Across the Blue
Set in Edwardian England and ideal for readers who enjoy Julie Klassen novels, this romance about an English aviation pioneer and the girl who falls in love with him is filled with adventure and faith.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 Drake, 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. James wants to win Bella's heart, but his background and lack of social standing make it unlikely her parents would approve. If he fails to achieve his dream, how will he win the love and respect he is seeking? Will Bella's faith and support help him find the strength and courage he needs when unexpected events turn their world upside down?

Across the Blue Details

TitleAcross the Blue
Author
ReleaseFeb 20th, 2018
PublisherMultnomah
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Fiction, Historical Romance, Christian

Across the Blue Review

  • Carrie Turansky
    January 1, 1970
    I'm very excited to bring you this new English historical novel set in 1909 during the very early days of aviation! The story focuses on Bella Grayson, the daughter of a wealthy newspaper owner who longs to become a journalist and write for one of her father's newspapers, but her parents want her to focus on finding a suitable husband and helping them move up in society. James Drake crashes his flying machine at the Grayson's new country estate and meets Bella and her family. He hopes to be the I'm very excited to bring you this new English historical novel set in 1909 during the very early days of aviation! The story focuses on Bella Grayson, the daughter of a wealthy newspaper owner who longs to become a journalist and write for one of her father's newspapers, but her parents want her to focus on finding a suitable husband and helping them move up in society. James Drake crashes his flying machine at the Grayson's new country estate and meets Bella and her family. He hopes to be the first to fly across the English Channel and win the prize offered by the Daily Mail, one of Mr. Grayson's newspapers. But James is not the only pilot intent on winning that race and the prestige that goes with it. Heartwarming romance and high-flying adventure! Fly away to England with me! Blessings and Happy Reading!
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsI thoroughly enjoyed this well-researched story about the early days of flight and the race to fly over the Channel to/from France. Isabella and James are excellent characters and are easy to root for as a couple, and I also really enjoyed the vivid descriptions that take you right into the scene. Turansky has done it again!Squeaky clean and recommended for all ages. Discreet mentions of an affair in the past.
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  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    January 1, 1970
    About this book:“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 withi About this book:“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 Drake, 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. James wants to win Bella's heart, but his background and lack of social standing make it unlikely her parents would approve. If he fails to achieve his dream, how will he win the love and respect he is seeking? Will Bella's faith and support help him find the strength and courage he needs when unexpected events turn their world upside down?”Series: As of now, no. Spiritual Content- A few Scriptures are mentioned and quoted; Many Prayers, Blessings over food, & Thanking God; Church going; Visiting a cathedral & stain glasses of those in the Bible; Many talks about God & having a faith; Majority of ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Bella has a sweet yearning to know the Lord better; Many mentions of God; Many mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of those & events in the Bible; Mentions of churches, cathedrals, church going, services, hymns, sermons, & ministers; Mentions of faiths; Mentions of blessings & being blessed; A few mentions of Godspeed; A few mentions of martyrs; A mention of a miracle; A mention of Christmas & Easter.Negative Content- Minor cussing including: an ‘idiot’ and two ‘blast’s; A tiny bit of eye rolling; Plane crashes & watching ones happen (up to semi-detailed); Injuries, Blood, & a Fire (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of a death (or murder), a fall (or a push) off a cliff, how it happened, & the body (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of injuries, blood/bleeding, & stitches (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of wars, possible future wars, & enemies; Mentions of murders (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of an almost plane crash (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of lies & lying; A few mentions of wondering if a death was a suicide; A few mentions of other (unnatural) deaths; A few mentions of gossip & rumors; A few mentions of food poisoning; A couple mentions of hunting & shooting; A mention of a fire; A mention of a jail; A mention of cigarettes.Sexual Content- three hand/finger kisses, three cheek kisses, two forehead kisses, and a boarder-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed kiss; Touches, Embraces, & Nearness (barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing (barely-above-not-detailed); Many mentions of James being an illegitimate son & not knowing who his father is (he and Bella try to find out); Mentions of kisses, kissing, & waiting to kiss (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of flirting & teasing; Mentions of reputations & chaperones; A few mentions of jealousy; A couple mentions of greeting kisses; A couple mentions of a woman not agreeing to be a man’s mistress; A couple mentions of a girl (not) throwing herself at a man; A mention of men hooting at a couple showing affection; Love, falling in love, & the emotions; *Note: A couple mentions of Bella’s figure (not-detailed); A mention of a low-cut neckline of a dress. -Isabella “Bella” Grayson, age 20-James Drake, age 24 P.O.V. switches between them Set in 1909 {Epilogue in 1911} 352 pages~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Pre Teens- One StarNew Teens- Two StarsEarly High School Teens- Three Stars (and a half)Older High School Teens- Four Stars (and a half)My personal Rating- Four Stars (and a half){Add ½ star for those interested in aviation or journalism.}Let’s all just take a deep sigh, shall we?*aaaaahhhhhh*Honestly, y’all, I’m at a loss for words right now. Which is saying a lot because y’all how much I like to fangirl over books. “Across the Blue” is one of my top anticipated reads for 2018 and I’d like to say it completely met my expectations. After I finish any book by this talented author, I always have to wonder, “How is Miss Carrie Turansky so good?” which is always followed by “How are her books so wonderfully clean?!” with about fifty hearts in my eyes as I read. Really, though, on that clean factor. Sooooo very clean, it’s so refreshing and lovely. Even while our main hero’s parents weren’t married when he was born, the author keeps the entire story so clean and gives nothing about those details or suggestions. (A big thank you for that!) Because I read this book so quick, at first I did think that out main couple’s feelings for each other came a bit quick, but it actually was paced out well in according to the rest of the novel. I would like to say that I felt a bit more angst in this story than the author’s previous historical books, so I was a bit on edge at times. ;)I adored both James and Bella and found them to be so sweet for each other. I loved that they each had their own passions, but that they each had to work separately on something within their own self. Which brings me to the faith content! Oh, that the faith content! AH! Carrie Turansky’s books always have those amazing faith moments and I always love them. There one was no different. I adored all the faith parts oh-so much. I’m going to sign off this review with a note to my fellow unmarried females: Girls, settle for nothing less than a Carrie Turansky hero. ;)Link to review:https://booksforchristiangirls.blogsp... *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.*I received this book for free from the author for this honest review.
