First Line Friday: No Ocean Too Wide

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am excited to be featuring No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky.  If you enjoy reading stories that are richly detailed with vivid characters that stay with you and a story that both breaks your heart and has you cheering for the successes of characters you’ve come to love. You won’t want to miss out on this newest story from Carrie Turansky. CLICK HERE to see my full review!

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          Katie McAlister’s heart pounded out a frantic beat as she gripped the rickety railing and rushed down the back stairs.

 

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Click on the title below to snag your copy:

No Ocean Too Wide (McAlister Family #1)

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

 

No Ocean Too Wide (McAlister Family #1) by Carrie Turansky

Synopsis:

Between the years of 1869 to 1939 more than 100,000 poor British children were sent across the ocean to Canada with the promise of a better life. Those who took them in to work as farm laborers or household servants were told they were orphans–but was that the truth?

After the tragic loss of their father, the McAlister family is living at the edge of the poorhouse in London in 1908, leaving their mother to scrape by for her three younger children, while oldest daughter, Laura, works on a large estate more than an hour away. When Edna McAlister falls gravely ill and is hospitalized, twins Katie and Garth and eight-year-old Grace are forced into an orphans’ home before Laura is notified about her family’s unfortunate turn of events in London. With hundreds of British children sent on ships to Canada, whether truly orphans or not, Laura knows she must act quickly. But finding her siblings and taking care of her family may cost her everything.

Andrew Fraser, a wealthy young British lawyer and heir to the estate where Laura is in service, discovers that this common practice of finding new homes for penniless children might not be all that it seems. Together Laura and Andrew form an unlikely partnership. Will they arrive in time? Will their friendship blossom into something more?

Inspired by true events, this moving novel follows Laura as she seeks to reunite her family and her siblings who, in their darkest hours, must cling to the words from Isaiah: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God”.

My Thoughts:

History comes to life within the pages of this latest novel from Carrie Turansky. Prior to picking up this book, I was not aware of the painful, heart-wrenching history of the English Home Children. Before I started reading this book I took a little time to familiarize myself with some of this history. I saw the faces of some of the real-life children that lived through this reality.  However, picking up this book bought it all vividly to life.

I appreciated the character growth throughout the story. We witness first hand how Laura McAlister takes matters into her own hands and watches as her choices to rush ahead of God instead of taking time to pray to lead her down a few difficult paths that could have been avoided. This is something that I feel we all could learn from. It’s so easy to think that we know the right answer and to rush ahead.

Andrew Fraser has a big heart and desires to help others less fortunate. However, because of his affluent upbringing, he often sees things a little more rose-colored than they are. As time progresses, he begins to gain a clearer picture.  Through it all His big heart shines through. He has a strong faith, and while he’s not perfect and makes mistakes, he shares his faith with others and helps bolster them along the journey.

It is easy to read this story and feel heartbroken for the children and what they went through in this story and yet have a measure of disconnect because it is all the past. The sad reality is that children are still being mistreated and hurt today. It is just as important today that we watch out for children as it was 100 years ago!

While this is a heavy topic, there are moments of laughter and sweet moments of new love. Within the pages, you are invited to an intimate look at both the worst and the best of humanity. I do have to say that I was not satisfied with the ending, as I was hoping for a little more closure.  I’m really glad that there will be more stories to come, and you can be sure that I’ll be first in line to see what happens next!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

No Ocean Too Wide (McAlister Family #1)

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About the Author:

174914 Carrie Turanksy has loved reading since she first visited the library as a young child and checked out a tall stack of picture books. Her love for writing began when she penned her first novel at age twelve. She is now the award-winning author of seventeen inspirational romance novels and novellas. Carrie and her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, and speaker, have been married for more than thirty-five years and make their home in New Jersey. They often travel together on ministry trips and to visit their five adult children and three grandchildren. Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys spending time working in her flower gardens and cooking healthy meals for friends and family. She loves to connect with reading friends.

