Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Daughter of Highland Hall

Two years ago I reviewed The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky. I greatly enjoyed this book so when I saw volume 2 of the Edwardian Brides series, The Daughter of Highland Hall, available via NetGalley I simply had to request it. I was pleasantly surprised to find upon downloading the book that I had already read it via our local library. Fortunately, this title is quite enjoyable and worth reading again.

Readers of the original book in this series will already be acquainted with the main character Katherine Ramsey. The previous exposure to this character indicated she was a spoiled brat which had not changed at the opening of the sequel. Katherine is preparing for her debut which is overseen by her aunt and has finding a suitably wealthy young man to wed as her only goal. Her first introduction to society is marred by several less than ideal circumstances. Unfortunately, several other less than ideal situations pop up which make Katherine's debut into society difficult. However, through these situations Katherine finds that there are many things in life much more important than society parties, dresses, and eligible young bachelors.

Throughout the story, several characters from the original book continue to play a significant role in the story's development--namely her governess Julia Foster and her uncle William. While not having the starring roles, they play an active part in guiding Katherine through the situations she faces as well as other characters in the book. As the story unfolds, Katherine's eyes are opened to societal injustices of her day and to spiritual matters. She changes from a spoiled young lady to one who takes an active role in serving others. Through losing her society status, Katherine ends up finding herself and true love.

Readers who enjoyed the first book in this series will definitely wish to read The Daughter of Highland Hall. The book also will be enjoyed by individuals who have not read the first. Turansky does an excellent job of providing enough of the backstory so that readers who are unfamiliar with the original story, or have forgotten details, can keep up. The story is a gentle romance but provides enough intrigue to be interesting. I look forward to reading volume three of this series A Refuge at Highland Hall.

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