The Covered Deep by Brandy Vallance

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1877 – Ohio, At Sea, Israel, England, Worldwide

Bianca Marshal is holding out for the perfect husband. Finding a man that meets the requirements of her “must-have” list in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains has proven impossible. Bianca’s mama insists that there’s no such thing as a perfect true love, and that Bianca’s ideal man is pure fiction. On the eve of
her twenty-fifth birthday, Bianca discovers a devastating statistic: her chance of marrying is now only eighteen percent. Unwilling to accept spinsterhood, Bianca enters an essay contest that propels her into a whirlwind search for her soulmate. Via the opulence of London and the mysteries of the Holy Land, Bianca’s true love will be revealed, but not without a heavy price.

 

Author Interview and Giveaway – The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

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Daughter Highland HallBook 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? Downton Abbey meets Pride and Prejudice in this pure romance.

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Questions about Carrie’s book

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?Carrie-smaller

I loved learning about a debutante’s royal court presentation, which was a coming out ritual for aristocratic young women. It announced they were ready to enter society, take part in the events of the London season, and meet their prospective husband. Young women spent months preparing and practicing their curtsy, which they would make before the king and queen. There were several dress fittings for a beautiful white dress that must be unique but follow the rules of court dress. Flowers for her bouquet and to decorate her coach must be ordered. Jewelry and an ostrich feather headpiece were purchased. An older woman who had been presented when she was a debutante must act as her sponsor and accompany her to the presentation. It was an exciting but also nerve-wracking event for these young women . . . and especially for my heroine, Kate Ramsey.

Did you include a real historical character or incident in your story?

I wanted my wealthy young heroine to be inspired to consider the needs of the poor, so I had her attend a lecture given by Catherine Bramwell-Booth, who was the granddaughter of General William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army.  The Salvation Army began in England in the mid-1800’s and was known for meeting both spiritual needs and physical needs of the poor. I wanted readers to “meet” Christians who lived out their faith and made an impact for Christ, so I am happy I can introduce them to the Booth family.

What research book or website used to write this book was your favorite to peruse?

I love Evangeline Holland’s blog, Edwardian Promenade. She has pages and pages of information about all aspects of Edwardian life. She took time to answer my questions about English forms of address for titled members of the family and was very helpful. She’s is a fellow Downton Abbey Fan too! Edwardian Promenade.

Did you stumble upon anything in your research for this book that made you sad?

The living conditions of the poor on London’s East End was heart wrenching. That’s one reason I wanted my hero and heroine to reach out and make a difference there. I was especially touched by photos of children living on the East End in the early 1900’s. Take a look at my Pinterest board.

What is your home on the internet?

http://carrieturansky.com/

Other books in this series?

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Questions about Carrie’s Reading

What Christian Historical Novel did you reread last, and why did you reread it?

Several friends recommended I read Blackmore by Julianne Donaldson. I’ve read it twice and just listened to the audio version. That was a whole new experience. I loved it just as much this time…maybe even more hearing it read aloud by a wonderful British narrator, Cassandra Campbell. It’s set in England during the Regency period, with a wonderful hero and heroine, and great romantic tension. It’s a pure and proper romance that very much reminds me of a Jane Austen novel. I highly recommend it to those who enjoy English historical romance.

What Christian Historical Novel are you most excited to read that hasn’t yet come out?

I’m looking forward to Julie Klassen’s next novel, The Secret of Pembrook Park. I’ve enjoyed several of Julie’s books. Her research is exceptional, and she always makes me feel like I’ve been whisked back to England when I read one.

What Christian Historical Novel in your To Be Read pile is begging you to make time to plop down with it right now?

I have an advanced copy of Into the Valley of Secrets by Cathy Gohlke. I am so excited to read her next book! Cathy and I are good friends, and we often brainstorm ideas for books…so I can’t wait to see how this WW2, time-slip novel has come together.

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Carrie has been nice enough to offer one paperback of The Daughter of Highland Hall to a US resident. I’ll give away a copy of any book mentioned (besides that advanced copy that’s not out!) in the interview in ebook form. Enter the Rafflecopter below!

Also check out her special giveaway:

We will be celebrating the release of The Daughter of Highland Hall with a giveaway hosted on my blog: http://carrieturansky.com/index.php/blog/   Readers can enter for a chance to win one of 5 prizes packages that will include copies of the book, tea cups, tea time cookbook, tea towels, and other English tea-themed gifts. The giveaway will run Sept 30th – October 31, with giveaways Oct 7th, 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st.

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Lady of Willowgrove Hall by Sarah Ladd

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1814 – England

Her secret cloaks her in isolation and loneliness. His secret traps him in a life that is not his own.

