Award-winning author Carrie Turansky tells the story of a beautiful, strong-willed woman facing her London season in 1912.
In Daughter of Highland Hall, Katherine Ramsey, cousin to Sir William Ramsey, needs to find a husband to secure her future, now that her family estate — Highland Hall — is passing into Sir William’s hands. Her overbearing aunt acts as her guide to the social season. Courted by Edward Wellington, a prominent and wealthy man, Katherine thinks a predictable but pleasant future awaits her.
But as the season wears on, her family faces a scandal that may derail Katherine’s future. To keep a low profile, she volunteers with the poor. As Katherine works with medical student Jonathan Foster in London’s East End, their friendship deepens and her faith in God grows. When the scandal is finally resolved, Katherine must decide whether to follow her heart or tradition.
Turansky paints a story of Edwardian England where a young woman’s only option is to live under her father’s care or her husband’s care, requiring young woman to make an excellent match. Turansky’s books are filled with likeable characters and a rich narrative. A reader’s guide with discussion questions is included.
Recommended for public collections and school libraries. It will appeal especially to fans of the PBS television series, Downton Abbey, especially in the various characters in Turansky’s books. Fans of her books will look forward to The Refuge of Highland Hall, coming in October 2015.
Carol R. Gehringer
—reprinted with permission, Christian Library Journal, 2014.