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  • Deanne Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first full length read by Carrie Turansky. Isabella Grayson is the daughter of a newspaper mogul . Her mother believes in class levels and hold herself and her family at the top of the class ladder and will accept no less for her daughters. They must marry into money and class. Isabella is unconventional for a woman of her time and wants to be a journalist and date James Drake. A budding aviator. I could feel the passion James has for aviation and how badly he wants to build a flying This is my first full length read by Carrie Turansky. Isabella Grayson is the daughter of a newspaper mogul . Her mother believes in class levels and hold herself and her family at the top of the class ladder and will accept no less for her daughters. They must marry into money and class. Isabella is unconventional for a woman of her time and wants to be a journalist and date James Drake. A budding aviator. I could feel the passion James has for aviation and how badly he wants to build a flying machine to win the contest of being the first to cross the English Channel . There is a mystery surrounding James parentage and his mother's death. Isabella is a strong willed woman and will not be denied what she believes is the right thing to do. James is a determined young man but will it be enough to win the English Channel crossing race? The romance is so sweet and the author's love for England shines through brightly. I love how much research she put into this book as the attention to detail an facts is obvious. This goes down as one of my favorite books of 2018 and I look forward to seeing what she has in store next.Published February 20th 2018 by Multnomah .Thank you to the author for a review copy I was not required to write a positive review.
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  • Beth Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Full review on Faithfully BookishAn adventure in aviation, a legacy of journalism, and a familial mystery are skillfully woven into this lovely sweet and inspirational Edwardian era romance.Isabella Grayson is torn between pursuing the desires of her heart and honoring her parents' wishes for her future. Her unconventional pursuits and growing faith make her a simply charming and endearing character. James Drake longs to build a life for himself in aviation but unanswered questions from his past Full review on Faithfully BookishAn adventure in aviation, a legacy of journalism, and a familial mystery are skillfully woven into this lovely sweet and inspirational Edwardian era romance.Isabella Grayson is torn between pursuing the desires of her heart and honoring her parents' wishes for her future. Her unconventional pursuits and growing faith make her a simply charming and endearing character. James Drake longs to build a life for himself in aviation but unanswered questions from his past hinder his confidence. He proves himself to be a determined man of faith and integrity.Prepare to learn a little something from this story, it is packed with interesting historical details of everything from fashion and society to newspapers and airplanes. Fans of Downton Abbey and the innovation of this time period will especially enjoy this book and I definitely recommend it!I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the historical aspect of this novel, the subject matter definitely stood out to me since I had not read a book that focused on the advent of flight and its swift progress. It is easily apparent that the author meticulously researched early aviation and the experiences of the pilots and engineers. The overall pace of the book was too slow for me however, and I was missing the impetus to keep turning the pages. The attraction and romance between Bella and James is sweet, yet tepid as the I enjoyed the historical aspect of this novel, the subject matter definitely stood out to me since I had not read a book that focused on the advent of flight and its swift progress. It is easily apparent that the author meticulously researched early aviation and the experiences of the pilots and engineers. The overall pace of the book was too slow for me however, and I was missing the impetus to keep turning the pages. The attraction and romance between Bella and James is sweet, yet tepid as they both have strong goals with journalism and flying. This is a book that will be enjoyed by readers who prefer a strong historical focus over a character-driven story.(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
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  • Staci
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet romance set in 1909. While I enjoyed seeing a relationship between James and Isabella grow, it was the search for what happened to James' parents that kept me most engaged in this novel. The beginnings of aviation was also interesting to read about. What brave men to risk their lives for the sake of progress.
