I hope you're as excited as I am about beginning a whole new year. Yes, my to do list is full (no surprise, right! LOL!) I'm sure yours is too.
Today we welcome a very special guest...Carrie Turansky is here to tell us about something she treasures.....
Treasured Memories of England
by Carrie Turansky, author of The Daughter of Highland Hall
Last May I was blessed to be able to travel to England on a research trip. My Edwardian Brides series is set there, and I was eager to see more of the country and visit the location I’d chosen for the setting. For months my friend and fellow author, Cathy Gohlke, and I exchanged countless emails and phone calls as we planned our trip. Our excitement grew as we made reservations and purchased our tickets.
Finally on May first, we set off and flew overnight to Manchester. From there we took a train down to Bristol. The next morning we set off to explore Tyntesfield, the beautiful country estate I have inmind as I write about Highland Hall. I’d seen several photos of Tyntesfield online and even watched a documentary about its history, but I was not prepared for how amazing it was to see it in person.
The day was bright and sunny. The gardens were in bloom. As we toured the house and grounds I was continually awestruck by the beautiful details in the woodwork, tile, furniture, paintings and sculptures. Cathy and I kept smiling and saying how beautiful it was as we snapped more photos.
I’d hoped to see the night nursery, since many of the scenes in The Governess of Highland Hall take place there, but we were told an antique mirror had fallen and broken on the floor, causing a mercury spill which was dangerous, so the room was closed. But when the staff learned I was an author who had set a novel at Tyntesfield, we were taken upstairs on a private tour of the day nursery and shown the governess’s bedroom. What a delight! It was just as I had pictured it.
I treasure the memories of that visit to Tyntesfield. And as I look back on the photos and read the notes in my journal, I’m thankful I could share the day with a good friend who understood how meaningful it was to me.
Carrie Turansky is the award-winning author of more than a dozen novels and novellas, including Surrendered Hearts, Snowflake Sweethearts, and Along Came Love. She has been the recipient of the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award. Turansky’s first historical fiction novel, and the first in the Edwardian Brides series, The Governess of Highland Hall, is a 2014 Carol Award finalist. While Turansky has been writing articles, devotions and essays since 1999, writing fiction is her passion, and she’s thankful for the creative ideas God has put into her mind and heart.
When she’s not writing Turansky enjoys spending time with her family, working outside in her flower gardens, cooking healthy meals for family and friends, or walking around the lake near her home.
To keep up with Carrie Turansky, visit www.carrieturansky.com, become a fan on Facebook (AuthorCarrieTuransky) or follow her on Twitter (@CarrieTuransky) and Pinterest (CarrieTuransky).
Wow...oh, wow... what a wonderful thing!
Now a little about the book....
Next week we have another guest post but soon I'll be sharing some memories of my own...a trip to NYC with my son!
Until then...take care, God Bless and Happy New Year!