What if the title, the estate, the life of security and splendor… what if it isn’t enough?
Strong-willed and beautiful, debutante Katherine Ramsey feels ready to take the London social season by storm, and she must. Her family estate, Highland Hall, has been passed to older male cousin Sir William Ramsey, and her only means of securing her future is to make a strong debut and find a proper husband. With her all-knowing and meddling aunt as a guide, Katherine is certain to attract suitors at the lavish gatherings, sparkling with Great Britain’s elite.
When a shocking family scandal sidelines Katherine, forcing her out of the social spotlight, she keeps a low profile, volunteering with the poor in London’s East End. Here Katherine feels free from her predictable future, and even more so as a friendship with medical student Jonathan Foster deepens and her faith in God grows. But when Katherine is courted anew by a man of wealth and position, dreams of the life she always thought she wanted surface again. Torn between tradition and the stirrings in her heart for a different path, she must decide whom she can trust and love—and if she will choose a life serving others over one where she is served.
I was cautiously optimistic about this book. I truly enjoyed the first novel in this Series “The Goveness at Highland Hall”, but wasn’t sure that I would connect with the main character, Kate, in this novel. I could not be happier to be wrong. Kate completely won me over! The story follows Kate’s experiences as she enter’s society as a woman for the first time and it was fun to watch her grow and mature as the story progresses. She was honest and determined, and not afraid to speak her mind. I enjoyed the friendship that built between Jon and Kate and appreciated the natural progression of their feelings for one another. Jon’s character really stood out as he faced difficult decisions about his future and the reality of following Gods will in spite of the dissapointment it might cause to others. I appreciated that Kate’s lack of spiritual maturity was discussed and was a factor in whether or not it was appropriate to pursue her romantically. I genuinely liked both Jon and Kate and enjoyed the interaction with characters from the previous story as well. I really have a fondness for the Ramsey family and all the characters at Highland Hall. This book was a great addition to the Edwardian Brids series!
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