Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky ends October 28th
Please welcome my friend, Carrie Turansky to my blog this week. Carrie is giving away a copy of her new release, Governess of Highland Hall. If you like Downton Abbey you are going to love Carrie's book! Leave a comment and tell us if you've ever watched Downton Abby and why you do or don't watch it or what you like about it to be entered in the drawing. Don't forget to leave your email addy and let me know if you are a feedburner follower. What is your favorite Bible verse? “I will go before you and will level the mountains. I will break down gates of bronze and cut though bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.” Isaiah 45:23 I love this verse because it highlights the power of God to do the impossible and His promise to bless us and show us who He is through it all. What intrigued you about writing in this time period? When I watched the British TV series Downton Abbey I became interested in life in England during the Edwardian period, especially life on a country estate where there were not only aristocratic family members, but also many loyal and hardworking servants. I have a good friend and fellow author, Cathy Gohlke, who wrote a beautiful book set in England during this same time period, Promise Me This, and that also piqued my interest in the period. How did you come up with the concept? When I attended the American Library Association Convention in Philadelphia in 2012, I had a discussion with an editor about the success of Downton Abbey, and she encouraged me to create a story with a heroine who was a governess and set it in England on an estate like Downton. That got my mental wheels turning. I was hesitant to follow up on the idea at first because I knew it would take a lot of research to create a story that rang true for that period. But Cathy encouraged me and loaded me up with research books. What is the one thing about you that most people don’t know? Many may not know our family spent a year in Kenya, Africa, where my husband taught at a Bible college and all the kids attended Rift Valley Academy, a mission boarding school, although we all lived on the station. This was a wonderful, life-changing experience for all of us, and I feel like I left part of my heart in Africa. Is any part of Governess of Highland Hall true? I try very hard to get the historical details correct, and that’s especially a challenge for an American who is writing a book set in England in 1911 - 1912. I’m very thankful for two British “first readers” who helped me catch some historical and cultural items that needed to be tweaked to sound less American. I hope the story will ring true for the time and place, but the plot itself is fictional. What were the most interesting things that you learned while writing and researching Governess of Highland Hall? I enjoyed learning about Amy Carmichael, missionary to India, who was the inspiration for my heroine and her family’s mission work there. I also enjoyed learning about the London Social Season. Young women had to prepare for months and sometimes years with the hope of meeting the right man and receiving a marriage proposal. What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most? I think one of the best perks of being a writer is hearing from readers who have been touched by one of my stories. Those letters and emails are a precious confirmation that God is working in and through me to share his love and truth with a reader. That always amazes and encourages me and makes me want to keep writing. What do you find to be the most challenging part of being a writer? I am a consistent writer, but I am not a fast writer. So I need to set word count goals and stick to them. It’s hard to be creative when the pressure is on and a deadline is approaching. But God is faithful, and with his help I have been able to turn each book in on time.
Fans of “Downton Abbey” and the English Edwardian-era
will love the romance of The Governess of Highland Hall, where governess Julia Foster must find her place when she is
neither upstairs family nor downstairs help.
Returning to England from the mission field in
India, Julia Foster accepts the position of governess at Highland Hall to help
support her parents. But she quickly finds that teaching her four privileged,
ill-mannered charges at a grand estate is more challenging than expected.
Sir William Ramsey, widowed and left to care for
his two young children along with the two teenage daughters of his deceased
cousin, is consumed with saving the estate from financial ruin. The last thing
he needs is the distraction of a kindhearted-yet-determined governess who seems
to be transforming his household with her persuasive personality, vibrant prayer
life, and strong faith. Can William and Julia find a way to cross the great class divide that separates them?
More information about Carrie: Carrie Turansky is the award-winning author of nearly a dozen novels
and novellas, including Snowflake Sweethearts, Along Came Love, and Surrendered
Hearts. She has won the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the
International Digital Award. She lives in central New Jersey with her husband,
Scott, who is a pastor counselor, and the author of several parenting
books. Carrie loves to connect
with readers on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and her website: http://carrieturansky.com
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