  Web Page / Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest

Grab your copy today:

No Ocean Too Wide (McAlister Family #1)

 

January 2018 – Review

Can you believe it? Here we are at the end of January! Wow, that went fast! Let us take a brief pause and take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed this month.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

Across the Blue Across The Blue

TheLacemaker.cover The Lacemaker

TheMayflowerBride The Mayflower Bride

GuiltByAssociation  Guilt by Association

ASongUnheard  A Song Unheard

HeartsEntwined  Hearts Entwined

 

Author Interview:

AmandaBarratt Amanda Barratt

 

Character Spotlight:

Three Words and a Kiss spotlight Cam Cameron Wallace from Three Words and A Kiss

 

New Logo Reveal:

JOR-Color Logo Reveal

 

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Across the Blue by: Carrie Turansky

Before 1909, flying across the English Channel seemed an impossible feat–but James Drake, a brave young aviator, was willing to try. Defying her parents’ expectations for a good match? Also impossible–but Isabella Grayson was willing to try.

Synopsis:

Within the palatial surroundings of her family’s Edwardian estate, Isabella Grayson longs for something more. Despite her father’s success as a newspaper baron and her own journalistic talents, her parents want her to marry an established aristocrat to improve their social standing rather to pursue her dream of writing for one of her father’s newspapers.

When aspiring aviator James Drake crashes his flying machine on the Grayson’s expansive grounds, he is surprised to learn he landed on the property of the very man who is sponsoring the race to fly across the English Channel–a race James is desperate to win. And although Bella’s striking beauty and intellect capture his attention, James must remain focused on his goals is he has any hope of building an honorable reputation apart from his parents’ shameful past.

As the race draws closer and unexpected events threaten to turn James and Bella’s world upside down, will their faith and love be strong enough to help them overcome the challenges ahead?

My Thoughts:

Travel back in time to 1909, Edwardian England, a time when keeping up appearance is paramount to maintaining one’s status in society. The world is on the cusp of making aviation possible, and war with Germany looms on the horizon.

“Isabella Grayson’s shoes sank into the plush red carpet of Broadlands’ south hall, and she released a soft sigh. What luxury!” 

From the very first line, I found myself immersed in the story. The setting is picturesque and the details are exquisite. The characters are lively, authentic and believable. I was swept away in an eloquent tidal wave of words.

It was quite enjoyable to learn about how aviation impacted England. Of course, this story is so much deeper than the history of aviation, there is also the culture clash between Old Money, New Money, and the Middle class. And lets not forget about lovable characters!

I looked forward to free moments when I could read this story and get lost in the pages, often I would read past my bedtime, I just couldn’t put the story down. I give this delightful story 5 stars and would encourage those who also enjoy historical fiction to pick up a copy.

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

174914Carrie Turanksy has loved reading since she first visited the library as a young child and checked out a tall stack of picture books. Her love for writing began when she penned her first novel at age twelve. She is now the award-winning author of seventeen inspirational romance novels and novellas. Carrie and her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, and speaker, have been married for more than thirty-five years and make their home in New Jersey. They often travel together on ministry trips and to visit their five adult children and three grandchildren. Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys spending time working in her flower gardens and cooking healthy meals for friends and family. She loves to connect with reading friends.

  Web Page / Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest

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Other books by Carrie Turanksy:

 Shine Like the Dawn

 The Governess of Highland Hall (Edwardian Brides #1)

 The Daughter of Highland Hall (Edwardian Brides #2)

 A Refuge at Highland Hall (Edwardian Brides #3)

 

 

Waiting For His Return (A Novella) by: Carrie Turansky

Synopsis:

The daughter of a wealthy Tennessee doctor falls in love with an injured artist-correspondent on assignment to cover battles near Union occupied Nashville.

The year is 1864 and the Civil War continues to impact families in the North and South. British born James Galloway, a special artist for Harper’s Weekly, travels with the Union troops, sketching battle scenes to bring war news home to those in the North. It’s dangerous work, but he is committed to the Union cause. When he is captured by Confederate troops, he spends several months in a prison camp. Finally, he escapes and travels north, hoping to reach the Union lines, but a bushwhacker attacks him, steals his horse, and leaves him seriously injured at the side of the road outside Nashville.

Rachel Thornton, a kind-hearted doctor’s daughter, takes James into their to home and nurses him while he recovers. Her feelings for James grow, but she has already lost one man she loves in the war. How can she give her heart to James, when she knows he may become another casualty of the war? With family drama, romance, and inspiration, this novella will lift your spirit and satisfy your romantic heart.

This novella was originally titled Though the Mountains Tremble and published in A Blue and Gray Christmas novella collection in 2009. It has been revised and updated for new readers to enjoy.

