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A Refuge at Highland Hall ~ Review

A Refuge at Highland Hall
Edwardian Brides #3
By Carrie Turansky

Penny Ramsey is all grown up and the world is at war.  Her dreams of romance and marriage have been put on hold as she assists her older sister Kate in her efforts to offer a home to some of London's orphaned children.  

Penny has been disappointed in matters of the heart before and the uncertainties of war have taken precedence in her mind.  That is until she meets Alex Goodwin a young man training with the Royal Naval Air Service.  But pilots fighting against Germany aren't known for their lengthy service due to the extreme risks involved.  But the heart does't heed the warnings of the mind.

England of 1915 was an island under attack.  Zeppelins have made their way to London and Highland Hall is to become their refuge for the foreseeable future.  

But even Highland Hall has been touched by the war.  German prisoners are being held nearby. Many of the men have gone joining the efforts to fight Germany.  Can the place they once called home provide the healing and safety they all require?

I find it interesting how in times of war a group of people is looked upon with distrust because of their ancestry.  In this case many of those who were of German descent were detained and housed as prisoners.  Though many of these men were only guilty of having German blood they were ripped away from their families, their lives treated as if they were conspiring against the land they called home.  

Fear is a powerful enemy.  It causes us to see something that isn't there.  It makes us fear rejection.  It causes us to lose faith and hope.  A Refuge at Highland Hall is a journey to finding the hope that has been hidden by the fear of war.

This is a delightful series that you should read in entirety though one can most certainly read each book as a standalone.  It is nice to get to know Penny better with this third book.  Historical fiction fans will enjoy this book. 

I was provided a copy this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.                                                                                                                             

About the Book:
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.

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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 form 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? 

About the Author:
CARRIE TURANSKY is the award-winning author of ten novels and novellas, including Snowflake Sweetheart and Along Came Love. She has won the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award. Carrie has been writing 1999, and has published several articles, short stories, devotions, and essays. Writing fiction, however, is her passion, and she’s thankful for the creative ideas and characters God has put into her mind and heart. Carrie’s first historical fiction novel, The Governess of Highland Hall, was released by Multnomah Books, a division of Random House, Inc., on October 15, 2013. Two more novels in the “Edwardian Brides Series” followed in 2014 and 2015. 

Carrie was born and raised in Oregon, but currently lives in central New Jersey with her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, counselor and the author of several parenting books. They have five adult kids, two lovely daughters-in-law, a wonderful sonin-law, and three adorable grandchildren. The Turanskys partner in ministry at Calvary Chapel Living Hope, a church they helped plant along with a team of hardworking, Jesus-following friends. 

When she’s not writing Carrie 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.