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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A Refuge at Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

Fans of Downton Abbey will enjoy  this series set in Edwardian England. "A Refuge at Highland Hall" is book three in the Edwardian Brides series. You can read this book as a stand alone novel without having read the first two books. However,  there are a lot of characters that were developed in the previous books so the list of characters in the front of the book is helpful.

As Britain is involved in World War I , Penny Ramsey leaves London with her married sister and brother-in-law who have taken in eight orphan children. They go to Highland Hall after the bombing begins in London. Penny develops a friendship with Alex Goodwin, a Royal Naval Air Service pilot in training.

As their relationship develops while Alex is at war, you get a sense of what a service pilot's life was like during the war as well as the hardships faced at home. Their relationship has some challenges as the realities of war and hardship hit home. For all of the characters, their faith in God is their anchor and hope during the challenging times.

 There are also some interesting side plots involving the interment camps for German men who happened to be living in Britain at the beginning of the war and the interaction of those Germans with the British people.

This is an enjoyable read for those who like historical romances set during World War I.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Friday, October 16, 2015

No Fear by Tony Perkins

This book by Tony Perkins is a collection of stories. These stories are of young people who have stood by their Christian convictions in very difficult situations. In spite of being harassed, even receiving death threats at times, each individual managed to persevere with grace and dignity. Each story also had a related story of a Biblical hero to illustrate the principles from each person's experience. In spite of the opposition these individuals experienced, they stood up for biblical truth and are an encouragement to all who seek to live out their faith.
There are questions for discussion at the end of each chapter to aid in its use in a small group setting.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius

I thought this was an excellent memoir of a young man unable to communicate while being physically disabled. He was aware of all that was going on around him, and suffered some abuse at the hands of his caregivers at times. Fortunately those incidents of abuse were not frequent as he had a very caring family supporting him. His story is a good reminder to show compassion to those who are physically and mentally disabled and who have no voice.