I'm so thrilled to welcome Carrie Turansky to Ink Dots this week. Carrie has loved reading since she first visited the library and checked out a tall stack of picture books. Her love for writing began when she penned her first novel at age twelve. She is now the author of more than a dozen novels and novellas and winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award. She and her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, and counselor, have been married for more than thirty-six years and make their home in New Jersey. They often travel on ministry trips and to visit their five adult children and four grandchildren. When she's not writing, Carrie enjoys working in her flower gardens and cooking healthy meals for family and friends. She loves to connect with readers through her website: www.carrieturansky.com and on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.
The Daughter of Highland Hall ~ Book two in the Edwardian Brides Series, The Daughter of Highland Hall, follows 18-year-old Kate Ramsey on a journey of faith and self-discovery as she travels to London to make her debut in society. Her overbearing aunt insists she secure a marriage proposal from a wealthy, titled man to gain a position and secure her future. 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 she is looking for, yet, she’s not sure if he is the best choice. Will that lifestyle bring her true happiness?
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 and society think?
If I could explore anywhere in the world tomorrow, it would be . . . the Lake District in England. I visited that area in May, but only had three days. There was so much more I would love to see in that district loved by children's author Beatrix Potter. Oh, I'd love to poke around Beatrix Potter country! Could I tag along? Her characters are some of my all time favourites!
The best thing I did today . . . was read a great verse in Isaiah that really encouraged me. It's Isaiah 43: 18 - 19. "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the desert." I love the God is always doing something new in my life. That's a powerful verse. Thanks for sharing it, Carrie.
A secret pleasure of mine is . . . picking flowers each week of the summer at Honeybrook Organic Farm where I own a share. The fields are filled with zinnias, cosmos, snapdragons, and lots of other beauties. I take them home and enjoy them all week.
I wish I could relive the day when I . . . visited Tyntesfield Estate in Somerset, England. Tyntesfield is the inspiration for the setting of my Highland Hall series. One day was just not enough for me. I'd love to go back and explore the grounds and house for a few more days.
When I was a child I dreamed I would . . . have an ordinary life, but my life has far exceeded my childhood dreams. I married a wonderful man who loves the Lord and has his heart set on serving Him. Together we've raised five children, traveled to many countries for ministry and pleasure, planted churches, helped families in the areas of marriage and parenting, and are now blessed with four grandchildren.
I probably shouldn't tell you this, but . . . I'm on a mission to get healthy, and I'm seeing changes I've been praying for for a very long time. I haven't shared much about it yet, but I think it's time to trust these changes are going to last, and that's a huge blessing in my life. Thanks for visiting with us, Carrie. I wish you well on your healthy endeavours and every success with The Daughter Of Highland Hall.
For the chance to win a copy of The Daughter Of Highland Hall, please leave a comment below. Tell us if Beatrix Potter's books sat on your shelf when you were young, or if perhaps they're still there for your children or grandchildren. What children's books are/were your favourite?
I'll announce the winner next Monday in the comment thread.
Good luck and happy reading,