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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 isStrong-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 Britian'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 of serving others over one where she is served....

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The Daughter of Highland Hall Reviews

  • Carrie Turansky
    2018-08-11 17:04

    Hi Friends, I'm very excited to share this second book in the Edwardian Brides Series with you! I hope you'll enjoy traveling to London with Kate and her family as she makes her debut into society and tries to decide who she wants to marry and what path she will take in her life. Researching debutantes court presentations was a fun part of planning this story. I enjoyed imagining what it would be like to go to the palace and curtsy before the king ad queen of England. I'm working on Book 3 now, A Refuge at Highland Hall, and it will release in October 2015. Happy Reading!

  • Susie
    2018-08-09 15:04

    "We met in May; he proposed in July; we were married in December." (Jon's grandmother shared the story of when she married his grandfather.) Whirlwind romance? Apparently this kind of story wasn't uncommon in Edwardian England among the social elite. Carrie Turanksy's "The Daughter of Highland Hall" gives readers a wonderful inside look at the Social Season in London, where the goal in the spring was for a young lady (17 or 18 yrs old) to have a proposal by the end of the summer -- from a young man she had yet to meet! Katherine Ramsey's aunt is absolutely dedicated to seeing her sister's daughter engaged -- to a proper young man, from the right family, with a good prospect of inheriting a sizable fortune and a title. The maids at Ramsey House think Katherine will attract someone "Tall, with blond hair and blue eyes and plenty o' muscles to fill out that suit of his." But he aunt believes that if the best prospect happens to be a "rude, puffy-faced young man" who had "crooked teeth, bad breath, and was completely lacking in conversational skills", a young lady should just focus her thoughts on the wealth and status that would be hers if a proposal came her way. Proud, self-centered, determined Katherine (Kate) is fully on board with her aunt's plan in April, but she slowly comes to question it. What of a man's character? What of leading a life with meaning? What about love? When Katherine speaks of God, she mentions having been baptized and attending church with her family -- but she'd never thought of actually having a relationship with God! As she watches Jon and his sister, Julia (her former governess, soon to marry her uncle), she is drawn to wonder if she is meant to have a fuller, more dependent relationship with God. She finds herself reading the Bible and wondering if all those stories from so long ago really had meaning for people living today!Meanwhile, Jon is finishing his medical training and looking at returning to India to continue the medical missionary work his father begun. He is also drawn to helping at a free clinic in London's East End, where there is so much misery. Whether he returns to India or chooses to serve in the East End, he will need a wife who not only loves him but is equally devoted to serving God and the people in need. Carrie's story is full of delightful details about the homes, the fashions, and the customs of Edwardian England. This book not only looks at the rich and powerful, but weaves in the lives of the servants and those in the middle class -- who neither fit in with the "upstairs family" nor the "downstairs staff". I thoroughly enjoyed "The Governess of Highland Hall" (book 1), "The Daughter of Highland Hall" (book 2) and will look forward to book 3 in this series, "A Refuge at Highland Hall" (to be released in October 2015). While each stands alone, it's even more fun to read them all! Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

  • Amber Schamel
    2018-08-13 14:40

    I listened to the audiobook version and it was fantastic. I really enjoyed Carrie's style of storytelling, and the plot moved along nicely. There were enough subplots to keep the story interesting even through Kate's waiting and apprehension. The thing I appreciated most about the story was the strong theme that physical and emotional attraction are not enough for a strong, healthy (not to mention Christian) marriage. To have things in common isn't enough either. There must be a mutual foundation of faith, and a mutual vision for the future. I really appreciated that.I'll admit that Kate's character is not my favorite in the series. I wish Carrie would have spent a little more time developing Kate's spiritual journey and given us a glimpse into a more solid commitment to Christ since that was one of Jon's main concerns, but we didn't see that. That's my only disappointment in this book. It was a fantastic story, excellently told and I'm looking forward to reading the third book in the series.

