Thursday, October 15, 2015

A Refuge at Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky Book Review

Carrie Turansky has released her final book in the Edwardian Brides series and it's one you do not want to miss.  It's 1915 and the world is at war, but families seek to find hope and love in the midst of such desperation and destruction.  The Ramsey family has now added many new members.  Kate Ramsey married Dr. Jon Foster and they have taken in several children from the streets of London.  Kate's sister Penny is living with the family and enjoys being a part of caring for the children.  But Penny has a longing herself to one day be married and raise her own family.  Penny meets Alex Goodwin, a pilot and friend of Dr. Jon.  Alex gets assigned to a base in St. Pol, France.  But he and Penny agree to exchange friendly letters.  Meanwhile, the bombing in London is so bad that Kate and Jon move the family out to Highland Hall to be safe.  Lady Julia and Sir William are glad to have their presence, but it does create some conflict between Andrew, the son of Sir William and some of the Foster children. 

Alex enjoys his letter conversations with Penny, but cannot divulge his secret missions.  He gets assigned a dangerous task and ends up in critical condition.  Penny is desperate to find out how to contact him, but when he finds out he has lost some vital functions and that he is scarred for life he refuses to accept Penny into his heart.  Penny is heartbroken, but tries to put on brave face.
Despite the cold shoulder, Penny asks Alex to come live at Highland during his recovery and to help get order among the boys.  Alex steps into the position and eventually starts to open up his mind to a future with Penny despite his limitations.  Then a scary event occurs and he must make a brave decision to fight for the woman he loves.
This book was a page turner especially after Alex's injuries.  I was riveted to the end!  Carrie weaves a story of sweet love, hope, tragedy, triumph and true character that lasts beyond the external and to the eternal.  There are also many other stories that keep this novel churning and another romance that is not to be missed!  This was a delightful end to a wonderful series. 
Be sure to check out my other reviews for the first two books and enjoy reading!
Visit Carrie Turansky's website for more information and chance to read the first chapter of A Refuge at Highland Hall.
*I was given a complimentary copy of the book from the author.  All opinions are my own.*

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