Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Book Review - A Refuge at Highland Hall

A Refuge in Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky is a wonderful story set in Britain during World War I.  It is the third book in the Edwardian Brides series.   I suggest reading the first two books to understand the other characters better, but this book can be read on its own.

Penny Ramsey meets Alex Goodwin who is a friend of her brother-in-law, Jon just before he becomes active in the war.  You can read more about Jon and her sister, Kate in The Daughter of Highland Hall.    Through letters, Penny and Alex become friends and a source of comfort as the war continues on.    Penny gives him a place of refuge in her letters because he is not close to his mother.  Penny fills in the gap where family should have been.  Her letters are thoughtful and filled with scripture that helps Alex in his battles.

Alex is challenged physically and emotionally when the unexpected happens.  Penny is not put off by Alex's change in behavior.  She decides to fight her own battle to help him.

I enjoyed the setting of Highland Hall and the main characters, Alex and Penny.     There are other subplots going on that make this book even better.  A servant and a German prisoner...a wife and husband separated during a difficult pregnancy...a young wife's desire to have a child after multiple miscarriages...and managing house full of children at Highland from London.

All of these things created a story that I was happy to read.

Rating: 4 stars

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books.