Monday, September 22, 2014

The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky Book Review

The Daughter of Highland Hall: A Novel (Edwardian Brides Book 2) by Carrie Turansky is the next book after The Governess of Highland Hall.  Katherine (Kate) Ramsey is ready to make her debut in London, England.  She's 18 years old and looking forward to finding a husband.  But as she engages in the society parties she feels empty and useless.  Her overbearing aunt Louisa is intent on finding the perfect match and will go to great lengths to ensure Kate's rightful place in society even if Kate is unhappy.  Jon Foster is a medical student who stays with Kate's family for the summer since his sister is marrying Kate's cousin.  Despite Kate's busy society schedule, she forms an unlikely friendship with Jon.  They both discover that they love to help others and they pursue activities with that goal.  Unbeknownst to the family, Kate and Jon have fallen in love and Kate's aunt is greatly displeased.  And to make matters worse, her cousin's brother is accused of murder and Kate's name is splashed all over the newspaper articles.  Will Kate be able to live a life of love she dreams about or be chained to a man she does not love because he comes from a proper place in society?

I have to admit that Kate Ramsey was my least favorite character in The Governess of Highland Hall.  She seemed very selfish and sour.  But in this book she shines!  Carrie does an excellent job in showing the inner workings of a London debut and the expectations of society for these young girls.  Kate is a stubborn and opinionated girl and fights for what she wants.  She is also torn because she wants to please the authorities in her life.  She is caught in the middle of what she desires and what is best for her, according to her aunt.  Even thought she did try to please her aunt, she knew she needed to follow her heart.   This story was exciting and filled with twists and turns.  I was entranced and couldn't put this book down.  Be sure to pick up your copy of the second book in Carrie Turansky's series The Edwardian Brides.

Be sure to check out my review of the first book in this series, The Governess of Highland Hall.

Check out the author's website for more information on the book: Carrie Turansky.

This book releases on October 7, 2014.

*I was given a complimentary copy of this book for review by the author.  All opinions are my own.*

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