  • Kelvey
    2018-07-25 16:03

    The Daughter of Highland Hall is the second book in the Edwardian Brides series. I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would, sadly. It just didn't capture my attention and I found it to be predictable and too slow-moving for my taste. Although it was "just okay" for me, it did have aspects that I enjoyed. For one, the emphasis on Christ and witnessing really made the story--Katherine and Jonathan made a good team when working in London's East End. It also made a good point throughout the book: society is fickle--I'm afraid that will never change.I also think I would've enjoyed it more if I had read the first book, The Governess of Highland Hall, I just didn't have access to it.Overall this book was pretty good, but I doubt I will be picking up any other books by this author. I'm going to give this book a 2.5/5 stars. If you would like to check out more reviews like this one, check out my blog:*Blogging for Books kindly sent me this book in exchange for my honest review.*

  • Jen
    2018-07-16 19:43

    My thanks to NetGalley and WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.This wasn't a bad book, it just didn't work for me. When I read romances, I tend to read either Regencies or contemporary. This book takes place during the Edwardian era, so it was jarring to say the least, when they are talking about the Season and hunting for a husband and dukes and earls, and then to have them get into a car to go some place. That definitely threw me out of the story. Not the fault of the book, but the fault of the reader for not being able to get into the different time period required for this book.That being said, the actions of the characters were completely not believable. SPOILERS for the first book follow!We have a young girl making her come-out. Her female cousin ran off with and married the gardener, her male cousin who is her guardian is marrying her governess. That is cause for a scandal and to ruin her chances for a good match, yet it's not a big deal. SPOILERS for this book follow.The big deal is when her OTHER male cousin is having a relationship with a married woman, whose husband is then shot dead. I really think that the first two things would have put paid to her chances for a good match, especially when the governess was still acting as a governess and living under the future husband's roof. They weren't married yet and she was still acting as a servant, living with him. That would NEVER be allowed to happen. That's some scandal right there. The fact that EVERY person in this girl's family is marrying the help is highly unlikely. Louisa, who was a witch, with a "b", in heels, while a witch, was also the ONLY person acting appropriately for that time period. She made a deathbed promise to the girl's mother that she would launch both of her daughters and get them good matches. She was focused on that goal and was doing a great job, other than being a bitter woman, launching someone else's daughters. Poor Louisa didn't have any kids, so this was her one chance to pretend that she did. I think she was bitter and sad and feeling guilty over feeling so angry that her dead friend had kids and she never did. The drama llama was really quite bad and unbelievable in this. I DNF's about halfway through when the love interestSPOILERgot beat up and the maid's sister was whisked away by her drunkard of an abusive husband, for the second time. I was only halfway through and I realized the sister would probably disappear at least once more before the end of the book and I just didn't care. All of the other drama was too much. It wasn't believable and I didn't care because the book jumped to the POV of many different characters, so I never got to really get to know any of them. Reading the first book might have helped, but from other reviews I have read, the heroine of this book was a huge selfish brat in the first book and somehow had a HUGE change of heart between books off stage. It didn't sound very believable to me. This isn't a bad book. If you like the Edwardian era and clean, Christian romances, then this is the book for you. I apparently can't easily transition into that era, so it didn't work for me. Two stars, because while it wasn't the book for me, it also had some plotting issues that I didn't enjoy.

  • Heather
    2018-08-02 14:04

    I first met Katherine in "The Governess of Highland Hall" book one of the Edwardian Brides series by Carrie Turansky. On the eve of her societal debut, the world may have said Katherine was ready for adulthood but her actions showed her to be an immature and selfish teenager. In "The Daughter of Highland Hall" Katherine "Kate" Ramsey is ready for her first season. But instead of parties and gowns, Katherine finds a much deeper purpose with a class of people whom society says should never fit into her world. Fans of Downton Abbey will notice Katherine's transformation from a Mary to Sybil. An encounter with medical student Jonathan Foster, a friendship with a servant, and a deepening relationship with Christ take Kate down a path she never knew she was strong enough to walk. It's beautiful to watch Katherine grow from a spoiled young heiress to a godly woman. "Daughter of Highland Hall" mixes a dash of Downtown Abbey, a pinch of Call the Midwife, and plenty of Carrie Turnasky's own creativity to create an engaging world of characters that invite the reader in. You'll want to stay longer than just for a cup of tea!I was provided with a copy of the book by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Alice
    2018-07-22 15:41

    Love love love this book!!!!!! What a great sequel!!!I really appreciate Carrie's ability to write a sweet, touching romance without dwelling on the physical aspect. Her novels are clean, uplifting, and vivid glimpses into the past!A set of very real characters lend an encouraging and challenging point of view that all of us can apply to those around us.Mature Christians will be strengthened, young Christians will be inspired, and those who do not know Jesus will be introduced to our loving Saviour.I so look forward to continuing the Highland Hall saga in 2015!!! :D

  • Brenda
    2018-07-28 19:42

    I loved The Governess of Highland Hall and the Daughter of Highland Hall even more! I read it in a day. Just could not put it down! I'm so drawn to the era and the romance of the time. Life's struggles and Gods faithfulness!!! Two people drawn together in a beautiful, well written, inspirational novel.

