WW1 PilotHi Friends,

I never thought I’d write a novel set during wartime. I had no desire to make my characters face the hardships and losses that would surely come their way. But when I traveled to England on a research trip I was intrigued by what I learned about life on the home front. So I decided to set A Refuge at Highland Hall in 1915 and take The Ramsey and Foster families  into the “Great War.”

As I got into the research I was fascinated with WW1 aviation. I even took a university online course to learn more about it. I decided to make the hero,  Alex Goodwin, a brave British pilot who would chase German Zeppelin across the front lines in France and Belgium. Aviation was in its infancy, and many of the early planes looked like stick and paper models. I couldn’t believe they actually flew them on wartime missions! The plane below is an Morane Saulnier, the type Alex flies in A Refuge at Highland Hall.

Alex's Plane

It took great courage and daring to train as a pilot. Their life expectancy was only 6 weeks. Some lived through the war, but many perished defending their country. There were two main divisions of the military flying missions for Britain: the Royal Air Force and the Royal Naval Air Service. Alex flies for the RNAS.

WW1 Aviation Poster

I was deeply touched when I read the biography of Rex Warnford, a young British pilot, and I used him as the inspiration for Alex. Rex was the first British pilot to successfully drop his bombs on a German Zeppelin and knock it out of the sky.

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WW 1 Pilot with bomb

This was an amazing feat, since he only had six bombs, and the Zeppelin crew had a gunner guarding their airship on top at the rear. Rex’s mission was so thrilling I included much of it in Refuge. I think some readers will think the events are too fantastic — it couldn’t have happened that way . . . but it’s all based on Rex’s story and news accounts of his amazing mission.

Rex Warnford

Rex Warnford

Imperial War Museum, London; (c) IWM (Imperial War Museums); Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

WW1 Pilot dressed to fly

 

It’s a thrilling story, and I hope readers will feel like they are climbing into the cockpit with Alex as he flies through the sky with great courage, determined to protect those he loves. One of those on his mind is Penny Ramsey, the heroine of the story. She and Alex exchange several letters, and when Alex needs a friend, Penny remains faithful.

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Refuge Audio Book Cover

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Refuge Trade Paper and eBook Cover

 

Do you have your copy of Refuge yet? If not, just click on the covers above, and they’ll take you to my website with easy links to order from your favorite retailer.

It’s been encouraging to read all the great reviews being posted for A Refuge at Highland Hall. If you enjoy the story I hope you’ll consider adding your review on Amazon, GoodReads, or one of the other online review sites. Thanks For sharing the journey with me!

Blessings and Happy Reading,

Carrie

Hi Friends,

I’m excited to share the beautiful new cover of A Refuge at Highland Hall with you! This final book in the Edwardian Brides Series releases October 20, but is available now for preorder at AmazonChristianbooks.com,  and other fine retailers.

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What can you expect in this next story? Many of the same characters that you got to know in Book 1 and 2 return, but this time Penny Ramsey steps forward as the heroine. The hero is a wonderfully brave and daring Bristish pilot, Alex Goodwin, who grew up in India with Julia (Foster) Ramsey and Jon Foster.

You’ll be swept away to England and France in 1915 as Penny and Alex face the challenges and losses of World War One, yet also experience the hope and triumph that comes as they put their trust in God to carry them through. The Ramseys welcome a group of orphaned children to Highland and must send members of the family and staff off to war. You’ll be thrilled by action packed scenes when Alex chases German zeppelins across the sky over the Front Line in France. And you’ll be delighted by 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 you’ll be inspired by the characters’ examples of trusting God through whatever trials you might 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, and family drama; and loyal servants with troubles and heartaches of their own.

The Governess of Highland Hall was a finalist for the ACFW Carol Award and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and The Daughter of Highland Hall is nominated for Inspy Award.

Why not catch up on the series while you wait for Book 3? Visit my website where you can read the first chapters and order your copies of The Governess of Highland Hall and The Daughter of Highland Hall.

