Award-winning author Carrie Turansky concludes the story of the Ramsey family as they face the conflict of World War I in London and abroad.
In A Refuge at Highland Hall, nineteen year old Penelope Ramsey leaves Highland Hall to stay with her pregnant sister Kate who trying to run her London household of eight orphaned children. Jon Foster — Kate’s husband and a doctor — brings home his friend Alexander Goodwin, a slightly injured pilot, to stay with them while he recovers.
When the Germans begin to bomb London, Kate and Penny return to Highland Hall with nine children, two maids, and a cook. Penny corresponds with Alex while he flies over France, chasing the Germans. Will their developing relationship endure a separation?
Meanwhile, German prisoners of war from a nearby detention camp begin to work on the estate. Then Alex returns from the war, with serious injuries that keep him from flying ever again. Can Alex see God’s faithfulness in the midst of his circumstance?
The Ramsey household (family and servants) experiences trials as a result of World War I but their faith in God carries them through. Characters from the earlier books – Sir William and Lady Julia (Governess of Highland Hall), and Jonathan and Kate (Daughter of Highland Hall) – make appearances. Although this is primarily Penny’s story, there is a secondary story involving Lydia (a maid) and a German prisoner of war, Marius.
Turansky’s books are filled with likeable characters and a rich narrative. A reader’s guide with discussion questions is included. Of the three titles in this series, A Refuge at Highland Hall is my favorite.
Recommended for public collections and school libraries. It will appeal to historical fiction fans, as well as fans of the PBS television series, Downton Abbey.
Carol R. Gehringer