A Refuge at Highland Hall (Edwardian Bride Series #3)
In this third and final book in the Edwardian Brides Series, you'll be swept away to England and France in 1915 as the Ramsey family and their staff and friends face the dramatic challenges and losses of World War One, yet they also experience the hope and triumph that comes... Read More
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Oct 20, 2015
- UPC: 9781601425003
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 352
- Publish Date: Oct 20, 2015
- Language: English
- BISAC: "FIC027050"
- ISBN: 1601425007
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- Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 12/16/2015
A Refuge at Highland Hall takes us back to the beautiful English countryside and the manor house of the Ramsey family. This time around we delve into the story of Penny Ramsey and Alex Goodwin who is a Royal Naval Air Service pilot. Much to my delight there is also a secondary romance that involves Lydia Chambers, a lady's maid, and Marius Ritter who is a German prisoner of war working on the estate.
The story begins in London in 1915. That time period is fraught with danger as England is about to enter into World War I. Once the bombings of London begin Penny and her sister Kate take the eight orphan children to Highland Hall to wait out the war.
While Highland Hall may be safe from the bombs there is still danger that lurks. You can't help but be drawn in to all the drama that swirls around the people involved in the story. Kate's husband Jon is a physician and must stay in London to care for the wounded. Alex is called up to fight the enemy which is beyond dangerous. Meanwhile the women must deal with situations that arise with the children and the estate.
If you are looking for a book that has a Downton Abbey feel then you will enjoy this. There is drama with the family and drama with the servants all in a setting of an aristocratic family manor home.
This is book three in the series and can be read as a stand alone novel. However there are numerous references to the previous two books so if you plan to read them all it would be best to read them in order to avoid spoilers. Book one is The Governess of Highland Hall and book two is The Daughter of Highland Hall.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
- A lovely story of hope and love during turbulent times. by Kathleen E. on 10/23/2015
Friday, October 23, 2015
A Refuge at Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky, © 2015
Edwardian Brides Series, Book 3
A lovely story of hope and love during turbulent times.
Happenstance acquaintanceship builds throughout the story, as those spark a need further on.
1915, World War I
Moved to the countryside at Highland Hall, near Fulton, in Berkshire, a family closes up their Kensington home following blitz bombings throughout London by the Germans, removing women and children out of harms' way.
The childhood home of sisters Kate Foster and Penny Ramsey, they rejoin their cousin Sir William Ramsey and his wife Julia, now overseeing the estate of Highland Hall since the death of the sisters' parents. Julia's brother, Dr. Jonathan Foster and his wife, Kate, have brought their orphaned and abandoned children they rescued from the streets in need of care. Five girls and three boys, ages four to fifteen, the country life has brought them hope and a new experience of being able to play freely on the grounds.
German prisoners are brought in to care for the fields, after the departure of the men going to British war aide. All is not as it seems, as some were children when they arrived with their families from Germany, but because of their parentage they are detained in encampment with guards. Those who had been bankers and other trades, going on with their lives, caring for their families and loved ones. War has brought upheaval to their lives as well, disrupting what they hold dear.
Lieutenant Alexander Goodwin and his sister, Lindy, become reacquainted with hope for a future contact between them. Their parents had divorced, now their father deceased and their mother remarried. It took bravery for Alex to knock on the London home he had not lived in to seek out his welcome and his younger sister separated from him for so many years. Spurned away, he seeks refuge with new friends, Dr. Jon whom he has known since their boyhood in India, on his three-day weekend before returning for pilot training with the Royal Naval Air Service against enemy craft.
Penny and Alex write to each other after he returns to his service. Uplifting for him, gives her a personal interest in the war, as they share encouragement back and forth.
My favorite part was how Alex spoke into Andrew Ramsey's life by being honest and vulnerable with his own decisions. Young Andrew will one day inherit Highland Hall, as the eldest son. Invaluable imparting wisdom and love by example, Alex will have a huge turn about in Andrew's life choices.
The Edwardian Brides Series includes book 1, The Governess of Highland Hall; book 2, The Daughter of Highland Hall; and book 3, A Refuge at Highland Hall written by author Carrie Turansky.
***Thank you to author Carrie Turansky for inviting me to be a part of the review team for this third novel, A Refuge of Highland Hall, and to WaterBrook Multnomah for sending me a pre-release copy. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***