Do You Read Endorsements?

by | Sep 28, 2023 | Uncategorized | 9 comments

Do you read those first few pages of a novel where you find the endorsements? Does that sway your opinion and pique your interest in a story?

I’m very grateful for the authors who read an early copy of The Legacy of Longdale Manor and offered their endorsement! I admire each of these authors, and I have enjoyed many of their books. We share a love for history and weaving inspirational themes into our stories.  Let me tell you a little more about them and their latest novels.

Melanie Dobson Is a master at writing dual-time novels, and she has a special way of weaving mystery and inspiration into her stories. Melanie joined me and Cathy Gohlke in England on a research trip. I loved sharing that time with her. Her latest novel is The Wings of Poppy Pendleton, which is set on an island in the St. Lawrence River between Canada and New York. You can learn more about Melanie and her books at her website.

Melanie’s Endorsement: “In this enchanting romance, Carrie Turansky opens the door of Longdale Manor and invites readers to explore its vast collection of artwork and the secrets hidden inside. As the characters, both past and present, wrestle to forgive those who’ve wronged them, the beautiful manor house harbors deep sorrows and the sweetest of joys.”

Julie Klassen writes Regency novels that have won rave reviews from readers and many prestigious awards. She has traveled to England several times and led group of readers on some of those trips. Julie loves to weave mystery, romance, and inspiration into her stories and brings the setting and characters to life! Julie’s latest is The Sisters of Sea View, which I loved! And her next, A Winter By the Sea, releases in December. Visit Julie’s website to learn more about her and her books.

Julie’s Endorsement: “Filled with romance, family secrets, and forgiveness, Carrie Turansky’s dual-time novel, The Legacy of Longdale Manor, will stir your faith—and your desire to visit England’s Lake District!”

Gabrielle Meyer’s latest time-crossing novels, When the Day Comes and In This Moment have been huge hits with readers and opened the door for her to write a fourth in this series! I’ve enjoyed listening to the first two, and I’m looking forward to reading/listening to more of her delightful stories! Gabrielle is dedicated and disciplined writer who puts out several novels each year, so be on the look out for her next book! Visit Gabrielle’s website to learn more about her and her books.

Gabrielle’s endorsement: “Two women, one manor house, and a century of family secrets weave together to form a heartfelt journey to redemption and forgiveness. The Legacy of Longdale Manor is a beautiful story of faith, with a hint of English charm that will appeal to fans of All Creatures Great and Small.”

Michelle Griep is the Christy Award-winning author of Victorian era novels with a Gothic feel. She loves everything about England and has written many wonderfully mysterious stories set there! Her latest are Man of Shadow and Mist and The Bride of Blackfriers Lane. I’ve enjoyed listening to her novels on Audible, and recommend them to you!  Visit Michelle’s website to learn more about her and her books.

Michelle’s endorsement: “The Legacy of Longdale Manor is a poignant story of broken family relationships set amidst the lush backdrop of England’s Lake District. Author Carrie Turansky weaves together a split-time tale that ties together generations dating back a century. A masterful plot dealing with issues that every reader will relate to.”

Kate Breslin has written some amazing stories set in WW1 and WW2. We share a love for those eras and also for weaving inspirational themes into our stories. Kate lives in the Pacific Northwest, where I’m from, and we’ve enjoyed being roommates at writing conferences. I love Kate’s books! Her latest is In Love’s Time! It’s a truly moving story, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I did. You can learn more about Kate and her books at her website.

Kate’s endorsement: “Once again author Carrie Turansky inspires us in this beautifully written tale! Two broken women living a century apart seek healing and a sense of belonging. Yet only faith, family, and forgiveness have the power to change everything and open the heart to finding love. An unforgettable and uplifting story!”

Cathy Gohlke and I first met through a local writers’ group, and we’ve become dear friends. We’ve taken a research trip to England and Scotland and enjoyed many writing retreats together. She is a great encouragement to me! I love all her books, and each time I read a new one, I think, this is her best! Cathy is a Christy Award Hall of Fame author, and her latest book is Ladies of the Lake–a wonderful story about friendship and so much more. I highly recommend it and all her books to you!  Visit Cathy’s website for the latest info about her and her books.

Cathy’s endorsement: “Exploring the deep heartache and disappointment resulting from a father’s and religious leader’s moral failure, The Legacy of Longdale Manor illuminates the need to maintain faith through serious trials.  The story reveals true repentance, the joy of asking for, and of giving and receiving forgiveness, and brings vividly to life the healing, restorative fatherhood of God.  Laced with sweet romance, Turansky illustrates the building blocks for godly relationships in this beautiful time slip story set amid the dramatic beauty of England’s Lake District. A deep and satisfying love story of our Heavenly Father’s shepherding and grace, The Legacy of Longdale Manor will warm hearts and resonate with readers everywhere.”

Carolyn Miller is a delightful author from down-under! We met online and have stayed connected to support and encourage each other. We started a Facebook group for those who love to read and write novels set in the UK and Ireland. You’ll find our group at Inspirational UK & Ireland – Books, Readers, and More on Facebook. Carolyn is a prolific writer with contemporary and Regency novels. Her latest Regency is: Dawn’s Untrodden Green. You can learn more about Carolyn and her books at her website.

Carolyn’s endorsement: “Carrie Turansky weaves an intriguing tale combining old and new, as two couples explore questions concerning family, identity, and what real love truly means. Set in the charming villages and surrounds of England’s Lake District, this is a story to savor over a nice cup of tea.”

Receiving these thoughtful endorsements from authors I respect and admire was so encouraging! I’m grateful to be part of a writing community that offers faithful friendship and on-going support! Thank you, Melanie, Julie, Gabrielle, Michelle, Kate, Carolyn, and Cathy!

Now that you’ve read these endorsements . . . I hope you’ll order your copy of The Legacy of Longdale Manor. I have easy order links on the book page.  Thank you!

Until Next Time ~ Happy Reading,



  1. Mary

    I have read and enjoyed many of your books Carrie! When, I saw The Legacy of Longhorn Manor, I was so excited to read it! Payday is coming and your novel is the first item on my shopping list! I am sure I will love it!

    • Carrie Turansky

      Thank you, Mary!

  2. Marji Entler

    My current favorite book is NO OCEAN TOO WIDE.
    I’m looking forward to reading the sequel, too.
    I’m sure I’ll like THE LEGACY OF LONGDALE MANOR…the endorsements are enticing me to hurry up and get a copy to read.

    • Carrie Turansky

      That’s fun to hear the endorsements are encouraging you to read The Legacy of Longdale Manor. I ope you enjoy this new story!

  3. Winnie Thomas

    I usually read the endorsements or at least some of them. If the endorsement sounds intriguing and it’s an author I admire, it will sway me to read the book. You have some wonderful authors and endorsements for your new book, and it was fantastic!

    • Carrie Turansky

      Hi Winnie, thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts! I appreciate your faithful friendship and the way you always help me spread the word about my books. Thank you!

  4. Catherine Vlasto

    I have a copy of your book “No Journey Too far” and I look forward to reading the whole series! I do read endorsements, especially if they are from writers I follow and respect! Thank you for your work!

    • Carrie Turansky

      Thanks for sharing our thoughts! I hope you’ll enjoy No Journey Too Far. It’s the second McAlister Family novels. The first is No Ocean Too Wide. You might like to read that one first.

  5. Ruth Jarrett

    I have just started reading The Legacy of Longdale Manor. I have read most of your books and love your writing. I do read endorsements. Sometimes I have been introduced to new authors by reading the endorsements.


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