A Refuge at Highland Hall
By Carrie Turansky
Published by Multnomah
338 Pages

Back Cover: The Great War shakes the world of a spirited young woman and the brave British pilot she loves, taking her from London to her family’s magnificent country estate, and sending him into the war-torn skies over France.

Penny Ramsey has always considered Highland Hall her home, but when Britain becomes involved in World War One she travels to London to assist her sister Kate with the eight orphan children she and her husband Jon have taken into their home. Doing her part for the war effort takes priority over Penny’s dreams of romance until she meets Alex Goodwin, a Royal Naval Air Service pilot in training.

Alex is determined to prove his worth and do his part to defend his country. Knowing he is heading off for the dangerous assignment of chasing Zeppelins across the front line in France, he feels it’s unwise to form any romantic attachments. But he can’t help admiring the pretty, warmhearted Penny and wondering what it would be like to find her waiting when he returns home from the war.

As Penny writes to Alex, their friendship blossoms, and she becomes his tie to home and normalcy as he faces the hardships war. But being an RNAS pilot means confronting the enemy, and the fallout from those experiences push Alex beyond Penny’s reach. Can God mend the brokenness left by the losses of war? Will faith and forgiveness bring them together again?

REVIEW: This novel begins in 1915. Penny Ramsey goes to London to help her sister Kate and husband Jon prepare for the arrival of their new little one. Oh, this is not their first child they have eight orphaned children living with them already. Their house is full of excitement. Penny meets Alex while she is visiting. Each is fond of each other so they decide to correspond with one another.

Alex is a Royal Naval Air Service pilot in training. WWII is underway and spreading fear across the land; along to those home praying for their loved ones in battle to be safe. Things go well with Penny and Alex until tragedy hits. They both realize how important family is. They are the glue that keeps them strong. Will their relationship end before it’s begun? Time will tell.

I didn’t feel lost reading this novel because the author does a great job of giving the reader just enough information to have them connect with the story. Since I didn’t read the first two books in the series. I found this helpful. I have to be honest I did feel a little overwhelmed by the two pages filled with the cast of characters in the beginning. I didn’t know how I would remember anyone on that list. I liked that the author didn’t bog the reader down with too many details from the other books. After I got into the story I was glad for the cast of character list I could refer to.

I liked the WWII back drop to this story along with the romance, drama and how she shows the importance of family, their relationships with each other and God. I like how she naturally did this in the story. This is the third and final book in the Edwardian Brides series. It’s the first book I’ve read by this author it won’t be the last. I will be reading books one and two in this series to have a richer feel and insight into this novel.

This is a good read for your book club. The author has included twelve discussions questions to help you create a lively experience with your group. This would make a great pick to put on your summer reading list too.

ABOUT AUTHOR: Bestselling Inspirational Romance Author Carrie Turansky has written more than a dozen historical and contemporary novels. She has won the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award; and been a finalist for the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the ACFW Genesis Award. Visit her blog and sign up for her email newsletter at www.Carrie

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from The Blogging for books site. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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