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.
When we first met Katherine in The Governess of Highland Hall she was the teenage orphan making life difficult for the eponymous governess. Book two of the Edwardian Brides series starts a short time later and we now see a different Katherine, one who has mellowed toward her cousin and his future bride. She’s also at the mercy of her Aunt Louisa, who is determined to make her the catch of the social season. Despite a potentially disastrous introduction Kate soon finds favor and a possible suitor, only to have everything come crashing down when another cousin causes scandal. Desperate to escape, she ventures into the worst area of London to help her maid, Lydia, find her runaway sister.
Turansky’s novel is an excellent book that could easily become a movie. I could easily visualize certain scenes in my mind. The class difference in London at the start of the 20th century is vividly described. Everyone is aware of their place, and attempts to move up a class are often frowned upon. Aunt Louisa is horrified that Katherine might consider Jon to be a suitable husband. He’s respectable, but doesn’t belong to the upper echelons of society. Nor does she understand why her niece would want to help those less fortunate. There is also plenty of humor, romance, and tension to keep the reader interested, including a murder and the fate of Lydia’s sister.
The next book in the series is called A Refuge at Highland Hall and should be out in October 2015. I can’t help but wonder if we’ll see the dark clouds of the Great War on the horizon. I say this knowing that The Daughter of Highland Hall is set a mere two years before the war began, in 1912. Of course, I could be wrong.
Thank you to Multnomah and Litfuse for my complimentary copy of The Daughter of Highland Hall, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
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Publication Date: 07 October 2014
Page Count: 336