Review & Giveaway: The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

The Daughter of Highland Hall (Edwardian Brides, #2)The Daughter of Highland Hall
(Edwardian Brides #2)
by Carrie Turansky
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback336 Pages
October 7th 2014 by Waterbrook Multnomah Books


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.

You can read the first chapter HERE.

My Review

The Daughter of Highland Hall was a sweet inspirational romance set in the Edwardian period in England. I really liked the main characters and the family and friends who surrounded them, well, except for maybe Kate's aunt who is rather a thorn in everyone's side (although she does have good intentions). There was a possible love triangle, but I knew who Kate would choose in the end almost immediately. I liked getting to know the characters more as the story plotted on. 

There were several moving plots. There was the main plot that focused on Kate and who she would marry, if anyone. Then there was the story of Jon and where he would decide to practice medicine. There was the story of William's (Kate's second cousin who inherits Highland Hall and who is Kate's official guardian) brother who has made some poor choices. Finally, there was another plot focusing on Kate's maid Lydia whose sister had made a bad choice and who was missing. It was interesting to see how each plot wove together and how the author tried to teach different Christian values through them, especially those of love and forgiveness.

I normally like my Christian fiction on the lighter inspirational side. This one was much heavier than I prefer and the plot did move fairly slowly for me. I almost would have liked not so many moving parts or points of view. It made it more difficult to connect with the story.

Overall, The Daughter of Highland Hall was a sweet story of friendship, love, family, forgiveness, and following one's own heart. I would recommend this to those who enjoy reading Christian romance that is heavier on the inspirational side, with an historical setting, likable characters, and an endearing plot.

Content: Some innuendo and references to infidelity, but I would consider this clean.

Source: I would like to thank the publisher, Waterbrook Multnomah, and Litfuse for my complimentary review copy, which did not affect my review in any way.

Carrie Turansky
About the Author

Carrie Turansky is an award-winning author of more than a dozen novels and novellas. 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.


The author is running several giveaways in celebration of the release of The Daughter of Highland Hall this month. Click on the image above to find out more.

Do you read Christian Fiction? Will you be picking this one up?


  1. I love that in addition to the romance, there are side stories. This has a small-town vibe which I like. Thanks Tressa!

  2. I am reading the newest Percy Jackson book and I forget how much I love Rick Riordan's writing. He's so funny!

  3. I love period history, add the Christian aspect to it, I would love to read it

  4. I love the cover it makes me want to snuggle up with a blanket and read :). I love historical romance! Love it. Great review, it's still on my "maybe" list, thanks for sharing :)

  5. My son already finished it, but he's been sharing snippets and funny parts, so I know what you mean. I need to read that series. Yeah. I know. It's very surprising with how much I read that I haven't read it yet. :)

  6. It does have a small town vibe which I also liked in the story. :)

  7. I hope you enjoy it when you do!

  8. Me. Too. :) I wanted something more, but it was still a good book.


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