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Romance and Refuge in War

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.

51y2op1odglPenny 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?

My thoughts?

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!

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Edwardian Romance at its Finest!

Hi everyone! Wow, I think this is one of my busiest weeks as far as people visiting. Thank you ALL for your support! I really hope y’all are enjoying my reviews, and hopefully finding some new authors and books to read. I fully believe in helping others find a good novel to pick up and read. This week is another double-fun week by the wonderful Carrie Turansky! Her series, Edwardian Brides, has two books out now, and a third coming this fall, and let me tell you, these were wonderful! Set in the Edwardian era (same as Downton Abbey) she does a wonderful job weaving the history and setting with a story that leaves you sighing. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the first two books (The Governess of Highland Hall and The Daughter of Highland Hall) today, and am looking forward to sharing the third book when it comes out!

Though I usually gravitate to regency, I absolutely loved The Governess of Highland Hall, and couldn’t put it down! The setting is wonderful, an English country manor and rich estate, but it’s the characters that really make this story come alive. From the beginning, Julia seems to shine. She is both strong and humble as she seeks work to help her family. She is unafraid of working, though she feels out of place as a governess. She has this inner strength and kindness for children, and her patience allows her to reach both the little ones and even the older girls about to enter into society. Then there’s William, a good man, but one who is in way over his head. He has to raise four children, both his and his cousin’s, plus find a way to keep the estate from falling into financial ruin. It’s nice watching these two characters slowly learn to trust and respect each other (though their first meeting is probably one of my favorite meetings of romantic interests ever.) I love how each influences the other, helping them to see past their original narrow-mindedness. From the beginning, Julia fully believes she is destined to return to India, and William is looking for any way to gain enough money to keep the estate, including marrying well. But when love enters the equation, can they learn to let go of their initial goals to be with the one they love, or will duty to their families keep them apart? This is a great book about learning to trust God’s will rather than our own, with some wonderful characters in an amazing setting.

The Daughter of Highland Hall, the second book in this series, delights just as much as the first! The setting, while changing from the English countryside to the hustle and bustle of London’s season, is no less vibrant than the first. Bringing many of the same characters, it can be read alone, but it’s also very nice to watch the growth of these characters. Katherine, from the first book, is spoiled and pompous, but somehow manages to weave her way into your heart. She enters society, a young woman ready to find her place in the world, but fully believes her place is as the wife of a wealthy gentleman. But as she spends more time in London, you get to see this glimpse of a good heart and a desire for more than gowns and balls. Then there’s Jonathan, who from the start has this desire to help the unfortunate as a medical student. He also has a big heart, but is torn between helping those who cannot pay him, and a prestigious position in a well known hospital. Both characters follow this journey of discovery, faced with the choice of taking the path filled with comforts and prestige, or the uncertainty of helping others. Like the first, I love how this story shows how trusting God’s will can lead to some rewarding surprises. I recommend both these stories for fans of regency and Downton Abbey.

So, interested? You can find these two wonderful stories for your Kindle (One and Two) and NOOK (One and Two), along with paperback versions, of course; even some Targets are still carrying both these wonderful books in stock. And don’t forget to check out this amazing author’s website, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. And keep in touch, for I have a few special surprises lined up in the next few months that you won’t want to miss. 😉

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