My Thoughts:

From the first chapter till the last, I found myself welcomed into the warm embrace of the Thornton residence just outside of Nashville, TN. While the weather outside was cold and dreary, the fire was warm and the company inviting.

This sweet novella is a heartwarming story of love and a tender reminder that if we but take our burdens to the Lord, He will carry us through the darkest days. A perfect story to enjoy snuggled in your living room enjoying the Christmas lights, and your favorite hot beverage.

I appreciated learning about the courageous reporters, who risked their lives to stay close to the front lines of the battle, to draw pictures and write the stories that would not only be printed and told to families around the country but be carry far into the future.

I enjoyed reading this sweet Christmas story. The characters are believable and the story itself is realistic and enjoyable. I give this endearing story 4.5 stars.

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

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Bonus:

Click Here to visit Carrie’s Pinterest board for Waiting for His Return to see the characters and the setting.

About the Author:

174914Carrie Turanksy has loved reading since she first visited the library as a young child and checked out a tall stack of picture books. Her love for writing began when she penned her first novel at age twelve. She is now the award-winning author of seventeen inspirational romance novels and novellas. Carrie and her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, and speaker, have been married for more than thirty-five years and make their home in New Jersey. They often travel together on ministry trips and to visit their five adult children and three grandchildren. Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys spending time working in her flower gardens and cooking healthy meals for friends and family. She loves to connect with reading friends.

  Web Page / Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest

Available today:

WaitingForHisReturn  Waiting for His Return (Christmas Novella)

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Recap – October 2017

As we wave goodbye to October and welcome in November; Let us take a brief pause to take a look back at the book fun we enjoyed in October.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

31ProverbsToLightYourPath 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path

LadyJayne Lady Jayne Disappears

TheCaseOfTheClobberedCad The Case of the Clobbered Cad

TheSecretLifeOfSarahHollenbeck  The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck

ReturningHome Returning Home

image1  Charming The Troublemaker

TheRegencyBridesCollection The Regency Brides Collection

ADangerousLegacy  A Dangerous Legacy

AudreyDoll & Book Girls of Faith – Dolls & Companion Stories

 

Author Interviews:

PamHillman  Pam Hillman

SONY DSC  Toni Shiloh

 

Cover Reveals:

Dietze - Mother for his Children A Mother for his Family

WaitingForHisReturn Waiting for his Return

 

Spotlights:

God's Daughter  God’s Daughter

collage-2017-10-03   A Season of Hope & A Season of Deception

 

 

I’d love to connect with you:

What was your favorite book reviewed this month? Which book(s) are you looking forward to in November?

 

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Cover Reveal – Waiting For His Return by Carrie Turansky

I’m excited and honored to be teaming up with Carrie Turansky for the cover reveal for her new book ‘Waiting For His Return’! This Civil War Christmas Novella is available for preorder on Amazon as an eBook and releases November 7th.

This novella was originally published in A Blue and Gray Christmas novella collection that released in 2009. It has been revised and updated for more readers to enjoy.

Set in Nashville 1864 this charming Christmas story is sure to get you in the spirit of Christmas.

About ‘Waiting For His Return’:

The year is 1864 and the Civil War rages on. British born James Galloway, a special artist for Harper’s Weekly, travels with the Union troops, sketching battle scenes to bring war news home to those in the North. It’s dangerous work, but he is committed to the Union cause. After being captured and spending several months in a confederate prison camp, he finally escapes and travels north, hoping to reach the Union lines. But he is attacked by a bushwhacker and left for dead at the side of the road near the Thornton’s home.

Rachel Thornton, a kind-hearted doctor’s daughter, takes James in and nurses him while he recovers. As they get to know each other, her feelings for James grow, but she has already lost one man she loves in the war. How can she give James her heart, when she knows he may become another casualty?

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Special Bonus:

Click Here to visit Carrie’s Pinterest board for Waiting for His Return to see the characters and the setting.

About the Author:

174914Carrie Turanksy has loved reading since she first visited the library as a young child and checked out a tall stack of picture books. Her love for writing began when she penned her first novel at age twelve. She is now the award-winning author of seventeen inspirational romance novels and novellas. Carrie and her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, and speaker, have been married for more than thirty-five years and make their home in New Jersey. They often travel together on ministry trips and to visit their five adult children and three grandchildren. Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys spending time working in her flower gardens and cooking healthy meals for friends and family. She loves to connect with reading friends.