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  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    January 1, 1970
    “Now was the time for men to break free from the bounds of earth and fly unhindered.”Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky is full of fascinating history and great characters, as well as a riveting plot that reminds us to trust God’s dreams for us.Bella and James are an endearing pair of characters who quickly carve out space in your heart. Their daring dreams – James, to be the first person to fly across the English Channel in an airplane and Bella, to be one of few female journalists for the time “Now was the time for men to break free from the bounds of earth and fly unhindered.”Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky is full of fascinating history and great characters, as well as a riveting plot that reminds us to trust God’s dreams for us.Bella and James are an endearing pair of characters who quickly carve out space in your heart. Their daring dreams – James, to be the first person to fly across the English Channel in an airplane and Bella, to be one of few female journalists for the time. You will be cheering them on every step of the way, and I must confess that I held my breath more than once while following James’ air adventures. Their shared interest in aviation establishes a friendship that eventually develops into something even sweeter, and Turansky does a great job of building their relationship as the story progresses. It’s a gentle romance, but there’s also a bonus romance or two brewing in the background and I admit that one of those background romances was my favorite relationship in the story!The setting of Across the Blue puts us right at the center of all the buzz and anticipation surrounding air travel by plane. What a thrilling time in history that must have been, to witness such a great advancement in transportation! There are ups and downs in the progress (quite parallel, in fact, to the actual flights lol) and Turansky nicely captures that crackle of excitement in the air! (No pun intended) From the race to see who will be first to cross the Channel successfully to the competitions at the air meet in Rheims, France – the atmosphere hums with tension and expectation.Bottom Line: Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky keeps readers engaged in the characters’ lives as well as the excitement of the time period. While it gets a little bogged down in details at the beginning, it evens out into a sweet story of putting our dreams in perspective with God’s dreams for us – and how His are so much better than we imagine. The characters feel like dear friends and settle into our hearts, and the setting comes alive with sights and sounds and experiences. Perfect for history enthusiasts, particularly of the Edwardian-era, and fans of Turansky’s other books!(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this read and quickly found myself rooting for James Drake to be the first to fly across the English Chanel, and we see the beginnings of the air industry in Europe.Wait until you take your tour of the beautiful estate that our girl’s parents have purchased, the breath-taking gardens and the massive mansion, and then watch, or read, how everything is connected, including James. We see jealousy rear its ugly head, and wonder how Bella is going to explain everything to her parents. Will I enjoyed this read and quickly found myself rooting for James Drake to be the first to fly across the English Chanel, and we see the beginnings of the air industry in Europe.Wait until you take your tour of the beautiful estate that our girl’s parents have purchased, the breath-taking gardens and the massive mansion, and then watch, or read, how everything is connected, including James. We see jealousy rear its ugly head, and wonder how Bella is going to explain everything to her parents. Will James get answers to his questions about his parentage, and how is Bella and her family involved? Will she end up marrying someone she doesn’t love to fulfill her bargain with her folks?Bella is a spunky girl and I was surprised at how this girl gets involved in the air industry, especially as a woman, at this time woman didn’t even have the right to vote.Come and enjoy you time in Edwardian England, and watch as the world soon discovers flying.I received this book through Celebrate Lit and the Publisher Multnomah, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Andrea Cox
    January 1, 1970
    How can I wrap up this book in a few short words? It was a sweet romance that included mystery and adventure, all wrapped in compassion and heart and faith and family. I especially thought the timing of events within the time line was spot-on, and the leads’ dreams of flight and journalism were well paired and equally interesting. I felt like I learned a lot about both occupations during the book’s era while also being entertained by the characters’ journeys. One thing that I admired was that th How can I wrap up this book in a few short words? It was a sweet romance that included mystery and adventure, all wrapped in compassion and heart and faith and family. I especially thought the timing of events within the time line was spot-on, and the leads’ dreams of flight and journalism were well paired and equally interesting. I felt like I learned a lot about both occupations during the book’s era while also being entertained by the characters’ journeys. One thing that I admired was that the leads wanted to overcome the challenges their individual familial backgrounds presented and create something healthy, beautiful, and special.I was completely annoyed by Bella’s mother, and about halfway through, I decided I was content to dislike her. Her perspective was an easy one to understand, though I couldn’t agree with it at all.My favorite aspect of this story was the deep character journeys of the leads. I like that they had to dig deep in order to find their gumption, faith, and determination to do what they believed were the right things for them. I related so much with that, because, no matter what the people around me think I should do, my heart longs to obey and please only God, and I found that to be true of Bella and James too. These two characters felt like old friends to me not too far into the book, and it was difficult to tell them good-bye at the end of the story. I’m pretty sure I’ll be revisiting them often through the years.I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, authors, and sites like Netgalley, Litfuse Publicity Group, and Blogging for Books. They do not require me to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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  • Clara
    January 1, 1970
