Hi everyone. I hope y’all are having a good start of the week, or at least a good weekend. Did you enjoy my marathon last week? I certainly enjoyed writing it, and I’m in a bit of a medieval mood thanks to it. (Might expect some more medieval reviews in the upcoming weeks… 😉 ) But, for today, I realized I had a wonderful series that I never finished reviewing! A while ago, I reviews Carrie Turansky’s A Governess at Highland Hall and The Daughter of Highland Hall (You can read it here.) But, I never reviewed the final book in this trilogy! So, today I plan on rectifying that little mistake as I bring you my thoughts on A Refuge at Highland Hall.
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?
What a wonderful conclusion to this awesome series! Carrie Turansky once more creates a beautiful story as the Ramseys are placed in the middle of WWI. Penny is a bright character, kind and friendly, always willing to help whoever needs it. With the war beginning, she doesn’t expect to find romance, but also didn’t expect to meet Alex. Alex wants nothing more than to serve his country as a pilot, but can’t help but enjoy his correspondence with Penny. But, as their feelings grow, can their relationship survive the tragedies of war? Can the refugees at Highland Hall? This is a great Edwardian tale, and one I highly recommend to fans of Downton Abbey.
You can get this wonderful tale on Kindle and NOOK. And check out Carrie Turansky’s website, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter for upcoming news. And I’ll see you all next week with something extra special!