good. :)

Abbi Hart said...

Rissi-Yeah life has been so crazy that I just haven't had any reading time at all!

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