Review of A Refuge at Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

Leah Courtney
I've had the opportunity to read the first two books in Carrie Turansky's Edwardian Brides series. A Refuge at Highland Hall is the third book in the series.

Set in London and the English countryside during World War 1, A Refuge at Highland Hall is a Christian historical fiction read. Although it refers to characters and story lines of the previous books, you can read it without having read the other books in the series.

Historical, Christian fiction review

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In this installment, Alex Goodwin is a soldier heading off to be in the RNAS. He's going to be a pilot whose goal is to shoot down German bombers before they can do damage. It's a very risky job. While in London recovering from an injury, he meets the sister-in-law of his friend Jon.

Penny is a character from previous books. She's living with her sister and brother-in-law helping them to care for the orphan children they've taken in. She's drawn to Alex Goodwin and wants him to know that there's someone waiting for him and thinking of him back home when he goes out to serve as a pilot. The two begin a communication even as Penny follows her sister's family to a refuge in the English countryside, away from the London bombings. The story follows the effects of the war on each of the characters and relates the growing relationship between Penny and Alex.

As with the previous books, I really enjoyed this one. The author does a great job developing the characters, and I felt as if I really got to know them. She continues the threads of stories from previous books as well, and it is interesting to read and find out what's happening with the characters I got to know in those stories.

This book, like the others, isn't a simplistic story. There are several stories going on around the main story of Penny and Alex. This keeps the book interesting. There's a good portrayal of what's going on in the war and the effect it has on England. I enjoyed the historical aspect of the book.

There are a few times when the story is predictable. But even with that, I definitely enjoyed this book as I did the first two. I can recommend this one. I give it 4 stars and a PG rating for content (because of the references to the war and death). You can find the book on Amazon here.

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