  Web Page / Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest

Pre-order Today:

WaitingForHisReturn  Waiting for His Return (Christmas Novella)

 

Visit my friends who are joining in on the Cover Release Fun

Sydney @ Singing Librarian Books

Rachel @ Bookworm Mama

Carrie @ Reading Is My Superpower

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Recapping July 2017

I thought it would be fun to have a quick recap of the books reviewed, and the author interviews that took place in July (don’t miss the bonus cover reveal).

Join me for a fun look back at July 2017!
Clicking on any of the titles will take you to that post. 

Books Reviewed:

BelovedHopeBeloved Hope by: Tracie Peterson

MakingLoveLast Making Love Last by: Laura Taggart

Love'sSureDawn Love’s Sure Dawn by: Naomi Rawlings

PasportToAdventurePassport to Adventure by: Rich Aguilera

33872088Grounded Hearts by: Jeanne M. Dickson

KeepingSecrets Keeping Secrets by: Donna Hechler Porter

ANU  A Name Unknown by: Roseanna M. White

 

Author’s Interviewed:

SarahSarah Monzon / All of You

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Cover Reveal:

Across the Blue Across the Blue by: Carrie Turansky

 

Let’s Connect:

Have you purchased and/or read any of the books reviewed in July?
Which ones have you added to your #TBR?

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First Line Fridays (7/7/17): Cover Reveal & Giveaway “Across the Blue” Carrie Turansky

I am super-duper excited to be teaming up with Carrie Turansky for the cover reveal of her upcoming book “Across the Blue“. Not only are you getting the first line for Carrie’s new book, but also a fabulous cover reveal! As a special bonus, Carrie is hosting a giveaway on her site so be sure to CLICK HERE to drop by and enter!

While you are here, don’t forget to enter the current giveaway this week for Sarah Monzon’s book “All Of You” 

 

“Across the Blue”

Isabella Grayson, the eldest daughter of a wealthy, English newspaper magnate, longs to become a journalist, but her parents don’t approve. They want her to marry well and help them gain a higher standing in society. After she writes an anonymous letter to the editor that impresses her father, her parents reluctantly agree she can write a series of articles about aviation and the race to fly across the English Channel, but only if she promises to accept a marriage proposal within the year.

When James Grant, an aspiring aviator, crashes his flying machine at the Grayson’s new estate, Bella is intrigued. James is determined to be the first to fly across the Channel and win the prize Mr. Grayson’s newspaper is offering. He hopes it will help him secure a government contract to build airplanes and redeem a terrible family secret.

 

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The first line is:

Isabella Grayson’s shoes sank into the plush red carpet of Broadland’s south hall, and she released a soft sigh. What luxury!

Carrie Turansky shared with me the following: “I was able to give some input on the cover, helping to choose the model, the outfit, and finding just he right hat. We’ve worked with Darna Michie of East Angel Harbor Hats to design the hats for the photo shoots for my last three covers. She’s wonderful! This hat is perfect for 1909 Edwardian England. The airplane featured on the cover shows how fragile they were, and it makes you realize how brave James Drake was to attempt a flight across the English Channel to France. The white Cliffs of Dover play an important role in the story, so I was really pleased to see them used at the background. I love the cover and I’m very grateful for the design team at WaterBrook! 

Before you go a quick reminder to stop by Carrie Turansky’s page to enter her giveaway and then be sure to come back and continue on the First Line Friday blog hop! Across the Blue is scheduled to release on Feb. 20, 2018, make sure to drop by Goodreads and click on the”want to read”!

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line & then head over to see what First Lines these friends are sharing today:

 Fiction Aficionado // Reading is my SuperPower // Bibliophile Reviews //
Bookworm Mamma // Robin’s Nest // All the Book Blog Names are Taken //
Faithfully Bookish // Radiant Light // Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen //
With A Joyful Noise // Kathleen Denly // Singing Librarian // Jane Reads //
 Moments Dipped In Ink // A Baker’s Perspective // Lauraine’s Notes //
Moments Dipped In Ink // Molly’s Cafinated Reads

If you would like to host First Line Fridays on your blog, contact
Carrie at Reading is my SuperPower.