  • Andrea Cox
    2018-07-27 18:01

    By Andrea Renee CoxAnother wonderful book is heading to stores near you in early October. The Daughter of Highland Hall is the second book in Carrie Turansky’s Edwardian Brides series, following The Governess of Highland Hall in grand fashion. Fans of Jane Austen, Downton Abbey, and Julie Klassen will love this author’s work as well!When Kate enters London society as a debutante, her hopes for her future soar to new heights. But mistakes and family scandals seem to follow her like the train of her debut dress. Will she follow her aunt Louisa’s advice and “pull herself together and act like the gracious and confident young woman she’s been trained to be”? Or will she find an uncharted path carved out for her by the God she doesn’t yet understand?Then there’s Jon, who doesn’t have a clue what he wants to do after he finishes his medical studies to become a doctor. Will he choose to return to India, where his family served in the mission field for years before his father’s illness brought them back home? Or will he choose one of a number of other options? Will he be able to discern the difference between his human desires and God’s will for him?One thing that intrigued me about The Daughter of Highland Hall was the detail the author put into it. Not only did I feel immersed in the London season (in which young ladies attended parties, teas, and balls in hopes of finding their future husbands), but the intricate homes and settings really came to life under Carrie Turansky’s hand. In addition, I learned a lot about a couple of different missions of the era that captivated my interest. There is so much to take in, I’m sure I’ll need to read this book more than once to grasp it all.When I read the first book in this series, I knew I’d found a new author to love. Part of the reason is how Carrie used faith in the story. The characters’ faith in God was delicately threaded throughout each element of the story line, which is exactly what I look for in a great Christian fiction book. Sinking my teeth into this new installment of her Edwardian Brides series gave me more of that same intricately woven faith, assuring me I’ll be a fan for life. Have you become a Carrie Turansky fan yet? If not, I suggest you begin with her Edwardian Brides series. It’s five-star fantastic!Thank you to Carrie Turansky and her publisher for the complimentary copy of The Daughter of Highland Hall. This is my honest review.

  • Susan Snodgrass
    2018-08-10 14:03

    Carrie Turansky continues her Edwardian Brides series with this second book. I love her research and the history of the time period us fascinating. This book follows Kate Ramsey's debut into society, an event that will, hopefully secure her a marriage proposal, which is the desire of every young debutante. Jon Foster is but a lowly medical student with no hope at all of even having Kate glance his way. However, Jon's heart is not cooperating with society's rules. Events transpire that may diminish Kate's hope for a marriage offer, but can she trust God to prepare the way before her?This novel is an excellent example of how we should seek God's will in every decision we make. Way to go, Carrie!

  • Joy Bitlet
    2018-07-21 14:46

    The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky is a well written story that follows The Governess of Highland Hall. The characters are brought to life in the Edwardian time period with vivid details of fashion and customs. A young woman is torn between following the customs of the day or searching for a marriage based on love. Growing faith helps Kate determine her choice. I enjoyed this historical fiction novel so much that I finished in two days!

  • Rebecca
    2018-08-05 15:38

    High expectations. Attention to detail. Endless preparation. Constant scrutiny. Such was the life of an aspiring young debutante in Edwardian era England. When eighteen-year-old Katherine Ramsey arrives in London on the brink of her debut into polite society, she does her best to follow directions, listen to advice, wear the right clothes and behave properly; especially in front of her ever-demanding aunt; Lady Louisa Gatewood, her societal sponsor; determined to place Katherine in the position to be married off to a family with title, prestige and exorbitant wealth. And it appears that her plan is working when Katherine catches the eye of the well positioned Edward Wellington.Jon Foster is a young medical student with a heart for the oppressed. As he nears the completion of his formal medical training, he must decide whether or not he will return to medical missions in India, where his family served for years, or find a place in London where he can practice medicine while continuing to donate his time to the Daystar Clinic, offering free medical attention to London's poverty-riddled East End. Jon's sister, Julia Foster, is engaged to be married to William Ramsey; Katherine Ramsey's cousin and legal guardian. Jon and Katherine meet when Jon is invited to live at Ramsey House during the final months of his medical training. Their almost-instant affinity grows into an endearing friendship, especially as Katherine begins to probe her own heart regarding her motives for the future and family scandal threatens to unravel all of Aunt Louisa's plans for Katherine's debut. But will the pull of family expectations destroy Katherine's young faith? And will Jon's trepidation over putting Katherine in harm's way override his plans for the future? This is a book written by an author quite comfortable with her characters and their story. While being a light, easy, endearing read, "The Daughter of Highland Hall" carries quite a "punch"; its readers will have to search their own hearts to determine where they stand on "heavyweight" issues such as missions to the poor, determining God's will, difficult family relationships, and the lure of worldly impressions; among others. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and am grateful to the author for providing me with an advance copy in return for my honest review.

