Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Finding the courage to make unpopular choices


Carrie Turansky’s new Edwardian novel encourages

readers to choose faith and love above all


When family expectations and societal pressures collide with love and faith, which values will emerge the victor? Award-winning author Carrie Turansky explores this theme in her new book, The Daughter of Highland Hall (Multnomah Books/  October 7, 2014/ISBN: 978-1601424983/$14.99).

Book two in the Edwardian Brides Series, The Daughter of Highland Hall, follows 18-year-old Kate Ramsey on a journey of self-discovery as she travels to London to make her societal debut. Her overbearing aunt insists she secure a marriage proposal from a wealthy, titled man. As Kate begins making the round of balls and garden parties, she attracts the attention of Edward Wellington, who seems to have all the qualifications on her list. Yet, is he the best choice? Will this lifestyle bring her true happiness?

Readers who were first introduced to Kate in The Governess of Highland Hall (a 2014 Carol Award finalist) can now journey with her through London high society and the East End as she learns to find her own path to love . . . and faith. I chose Matthew 6:33, ‘Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well,’ as the theme verse for this story because it summarizes Kate’s spiritual journey,” Turansky reveals. “What is most important in life? Kate discovers when she lays down her own plans and seeks God first, He guides her toward the best path for her future.”

When a shocking family scandal forces Kate out of the social spotlight, she has time to volunteer with medical student Jonathan Foster, the handsome and caring brother of her governess. Jonathan, a strong Christian, is determined to help the poor in London’s East End. As her friendship with Jonathan deepens and her faith grows, Kate begins to envision a different kind of future, one that includes Jonathan. Is she ready to make the sacrifices that choice would require? If she does, what will her family think?

Balancing love for family and one’s commitment to the Lord is a thread that runs throughout The Daughter of Highland Hall. “When we are children we are told to obey our parents,” explains Turansky. “As we get older the roles change, but we are still to honor them. That means asking for their input and advice on important decisions and listening to their fears and concerns before prayerfully making decisions.”

Fans of this time period, as represented in the popular TV show Downton Abbey, will be charmed by The Daughter of Highland Hall, which captures both the upstairs and downstairs aspects of Edwardian life, giving readers an emotional connection with the aristocratic Ramsey family and the hardworking, loyal servants.
This pure and inspiring romance will warm the hearts of readers and ultimately point them to the Author of their own love stories.

To keep up with Carrie Turansky, visit www.carrieturansky.com, become a fan on Facebook (AuthorCarrieTuransky) or follow her on Twitter (@CarrieTuransky) and Pinterest (CarrieTuransky).

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Advance Praise

“Giving vivid entry into an Edwardian England setting, from genteel ballrooms to the gritty streets of London’s East End, author Carrie Turansky has created a cast of multi-layered, delightfully written characters I found engaging from beginning to end. The Daughter of Highland Hall is at its heart a story of personal courage, one sure to please fans of Turansky’s The Governess of Highland Hall, as well as readers coming fresh to the series with this book.”

~ Lori Benton, Christy-Award Winning author of Burning Sky and The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn

“Meticulously researched and beautifully written, The Daughter of Highland Hall captures the final years of the Edwardian Era. Beginning with Kate’s presentation to the King and Queen of England and her debut into London’s social season, Turansky shows the growth of a young woman’s heart from How shall I snag a wealthy and titled husband, to Lord, I give you my life and my past. . . shape my future to honor You. I wish there were more stories like this. I’m thrilled that Carrie Turansky has given us hers.”

~ Cathy Gohlke, Christy Award-winning author of Saving Amelie and Promise Me This

“In The Daughter of Highland Hall, Carrie Turansky carries readers back into the early 1900s, to the glamour of London society as well as the desperate world of those struggling to survive in London’s East End. This beautiful story is filled with endearing characters who will steal your heart and surprises that will keep you engrossed until the very end.”

~ Melanie Dobson, award-winning author of Chateau of Secrets and The Courier of Caswell Hall

“In all her books, Carrie Turansky instills beautiful depth and detail, and this second novel of the Edwardian Brides Series is certainly no exception. Rich in plot development and descriptive prose, the characters in this book fairly soar off the pages—to the point where I felt I knew them on a most intimate level. Excellent story of love, hope, and family!”

~ Sharlene MacLaren, award-winning author of the Little Hickman Creek and Daughters of Jacob Kane series


About the Author

Carrie Turansky is the award-winning author of more than a dozen novels and novellas, including Surrendered Hearts, Snowflake Sweethearts, and Along Came Love. She has been the recipient of the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award. Turansky’s first historical fiction novel, and the first in the Edwardian Brides series, The Governess of Highland Hall, is a 2014 Carol Award finalist. While Turansky has been writing articles, devotions and essays since 1999, writing fiction is her passion, and she’s thankful for the creative ideas God has put into her mind and heart.

Turansky was born and raised in Oregon but currently lives in central New Jersey with her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, counselor and the author of several parenting books. They have five adult children, two lovely daughters-in-law, a wonderful son-in-law and four adorable grandchildren. The Turanskys partner in ministry at Calvary Chapel Living Hope, a church they helped plant along with a team of hardworking, Jesus-following friends.

When she’s not writing Turansky enjoys spending time with her family, working outside in her flower gardens, cooking healthy meals for family and friends, or walking around the lake near her home.


To keep up with Carrie Turansky, visit www.carrieturansky.com, become a fan on Facebook (AuthorCarrieTuransky) or follow her on Twitter (@CarrieTuransky) and Pinterest (CarrieTuransky).

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