Cecily Faire carries the shame of her past wherever she treads, knowing one slip of the tongue could expose her disgrace. But soon after becoming a lady’s companion at Willowgrove Hall, Cecily finds herself face-to-face with a man well-acquainted with the past she’s desperately hidden for years. Nathaniel Stanton has a secret of his own—one that has haunted him for years and tied him to his father’s position as steward of Willowgrove Hall. To protect his family,Nathaniel dares not breath a word of the truth. But as long as the shadow looms over him, he’ll never be free to find his own way in the world. He’ll never be free to fall in love. When the secrets swirling within Willowgrove Hall come to light, Cecily and Nathaniel must confront a painful choice: Will they continue running from the past . . . or will they stand together and fight for a future without the suffocating weight of secrets long suffered?

A Proper Marriage by Dorothy Love

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1848 – Tennessee

From a hasty union begun in shame, two young outcasts struggle to build a lasting love.

Following a brief romance with George Mackenzie, Blue Gap’s most desirable suitor, Olivia Brooks finds herself abandoned and expecting a child. Cast out of her father’s house, Olivia hastily weds George’s brother Luke whom she has known since childhood. Luke hopes that giving his brother’s child a name will prove his worth, and provide a home for the woman he has long admired. An accident on the road delivers the young couple into the care of a Tennessee Quaker family. As Olivia and Luke recover from their injuries and await the birth of the child, they struggle to make peace with their pasts and to forge at last a proper marriage.ten Readers familiar with Dorothy Love’s Hickory Ridge series will enjoy another installment of memorable characters and settings.

Surprised by Love by Julie Lessman

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1904 – California

Shy and unattractive as a child, Megan McClare has always been teased by her classmates. But when she returns home from her senior year in Paris, the wallflower has suddenly blossomed into a beauty. With ambitions to become a lawyer or doctor, Megan accepts an internship at the district attorney’s office only to discover that she will be working with Devin Caldwell, a boy who mercilessly mocked her at school–and with whom she was hopelessly enamored. She turns to her dear friend Bram Hughes for support and advice. But Bram’s vision is clouded by his sudden unwelcome attraction to a girl he had always thought of as a kid sister. He advises forgiveness, but can he forgive himself for pushing the woman he loves into the arms of another man? Fan favorite Julie Lessman draws a romantic triangle that will have readers in a tizzy in this glittering Gilded Age tale of transforming love.    

The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turanksy

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1912 – England

What if the title, the estate, the life of security and splendor… what if it isn’t enough?

Strong-willed and beautiful, debutante Katherine Ramsey feels ready to take the London social season by storm, and she must. Her family estate, Highland Hall, has been passed to older male cousin Sir William Ramsey, and her only means of securing her future is to make a strong debut and find a proper husband. With her all-knowing and meddling aunt as a guide, Katherine is certain to attract suitors at the lavish gatherings, sparkling with Great Britain’s elite. When a shocking family scandal sidelines Katherine, forcing her out of the social spotlight, she keeps a low profile, volunteering with the poor in London’s East End. Here Katherine feels free from her predictable future, and even more so as a friendship with medical student Jonathan Foster deepens and her faith in God grows. But when Katherine is courted anew by a man of wealth and position, dreams of the life she always thought she wanted surface again. Torn between tradition and the stirrings in her heart for a different path, she must decide whom she can trust and love—and if she will choose a life serving others over one where she is served.

Suitor by Design by Christine Johnson

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1924 – Michigan

Minnie Fox’s goal is to find a beau who can help support her ailing father and his struggling dress shop. As a working man, her friend Peter Simmons simply doesn’t fit the bill. Instead, Minnie’s got eyes for Peter’s childhood pal—a wealthy Chicagoan. So why can’t she stop thinking about Peter? Peter wishes Minnie would see him as more than a friend. As a hardworking mechanic, Peter knows he’ll never be able to dazzle Minnie with fancy suits and expensive cars. But maybe he can prove to her that what’s in a man’s heart is worth more than what’s in his wallet.

The Nanny Arrangement by Lily George

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1811 – England

Becoming nursemaid to Paul Holmes’s orphaned niece seems like the perfect solution to Becky Siddons’s problems. After having her romantic hopes dashed, she’s determined to focus solely on her charge and not the little girl’s handsome uncle. Until Becky realizes she is losing her heart to a man determined to keep his own under lock and key…. Paul had hoped hiring Becky would allow him to keep a distance from his niece, a reminder of his late sister—and his failings in raising her. Yet he soon finds himself enjoying spending time with outspoken, impulsive Becky and the child. Can he take a chance on this unexpected, joyful new family?