    The first thing that caught my attention was the historical setting. It completely came to life in this book. I felt immersed and invested as if I were living out Downton Abbey <3Isabella Grayson's family does not have royal bloodline. They've battled their way into society - or, more specifically, her parents have and now they expect their daughters to find an appropriate match to secure position and wealth. However, Bella has a dream that's calling each day more strongly to her, she wants t The first thing that caught my attention was the historical setting. It completely came to life in this book. I felt immersed and invested as if I were living out Downton Abbey <3Isabella Grayson's family does not have royal bloodline. They've battled their way into society - or, more specifically, her parents have and now they expect their daughters to find an appropriate match to secure position and wealth. However, Bella has a dream that's calling each day more strongly to her, she wants to be a journalist. Though her father is the owner of many newspapers, he thinks it's not a woman's place and it will only stain Bella's reputation, consequently his own. Still, Bella is able to come to a truce with her parents to write anonymously if she promises to secure a suitor this season.Her perspective is questioned when she meets James Drake. He comes from questionable background and has no financial security. Still, his character, integrity, and determination tug at Bella's heart each time they get to spend together. James dreams of crossing the canal, and each day this dream becomes more and more important as it proves to be the way to guarantee Bella's father approval towards their courtship. But, as all dream-chasers find out sooner or later, our biggest enemy if not our competitor, rather it lives right inside of us: our pride. Will they learn that what really stays and what really satisfies after the victory might not have anything to do with the dream in itself in time to make the correct decision?This book is about dreams and the hills and valley's we face when we chase them. It's also about remembering what we've been given in life and how we let it shape us. Sticking together, supporting each other, investing in one another might just turn out to be more precious than any other conquest.*many thanks to the publisher for providing an advanced copy. this is my honest review
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  • Loraine
    January 1, 1970
    This is the story of Isabella Grayson, the wealthy daughter of a newspaper mogul, who dreams of being a journalist like her father and James Drake an impoverished young aviator during the early beginnings of aviation. It blends together a touch of romance, a smidgen of mystery, and a fascinating look at the history of early aviation with a good faith thread to make for a wonderful read. I loved the glimpse into the life of the early 1900's where young ladies were only supposed to be preparing fo This is the story of Isabella Grayson, the wealthy daughter of a newspaper mogul, who dreams of being a journalist like her father and James Drake an impoverished young aviator during the early beginnings of aviation. It blends together a touch of romance, a smidgen of mystery, and a fascinating look at the history of early aviation with a good faith thread to make for a wonderful read. I loved the glimpse into the life of the early 1900's where young ladies were only supposed to be preparing for marriage and their main job was to find a wealthy young man of good breeding to continue their family line. But Bella wasn't ready to settle for that role and had an independent streak that set her on the course of determining her own future. But the bargain she made to gain her goal turned out to cause unexpected problems yet also led her to a closer relationship with her father. James obsession with his past and his feeling of worthlessness hindered his being all that he could be and being as appreciative as he should have been of his adopted father. Professor Steed and Mrs. Shelby were a delightful old couple and I loved seeing them reconnect after many years of not seeing each other. The interaction between all of characters was well developed as each of them grew and changed. This was a captivating novel and Turansky's love of England shines throughout. This is one of my favorite Turansky reads.**I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley through Multnomah Publishing to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done. I was not compensated for this review.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    Across the Blue was a sweet read and kept me entertained. My enjoyment continued to build the more I read and I breathed a sigh of contentment when I finally finished the story...it was that good!I seem to enjoy historical novels that revolve around aviation and this one was no different. I loved the danger and excitement that it brought to the plot. Bella's journalism was another nice element to the book and her having to keep it a secret definitely led to some problems. Also, the mystery of Ja Across the Blue was a sweet read and kept me entertained. My enjoyment continued to build the more I read and I breathed a sigh of contentment when I finally finished the story...it was that good!I seem to enjoy historical novels that revolve around aviation and this one was no different. I loved the danger and excitement that it brought to the plot. Bella's journalism was another nice element to the book and her having to keep it a secret definitely led to some problems. Also, the mystery of James' parentage was very interesting and different than I expected.I liked how everything wrapped up in the end; it was a great way to answer most of readers' questions and I loved it. All in all, if you enjoy historical romances, I think you should pick up Across the Blue.*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    I love historicals and the theme of aviation really caught my attention in the description of this book. This is a well written story that will take you into the life of a young lady in the early 1900's as well as the fascinating early years of aviation. In a time period when young ladies were pretty restricted in their roles in society, the determination and courage Bella shows is inspiring. James also shows great character and determination in his pursuit of his life dream of building an airpl I love historicals and the theme of aviation really caught my attention in the description of this book. This is a well written story that will take you into the life of a young lady in the early 1900's as well as the fascinating early years of aviation. In a time period when young ladies were pretty restricted in their roles in society, the determination and courage Bella shows is inspiring. James also shows great character and determination in his pursuit of his life dream of building an airplane. The sweet romance that grows between James and Bella will warm your heart and the character growth and faith moments will inspire! Don't miss out on this great book!*Thanks to CelebrateLit for a complimentary copy of this book. I was not paid nor required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*
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  • Bailey
    January 1, 1970
