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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 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?
The third in Carrie Turansky’s Edwardian Brides series, A Refuge at Highland Hall follows Penny Ramsey, a character who made appearances in both previous novels, The Governess of Highland Hall and The Daughter of Highland Hall. Using familiar faces, new challenges, and glimpses into the experience of World War I, Turansky tells another enjoyable, satisfying, and inspirational story. I know I certainly enjoyed getting to know Penny better, as well as Royal Naval Air Service pilot Alex Goodwin, seeking to follow and trust God with the future, and I think any fan of the series will be pleased with this addition. I recommend it to interested readers and look forward to reading more from Carrie Turansky in the future.
Thanks to Blogging for Books, I received a copy of A Refuge at Highland Hall and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.