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 so looked forward to this book. It was such a great conclusion to this series. The third book in the Edwardian Brides series, Mrs. Turansky stays true to the characters and the time. She follows the family of Highland Hall into England in World War I. We see how the whole of England is affected by the war and those leaving for it. We see the scars that are left when the men go off to battle and return. Some injured and others not so fortunate. We see how those left behind must pick up the pieces and try to hold tight to what they believe in and keep the boys on the front encouraged to fight the fight. I was very pleased with this conclusion and how you see the character development so clearly.
Carrie Turansky has a way of taking a deep story and making it feel light. I do not consider her books to be deep or heavy reads. They are light, entertaining and enjoyable. I recommend you checking this series out. If you enjoy Downton Abbey you will enjoy these books.
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