    Carrie Turansky delivers a soaring tale in 1909 England. The flight scenes were dramatic and breathtaking. Every time they were gliding through the air in those early airplane models, my heart was soaring with them. All of the struggles and challenges they had to figure out and overcome to build the first flying machines were a fascinating addition to the story. I loved learning the facts and theories behind each of the different problems and solutions to making the aircraft the best it could be Carrie Turansky delivers a soaring tale in 1909 England. The flight scenes were dramatic and breathtaking. Every time they were gliding through the air in those early airplane models, my heart was soaring with them. All of the struggles and challenges they had to figure out and overcome to build the first flying machines were a fascinating addition to the story. I loved learning the facts and theories behind each of the different problems and solutions to making the aircraft the best it could be. James and Bella were wonderful characters to follow around. I loved the talent, drive, and passion they showed for each of their professions. It's great to read about someone who demonstrates true skill. Their journey of faith was also a captivating part of the story. James' search into his family history was a great way to keep the story interesting and bring the characters together. The story of his past was exciting and unique adding a wonderful layer of interest to the story. Overall, I wished there was some more intense drama surrounding all aspects of the story. It seemed like she kept pulling her punches throughout the different dramatic parts of the story. (view spoiler)[ When James isn't the first to make it across the channel, everything feels anticlimactic. He discovers someone else beat him, everyone is sad about it, and they have to move on to something else. I appreciate historical accuracy and demonstrating how to lose gracefully; however, after building for a whole book up to this moment, I was disappointed that he wasn't the winner. When James' flight across the channel fails, I kept waiting for some sign of foul play that their engine had been tampered with by one of the other competitors. When it was just a regular issue of discovering the intricacies of aviation, while the answer was plausible, it was not as exciting as it could have been. Mark as a bad guy did cause trouble but nothing really sinister. Even with James' family history, everything ended up having a simple and, though heartbreaking, tame explanation. The suspicion of foul play was all it ever really amounted to. (hide spoiler)] While still a good story and even though I appreciated the lessons that were learned through the story playing out this way, I have in the past praised other Christian Historical Fiction authors for writing God pleasing stories without pulling any of their punches. The ending was sweet and heart-warming. Overall, I was very pleased with this story of romance, aviation, and journalism in early 1900s England. I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars Great way to start my reading for the year!Carrie Turansky's latest novel, Across the Blue is a wonderful tribute to the early aviators as they compete to be the first to cross the English Channel in 1909. I was immediately drawn into the story of the friendship that developed between two unlikely people. James Drake, pilot, dreams of being the first to fly across the English Channel. But this is not his only dream. He also hopes to uncover the secrets surrounding his birth and parenta 4.5 stars Great way to start my reading for the year!Carrie Turansky's latest novel, Across the Blue is a wonderful tribute to the early aviators as they compete to be the first to cross the English Channel in 1909. I was immediately drawn into the story of the friendship that developed between two unlikely people. James Drake, pilot, dreams of being the first to fly across the English Channel. But this is not his only dream. He also hopes to uncover the secrets surrounding his birth and parentage. Not only is he ambitious, he is also a young man filled with integrity. He is willing to listen to the advice and wisdom of those God has placed in his life. Isabella Grayson is from the elegant world of new money. Her family's expectations do not include pursuing a career in journalism. Isabella is filled with spunk, willing to chase her dream. But she is also vulnerable, hoping to earn the approval of those she loves. Turansky includes historical detail and vivid descriptions that draw her reader into the world of early 1900's England, masterfully weaving the threads of faith and hope throughout the story.I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Carole Jarvis
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed at The Power of Words: http://bit.ly/2CJQDfnAcross the Blue is a captivating novel that I enjoyed from the very first page. It’s a story that not only historical romance fans will enjoy, but all readers as well. Carrie Turansky gently and skillfully weaves together faith, historical detail, romance, and even a little mystery. The design team did a beautiful job with the cover, for it conveys the story’s mood and theme in a way that draws readers to it.I love British settings, so the 190 Reviewed at The Power of Words: http://bit.ly/2CJQDfnAcross the Blue is a captivating novel that I enjoyed from the very first page. It’s a story that not only historical romance fans will enjoy, but all readers as well. Carrie Turansky gently and skillfully weaves together faith, historical detail, romance, and even a little mystery. The design team did a beautiful job with the cover, for it conveys the story’s mood and theme in a way that draws readers to it.I love British settings, so the 1909 world of Edwardian England was my “cup of tea” so to speak. I don’t know how Turansky does it, but I was caught up in the sights, sounds, and culture of this era as I learned new things. It was a fascinating time historically because, for one thing, the woman’s place was considered to be at home, a norm that the journalistically talented Bella wanted to break out of. Secondly, Germany’s desire to control the European Continent was already obvious to many, and England’s hesitancy to encourage aircraft development threatened to put the country at a disadvantage. I knew very little about the competition and prestige to be first at successfully flying over the English Channel and found this very interesting.James and Bella felt real and believable, but with the societal differences and backgrounds between them, the possibility of their match seemed unlikely. Romantic tension was great and I enjoyed how their relationship slowly deepened as each pursued their dreams. James and Bella grew spiritually as well, as they realized the importance of following God’s path for their lives.Across the Blue is a beautiful story in every way. Carrie Turansky is a skilled, consistent writer and I look forward to many more stories from her talented hand.Highly recommended.I was provided a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and Multnomah. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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  • Cathy Gohlke
    January 1, 1970
    Across the Blue is a compelling, romantic and exciting novel set in Edwardian days of early aviation. Well researched and faith based, the intriguing storyline reveals a longing for home, family, identity and the pursuit of idealized dreams, no matter the cost. I loved reading how the main characters struggled but finally relinquished the good they hoped for in order to follow the best the Lord placed in their paths, even when they couldn’t be certain that surrender would result in the desires o Across the Blue is a compelling, romantic and exciting novel set in Edwardian days of early aviation. Well researched and faith based, the intriguing storyline reveals a longing for home, family, identity and the pursuit of idealized dreams, no matter the cost. I loved reading how the main characters struggled but finally relinquished the good they hoped for in order to follow the best the Lord placed in their paths, even when they couldn’t be certain that surrender would result in the desires of their hearts. Well researched, I loved learning about the challenges, drama and competition between pioneers of early flight, and about the challenges and obstacles a woman faced in stepping into the male dominated world of journalism. I couldn’t put this story down until finished reading, even though I didn’t want it to end. This is Turansky at her best. I was not requested to write this review. These are my honest and unsolicited opinions.