  • Terri Gillespie
    2018-08-02 14:40

    Turansky Triumphs Again with Book 2 of Edwardian Brides Series, The Daughter of Highland HallThis morning I spent the last few exquisite hours in Edwardian England thanks to award-winning author Carrie Turansky’s newest release, The Daughter of Highland Hall (Book two of the Edwardian Brides series).As with Book one, The Governess of Highland Hall, Turansky does a superb job of taking the reader into both the “upstairs” and “downstairs” Edwardian world. In Book Two, she expands that world to include London and the culture of those who strive to be “rightly” accepted into society, as well as the squalor and heartache of those on the fringes of that society. Eighteen-year-old Katherine “Kate” Ramsey travels to London with her family to make her auspicious debut into society, as well as a hopeful eye to find her the proper husband—if her tyrannical aunt Louisa has anything to say about it. The ward of William Ramsey gave Julia Foster a lot of trouble in book, but Kate’s very outspokenness serves her well in this story.Kate meets Julia’s brother, the handsome medical student, Jonathan Foster. Jon’s initial goal to complete his medical training to return to his father’s work in India, has altered—and not because of the lovely Kate. He discovers the needs of those on the fringes of society and questions abandoning them for the mission field outside his beloved England.A scandal within the Ramsey family demonstrates a flaw in the “perfect” society Kate has trusted. She searches for answers to her questions about right and wrong—and not merely what looks right or wrong. What she discovers is life changing for her, Jon, and others around her.If you are a fan of Downton Abbey, you will love Turansky’s Edwardian Bride series, with its gentle integration of Biblical values.Carrie has skillfully depicted the juxtaposition between exquisite protocol and propriety, and the heart of humanity in God’s eyes. Her ability to capture the authenticity of this period with well-developed characters and plot has gifted readers with an experience, not just entertainment. I received a complimentary copy of this publication from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

  • Louann
    2018-07-29 21:45

    Daughter of Highland Hall picks up where The Governess of Highland Hall left off - London April 1912 ... where Carrie Turansky takes us back in time and describes in great detail what it means to be a young girl coming of age, making her debut into society, and being presented to the Queen and King. Kate's Aunt, Lady Louisa Gatewood, believes she knows what is best for Kate; a marriage proposal by the end of the season but is that really the right plan? Ms. Turansky does a wonderful job of describing everything with such detail from the people, how they dress, the homes they lived in, the events they attended, and she captures each character with such depth. She draws us into the story with such ease and makes us feel as if we are really a part of the story that is unfolding.Our young girl faces many challenges, decisions, and changes throughout this journey. She interacts with people of standing and those not so high on the society registry. Ms. Turansky does a wonderful job of bringing the spiritual side of life into this story and we are able to watch Kate on her journey of not knowing God to discovering what it means to have faith, follow and trust God's plan for her life over what society believes to be right for her. She learns to seek Him first in all things... including whom to marry, where to live and what to do with her life.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation, nor was I required to write a positive review. All comments are my own.

  • Susan
    2018-07-29 18:05

    A fabulous second in the series of Highland Hall! Carrie has once again woven a beautiful and gripping tale involving family, servants and the London season. This author knows her history and the goings-on of the servants who help run the huge estates and households of that time. Love Downton Abby? This is a must read for you! The hardships of dealing with gossip and sins of family and household, while trying to follow God’s path for you, in the midst of trying to find a husband during the famous London Season with all the who’s who of the rich families makes this a page turner, one you cannot put down. Katherine struggles with a disaster of a coming out season and a realization that God has a very different path for her than she has ever dreamed of. Jonathan struggles with the decision of what to do with the rest of his life after medical school – is it worth disappointing his family? I love how the paths of all these characters cross in such a way they leave impressions on each other and teach us that God is with us all through our triumphs and trials. These characters have flaws and hard decisions that tug on your heart strings and draw you into their tale more than anything. I highly recommend this beautiful romance!!I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Carrie Pagels
    2018-07-24 14:40

