Carrie Turansky's third book in her Edwardian Brides series, A Refuge at Highland Hall, opens with some of the family living in London. But World War I has come to their door. The Zeppelins are bombing London and the men of the family decide the women and children must seek refuge at Highland Hall, the families estate out in the country. The Hall is large enough to house family and servants comfortably and the large gardens and fields make the place self sustaining.
Meanwhile love is blossoming between Penny Ramsey and Alex Goodwin an old friend of Penny's sister Kate's husband and Lady Julia Ramsey, Sir William's wife. Love also blossoms among the servants as Lydia finds herself attracted to Marius Ritter, an Englishman, born and raised but of German descent. Marius has been incarcerated at a nearby internment camp.
The story is fast paced and very well written. The characters are complex and I found myself disappearing into the story and losing track of time.The characters lived their faith and freely discussed G-d with one another. Their love of Christ was quite evident, but natural, not forced or preachy.
I felt as though I could stop by Highland Hall and find the Ramsey's in residence ready to receive guests and going about their lives. But there is a bittersweet side to A Refuge at Highland Hall, it is the final story in the series and I will miss visiting the family.
I was given this book by the author in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts are entirely my own.