Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Daughter Of Highland Hall-Carrie Turansky

The Daughter Of Highland Hall
Carrie Turansky
Multnomah Books, Oct 7 2014, $14.99
ISBN: 9781601424983

In 1912, sponsored by her autocratic Aunt Louisa, eighteen year old debutante Katherine Ramsey comes to London to reside with her relative.  Also living in Louisa’s home is the brother of Kate’s last governess, medical student Jonathan Foster.  He soon must decide between being a doctor in India as expected of a missionary’s son and helping the squalid in London.

Kate initially enjoys her debut until a scandal devastates the equilibrium of her upper class world.  She begins to question the aristocracy’s ethics and her family’s morality.  Also Kate is attracted to Jonathan and extremely interested by the work he is doing to help the impoverished, which Aunt Louisa insists makes him unacceptable. 

The second Edwardian Brides romance is an enjoyable leisurely-paced inspirational historical.  A family affair since readers met much of the cast including the leads in The Governess of Highland Hall (Jonathan’s sister and orphaned Kate’s guardian were the protagonists).  With a 360 degree look at pre WWI poverty through the poor and the filters of the aristocracy, the servants and the missionary doctor enrich an engaging Upstairs-Downstairs Edwardian.

Harriet Klausner

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