Counting on God’s Faithfulness

Hi Friends,

In each of my novels the plot and characters are unique, but I often highlight God’s faithfulness and His ability to turn painful and difficult situations around for good . . .His good and ours.

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In The Governess of Highland Hall, the first book in the Edwardian The governess of Highland HallBrides Series, I carried out this theme in the life of the heroine, Julia Foster. Julia and her family served as missionaries in India for many years, but when her father has a health crisis they are forced to return to England, and she must find a position to help support her parents. Julia takes on the role of governess at a large country estate, caring for two young children and two teenage girls. She faces many challenges caring for her young charges and trying to understand their aloof, widowed father. A painful past, and current financial struggles plague the hero, William Ramsey, the new baronet and master of Highland Hall. He has a distant relationship with God, and is surprised by Julia’s practical faith, persistent prayer, and patient wisdom. Through her kind and caring actions, she helps him and several members of the family and staff understand more about God’s faithfulness and His willingness to supply courage, guidance, and strength.

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Amy Carmichael, missionary to India

In my research for The Governess of Highland Hall I read A Chance to Die, the biography of missionary to India, Amy Carmichael, and was touched by her deep devotion to God and her assurance of His faithfulness. I wove some of those elements into the back-story and character of Julia Foster. She lives out her faith each day, applying what she believes to the challenges she faces. As a result she has a powerful impact on the family she serves and the others on staff at Highland Hall.

Daughter Highland HallI’ve featured missionaries returning home after a time overseas in several of my novels. I chose that back-story for some of my characters because it is a familiar situation for me. I spent three months in Belgium as a short-term missionary when I was in my twenties, and our family spent a year in Kenya serving with Africa Inland Mission just a few years ago. I remember experiencing reverse culture shock when we returned home to the US after our time in Kenya. Some of my missionary experiences . . . driving through a riot in Nairobi and hearing about a revolution in Congo where our friends served . . . made me wonder how God could ever bring good out of those kind of circumstances. But looking back years later, I can see God’s faithfulness and the way He does wove it all together for good . . . His good and mine.

Where Two Hearts Meet

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When readers open one of my books I hope they will be entertained by a heartwarming story, but I also hope they will be challenged and inspired. As they see the difficult and painful situations my characters must overcome and how their faith and trust in God helps them, I hope their belief in God’s faithfulness will grow even stronger.

How has God taught you more about His faithfulness? I’d love to hear from you!

GoodReads Giveaway and More

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Hi Friends,

October 20th, Release Day for A Refuge at Highland Hall, is coming quickly….just four more weeks! I’m excited and grateful for the positive early reviews, and I’m happy to see readers can preorder the book at many online retailers. Visit my my website to order your copy. I enjoyed researching and writing this book, and I can’t wait to share it with you!

I wanted to let you know about a few opportunities to win a free copy of A Refuge at Highland Hall. Check out these interviews and giveaways:

  1. We are giving away ten copies of A Refuge at Highland Hall on GoodReads. I hope some of my friends are winners! Click here to enter.
  2. Visit Jenni’s blog for a fun virtual tour of Tyntesfield – Highland Hall and enter the giveaway by leaving a comment. Jenni’s blog.
  3. Visit Lena Nelson Dooley’s blog and leave a comment there for a chance to win a copy. Lena’s blog.

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I had a wonderful time in Dallas last week at the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference. On Thursday night the authors dress up like their characters for the Genre Dinner. It was fun to see all the creative outfits. I’m pictured above with Pepper Basham, who also writes English historical novels. I enjoyed her first novel, Thornbearer.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Carrie

Seeking the Perfect Hat

Refuge at Highland HallHi Friends,

Last Fall when WaterBrook Designer, Kristopher Orr, started planning the cover for A Refuge at Highland Hall, he invited me to give feedback about the choice of cover models and the costume she would wear. We also discussed the setting and mood and what else we could include on the cover to draw readers into the story.

I wanted Penny Ramsey’s clothing to show that the story is set in 1915. We found several dresses that looked like they fit the period and could be rented from a theatrical costume company for the photo shoot . . . but we couldn’t find the perfect hat.

Dresses for Refuge Cover

These are the dresses we considered for the cover. The lavender dress on the far left was the one chosen. The young woman on the lower left is how I imagined Penny looked as I was writing the story.

I decided to “Google” Edwardian Hats, and that search took me to Etsy where I discovered Darna Michie and East Angel Harbor Hats. After exchanging a few emails, Darna very graciously agreed to design a hat for us for a very reasonable price. My publisher paid the same amount they would’ve spent to rent a hat, and I chipped in the rest, with the understanding they would send me the hat after the photo shoot.

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As you can see from the cover shoot photos above, the dress was more blue than we realized, so Kristopher did a little photoshop magic to adjust the color of the dress to match the hat. I think the dress color in the final design is just right!

Thank you Kristopher, for your amazing work on my covers! Thank you Darna, for designing such a special hat. It really gives the cover that authentic look, and we’ve already received so many complements.

I love to dress up in costume for speaking events related to my books, and I can’t wait to wear this lovely hat and the dress that was made to look very similar to the one on the cover!

Refuge Cover HatI’ll be wearing them at the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Conference Genre Dinner next week in Dallas. I’ll wear them again for the Open House, celebrating the release of A Refuge at Highland Hall, at my home in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, Saturday October 17th 2:00 – 4:00pm. And you’ll find me dressed up at the Paris in a Cup Costume Tea Party on Saturday October 31st, 11:00 and 2:30, in Orange, California. I’d love to meet you at one of these events! For more information, please visit my Extra Page at my website.

Do you like to dress in period costumes or wear unique hats? Please tell me more!

GoodReads Giveaways

Refuge at Highland HallHi Friends,

Not long now until the October 20th release of the third and final book in the Edwardian Brides Series, A Refuge at Highland Hall. The early reviews are coming in, and they are very encouraging. Here’s one from Kate Breslin, the author of Not by Sight.

“The hardship and sacrifices of the First World War are illuminated in this poignant portrait of faith and family during 1915 Britain. In A Refuge of Highland Hall, third book in the Edwardian Brides series, author Carrie Turansky weaves an inspiring and beautiful tale about Love’s power amid adversity, and the miracle of redemption when we allow God to guide our hearts. Carrie’s keen eye for historical detail lends an atmosphere that will delight readers as they are swept back into a time of lush simplicity set against the backdrop of war, with a cast of engaging characters whose courage and strength promise to rise triumphant.”

To help spread the word about Refuge we’er offering GoodReads giveaways on all three books in the series.  I hope you’ll click on over and enter the giveaways and then share them with your friends. The Governess of Highland Hall giveaway, The Daughter of Highland Hall giveaway, and A Refuge at Highland Hall giveaway.

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To order copies or for more info about these books, please visit my website books page.

Blessings and Happy Reading!

Carrie