Friday, December 5, 2014
The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky
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.
This book is sort of a Christian Downton Abbey. At first glance, I was a little apprehensive. I love, love, love Downton Abbey. I was afraid the similarities between the show and this book would make things get really predictable really quickly. Boy, was I wrong! There are a lot of characters upstairs and downstairs to keep up with, but the story flows nicely and things don't get too confusing.
I don't want to give the plotlines away, but the book kept me interested. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. There's lots of dialogue that helps the reader understand the characters.
The Daughter of Highland Hall is actually the second book in this series, but you don't need to read the first book to understand this one (although I am very interested in reading it now).
5 out of 5 stars.
I received a free Kindle download of this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange my honest review. I received no compensation for this review.