A Refuge at Highland Hall


A gorgeous cover hints at the story found inside the third volume of Turansky’s Edwardian Brides series. Rich with history and romance, “A Refuge at Highland Hall” details life there as Penney and her sister Kate, along with a number of orphans take refuge with Julia and William to escape the German bombs falling on London.  I found myself caught up in life within the walls of Highland Hall as I renewed my acquaintance with characters from the previous books of the series.

Although the story was a tad slower moving at first, I learned a number of facts about WWI that my high school history books failed to convey. As the book progressed, the pace did pick up a bit with several exciting scenes, especially those of Alex’s battle experiences. The romance between Penney and Alex had plenty of ups and downs and at times even seemed to be doomed. A secondary romance added some extra interest and I also liked the two characters involved very much. Each character was faced with circumstances that forced them to learn to trust in the Lord for their very lives.

With plenty of history, romance, danger, romance, and even a touch of mystery and suspense, “A Refuge at Highland Hall” was a satisfying conclusion to the series.

This book was provided for review by Blogging For Books.


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 form 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?


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.