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Happy Reading!

Carrie

 

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It’s surprising what you find doing a Google search!  Today I was looking for a painting I’d seen at Tyntesfield, the estate I have in mind as I write my Highland Hall books, and I found a blog post written by the photographer whose photo was used on the cover of The Governess of Highland Hall. When the book came out he recieved a copy from my publisher and wrote about it on his blog – Little Green Men Photography.

This quote stung a bit:  “Reading the blurb on the back, it’s clear that the story is some kind of Edwardian bodice-ripper, unashamedly cashing in on the current popularity ofDownton Abbey.”

Hmmmm, an Edwardian bodice-ripper? I think he must not have read the story. I wondered if I should respond and leave a comment on his blog to set the story straight or let it go. After a thinking a about it a few minutes, here is the comment I posted:

Hello, I’m the author of The Governess of Highland Hall, and the one who pointed the art director to your lovely photo for possible use on the cover. Your photos were a great help to me as I wrote the story and imagined what my characters would do and see at Highland Hall. I watched a documentary about Tyntesfield and found several more photos online that I saved on a Pinterest board . . . but yours were the first. Thank you for sharing them!

I was very excited to finally visit Tyntesfield last May. What a delight! It is even more beautiful in person than in the photos. The National Trust staff was very kind and gave me a private tour of several of the rooms that were closed to most visitors. It was a wonderful day that I will never forget. I took a lot of photos myself that day.

Daughter Highland HallI’ve gone on to write two more books in the series. The Daughter of Highland Hall released last October. It is mainly set in London, and now I’m working on A Refuge at Highland Hall, which releases this coming October. This story brings us back to Highland Hall (Tyntesfield) and follows the Ramsey family through WW1. The hero is a very brave and daring British pilot who must learn how to build a new life after he is injured in the war, but not before he takes down a German zeppelin. I enjoyed the research and learning more about WW1 in England and France. I try to give my readers a look back at history as well as romance, family drama, and inspiration.

The Governess of Highland Hall is not a bodice-ripper. My novels are inspriational, clean-reads that can be enjoyed by teens through greatgrandmothers with no embarrassment. I’m very happy about that, and so are my readers. The Governess of Highland Hall has done well in the US and has been translated into Dutch. It’s been a finalist for two national writing awards and has some great reviews on Amazon.

I hope you’re pleased to see your photo used for the cover. I would’ve sent my thanks earlier, but I just found this blog post when I Googled Tyntesfield images. I hope you keep taking and sharing great photos! You never know who you will inspire!

Want to read the books for yourself and see? Just click on over to my book page.

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When we or our work are criticized or belittled, we have a choice how we respond. It felt great to set the record straight, yet do it in a way that I hope was kind and informative. I hope the Little Green Men agree! :  )

***Update, check out Ian Wilson’s reply to my comment. It seems I’ve won a friend who is eager to share more photos with me for future projects.

Happy Reading,

Carrie

 

Carrie TuranskyHi Friends,  Just a quick note to tell you about a fun giveaway that’s going on now through December 1. I’ve teamed up with English historical authors Julie Klassen and Sarah Ladd to connect with readers and giveaway some books and prizes!

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Entering is easy. Just follow the link at the end of this blog post to our giveaway page on Facebook. Fill out the Rafflecopter form there and you could win a copy of all three books, a lovely English bone china teacup, tea, chocolate, and a DVD of Pride and Prejudice!

Would you like to know more about Sarah’s book, A Lady at Willow Grove Hall, and Julie’s new book, The Secret of Pembrooke Park? Just click on the titles to visit their websites. They are both talented authors with wonderful books I recommend to you!

To enter the giveaway go to: http://on.fb.me/14GEJCf

Blessings and Happy Reading,

Carrie

Daughter of Highland Hall AudioHi Friends,

Have you ever listened to an audio book? When The Governess of Highland Hall released in audio a few months ago, I decided to download it and listen. And I was surprised to discover I loved hearing the story read aloud, not just because I’d written it, but because the narrator’s style and pace allowed me to picture the story in my mind and enjoy it in a new way.