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  • Kav
    January 1, 1970
    Another fabulous Downtwon Abbeyish historical romance from Carrie Turansky! And what a fascinating time period, though I must confess it isn't my favourite for storytelling. And that's because I'm a tenderhearted reader and I know that these characters are just five years away from World War I and that is going to drastically alter the happily ever after they worked so hard for. Sniffle. But I'm trying to be brave and bask in the sweet romantic bliss of 1909 with blinders on. :-)But I have to ad Another fabulous Downtwon Abbeyish historical romance from Carrie Turansky! And what a fascinating time period, though I must confess it isn't my favourite for storytelling. And that's because I'm a tenderhearted reader and I know that these characters are just five years away from World War I and that is going to drastically alter the happily ever after they worked so hard for. Sniffle. But I'm trying to be brave and bask in the sweet romantic bliss of 1909 with blinders on. :-)But I have to admit it is an enthralling time for an independent thinking woman to be coming into her own. And Bella certainly has a streak of independence which exasperates her parents no end. She is caught within the confines of a strict social order that's already beginning to show cracks. New money versus titled aristocracy. The Graysons are new money and they want their daughters to bring them social standing through marriage to nobility. And Bella has already had two seasons to make that happen. Her mother is determined that this third will be her last. Bella is just as determined to pursue a journalistic career.James is an orphan who doesn't even know who his father is! And though he has ambitions to establish his own aviation company, he doesn't even have the funds to repair the flying machine he just crashed on Broadlands property. Definitely not son-in-law material for the Graysons. But something sparks between Bella and James the first time they meet and Turnasky weaves together a story of hope, resilience and faith.Loved all the historical aviation details. Those early aviators were equal parts crazy and brave! And the race to cross the Channel had me on tenterhooks. Such a contrast between society balls and Mrs. Grayson's matrimonial ploys. Gah, but I wanted to shake that woman until her teeth rattled! And Mr. Grayson isn't much better -- especially since he's a self-made businessman. You'd think he could understand and appreciate James, but no, he wants someone more socially acceptable for Bella. Just see how that works out for you, Mr. Grayson. Pfffft! (I tend to get indignant on behalf of my characters.)And did I mention the mystery? A little family intrigue never hurt a storyline and this one is superb. Plus there's a super sweet secondary romance to delight in. It really doesn't get any better than that, does it?
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  • Helen
    January 1, 1970
    Across the Blue, by Carrie Turansky, takes place in 1909 in England. Charles Grayson owns three prestigious London newspapers. He has just purchased an estate in the country from Sir Richard and moved his family there. Sir Richard has left furniture and decorations behind and it gives the appearance the Graysons come from old money. My Grayson has offered a substantial amount of money as a prize for the first person that crosses the English Channel. The oldest daughter, Isabella, dreams of being Across the Blue, by Carrie Turansky, takes place in 1909 in England. Charles Grayson owns three prestigious London newspapers. He has just purchased an estate in the country from Sir Richard and moved his family there. Sir Richard has left furniture and decorations behind and it gives the appearance the Graysons come from old money. My Grayson has offered a substantial amount of money as a prize for the first person that crosses the English Channel. The oldest daughter, Isabella, dreams of being a writer for the newspaper. She makes an agreement with her parents that she will write articles under a different name.James Drake was born to a single mother who was turned away from her family. She went to live with a friend and when she died in an accident when he was four months old, the friend raised him. This person dies young and her brother, the Professor, raised James. James has no knowledge of who is family is.James and the Professor are working on their plane near the Grayson's estate. James takes the plane out for a trial flight and ends up landing it on Grayson's property. He and Isabella develop a friendship and one day while visiting the Grayson's estate he sees a photo on the wall of three girls, one of them is his mother.I really enjoyed reading this story. It contains many issues, aviation, business and family, that make a well rounded story. I like that even though Isabella's family does not attend church, she is open to attending church with James. There is also suspense with who is James' family and will their plane make it across the channel. This is a Christian Historical Romance novel. I feel those who enjoy historical romance will enjoy this story. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Blogging for Books. This is my honest review.
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  • Becky Van Daniker
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this! Full review coming soon.
