Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
What if the title, the estate, the life of security and splendor… what if it wasn'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 her 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.
First of all, I LOVE the time period. Also, being set in England is a huge plus. This book is very Downton Abbey-esque. The parties, the coming out ball, and the presentation to the King and Queen reminded me of many things I have seen in Downton Abbey.
Kate was awesome. She was totally what I love in a main character. She was sweet and kind but, a little clueless about how the lower class lived since she grew up in wealth. But, she loved to work at the free clinic and help.
Jonathan was great. He was a medical student with a lot of talent. He could become a famous doctor one day. But, he loved to work in the free clinic and actually help people. He was kind and cared a lot for Kate.
I always love the stories when the wealthy young woman suddenly realizes there is more than parties and dresses and she finds more satisfaction in helping people.
Kate's salvation was a big part of this story. I loved that she was always open and willing to hear the truth.
There was at least five different points of view. It did get a bit distracting. But, it wasn't a huge negative.
I loved this book and I highly recommend it!