Since then I’ve listened to Jan Karon’s new book, Somewhere Safe and Somebody Good, and I loved it! I listened to Edenbrooke and Blackmoore, both by Julianne Donaldson. They are beautiful Regency romances, very clean and proper. And I also enjoyed Sarah Ladd’s newest book, A Lady at Willowgrove Hall. I recommend all these books to you!

Governess Audio CoverWould you like your own audio copy of The Governess of Highland Hall and The Daughter of Highland Hall?  Just visit my book page, and you’ll find links to Tantor Audio and Amazon for Audible.

If you’d like to try out an audio book and see if you enjoy listening, Aduible, an Amazon company, offers a free 30-trial period. That’s what I did for the first month, thinking, “I’ll just try it for free and then close my account. But I enjoyed it so much, and the price was so reasonable, that I decided to continue on. Here’s a link to Audible to learn more.

cturansky-2lowI’d like to introduce two of my reading friends to the joy of listening to audio books, so I’m giving away a CD set of The Governess of Highland Hall and another CD set of The Daughter of Highland Hall this weekend. Just leave a comment below and tell me which set you’d like. I’ll choose a winner for each set on Sunday evening, Novemlber 9th and post the winner on Monday.

Thanks for your interest in my books and for sharing the journey with me!

Blessings and Happy Reading . . . and listening,

Carrie


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Hi Friends,

It’s time to celebrate the release of The Daughter of Highland Hall, Book Two in the Edwardian Brides Series!

The official launch date is October 7th, but we’ll be celebrating all month with special events, and we’ll be giving away five prize packages right here on my blog. Keep reading and make plans to celebrate with us!

Paris in a Cup Tea PartyCalifornia Book Launch: Downton Abbey Inspired ~ Book Signing Luncheon Tea at Paris in a Cup in Orange, CA, on Saturday, October 18th, 10:30 am. I’ll be sharing about my visit to Highclere Castle where Downton Abbey is filmed and tell the story behind my new book. Paris in a Cup is lovely, and the food is awesome! This is event is almost sold out, but give them a call and see if there is still room for you to attend.

The Daughter of Highland Hall Giveaways:  We’re offering five Edwardian Prize Packages, and we’re giving the first one away on Launch Day, Oct. 7th. But you can continue to enter all month. The other four prize packages will be given away on October 10, 17, 24, and 31! Check back each Friday to see if you are a winner.

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October 7th Prize Package “Tyntesfield Treasures” includes items I brought back from my last trip to England. Tyntesfiled is the beautiful estate that is the inspiration for Highland Hall. This package includes: Tyntesfiled tea towel, Tyntesfield mug, Tyntesfield Chapel stained glass sun catcher, Vintage Tea Time Recipes Cookbook, and a signed copy of The Daughter of Highland Hall.

*****Congratulations to Mikaela! She is the winner of the first Prize Package. She left this comment: I love reading historical fiction because it gives me the chance to “live” in another time. “The Governess of Highland Hall” is one of my absolute favorite books and I cannot wait to get my hands on “Daughter of Highland Hall.” Mikaela, be watching for my email. I’ll need your mailing address! : )

October 10th Prize Package includes a Downton Abbey 2015 Calendar, An Edwardian style necklace from Belle on a Budget, A lovelyEnglish bone china tea cup, and a copy of The Daughter of Highland Hall.

******Congratulations to Sally S. from Happy Valley, Oregon. She is the winner of this prize package!

October 17th Prize Package includes a canister of Downton Abbey Tea, London Clock Tower necklace, a lovely English bone china tea cup, and a copy of The Daughter of Highland Hall.

