A Refuge at Highland Hall is a beautiful conclusion to the Edwardian Brides series. It is filled with realistic characters and set in a time period that is fraught with turmoil. I enjoyed that the author brought all of the main characters from the previous books back together at Highland Hall, where this stately manor truly became a refuge to many in this turbulent time of war.
The main story line follows Penny Ramsey and her developing relationship with Alex Goodwin, who is a pilot during WWI. I loved hearing the thoughts of these two characters as they juggled their worries and doubts. I especially liked reading the letters that were exchanged between the two when Alex was serving as a pilot. My heart hurt for both of them during parts of this story as they both tried to find the path that God had for them.
Another enjoyable aspect of this story is that the other two couples from books one and two have their own situations that they must trust God to bring them through. It was heartwarming to watch William and Julia trust in God to work in their situation. Kate and Jon had to survive long stretches of being apart from each other during a stressful time for their family. And I really enjoyed the additional story between Marius and Lydia. Every struggle that occurred for each of the couples in this book helped to develop and strengthen not only their relationships with each other, but also to solidify their reliance upon God.
I was sad to come to the end of the book, as I could read about this family indefinitely! However, I thought that the ending to this story was just perfect. It tied up the loose ends and gave me a glimpse into the future lives of these characters and was a very satisfying conclusion.
I definitely recommend this entire series to fans of historical fiction. (5 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
In this third and final book in the Edwardian Brides Series, you’ll be swept away to England and France in 1915 as the Ramsey family and their staff and friends face the dramatic challenges and losses of World War One, yet they also experience the hope and triumph that comes as they put their trust in God to carry them through. Penny Ramsey helps the family welcome a group of orphaned children to Highland Hall, but she soon discovers caring for them is more difficult than she’d expected. She writes to Alex Goodwin, a daring British pilot, who chases German zeppelins across the sky over the Front Line in France, and longs for the day she will see him again. You’ll be delighted by two pure and heartwarming romances: Penny and Alex, and Lydia Chambers and Marius Ritter, a lady’s maid and a prisoner of war. But most of all I hope you’ll be inspired by the characters’ examples of trusting God through the trials they face.
Fans of “Downton Abbey” will find many of the same elements in this series: A wealthy, aristocratic family living on a large English country estate with romance, conflicts, and family drama; and loyal servants with troubles and heartaches of their own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Carrie Turansky is the award-winning author of more than a dozen inspirational romance novels and novellas. She has won the ACFW Carol Award, the International Digital Award, and the Crystal Globe Award. Her most recent releases are The Governess of Highland Hall, Where Two Hearts Meet, and The Daughter of Highland Hall. She lives in central New Jersey with her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, speaker and counselor. They have five adult children and four grandchildren. Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys gardening, reading, flower arranging, and cooking healthy meals for friends and Family.
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