Visiting the Lake District ~ Home of Beatrix Potter

The Lake District

Lake Windermere

Hi Friends,

One of the highlights of my trip to England was visiting the Lake District, which is the northwest section of England. The azaleas, rhododendrons, and bluebells were blooming, and new lambs frolicked in the pastures. I fell in love with this beautiful area, and I hope to go back one day.

Cathy Gohlke and I stayed in the lovely village of Windermere, which is on one of the largest lakes in the area. We enjoyed touring the countryside, taking in views of the lakes and valleys (called fells), and visiting several other villages including Grasmere, Keswick, and Ambleside.

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Beatrix Potter at the door of Hill Top Farm

Beatrix Potter, the author of Peter Rabbit and many other children’s stories, owned several farms in the Lake District, and she wanted to preserve the land for future generations to enjoy. In her will she left much of her land to The National Trust. Besides writing and illustrating children’s books, she was involved in raising prize-winning sheep.

We visited Beatrix’s Hill Top Farm and enjoyed walking through her home and garden. Guides in each room showed us scenes from her books that were actually views of her home and garden. I read a book about Beatrix while we were in England, and I loved learning more about her life and her writing. Very inspiring!

Hill Top Farm

Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm and Garden

Wordsworth's Garden

William Wordsworth’s Daffodil Garden

The poet William Wordsworth is also from the Lake District. We visited his school and the churchyard where he and his family are buried. There was a lovely daffodil garden planted there in his memory. We also ate the most delicious gingerbread made in a tiny shop in Grasmere. It was a bit chewy like a cookie…spicy and sweet. the perfect treat to have with our afternoon tea!

Gingerbread shop sign

The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop

 

 

Have you ever read any of Beatrix Potter’s books or William Wordsworth’s poetry?

Cathy and I are both thinking about setting more stories in England ….

Until then, Happy Reading!

A Carol Award Finalist!

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.

Noble Groom

Into the Whirlwind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Happy Reading!

Carrie

The Daughter of Highland Hall . . . Cover Reveal

Daughter Highland HallHi Friends,

I am thrilled to share the beautiful new cover design for The Daughter of Highland Hall, Book 2 in the Edwardian Brides Series! I’m just finishing the copy edits this week, then I’ll send it back to the publisher for typesetting and printing. It will release October 7th as an eBook and paperback.

If you enjoyed The Governess of Highland Hall, then you’ll want to find out what happens to  the Ramsey family and their loyal staff as they journey to London for Katherine’s presentation to the king and queen and her first social season. Two men capture her interest and challenge her views about life. Will she receive a proposal and find the freedom and love she is seeking . . . or will a new dream stir her heart?

The Governess of Highland HallYou can pre-order your copy of The Daughter of Highland Hall at CBD, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble. It will be available at other retailers soon. Until then, check out my book page  for other books you might enjoy.

Here’s what one reviewer said about The Governress of Highland Hall: “I loved this book! As I am a huge Downton Abbey fan, this lovely story of Julia, the governess of Highland Hall, filled in the gap between seasons very nicely. Carrie Turansky has such a beautiful writing style, bringing all her characters to life, and highlighting their faith in the midst of all their struggles. If you enjoy Downton Abbey, or books set in that time period, you will find this book hard to put down. I know I did! And I will definitely be watching for the next one in this series, as well as any other Carrie Turansky books I can get my hands on! 5 stars!”   Thanks Cathy D.

Blessings and Happy Reading,

Carrie

 

A Day to Honor Dad

Hi Friends, Happy Father’s Day! I shared this blog post last year on Father’s Day, and I wanted to share it again to honor the dads in my life.

I was blessed to grow up in a home where my dad, Bob Swain, showed me a lot of love. And when I married, I added another dad in my life, my father-in-law, John Turansky. Both of these men have had a profound impact on me, and I have been blessed to be their daughter.

Carrie and her dad Bob Swain at the lake

Carrie and her dad Bob Swain at the lake

Bob Swain was just about the sweetest guy you could ever meet. He was soft-spoken and kind, yet also strong and determined, and best of all, he was a man of his word. Born in 1920, Bob grew up durring the depression and had his first job, selling apples from a wagon, when he was eight. As a teenager he ran track, did the pole vault, and became interested in airplanes and skiing. When he was 21 Pearl Harbor was attacked, and he joined the Army Air Corp. He fought in the Pacific during WW2, and he told some very chilling stories of dangerous situation and close calls.

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Fixed the Broken Link for Free eBook!

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

Free eBook For You!

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

Visiting Downton’s Duneagle: Inverarary Castle

Hi Friends,

On my recent trip to Scotland I was very excited to visit Inverarary Castle which was featured in the last episode of Downton Abbey, Season 3. The Crawley family traveled to Scotland to visit Duneagle (Inverarary) and spend time with Lady Rose’s family, including Robert’s cousin Hugh (Shrimpy) and Susan, his unhappy wife. While they were there the men went stalking (hunting) and fishing, the women enjoyed walks in the garden and a picnic by the loch, and everyone took part in the ghillie (servants’) ball.

I enjoyed touring the castle with author and friend Cathy Gohlke along with forty-one new friends, all women, who were on the tour led by author Liz Curtis Higgs.

Carrie and Cathy at Inverarary Castle

Carrie and Cathy at Inverarary Castle

Inveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, the Chief of the Clan Campbell. This impressive castle is located on the shore of Loch Fyne, one of Scotland’s longest sea lochs and has been the Campbell family’s home since the 17th century.

We walked through several beautifully decorated rooms including the Dining Room and Armoury Hall, which were featured on Downton Abbey.

Inverarary Castle Dining Room

 

The Armoury Room Inverarary Castle

The Armoury Room Inverarary Castle

I loved the small circular dish room and the beautiful paintings upstairs in the bedrooms.

Queen Victoria's daughter who married into the Campbel Clan

Princess Louise, Queen Victoria’s daughter, who married John Campbell, the 9th Duke of Argyll.

Azaleas and many other flowers were blooming in the beautiful gardens.

Inverarary Castle Gardens

Do you recognize this view of Inverarary Castle below? Mr. Bates and Anna found Rose hiding from her mother under those arches.

IMG_1441The castle and gardens were wonderful! I can see why the producers of Downton Abbey chose it for their Scottish location. It gave me lots of wonderful story ideas!

Until next time, happy reading!

Carrie