A Refuge at Highland Hall is a romance about a young British woman and a Royal Naval Air Service officer during World War I.
Penelope (Penny) Ramsey lives with her sister Kate, and Kate's husband, Jon. She takes on the role of nanny to Kate and Jon's adopted children and loves them very much. One day she meets Alex, an aviator in training, and there is an instant attraction for both of them. They develop a friendship after a German Zeppelin raid, where he saves the youngest of the children, Irene. Just a few days later, Alex is stationed in St. Pol, France, where he quickly forges friendships, makes successful bombings, and continues his and Penny's relationship through letters.
At the risk of sounding harsh, the characters weren't believable, the story idea itself was unoriginal and predictable, and the dialogue was unrealistic. "He had a duty a to preform. And he wouldn't let anything stand in his way... even his own traitorous heart." (Page 12) Are there really grown men who talk like that?
I may not have enjoyed the aforementioned things, but I really did like Alex's missions. They were exciting, fun (for the most part), and I found myself on the edge of me seat during them.
I wish I had liked the story more and given it a better review, but I can't.
I was sent this book in exchange for my honest opinion by Blogging for Books.