********Congratulations to Sara Kate! She is the winner of this prize package!

October 24th Prize Package includes a Downton Abbey Puzzle, An antique key beaded pendant from Belle on a Budget, a lovely tea cup, and a copy of The Daughter of Highland Hall.
********Congratulation wo Kathleen E. Belongia! She is the winner of the 4th prize package!
October 31 Prize Package includes A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey hard cover book, Set of four Downton Abbey Coasters, an lovely English bone china teacup, and a copy of The Daughter of Highland Hall.
*******Congratulations to Brenda P., from Mobile, Alabama who is the winner of the final Prize Package!

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Hi Friends,

The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie TuranskyOnly 12 more days until the release of The Daughter of Highland Hall! On October 7th you should be able to download an eBook copy, purchase a paperback at your local bookstore or online, or listen to the audio book. To pre-order your copy, just click on the cover on the right.

One of the first steps in creating the story is developing the characters. I like to find historical photos as well as modern photos to help me picture them and imagine what they might do or say.

Here are some of the chacters you’ll meet in this new book. If you read The Governess of Highland Hall, then you’ll remember Katherine (Kate) Ramsey, the eighteen-year-old niece of Sir William Ramsey, the master of Highland Hall. She is beautiful but strong-willed, and she was quite a challenge for her governess. In The Daughter of Highland Hall Kate steps forward as the heroine, a young debutante who goes to London for her first season with the goal of finding a suitable husband, perferably one who is wealthy and titled. Kate has a lot to learn about what’s most important in life and relationships! When I first start planning a new book I like to find historical photos as well as modern photo for my characters. Here are a few I found for this book.

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The hero is also a character you met briefly in The Governess of Highland Hall, Jonathan Foster, brother of Julia, the Governess. Jon is a medical student, who is nearing the end of his training and poised to choose his path for the future. His strong faith and commitment to his family and serving those in need make a marked impression on Kate.

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You’ll also meet Dr. Alfred Pittsford, director of the Daystar Clinic helping the poor in London’s East End; Lady Louisa Gatewood, Kate’s overbearing aunt, who is insistent on controling Kate’s choices and future. Some of your favorite members of the staff – Lydia Chambers, Kate’s lady’s maid, Ann, the nursery maid, and Mr. Lawrence, the Butler keep their roles. William and Julia return in this book, as well as William’s troublesome brother, David Ramsey. I hope you enjoy them all!

Check back on Tuesday September 30th for more info about the book launch giveaways!

Blessings and Happy Reading!

Carrie

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Ann and Lydia

Doctor Alfred Pittsford

Dr. Alfred Pittsford

Lady Louisa Gatewood

Lady Louisa Gatewood

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David Ramsey

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Carrie and her husband Scott, pastor of Calvary Chapel Living Hope, Robbinsville, New Jersey

Hi Friends,

I hope you’ll mark your calendar and plan to join me on Sunday, October 5th, for the official launch of my new book, The Daughter of Highland Hall, Book 2 in the Edwardian Brides Series.

I’m grateful for my church, Calvary Chapel Living Hope, and I’m excited they’re willing to celebrate this book launch with me during our 10 o’clock Sunday Morning service. I’ll be sharing briefly about the story and about using books as an outreach tool. Then after the service I’ll be signing and giving away copies of The Daughter of Highland Hall, one per family. We’ll also be serving some special homemade British refreshments that day.

Daughter Highland HallI hope you’ll come and enjoy the worship service with us and pick up your copy of The Daughter of Highland Hall! For information about Calvary Chapel Living Hope and directions please visit our church website: www.takejesushome.com.

If you don’t live close enough to attend, I hope you’ll pick up a copy at your local bookstore, or you can order it from my website.

Blessings and Happy Reading,

Carrie

Paris in a Cup Tea PartyHi Friends, If you live in the Orange County, California area, I hope you’ll join me and my friends Valerie and her sister Cheryl, who is the owner of Paris in a Cup, as we launch my newest book, The Daughter of Highland Hall, Saturday, October 18th with a book signing luncheon Tea. The Meet and Greet and book signing starts at 10:30, and the Luncheon begins at 11:00 am.

