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Fiction Friday: A Refuge at Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

203 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 from 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?

It’s always a joy to revisit old friends, and thankfully I had friends waiting for me at Highland Hall. A Refuge at Highland Hall is the third book of the Edwardian Brides series and has allowed us to see this family grow and change in new ways.

What I Liked: I love the Biblical message Turansky was able to bring to life throughout the entire story. The characters did more than simply “pray” when the road was tough, they actually LIVED out their faith for the reader to see. It’s refreshing to find Christian Fiction that still brings the Christian lifestyle into the fold in a natural way.

What I Didn’t Like: The story started off a little slow for me. There seemed to be a great deal of conversation that didn’t really further the story, or at least not in a page-turning fashion. Lots of the conversation or internal dialog was repetitive. It wasn’t until about halfway into the book that I something just clicked. Not only did the risks get higher for the characters but the story took me on a path that I didn’t see coming.

Who I’d Recommend It To: I’d recommend this novel to those that enjoy a good clean historical fiction.

~ I received a free copy in exchange for a review from Blogging for Books. I was not required to give a positive review.

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