    I listened to this book as an download.Book two in Carrie Turansky's Highland Hall series gives us Kate making her debut in London society. She's very young, only 18, and having to make choices that will affect her for the rest of her life. Scandal in the family looms in the background. As part of her story arc she learns to deal with an over-bearing aunt. Kate must choose between two men who are pursuing her, but it becomes clear early on who she'll end up with. The story is slow to unfold and even though I had the speed set on 1.5 or 2 for speed it was still slow moving, which I am assuming may be a narrator issue. Several of the men in the story sounded exactly alike in their accents and in their choice of words. Some of that may be from the narrator but it made it difficult to differentiate which character was speaking at times. It is so difficult to find Christian fiction to listen to, and this is one that I enjoyed and was able to do my household chores as I was listening. Glad to have had the audiobook available!

  • Stefanie Harten
    2018-07-18 15:52

    This book is a lovely story about a young girl, Katherine Ramsey, who knows the path she must follow to gain control of her life and have a say in her future. As the story progresses and her friendship with Jonathan Foster blossoms, Katherine's Faith in God deepens and she begins to question her path in life she has worked towards. The main storyline is truly captivating but the author weaves smaller story lines about the secondary characters in such a way that you cannot wait to find out about them as well. In fact, she writes in such a way that you really know and root for most the characters. it is truly a lovely romance and a continuation of beloved characters from the first book. Once you start reading this book, you will not be able to put it down!! I enjoyed reading it nod cannot wait to read the next one!

  • Carol
    2018-08-02 19:08

    So, do you think I will be sorry if I read this book before reading Book One? I only have this one, but I know it's Book Two...I enjoyed the way Kate changes and matures throughout the story. I can't say I was surprised by the ending, but I enjoyed the book. I am wondering why Lydia lives with her fiance though. Did they do that back in the Edwardian period? Or is Lydia a governess for her fiance's children? It didn't seem like she was a governess, more like she was enjoying becoming their mother. But I would have thought in that time period she would not be living under her fiance's roof. This could have been made clear in the first book, however. Maybe this is why reading Book Two isn't a good idea?But I do recommend this series!

  • Wilani Wahl
    2018-08-02 14:52

    Is wealth and a place in society what is important or is love and happiness? Perhaps even more a right relationship with God that is shared between one another. This moving novel is set in the Edwardian period in London. This is the year Katherine was to be presented to the queen and her coming out in society. Would she have a proposal by the end of the season? You will have to read this great book to find out. This book is great and well written. I love the characters and the story and alas will have to wait a year to read more about these characters when the third book in the series will come out. This is a story I know I will want to read again. I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Hannah
    2018-08-11 14:45

    I didn't enjoy the story of the second book quite as much as I did the first, though I loved seeing the characters again (yes, this series does need to be read in order). Katherine is a rather humorous character (the presentation scene was...interesting, to say the least!) I found her rather stuck-up in the first book and didn't expect to like this one much, but she really did turn into a sympathetic character pretty quickly, as she tries to figure out what she wants to do with her life and finally deal with the grief of having lost her parents.I received an ecopy from Netgalley for review purposes.

  • Joyce
    2018-07-27 22:07

    Carrie Turansky's second book in her series continues the Edwardian story of Kate Ramsey, William's cousin. She has only her courage and faith to help her navigate the London season. She constantly searches for answers from her faith. Kate soon realizes her faith will never fail her and follows it and her heart in making plans for her life. She had to decide which path to follow - the path that was expected of her which led to riches and possible unhappiness or the path to true happiness. No spoilers here. You will have to read this wonderful, encouraging story.

  • Kate Breslin
    2018-08-14 19:02

    I’ve read all three novels in Carrie Turansky’s Edwardian Bride series, and once again the author succeeds in delivering a compelling and inspiring tale set in England near the turn of the twentieth century. Her words bring life to the pages, with memorable characters, sumptuous scenes, and heart-wrenching conflict as a lovely young debutante must decide the course of her life amidst the glitter and grandeur of a first London Season. Must she choose, or can she have it all? As I stayed up late reading to the last page to find out, my spirits were lifted at the reminder of God’s unconditional love for us all and His offer of wisdom and guidance to those who seek Him through prayer. The Daughter of Highland Hall is a lovely story that will linger in my mind and heart for some time. I look forward to reading more from Carrie Turansky!

  • Alannie Marshall
    2018-08-04 14:50

    A very enjoyable read that left me smiling. The characters are well balanced and easy to relate to. I appreciated the emphasis on faith, although I'm not entirely sure if Kate experienced a conversion. Perhaps just a reawakening? At any rate, it was still fun to experience, and I would definitely recommend it.

