Dear Readers, if you’ve liked Downton Abbey, you’ll love Carrie’s series Edwardian Brides. Carrie is a dear friend and a very good writer.
Welcome back, Carrie. As an author, I know it takes a lot of people to birth each book. Who
Cathy Gohlke and I traveled to
on a research trip in May 2014, and we brainstormed ideas for this book while
we enjoyed that trip together. She has been a wonderful encouragement and
support in my writing journey, and I try to do the same for her. I belong to a
local group of writers in Philadelphia
called Story Crafters. Those ladies are a wonderful encouragement too.
We really need those encouragers, don’t we? If you teach or speak. What’s coming up on your calendar?
On October 31 I’ll be speaking and signing my new book, A Refuge at Highland Hall, at a Costume Tea Party at Paris in a Cup Tea Salon and Café in
. This should be a fun event. I’m
looking forward to meeting Orange, California California
friends there. For details you can visit my website: http://carrieturansky.com/index.php/extras/
If you had to completely start over in another place, where would you move, and why?
I’ve been blessed to live in some wonderful places and travel to several others. I’m originally from
Oregon. I love the natural beauty of my home
state, so that might be where I’d want to start over. But being near family is
most important, so I’d probably want to live close to at least some of my
If you could only tell aspiring novelists one thing, what would it be?
It takes a long time to hone your skills as a novelist.
Reading and writing are
key as well as connecting with other writers to exchange feedback on your
writing. I encourage aspiring novelist to join American Christian Fiction
Writers and attend the national conference each year. That’s a great
organization and a wonderful way to learn and grow as a writer.
So many authors, me included, have been impacted by those conferences. You’ve been asked to be in charge of a celebrity cruise. Who would you ask to take part, and why? (AS in what program, singers, etc. [it doesn’t have to be writing related])
Oh, wouldn’t that be fun! I think I’d give my cruise an English-Downton Abbey theme and invite the stars from that program to come along. We could have a costume contest and maybe play a fun game including facts about the show.
Save me a place on the cruise. I’d love it. Tell us about the featured book.
A Refuge at Highland Hall is the third and final book in the Edwardian Brides Series. The story will sweep readers away to
England and France in 1915 as the Ramsey family
and their staff and friends face the dramatic challenges and losses of World
War One, yet they also experience the hope and triumph that comes as they put
their trust in God to carry them through. Penny Ramsey helps the family welcome
a group of orphaned children to Highland Hall, but she soon discovers caring for
them is more difficult than she’d expected. She writes to Alex Goodwin, a
daring British pilot, who chases German Zeppelins across the Front Line in France and Belgium, and she longs for the day
they can be together again. The story included two pure and heartwarming
romances: Penny and Alex, and Lydia Chambers and Marius Ritter, a lady’s maid
and a prisoner of war. But most of all I hope readers will be inspired by the
characters’ examples of trusting God through the trials they face.
Fans of Downton Abbey will find many of the same elements in this series: A wealthy, aristocratic family living on a large English country estate with romance, conflicts, family drama; and loyal servants with troubles and heartaches of their own.
Please give us the first page of the book.
A Refuge at Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky
October 20, 2015/WaterBrook Multnomah Books
Waves of khaki-clad British soldiers flowed across the south lawn of the London Zoological Gardens, slowly making their way toward the chairs and benches surrounding the bandstand. Some men leaned on canes or hobbled on crutches. Others wore bandages or sported slings, testifying to the wounds they had received fighting for King and country.
Penelope Ramsey scanned their faces, searching for Theo Anderson, but her fleeting hope quickly faded. She suppressed a groan and turned away.
She must stop being ridiculous. Theo wasn’t here. He was in
France. And at
this very moment, he was probably performing surgery to save the life of some
poor wounded soldier fresh from the battlefield.
She shook her head. These wandering thoughts would never do. She was nineteen now, and it was time to put away childish, romantic daydreams—especially those involving Theo.
Last week he’d written to tell her he was engaged to a Frenchwoman who volunteered at the hospital where he was stationed in
. Rouen, France
After she read his letter, she fled to her room and cried until her eyes were red and swollen and her pillow was a soggy mess. How could he fall in love with someone else? She’d always imagined their friendship would grow and move toward romance. Though he’d never made that promise, she’d held on to that hope ever since she first danced with him at her sister Kate’s debutante ball almost three years ago.
Was there still a chance she would find true and lasting love, or was she a fool to cling to that cherished dream?
Penny lifted her gaze to the sea of soldiers once more. So many men were caught up in the fight. Thousands from her generation had already been lost. Heaven only knew how long this terrible war would last and how many more would perish.
Excerpted from A Refuge at Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky Copyright © 2015 by Carrie Turansky. Excerpted by permission of Multnomah Books, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC. All rights
I can’t wait until my book arrives. Where can we find you on the Internet?
I love to connect with reading friends through social networks and my website: http://carrieturansky.com/
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Thank you, Carrie, for sharing this book with me and my readers. I know they as eager to read it as I am.
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