Daughter Highland HallFans of Downton Abbey, Jane Eyre, and Pride & Prejudice will enjoy this pure and inspiring romance, taking place in Edwardian England amid a clash of cultures and changing times. This is book 2 of the Edwardian Brides Series, but don’t worry this enjoyable read stands alone. In case you want to start with the first book in the series, The Governess of Highland Hall, I will have extra copies on hand for you to purchase.

I’ll be sharing about my visit to Highclere Castle where Downton Abbey is filmed, and how that series inspired my novels. I’m dressing up Edwardian style, and you’re welcome to dress up if you’d like, but that’s optional. Your paid reservation includes a copy of The Daughter of Highland Hall, a lovely lunch prepare by Chef Josh Backstrom, delicous tea, a question and answer time, and applicable tax and gratuity. The cost is $49.95. Seating is very limited; reservations are prepaid and are non-refundable.

Tea FoodTo make your reservation visit www.parisinacup.com or call 714-538-9411.

Paris in a Cup is a lovely Tea salon, visit their website to see the photos.

To learn more about The Daughter of Highland Hall visit this page.

I hope to see you there!

Carrie

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I have some exciting news to share! The Daughter of Highland Hall. The story is read by Veida Dehmlow, a very talented British narrator, and she does an excellent job giving the characters different voices and bringing the story to life.

Audio books are great to listen to while you exercise, drive, clean house, or take a walk. They are especially nice to listen to on road trips. You can take the story with you wherever and whenever you’d like to listen!

The Governess of Highland Hall Audio Version is available from Tantor Audio Books: $10.00 to download, $15 for MP3 CD, or $20 for Audio CDs or from Amazon: $20.24, or Free with Amazon Audible 30 day free trial.

Do you enjoy audio books? What is your favorite time or place to listen to one?

Happy Listening!

Carrie

 

The governess of Highland HallHi Friends,

The Governess of Highland Hall has received over 100 5-Star Reviews on Amazon, and it’s time to celebrate! As a way to say thank you to my friends and help more readers discover this story . . . I’m hosting this fun giveaway of Highland Hall themed gifts. See the photo and list of items below.

I purchased the recipe book, tea towel, and bluebell sachet in England on my last trip. So they’ve traveled all around the UK and back home with me . . . and I’m excited to share them with you!

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The items in the Giveaway include:

  • Two English Bone China Teacups
  • Tea Towel from England’s Lake District (Home of Beatrix Potter)
  • Bluebell Sachet
  • Vintage Teatime Recipe Book
  • Scone Mix
  • Orange Marmalade and Raspberry Jam
  • Box of Twinnings Tea
  • The Daughter of Highland Hall Postcards and Bookmarks
  • An Autographed Copy of The Governess of Highland Hall

Everyone who enters the giveaway will receive email updates from me, so you’ll be the first to know when I have a new release or free eBook available.

The Giveaway runs from August 2 – 8. I’ll notify the winner by email after the giveaway closes. Please share this link with your friends!

****Update! The Winner of the giveaway is LouAnn C. Congratulations! I’ve emailed you with details on how to claim your prize. I hope you enjoy a specail teatime with a friend.

Happy Reading,

Carrie

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The Governess of Highland HallHi Friends,

I have some happy news to share! The Governess of Highland Hall has been named as a finalist for the ACFW Carol Awards. The Carol Awards are American Christian Fiction Writers recognition for the best in Christian fiction published by traditional publishers in the previous calendar year. There are three finalists in each of eleven catagories. The winners will be announced in ST. Louis on September 27th at the ACFW annual conference. To purchase your copy of The Governess of Highland Hall follow this link.

I am honored to be on the historical romance list with Jody Hedlund for her novel, Noble Groom, and Elizabeth Camden for, Into the Whirlwind.