  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    2018-07-28 19:50

    About this book:“Eighteen-year-old Katherine Ramsey travels to London with her family to make her debut into society and hopefully find her future husband. Her overbearing aunt insists she must secure a proposal from a wealthy young man who is in line to inherit his father’s title and estate. But Katherine questions her aunt’s plans when she gets to know Jonathan Foster, a handsome medical student and strong Christian who is determined to protect the poor and vulnerable in London’s East End. When a family scandal puts a damper on Katherine’s hopes for the season, she has time to volunteer with Jonathan, caring for children in one of London’s poorest areas, and romance blossoms. Katherine’s faith grows and she begins to envision a different future with Jonathan. But when Katherine’s work in the East End puts her in danger, Jonathan distances himself from Katherine to protect her. A wealthy suitor reappears, and Katherine must choose which path to follow.”Series: Book #2 in the “Edwardian Brides” series. {Book #1’s review Here! (Old rating system) They do not have to be read in order, but will make the most sense. Book #3 is coming out in Fall 2015.} Spiritual Content- Matthew 6:33 at the beginning; Prayers; Many, many Scriptures are quoted and mentions of Scriptures; Mentions of going to church; ‘H’s are capital; Talks about God, Praying, God’s in control, Scriptures applying to your life, Serving God and many more; Jon and Julia were missionaries with their parents in India; Kate is a new Christian & grows in her faith; Julia underlines in her Bible; Witnessing.Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘idiot’ and two “oh my stars”; Curses are said by Charlie but are not written; Mentions that a man spends a lot of time in the pub; A man is murder (barely-above-not-detailed).Sexual Content- Two semi-detailed kisses (but one of those is between a married couple); Kisses on the hand & check; Nearness; A remembering when David kissed Kate (no details); Mentions of gowns that have low necklines and/or show off the figure; William can’t wait till he and Julia are married; a Mention of an illegitimate child (no details); A baby is conceived & born out of wedlock (only thing is said is that the women lived with the man but they weren’t married); A mention that a father is the one who determines “whether his children would be male or female”; Mentions of young women in India turning into prostitutes (the word isn’t said, no details); David & Dorothea are having an affair when her husband is gone; a mention of William’s late wife who had an affair (no details); To quote Kate: “That horrible Charles Felton—the one who had looked her up and down at the ball as if he were undressing her? He made her skin crawl!”; Love, falling in love, & the emotions. -Katherine “Kate” Ramsey-Jonathan “Jon” FosterP.O.V. switches between them, Lydia, Julia & William. Set in 1912 326 pages~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Pre Teens- One StarNew Teens- Two StarsEarly High School Teens- Three StarsOlder High School Teens- Four StarsMy personal Rating- Four Stars Just like “The Governess at Highland Hall”, I really enjoyed “The Daughter at Highland Hall”! I can’t wait to read the third book in this series which is coming in October! I really liked all the Spiritual content in this novel!Link to review:http://booksforchristiangirls.blogspo...*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.*I received this e-book for free from the Publisher for this review.

  • Iola
    2018-07-20 14:57

    Miss Katherine Ramsey is in London for her first Season, and her aunt and sponsor has high hopes that she’ll make a brilliant marriage. But the longer Kate spends moving in the ‘right’ circles, the more she questions the way things are done—particularly the emphasis on marrying for position rather than affection, let alone marrying for love. I didn’t like Katherine at first—she seemed stupid and immature, but I suspect that was exactly the point. She was young, and she had led a sheltered life, and she had never had cause to question the standards she’d been raised with. And while we can laugh at the shallowness of society in Edwardian London, we only have to watch a few minutes of ‘reality’ television to see those same standards are alive and well in modern America and other countries. Jonathan Foster is training to be a doctor so he can return to India, where he was raised as the child of missionaries. But his calling doesn’t seem as clear any more—London is also teeming with sick people too poor to afford a doctor. And London has the beautiful Miss Ramsey, who Jon is attracted to despite her lack of faith. This highlights one of the things I liked best about The Daughter of Highland Hall: the genuine faith of the Foster family and William Ramsey (Kate’s guardian). You’d think Christian fiction would be full of characters (Christian or not) wrestling with aspects of their faith, but that is rarely the case. The Daughter of Highland Hall is a welcome exception, and while the first half of the story was somewhat slow, the second half more than made up for it, as we watched characters grow in their faith and share it with others. I especially liked this speech from Lydia, Kate’s lady’s maid: “He knows what happened, and it breaks His heart. But all you need to do is confess it to Him and ask forgiveness. That wipes the slate clean.” She goes on to talk about how our circumstances don’t necessarily change when we become Christians—we still have the same baggage as before, the same results of our sin—but Jesus will carry that for us. It’s a welcome message of redemption and grace, and while I don’t want to go back to a time when every Christian novel had a preachy come-to-Jesus moment, it’s good to see novels where such scenes flow naturally out of the story. The Daughter of Highland Hall is the sequel to The Governess of Highland Hall, but can easily be read as a standalone novel (it’s so long since I read the first that I can’t remember any of the details). But there were similarities in both stories: both had a bit of an Upstairs Downstairs or Downton Abbey feel, in that while the main plot was about the gentry, several significant characters were middle or working class. I enjoyed The Governess of Highland Hall, and I had been apprehensive about reading The Daughter of Highland Hall (which is why it’s taken me so long!). But I was pleased to find this was as good as the first in the series. Now to find the third . . . Thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah for providing a free ebook for review.

