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Hello, Gentle Reader, and welcome to the first annual British Blooms and Books giveaway! This week, we’d like to celebrate the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show with you. After enjoying this post, please visit each of the other five authors’ websites (links provided below) and, after a bit of reading fun, follow one simple instruction given in each post, and then leave a comment on each to be entered to win a fabulous, British Blooms and Books prize. (US entries only, please, due to shipping the petit fours.) Thank you for stopping by!

Visiting English Gardens

Hi Friend, Carrie here….

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The Garden at Highclere Castle ~ Downton Abbey

I’ve been blessed to take two research trips to England in recent years, and visiting gardens there has been one of the highlights of those trips for me! In September 2012 my husband and I visited Highclere Castle and spent time in the gardens before we toured the house. We walked through the walled flower garden, the all white garden, and the secret garden. What a fun experience to see where Downton Abbey was filmed and imagine the characters there with me.  In The Governess of Highland Hall several scenes take place in the gardens and greenhouse, so I had those memories of Highclere to help me visualize my characters as I wrote those scenes.


Tyntesfied with Cathy Gholke and Carrie Turansky

Cathy Gohlke and Carrie Turansky visit Tyntesfield ~ Highland Hall.

In 2014 I returned to England with my author friend Cathy Gohlke and we visited Scotland, The Lake District, and Tyntesfield, the estate I had in mind as I wrote the Highland Hall novels. Touring the house and gardens there was very inspiring! In The Daughter of Highland Hall the heroine, Kate Ramsey, and her aunt visit the Royal Horticultural Society Exhibition in London, which was held on the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital. It was so successful that the Chelsea Flower Show has been held there since 1913. I enjoyed reading about the history of the flower show and adding some of that information to The Daughter of Highland Hall, including the Royal Family’s appearance at the event.

Highland Hall Series

The third book in the series, A Refuge at Highland Hall, takes place during World War One. Penny Ramsey brings orphans to Highland to escape the bombing in London. Taking the children outdoors to spend time in the gardens and parkland was one of the ways Penny kept the children busy. Those memories of my visits to Highclere and Tyntesfield helped me bring those garden scenes to life in my books.

Carrie and Cathy in the Inverarary Castle gardens in Scotland.

Carrie and Cathy at Inverarary Castle, Scotland

I hope you enjoyed this virtual garden tour! To enter the grand prize drawing: Please sign up for my newsletter (the sign up box at the top on the right of this page) and comment below. If you are already a subscriber just mention that in your comment.

One grand prize winner who comments on each of the six authors’ websites and agrees to the boldfaced condition posted at the end of each post will win a signed copy of the six books plus delivery of six English hat petit fours to enjoy while you read! Winner’s name will be drawn via after May 28th.

Tea Hat Petit Fours.

Tea Hat Petit Fours. (Photo from Divine Delights)

Finished? Well done! Please visit these five other fabulous authors of English historical novels to see what flowers mean to them and their heroines.

Sandra Byrd’s Page:

Melanie Dickerson’s Page:

Kristi Ann Hunter’s Page:!british-blooms-and-books/dtpk9

Julie Klassen’s Page:

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  1. Bree M. NarnianWarHorse
    Bree M. NarnianWarHorse says:

    Just got to sign up for your newsletter! And thanks for being a part of this fantastic giveaway – I love being introduced to authors I’ve not read yet. 🙂

  2. Lynn Blosser
    Lynn Blosser says:

    Signed up for your newsletter. I really enjoyed the pictures and hearing about how the gardens inspired you. I’m looking forward to your next book.

    • Carrie Turansky
      Carrie Turansky says:

      Hi Lynn, thanks for stopping by. My next book is coming out Feb. 2017: Shine Like the Dawn. It’s set in England in the early 1900s. It has a bit of a mystery as well as family drama, romance, and inspiration. It releases Feb. 2017. Happy Reading!

  3. Alicia Clingman
    Alicia Clingman says:

    I just tried to subscribe and I’m not sure if it worked! But I hope it did!! I would love to win! But I’ll check out your books anyways! 🙂

  4. Laura Waltz
    Laura Waltz says:

    I love your books and have read this series. Would love to win and re-read the one you included in the giveaway. I am excited to read your next book you write and see how gardens play a part in it. 🙂 Subscribed as well.