  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Some of my favorite novels are about strong women characters. Those that go against the grain of what society might think would be considered inappropriate for that time frame. I often think that if I were a character in a novel, I would tend to go against societies norms of the day and create my own mark as it were. The latest novel from best-selling author Carrie Turansky, Across the Blue features just a determined and strong-willed woman, Isabella Grayson. Just her name speaks of where her fa Some of my favorite novels are about strong women characters. Those that go against the grain of what society might think would be considered inappropriate for that time frame. I often think that if I were a character in a novel, I would tend to go against societies norms of the day and create my own mark as it were. The latest novel from best-selling author Carrie Turansky, Across the Blue features just a determined and strong-willed woman, Isabella Grayson. Just her name speaks of where her family falls in terms of social standing in my opinion, but she is likeable and relateable to the characters I lean towards. Her family has been pushing for her to find a suitable match, one that would guarantee that she will add to her families fortunes instead of the other way around. Now already two seasons since her debut to society, she has much different interests in mind, much to her mother's dismay and frustration. Her father is the owner of three of the leading newspapers in England, thus the reason for the families fortunes and social standings within the communities. Bella finds her father's newspapers interesting because she yearns to be a writer. Yet she isn't sure how to go about earning her wings with persuading her father to give her the opportunity to write for one of his papers. That would be against everything her family wishes for her future, maintaining a proper reputation is key to finding a suitable husband. Bella only wants to pursue her own future and hopes that one day, the right man may just fall into her lap, that shares her interests and passions in hopes of marrying for love and not just for money. Lucky for her, that is just what has happened upon touring her families new home, a young aviator soaring overhead, crashes into the property, but has managed to escape unharmed. While the agent leading the family is aghast that such a thing has happened, Bella and her father, share a love for aviation and hope that England will be the first to launch a solo trip across the English channel and hopefully paving the way for more financial contributions that would lend to adding air support towards keeping their country safe. In fact, her father has been instrumental in creating interest in doing just that, with a promise of a thousand pounds to the first person to do it. When he hears rumors that the French might be further along in their progress and testing, he offers his assistance to aid James Drake in his efforts to be the first to fly across the English channel. It might just be more than good luck that landed him on that fateful day and with it the passions ignited between James and Bella! Will that be enough to build a future on? I received Across The Blue by Carrie Turansky compliments of WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers. I absolutely LOVED this novel from the very first page. Not only did the premise hook me based on the back cover, my love for aviation and its history made me want to explore those first flights from a different perspective. I found myself relating to Bella's character quite a bit, her love for writing, her passion for adventure and progress as well as have a determined sense of what she wants for her own future, but curbs some of that enthusiasm around her family, especially her father, whom she adores and deeply respects. I love the chemistry between James and Bella, first to help one another in any way and by becoming their own personal cheerleaders and encouragers in any endeavor. I love all the random situations that they find themselves in together, without any pre-planning to make that happen. I guess I am a firm believer in a happily ever after ending and if you love adventure coupled with romance and bit of that traditional regency, then you will absolutely adore this novel and thus the reason for my 5 out of 5 stars in this reader's opinion.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Of all Turanskys’ novels, Across the Blue is my favorite! It was exciting reading about the first flight across the English Channel. I was utterly captivated by the historical details. I ended up reading into the wee hours of the morning and didn’t even realize it was so late or early as the case may be.Bella and James are both determined strong individuals with adventurous spirits, on the cusp of innovation and creativity in 1909. Mild drama, romance, oh the sweet romance, and a fascinating mys Of all Turanskys’ novels, Across the Blue is my favorite! It was exciting reading about the first flight across the English Channel. I was utterly captivated by the historical details. I ended up reading into the wee hours of the morning and didn’t even realize it was so late or early as the case may be.Bella and James are both determined strong individuals with adventurous spirits, on the cusp of innovation and creativity in 1909. Mild drama, romance, oh the sweet romance, and a fascinating mystery having to do with James’ parentage kept my head in the clouds and the hours just flew by! Superbly written characters along with intriguing plot twists combine to make Across the Blue an inspiring story.I received an uncorrected proof from the author and publisher. I was not required to write a review. No compensation has been received.
