The Daughter of Highland Hall
Author: Carrie Turansky
Story Length: 322 pages
Publisher: Multnomah Books
Kate Ramsey is 18 and about to be presented to the King and Queen of England prior to her debut for her season in London society. Her aunt is her sponsor and will stop at nothing to see that Kate is matched favorably to a wealthy titled aristocrat before the season ends. Her aunt constantly criticizes Kate and makes her feel she isn’t doing her duty to her family if she doesn’t succeed in catching a husband. Kate wants to please her family and thinks these ought to be her goals as well. She has grown up at Highland Hall and is used to a life of privilege. Her father’s untimely death, leaving no male heir, causes Kate’s home to pass to a second cousin, whose story is told in book one of the Edwardian Bride Series, The Governess of Highland Hall.
Kate begins the rounds of balls, teas and suppers to be seen as an eligible bride. She meets a wealthy aristocrat who seems interested in her at her first social outing. The two seem to have a lot in common and Kate wonders if she could be so as to find a husband so quickly. In the meantime, Kate’s guardian and second cousin, William Ramsey, has invited his fiancée’s brother to live with the family over the summer in order to complete his medical studies and attain his degree. Jon Foster has spent half his life in India working alongside his father, doctoring the poor. He thinks he will return to India after his studies are complete to continue his father’s work, but as he spends more and more time around Kate he is unsure if he can return to India and leave her. He prays for guidance and direction as he faces several choices in regards to his career and his future with Kate. Kate seems to have a compassionate heart, but is she his equal spiritually? Has she turned her life over to Christ and allowed Him to be her focus? Can he stay in London if Kate isn’t his future?
There isn’t a lot of action or suspense in this book, but I think readers will enjoy the descriptions of life in London in 1912. Kate and Jon, both have a lot of decisions ahead of them that will impact their future. I enjoyed reading this story because of the spiritual aspect deftly woven into the tale. Jon and Julia (Jon’s sister and William’s fiancée) set a wonderful example in their dedication to living their lives for Christ and bringing Him into every detail of their lives. They weren’t shy about sharing their beliefs, were willing to help those in need and willing to stand firm in their faith no matter what. The next book in the series, A Refuge at Highland Hall, is due to be released in October 2015 for those interested.
My rating is 4 stars.
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