Big Sky Cowboy by Linda Ford

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1889 – Montana

The last thing Cora Bell wants is a distracting cowboy showing up on her family’s farm seeking temporary shelter. Especially one she is sure has something to hide. But she’ll accept Wyatt Williams’s help rebuilding her family’s barn—and try not to fall once again for a man whose plans don’t include staying around. Since leaving his troubled past behind, Wyatt avoids personal entanglements. He just wants to make a new start with his younger brother. But there’s something about Cora that he’s instinctively drawn to. Dare this solitary cowboy risk revealing his secrets for a chance at redemption and a bright new future with Cora by his side?  

Married by Christmas by Karen Kirst

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1881 – Tennessee

Wherever Caleb O’Malley goes, trouble follows, and trouble is the last thing Rebecca Thurston needs. But when Caleb appears—gravely wounded—at Rebecca’s Smoky Mountain cabin, she can’t turn him away. His life depends on her kindness, but she never anticipated it would lead to an unwanted proposal. Caleb never forgave himself for the accident that ended Rebecca’s engagement and destroyed her life. He doesn’t want to hurt her again. But after a week recuperating at her cabin, there is only one way for Caleb to protect both their reputations from scandal. Neither of them wants to tie the knot, but as Rebecca and Caleb spend time together, will they find there’s more to their marriage than convenience?    

The Soldier’s Homecoming

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1945 – Michigan

After long years away at war, Joe is determined to start his life anew. But it isn’t easy. Settling into his Michigan hometown at last, he doesn’t expect to come face-to-face with the girl who got away—and is still holding a grudge. Feisty dance teacher Victoria Banks has always stood on her own two feet. But everyone needs help sometimes. It’s tempting to share her joys and troubles with a war hero who would like nothing more than to cherish her. But can she let go of the past…and take a second chance on love?

Stagecoach Bride by Darlene Mindrup

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1859 – Tennessee

Stagecoach Driver Adam Clark Is Used to Surprises 

But he never thought he’d find his childhood friend Amanda Ross applying for a dangerous driver’s job. Now Adam’s “little bundle of dynamite” is all grown up…and sparking feelings that are anything but brotherly. If he can’t talk her out of her crazy scheme to assert her independence, he’ll just have to protect her. Amanda’s fiery personality dwarfs her small stature, but their journey westward tests even her indomitable spirit. And she learns she can trust Adam to keep her safe in the swirl of danger that surrounds them. Can these two old friends survive a treacherous trip…and open their hearts to one another before it’s too late?

Promise to Cherish by Elizabeth Byler Younts

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1945 – New York

As World War II draws to a close, nurse Christine falls in love with roguish Amish boy Eli and must choose between a new, uncertain life in the Amish faith or face the judgment of a conservative postwar American society for her past mistakes. It’s 1945, and Christine Freeman is a nurse at Hudson River State Hospital, where she works alongside members of a Civilian Public Service unit. Eli is one of the conscies—conscientious objectors to the war—and he is doing his best to become a man of character instead of the immature heartbreaker he used to be back home in his Amish community. Christine and Eli are friendly, but when an old acquaintance, Jack, returns home from the war, Christine’s world is violently turned upside down. Eli, heartbroken to see his friend so hurt, offers her an escape within his Amish community. Despite her misgivings, Christine is fully embraced by Eli’s community. She slowly begins to feel valued and loved as she learns the Amish way of life. Christine finds herself falling for Eli. But soon, the abusive Jack discovers Christine in her Amish hideaway and starts causing trouble for the quiet community. Christine can’t see herself becoming Amish, and she knows that if Eli leaves the church to be with her, he will be shunned. Will she escape Jack and possibly have to give up the one thing she holds most dear, or will she follow her heart and promise to cherish the Amish man who loves her?    

The Farmer’s Daughter by Various Authors

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Enjoy five historical novels by some of Christian fiction’s bestselling authors. Meet daughters of prairie farms from Montana south to Kansas who find love in the midst of turbulent life changes. Marty’s nieces are kidnapped. Rosalind’s town is overrun by a railroad company. Amy’s jealousy comes between her and her twin. Beulah’s answer is needed to a marriage proposal. Lilly’s choice puts her at odd with her neighbors. Into each of their lives rides a man who may only make their situations worse.    

Finding Mercy by Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley

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1866 – Tennessee

When Mercy abandons Captain Elijah Hale to search for her true identity, he goes after her. With the threat that bounty hunters might be hot on her trail, Mercy does all she can to stay ahead of the danger, frustrating both the bad men who are after her—and Captain Hale who wants to find her and escort her safely home. But when she stumbles upon clues that help her learn who she is and where she’s from, the danger escalates and she has to learn to keep her friends close and her enemies even closer—if she can determine which is which! This is historical romance with a blend of intrigue from beloved storytellers renowned for their work in film and print.