  • Brittany
    2018-08-06 19:56

    The Daughter of Highland Hall, book two in the Edwardian Brides series, is a novel that I have been eagerly anticipating for more than a year! That is a lot of pressure to put on a story. So, did it make the grade? Is it all that the first book, The Governess of Highland Hall, was and more? The answer to these questions is a definite yes! Those who have read book one will enjoy returning to the lives of the characters who endeared themselves to us. However, if you have not read The Governess of Highland Hall, never fear, you will be able to read this book as a stand alone. I do recommend reading book one first as it is a lovely story, and sets the stage nicely for book two.Katherine “Kate” Ramsey is ready to make her debut in society. With an overbearing aunt as her sponsor, Kate finds herself faced with many rules to follow and high expectations placed upon her to make a “suitable” match. I like Kate and sympathize with the tough choices she has to make. Great emphasis is placed on encouraging wealthy suitors who are members of the upper crust of society. Jonathan Foster is a medical student with some big decisions on the horizon. He was raised in a missionary family. With three possible options for his future, he is determined to follow God’s leading as to where his talents should be used. His plans don’t include falling for a debutante who appears to value position in society above all else.I really enjoyed watching Kate grow as she faced the repercussions of a scandal that rocked her family’s place in society. I loved seeing Jon and Kate grow closer together as they worked to help those less fortunate than themselves. Kate grew so much in this book and Jon was a wonderful example to her of a godly man.The author does such a nice job of writing a story in which the characters must question what things in life are truly of the greatest value. Is it money and status in society, or are there things that are worth much more? I thoroughly enjoyed The Daughter of Highland Hall and I look forward to book three in the series.My thanks to the author and to WaterBrook Multnomah for the complimentary copy I received in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.You can read this review on my blog at:

  • Connie Fischer
    2018-08-04 17:45

    1912, London. Katherine (Kate) Ramsey is preparing to enter the social season by being presented at court. While she is looking forward to the season, she is somewhat bored with all the things she must remember to do. As she lost her parents years ago, she is living with her cousin, Baron William Ramsey of Highland Hall. Her aunt, Lady Louisa Gatewood has undertaken Kate’s training for her presentation. However, Lady Louisa is a harsh and pushy woman who has added to Kate’s frustration and taken away from some of the fun and excitement of her season.Cousin William Ramsey, a widower, has become engaged to his children’s governess. Many of the ton are appalled at this, but William and Julia are very much in love and looking forward to their wedding. Julia is the sister to Jonathan (Jon) Foster. Jon and their parents have returned from India after an extensive period of time as missionaries. Their father has had medical problems and requires rest. Jon is attending medical school. When he graduates, he is unsure of whether or not he will return to India to continue his parents’ mission and offer medical care. He is also on course to head the local St. George’s Hospital. Another path that interests him is continuing his work at the Daystar Clinic in the East End of London where he can offer free medical care to people who cannot afford it.Kate and Jon are drawn to one another because she is interested in his work and wants to offer her assistance however she can. While Kate’s Aunt Louisa is trying to match her up with a wealthy man, Kate is looking to find someone she can truly love and one with whom she can share her love of God. Is Jon that man?This book will be published October 7, 2014. I have strived to add some teasers but no spoilers to my review. This the second book of Carrie’s series. The first book is “The Governess of Highland Hall" followed by this one, “The Daughter of Highland Hall” and the third book, “A Refuge at Highland Hall” will be published in October 2015.Complementary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Faye
    2018-08-16 16:50

