Daughter of Highland Hall ~ Book Launch Giveaways


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.

Book Launch Giveaway

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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Meet the Characters of The Daughter of Highland Hall

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!


Ann and Lydia, the maids

Ann and Lydia

Doctor Alfred Pittsford

Dr. Alfred Pittsford

Lady Louisa Gatewood

Lady Louisa Gatewood

David Ramsey

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Edwardian Servants~Part Two, Lydia’s Story & a Giveaway!

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I enjoyed the Downton Abbey Costume Exhibit at Winterthur Museum in Delaware.

Read Edwardian Servants~ Part One here.

Ladies MaidLydia Chambers, lady’s maid to Kate Ramsey, is one of the main characters in The Daughter of Highland Hall. We first met Lydia in The Governess of Highland Hall, shortly after she arrives at the grand estate for her first job. She’s a sweet, caring young woman who is eager to learn what’s needed to be a proper maid. When Kate travels to London for her first season, Lydia comes along. When Lydia learns her sister is in trouble, she goes to Kate for help. The two grow closer as they carry out a plan to help Lydia’s sister, Helen . . . but that leads them into all kinds of trouble. What kind of trouble? You’ll just have to read The Daughter of Highland Hall and see.

Two Edwardian Maids

Working as a servant in Edwardian times was not an easy task. Beside the long hours of demanding physical work, there were many rules the servants needed to remember. Take a look at these!

  • Never let your voice be heard by the ladies and gentlemen of the house.
  • Always ‘give room’ if you meet one of your employers or betters on the stairs.
  • Always stand still when being spoken to by a lady and look at the person speaking to you.
  • Never speak first to ladies and gentlemen.
  • Servants should never offer any opinion to their employers, not even to say good night.
  • Never talk to another servant in the presence of your mistress.
  • Never call from one room to another.
  • Always answer when you have received an order.
  • Every servant must be punctual at meal times.
  • No servant is to take any knives or forks or other article, nor on any account to remove any provisions, nor ale or beer out of the hall.
  • No gambling, or oaths, or abusive language are allowed.
  • The female staff are forbidden from smoking.
  • No servant is to receive any visitor, friend or relative into the house.
  • Any maid found fraternizing with a member of the opposite sex will be dismissed without a hearing.
  • The servants’ hall is to be cleared and closed at half-past ten at night.
  • Any breakages or damage to the house will be deducted from wages.


I’m excited to share the rest of Lydia’s story with you! The Daughter of Highland Hall releases, Tuesday October 7th, but you can pre-order your copy now and be one of the first to read this new book in the series!

I’m giving away one advanced reader copy of the Daughter of Highland Hall to a US reader who leaves a comment below and answers this question: If you were going to work as a servant in Edwardan times, which position would you take and why? The drawing for the winner will be held Sunday evening, Sept 21st, so be sure to enter by 9:00 pm Eastern. Please share this blog with your friends!

Would you like to know more about Edwardian Servants? Check out these links: Edwardian Promenade’s article about Edwardian Servants, Jane Austen’s World Article, The Daily Mail Article, Information about the Manor House Series.

****UPDATE****  Congratulations to Linda Crowe whose name was chosen as the winner of an autographed copy of The Daughter of Highland Hall!

Until next time, Happy Reading,


Edwardian Servants~Part One

Downton Abbey Staff

We’ve grown to love the servants on Downton Abbey – Mr. Carson, Mrs. Hughes, Mrs. Patmore, Anna, Daisy, Mr. Bates, Mr. Mosely, and even Thomas and Jimmy. They all seem to be enjoying meals together and forging friendships below stairs, and then they are occasionally called upstairs to set the table or snuff out a candle or two. But what was life really like for servants in Edwardian England? As I researched The Governess of Highland Hall and The Daughter of Highland Hall, that was a question I needed to answer.

I learned a great deal by reading Life Below Stairs by Alison Maloney and watching Manor House on PBS, which is a cultural-reality series that took contemporary people and had them live as the staff and family in a manor house would in the early 1900’s.

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The truth about how most servants lived in Britain at the beginning of the twentieth century is quite different than what we see portrayed on Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs. Clipping your master’s toenails, ironing his shoelaces, spending 17-hour days doing back-breaking work with no employment rights were just some of the realities facing servants in Edwardian Britain.

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One and a half million British people worked as servants at the beginning of the Edwardian era, that means one in four people was employed as a domestic servant, and most were women. Upon entering service, servants were often given new names that were generic and easy to remember. Henry, John, and William were popular choices for men, while many female servants were frequently named Mary, Sarah or Emma.

Maid serves teaServants often worked seven days a week, from as early as 5 am until as late as 10 or 11 pm, for very low wages. They were occasionally given a half-day off once a week, but sometime employers didn’t allow even that. Most servants did not work in big stately homes full of fellow workers and camaraderie, but in a middle class town house as the only servant. Instead of enjoying a lively dinner after serving the family upstairs, these servants would live and eat alone in Britain’s dark and damp basement kitchens. Servants in grand houses fared a little better, but they were often hidden from the family by a complex maze of servant stairs and hidden passages throughout the home.

There was a strict hierarchy among members of the staff, and everyone was expected to know their place and show proper respect. The butler and housekeeper ruled over the other servants.


The Servants Roles and Responsibilities

  • The butler – in charge of the house, coachmen, footmen and wine cellar.
  • The housekeeper – responsible for the housemaids and carried keys to the china and linen cupboards.
  • The ladies maid – the mistress of the house’s personal attendant, helping her dress and do her hair.
  • The valet – the master’s manservant, attending to his requests and preparing his clothes and shaving tools.
  • The cook – ran the kitchen and larder, overseeing the kitchen, dairy and scullery maids.
  • The governess – educated and oversaw for the children.
  • The nursery maid – cared for the children, helped them dress, assisted the governess.
  • The hall boy – worked 16-hour days, lighting all the lamps and candles and polishing the staff boots.
  • The tweeny – in-between stairs maid earned £13 a year, worked seven days a week from 5am-10pm.

Would you like to know more about Edwardian Servants? Check out these links: Edwardian Promenade’s article about Edwardian Servants, Jane Austen’s World Article, The Daily Mail Article, Information about the Manor House Series.

You can Read Part Two  – More about the roles and duties of Edwardian Servants.

Until next time, Happy Reading,


One Month and Counting!

Daughter Highland Hall

Click the cover for links to pre-order a copy from your favorite store.

Hi Friends,

It’s only one month until the October 7th release of the Daughter of Highland Hall! Review copies have gone out to my wonderful promotion team, Carrie’s Reading Friends; and exciting plans are taking shape for the rest of September, October, and November.

  • GoodReads Giveaway, Daughter of Highland Hall, Sept 7 – October 6th
  • Online Book Launch Celebration on my blog with weekly giveaways starting October 7 and continuing each Friday in October.
  • Local Book Launch Celebration Sunday, Sept. 5th at Calvary Chapel Living Hope
  • California Book Launch Celebration Saturday, Sept 18th at Paris in a Cup Tea Salon & Cafe
  • Fall Savenger Hunt Blog Hop Giveaways 17 – 19
  • LitFuse Blog Tour
  • Fun guest posts on Novel Crossing, and several other blogs
  • Sarah Ladd and I are teaming up for a fun English Historical Romance Giveaway in November

Carrie and ScottI hope you’ll sign up on the right to receive my email newsletters and blog posts, then check my Facebook Author Page often so you don’t miss any of these fun giveaways and events!

I appreciate my faithful readers, and I hope you’ll have fun celebrating this book launch with me!

Blessings and Happy Reading,