Sunday, January 24, 2016

A Refuge at Highland Hall Book Review

  • Series: Edwardian Brides
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (October 20, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601425007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601425003
    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?
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    My Thoughts:

    War can be very hard on just about everyone involved and I sometimes feel that people forget about the brave young women who are left at home with the children to raise all by themselves. Nobody goes over there thinking that they won't come back, but it's a 50/50 chance that they won't. It must have been heartbreaking to wait for a letter and rejoice when you get one.

    Penny seems to be a very courageous woman also, going to London to help her sister with the 8 orphans that they took in and decided to care for and she herself is pregnant with twins.

    I don't know what these women faced but I have a little more than most as my father was in the Army for 22 years and had to serve in Korea. He almost had to go to Vietnam but was given the choice because he had less than a year to serve so he could choose to go home (we lived in Germany at the time) or go to Vietnam. He chose to leave although he really didn't want to but the last time he went to war, he didn't have a wife and 3 children to think about.

    So, to me, Penny and her sister Kate are my heroes because I couldn't imagine living day to day wondering if someone would be coming to tell me my husband was dead or a POW. And they themselves took on a risk being in London, not far from France where the Germans were within reach. I can only imagine the terror of the alarms going off.

    We had drills ourselves while in Germany in case of an attack and hearing those blaring horns going off and having to file down to the basement of the apartment complex and going into that bomb shelter still gives me the shivers!

    I hope you take the time to read this amazing story of courage from both the women and the men during those times. It is well worth it!

    Happy Reading!

    About the 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.

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    Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you. "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review." 


    fee roberts said...

    Thank you for the review, Mary. It sounds like a good story. I'm so glad to see your emails again. I take it that that means you are feeling better. I hope you continue to heal, and wish you all the best.