Book Review

A Refuge at Highland Hall

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?

**I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

This was one of those novels, that at least for me, I had high hopes for, but sadly, was quite disappointed.

A Refuge At Highland Hall is a novel that promised much: sweet romance, rich history, and great themes. And, while those components were there, I found that the way this novel told its story left a lot to be desired. I frequently found myself annoyed by backstory dumps and characters just being all around repetitious. There were also a number of times that I felt I was cheated out of some rather dramatic moments. After all, one of the characters is a pilot in the war. But rather, the reader is told about these moments more often than getting to experience them with the characters.

Despite my handful of complaints, I do have to credit this book with presenting wonderful Biblical lessons and truths. This is where I did find that this novel shined. When characters spoke of God or verses, it never felt forced, but rather flowed quite naturally. 

Overall, I struggled to gain interest in this book and ended up putting it down before I finished it because I was so frustrated with the writing. There was a lot of potential for a wonderful story. If you have not read the previous two novels in the series, it would be recommended that you do so before picking this one up. While there aren’t spoilers, it does continue the lives of the cast of characters we meet in the first novel and revisit in the second.

About the Author:

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.

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