    • Carrie Turansky
      Carrie Turansky says:

      Hi Laura, that’s fun to hear you’ve enjoyed the Highland Hall novels! I’ve turned in my next book to my editor. It’s called Shine Like the Dawn and it’s also set in England in the early 1900s. It has a bit of a mystery as well as family drama, romance, and inspiration. It releases Feb. 2017. Happy Reading!

    • Carrie Turansky
      Carrie Turansky says:

      Thank Janine! I’ve enjoyed working with Jones House Creative to build my website. They’ve taught me how to update the pages and keep things working. I’m grateful.

  5. Judy Jordan
    Judy Jordan says:

    Those petit fours are too cute to eat. But I love petit fours, so I’d probably eat them anyway.

  6. Shaun Renee Paulsen
    Shaun Renee Paulsen says:

    I have never read one of your books. The Daughter of Highland Hall sounds like a good book to add to my personal library.

  7. Kara meggers
    Kara meggers says:

    I never did like reading till growing up…but finally in my 20s I took a chance on Beverly Lewis, and fell in love with reading….I even got to meet her, and then it was a challenge finding another author to also fall in love with, and that’s when I discovered Julie klassen…and now I’m addicted to her!! I sure am glad I’ve discovered the love if reading!!! and am now anxious to find new authors to fall in love with

  8. Polly Schneider
    Polly Schneider says:

    I haven’t had the opportunity to read any of your books, but they look so interesting. I love historical fiction. I am already a subscriber to your newsletter.

  9. Bree Herron
    Bree Herron says:

    I subscribed ! breannaherron (at) gmail dot com thank you for bringing some wonderful flowers to my Wyoming barren spring! Happy reading!!

  10. Brianna
    Brianna says:

    I have subscribed for your newsletter. I actually have not yet read any of your books. They look very interesting though!

  11. Liza
    Liza says:

    Just subscribed! Your books (and travels) look so interesting! I’d love to visit a castle, particularly the castle Dunans in Scotland.

  12. Megan Wilson
    Megan Wilson says:

    I subscribed. 😀 Thanks for the awesome giveaway. The hat petit fours are SO cute and I bet they taste good! Highland Hall looks amazing. I bet Scotland was wonderful! All these books sound wonderful. Thanks again!

  13. Rosalie
    Rosalie says:

    I am already subscribed to your emails. I love your book series, the Highland Halls. It brings the world of Edwardian England to me and opens up my eyes to see and understand the times and customs of during that period. Thank you for sharing your gift and love of writing I love reading updates on your process and background research when writing a book.

  14. Diana
    Diana says:

    Oh my goodness! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love your books! Thanks so much for the giveaway! I just subscribed.

  15. Sherri P.S.
    Sherri P.S. says:

    What an inspiring blog. It has made me want to be there and visit all those places that you went. Wow!

  16. Nicole Wilson
    Nicole Wilson says:

    Subscribed! Thanks for the giveaway! I haven’t read your books, but it’s always fun to discover a new to me author.?

  17. Cynthia St. Germain
    Cynthia St. Germain says:

    I signed up for your giveaway. I love your books. Thank you for your wonderful stories.

  18. Carol Alscheff
    Carol Alscheff says:

    I signed up for your newsletter. The gardens look beautiful. I would love to win the books.v

  19. Cyndi
    Cyndi says:

    Would love to make this trip someday! Until then, I’ll live vicariously through your books! Thanks for the giveaway! I’m already subscribed. ?

  20. Amber Ludwig
    Amber Ludwig says:

    Subscribed! I’ve yet to read any of your books, but anything with flowers, castles romance and a bit of adventure intrigue me! =)

  21. Sheila Moore
    Sheila Moore says:

    I have signed up for the newsletter and can’t wait to read your books. I love flower gardens, tea and all things about castles too. Thank you for your giveaway

  22. Kathy Davis
    Kathy Davis says:

    I just subscribed to your newsletter. I’m excited to have a new author to follow, and a new book idea.

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