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Are you looking for some great summer reading? Then check out this list of the finalists for the ACFW Carol Award!

Happy Reading!

Carrie

Where Two Hearts MeetHi Friends,  I’m sorry the link for my free eBook in my last blog post was broken! It’s working now….My latest release, Where Two Hearts Meet, is available as a FREE Kindle download on Amazon through June16!

Two Sisters, Two Heartwarming Novellas. . . There’s no better place for romance, forgiveness, and second chances than the Sweet Something Teashop.

These two novellas, “Tea for Two” and “Wherever Love Takes Us”, were originally released a few years ago, but I’ve updated and revised them for new readers to enjoy. I hope you will download your free copy today!

Carrie TuranskyIf you’d prefer to read it in paperback you can purchase Where Two Hearts Meet for only $7.95 when you order through this link with this discount code: X29FG5H4.

I appreciate your interest in my books, your kind reviews, and your faithful encouragement! I’ll be sharing more about my trip to England and Scotland in my next few blog posts.
Stay tuned!

Until then, Happy Reading!
Carrie
www.carrieturansky.com

Where Two Hearts MeetHi Friends,

My latest release, Where Two Hearts Meet, is available as a FREE Kindle download on Amazon June 12 – 16!

Two Sisters, Two Heartwarming Novellas. . . There’s no better place for romance, forgiveness, and second chances than the Sweet Something Teashop.

These two novellas, “Tea for Two” and “Wherever Love Takes Us”, were originally released a few years ago, but I’ve updated and revised them for new readers to enjoy. I hope you will download your free copy today!

Carrie TuranskyIf you’d prefer to read it in paperback you can purchase Where Two Hearts Meet for only $7.95 when you order through this link with this discount code: X29FG5H4.

I appreciate your interest in my books, your kind reviews, and your faithful encouragement! I’ll be sharing more about my trip to England and Scotland in my next few blog posts.
Stay tuned!

Until then, Happy Reading!
Carrie
www.carrieturansky.com

Where Two Hearts MeetHi Friends,

My latests book, Where Two Hearts Meet, features two sisters, Allison and Tessa, who own a financially strapped teashop in Princeton, NJ. The sisters are praying for an early spring and a return to more foot traffic on Nassau Street. Then a large check arrives and saves their business. But they have no idea who sent it. Could it be from Peter Hillinger, the businessman who owns the shop next door and wants to win Allison’s heart? Or is it from Tyler Lawrence, Allison’s old boyfriend, who has returned to town claiming a renewed faith and a changed life. Allison doesn’t know who to trust. Should she follow her head or heart, or is there Someone else who can guide her toward the best path for her future?

I loved writing a story set so close to home. Princeton has a classic, small town feeling with many great shops and restaurants. Nassau is the main street through town, and it’s the perfect place for a teashop. Historic Princeton Univeristy is just across the street. It was fun to include several local businesses and sites in the story.

Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ.

Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ.

 

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Have you ever visited a teashop? That’s one of my favorite things to do with friends. I’ve been to a cute shop in Elkton, Maryland, with authors and friends, Cathy Gohlke and Terri Gillespie, to celebrate Terri’s birthday. And we’ve also visited a teashop in a beautiful historic home in Jim Thorpe, PA.

I hope you’ll enjoy your “visit” to the Sweet Something Teashop and getting to know Allison and Tessa. Where Two Hearts Meet is available as a paperback or Kindle eBook. I want to bless my blog readers with a special discount! The paperback is only $7.95 when you order it from Createspace using this link and discount code: X29FG5H4 today through May 31. Where Two Hearts Meet would make a great for your mom, sister, or friend.

Author friends Terri Gillespie, Cathy Gohlke, and Carrie Turansky.

Author friends Terri Gillespie, Cathy Gohlke, and Carrie Turansky at a teashop in Jim Thorpe, PA.

Until Next Time – Happy Reading!

Carrie