    Katherine Ramsey is excited to make her debut and capture the attention of a wealthy heir, and despite her horrible presentation to the royal family, she is doing her best to live up to Aunt Louisa's expectations, and secure an acceptable proposal. But when a young medical student crosses her path and surprises her with his genuine dedication to the Lord and helping those in need. She can't help but wonder if a different life is what she is being called to... The Daughter of Highland Hall more than lived up to my high expectations. Julia and William are making plans for their wedding, while Aunt Louisa is preparing Kate for her coming out...In typical Aunt Louisa fashion...In this book Kate really comes into her own, leaving childish ways behind her, proving that she is so much more than a rich debutante. I loved Jon from the very first, he is a man of God with a true heart for helping others. I loved how he helped Lydia find her sister. Jon was probably my favorite character, because of his strength of character. He knew what he believed and always thought the best of others. This was a engaging read, and though it took me a while to finish, (because I had to put it down to go to work and study for exams), I found that every time I picked it up again I remembered exactly what had happened last, so I could dive right back in. Which only serves to prove how memorable this book is! Overall a fantastic read, that swept me away into the glamour and grandeur of a London season, filled with parties, suitors, as well as the east end, ravaged by poverty. I loved how Jon and Kate's friendship grew and they were both challenged by the obstacles that they faced. A book that I highly recommend!Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

  • Shonda Knowlton
    2018-08-14 13:58

    The Daughter of Highland Hall: A Novel (Edwardian Brides Book 2) by Carrie Turansky is the next book after The Governess of Highland Hall. Katherine (Kate) Ramsey is ready to make her debut in London, England. She's 18 years old and looking forward to finding a husband. But as she engages in the society parties she feels empty and useless. Her overbearing aunt Louisa is intent on finding the perfect match and will go to great lengths to ensure Kate's rightful place in society even if Kate is unhappy. Jon Foster is a medical student who stays with Kate's family for the summer since his sister is marrying Kate's cousin. Despite Kate's busy society schedule, she forms an unlikely friendship with Jon. They both discover that they love to help others and they pursue activities with that goal. Unbeknownst to the family, Kate and Jon have fallen in love and Kate's aunt is greatly displeased. And to make matters worse, her cousin's brother is accused of murder and Kate's name is splashed all over the newspaper articles. Will Kate be able to live a life of love she dreams about or be chained to a man she does not love because he comes from a proper place in society?I have to admit that Kate Ramsey was my least favorite character in The Governess of Highland Hall. She seemed very selfish and sour. But in this book she shines! Carrie does an excellent job in showing the inner workings of a London debut and the expectations of society for these young girls. Kate is a stubborn and opinionated girl and fights for what she wants. She is also torn because she wants to please the authorities in her life. She is caught in the middle of what she desires and what is best for her, according to her aunt. Even thought she did try to please her aunt, she knew she needed to follow her heart. This story was exciting and filled with twists and turns. I was entranced and couldn't put this book down. Be sure to pick up your copy of the second book in Carrie Turansky's series The Edwardian Brides.

  • Alisha L.
    2018-07-20 19:48

    I really enjoyed "The Daughter of Highland Hall"! It was a good historical fiction novel with great characters and good themes. The story revolves around Katherine "Kate" Ramsey who is entering her debut season to find a suitable suitor with a place in high society and with wealth. The story also has a bit of a side mystery about Kate's maid trying to find her sister.Kate's character shows a lot of growth in the story. She starts out wanting to marry for the reasons of having wealth and status in high society, but then she starts to realize that maybe she's looking for the wrong things to marry someone for. As she goes through trials during her debut and as her friendship with Jon grows, she begins to see what is truly important and who she can really trust. She must decide whether she wants to marry someone just because of their status or if she wants to marry someone because she actually loves them. She must also decide how far she is willing to go to help others.Something I really liked about this book is that it emphasized the importance of not being unequally yoked spiritually to the person you marry. That's something I rarely see emphasized in Christian fiction books.A couple notes on the content: One of Kate's relatives is having an affair with a married woman. It's not detailed, but it does play its part in the plot. There is also an unwed mother in the story."The Daughter of Highland Hall" is the second book in the Edwardian Brides series and while I have not read the first book in this series, "The Governess of Highland Hall", I did not have any problems following this story. I'm sure those who have read the first book in the series will probably enjoy this book even more than I did.I plan on reading the first book in this series as soon as I can and I'm looking forward to reading the third book when it is released in the fall of 2015! I would recommend this book to those who like historical fiction.*I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.