Monday, February 22, 2016

Refuge at Highland Hall

GIVEAWAY

TURANSKY, CARRIE
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?

My Review:

If you are a Downton Abbey fan you will love Refuge at Highland Hall -- and the entire series for that matter. This is the third book but reads well as a standalone though the author has done an incredible job of concluding this series. I'm all agog over how Turansky incorporated favourite characters from the previous books into this one. I had so much fun catching up with William and Julie and Kate and Jonathan. Thrilled me to my toes to be able to visit with dear friends from previous books so I was happy dancing all the way through this one. :-)

Captivating from the very first page, Turansky spins an intriguing and angst-riddled story. The historical detail is fascinating and I learned some things about World War I that I didn't know before. Fiction is my favourite kind of history lesson!  And that war puts a damper on the first stirring of romance between Penny and Alex. They do a good bit of their courting through letters and as their feelings grow deeper times grow more desperate and suddenly a simple romance becomes impossibly complicated.

Brimming with love and laughter and faith (and more than a small amount of angst), Refuge at Highland Hall delivers the kind of story that brings the past to life.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  Refuge at Highland Hall please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday February 28 2016 . Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

42 comments:

  1. I am a Downtown Abbey fan so this looks like the book for me! Thanks!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Definitely for you! Good luck, rubynreba.

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  2. What a great cover! And it certainly sounds like a must read. Thank you for the opportunity, Kav.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. That cover image really sets the mood, doesn't it? Good luck, Melanie.

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  3. I love being swept back into another time, Refuge at Highland Hall sounds wonderful!
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  4. I am a Downton Abbey fan so I am definitely looking forward to reading this one. Thanks for the review and giveaway! momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. I am too, Loraine. It was wicked good last night. Good luck.

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  5. Love her books and a huge downton abbey fan. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom.

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    1. This series is sooooooo good. Good luck, Kim.

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  6. I love this author's writing style! I'd love to be entered, Kav.
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    1. It's exquisite, isn't it? Good luck, Nicole.

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  7. This looks really good! Can't wait to read! Thanks for doing this giveaway! Have a Blessed day!
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    1. You're welcome, Wenona. Good luck.

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  8. Carrie's books are so loved by many, but I have yet to read one. I know I will enjoy this series if I can get around to reading it!
    may_dayzee(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. I have the first two books in this series. Thanks for the giveaway!

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Caryl. Good luck!

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  10. I'd love to win and read this! I've enjoyed Downton Abbey and I liked the one before this one in the series! :)

    Hugs, Amada
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    1. The whole series is awesome! Good luck, Amada.

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  11. I'm a huge fan of Downton Abbey so I'm sure I would love this book. Thanks for the give away.
    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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    1. I'll be so sad when Downton Abbey is over. Luckily we have books like this one to cheer us up. Good luck, Pam.

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  12. I'm a DA fan too - so this is just my kind of book. truckredford(at)gmail(Dot)com

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    1. We Downton Abbey folk are far and wide. Good luck, Eliza.

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  13. I am a huge fan of Downton Abbey and will really miss it after this season. I'm sure I would really enjoy reading "Refuge at Highland Hall".
    diannekc8 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. That's pretty much guaranteed since you are a Downton Abbey fan. I'm already hoping they'll do a movie soon. LOL Good luck, Dianne.

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  14. I have this one and want to invest in the other two in the series.
    Always appreciate your take though, Kav! I've never watched Downton Abby, but have read similar books and enjoyed my share. I'm sure to love this one when I get to it :-)

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    1. Oh yes you will, Trixi. Hope you get to it soon.

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  15. I would enjoy this read, very nice cover.
    joanndownieATyahooDOTcom

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    1. Yes, the cover is gorgeous, isn't it? Good luck, Joann.

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  16. I am looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for this giveaway.dDOTbrookmyerATyahooDOTcom

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    1. You're welcome, Donna. Good luck.

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  17. Hating that Downton Abbey is ending, maybe this book would help with it not coming back.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. There's the spirit. We can languish in Downton Abbeyish books to ease our pain. Good luck, Patty.

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  18. I, literally, just picked up the first book in this series last week while out shopping. I love Downton Abbey. In fact, my friend hosts a traditional "English" dinner the night of the premier every year. She's having one during the last episode this year since it's the show's finale. tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh -- what a great idea! Maybe I'll hold a proper English tea on March 6! Good luck, Terrill.

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  19. We were always in Mexico every week during Downtown Abby but I love this time period!

    missionwife AT hotmail DOT com

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    1. Hope you can catch the reruns sometime. Good luck, Melody.

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  20. I've been enjoying this series and I'm looking forward to this one! Thanks for the chance to win!
    gatorade635(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It's such an amazing series. Good luck, Abbi.

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  21. I have not read this series. truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Ohhh -- you'll love it, Eliza. Good luck!

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