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  • Raechel
    January 1, 1970
    This book is set in 1909, when aviation was up and coming – the history aspect was interesting. (Although I noticed the characters all used the modern word ‘airplane’ and I’m pretty sure that historically they would have only used ‘aeroplane’). When I was younger, I loved Amelia Earhart and learning about aviation, the first aeroplanes, and whatnot. Journalism and Newspaper-ism was also a major fascination of mine (never really outgrew it, to be honest!), and so when I saw that this book held bo This book is set in 1909, when aviation was up and coming – the history aspect was interesting. (Although I noticed the characters all used the modern word ‘airplane’ and I’m pretty sure that historically they would have only used ‘aeroplane’). When I was younger, I loved Amelia Earhart and learning about aviation, the first aeroplanes, and whatnot. Journalism and Newspaper-ism was also a major fascination of mine (never really outgrew it, to be honest!), and so when I saw that this book held both of these ingredients, I was eager to try it.Isabella is a determined young woman who has a passion to become a published journalist. James Drake is a pilot with the desire to be the first to cross the English Channel.They are attracted to each other almost right away, but with James not certain of his parental heritage, Bella’s family would never dream of allowing a match to become of the two. However, they continue their friendship as it grows, and Bella has a hard time keeping her promise to her family that she would encourage other wealthy young men.For me personally, this book fell a little flat – I just couldn’t really get into the book and connect well with the characters themselves. Bella, while understandable that she wants to be a journalist, pursues that at the cost of headstrongness and disobedience. I just didn’t connect.But that doesn’t mean other readers won’t – I think for many this book will be excellent. It was just a miss for me – could be because of mood, the time I read it, or what have you, but not necessarily a reflection of the book itself.So while it wasn’t the book for me, I wouldn’t toss it aside, because it could be your favourite book!I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Across the Blue is a fabulous upcoming release by Carrie Turansky. I enjoyed this Edwardian England era novel. I loved the historical details. The author obviously did her research. Isabella Grayson is a wonderful, strong, and admirable character. I felt like I was right with her throughout the story. And ahhhh, James Grant. Love love love the scenes with Bella and James together. A great, clean and sweet historical. I would highly recommend this book. Definitely a well deserved 5 stars. I recei Across the Blue is a fabulous upcoming release by Carrie Turansky. I enjoyed this Edwardian England era novel. I loved the historical details. The author obviously did her research. Isabella Grayson is a wonderful, strong, and admirable character. I felt like I was right with her throughout the story. And ahhhh, James Grant. Love love love the scenes with Bella and James together. A great, clean and sweet historical. I would highly recommend this book. Definitely a well deserved 5 stars. I received this book from Blogging for Books. This book is 100% my own honest opinion.
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  • Fizzy
    January 1, 1970
    I haven’t felt the need to gush about a book in a short minute. I had never read Turansky before but have heard great things. When the opportunity to review this book came up I had to take it. What’s not to draw you to it? Early 1900s England, money, prestige, adventure, a touch of intrigue, and love. The dawn of flight brings together a wealthy English woman with desires to become a journalist and a not wealthy pilot with a questionable background. Add some irritating parents, relateable side c I haven’t felt the need to gush about a book in a short minute. I had never read Turansky before but have heard great things. When the opportunity to review this book came up I had to take it. What’s not to draw you to it? Early 1900s England, money, prestige, adventure, a touch of intrigue, and love. The dawn of flight brings together a wealthy English woman with desires to become a journalist and a not wealthy pilot with a questionable background. Add some irritating parents, relateable side characters, and a couple of wealthy rivals who also happen to be jerks and you have a pretty great story.I enjoyed how this story took the dawn of aviation and actually provided much detail and knowledge about this topic while blending it so well into the story that it didn’t feel heavy or ‘educational’ so to speak. I was rooting for James and Professor Steed. I wanted them to find success after years of trial and error. I needed for James to be the first to cross the channel and win the prize. James took my heart with him on his journey to discover who he really is and where he came from. James and Bella were such well developed, embraceable characters; flaws and all. Their flaws gave them dimension and shape. Even the secondary characters (Bella’s family, the professor, other aviators) had such depth to their characters and solid personalities that even as the story grew and changed they remained true to their roots.The book brought their stories from an interesting meeting as James plane crashed in her family’s field on the day they moved into to their new country estate to a mostly satisfying conclusion. James and Bella’s lives wove in and out of each other’s through their shared interests and his history. You could almost call their initial meeting kismet. Had they not met would he have discovered his past? Had they not met would she have found her future? There was one little story line that was not completed wrapped up but it’ll let it slide since it was partly resolved. This was my first Carrie Turansky book but it will definitely not be my last.I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by CelebrateLit. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review. Originally posted at https://fizzypopcollection.com/across....
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    Across the Blue really captured the time period and the excitement of early aviation. Not only did I enjoy the sweet romance that developed between the main characters, but I learned a lot in this novel!The author did a great job of creating believable characters. Isabella was a smart young woman, with a talent for journalism and an interest in the world events of the day. She faced an uphill battle against her society minded parents. This created a lot tension!James had such an interesting back Across the Blue really captured the time period and the excitement of early aviation. Not only did I enjoy the sweet romance that developed between the main characters, but I learned a lot in this novel!The author did a great job of creating believable characters. Isabella was a smart young woman, with a talent for journalism and an interest in the world events of the day. She faced an uphill battle against her society minded parents. This created a lot tension!James had such an interesting backstory and I loved discovering pieces to it as I made my way through the book. I liked him has a person, even when his insecurities occasionally caused him to react in a way I cringed at. He was believable as a young, determined pilot and as a man searching for answers. I enjoyed this story from start to finish!I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.You can read this review on my blog:https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I've been a fan of Carrie Turansky's work for some time. She writes this time period with ease. This book is set around the early beginnings of flight in Europe. The Wright Brothers have had their demo in France, and all the major characters of this book were there & witnessed it. The excitement, the advancement of aviation. I am not a particular fan of this element of history, and this was probably the major drawback for me (which is personal preference, and in no way a reflection of the sk I've been a fan of Carrie Turansky's work for some time. She writes this time period with ease. This book is set around the early beginnings of flight in Europe. The Wright Brothers have had their demo in France, and all the major characters of this book were there & witnessed it. The excitement, the advancement of aviation. I am not a particular fan of this element of history, and this was probably the major drawback for me (which is personal preference, and in no way a reflection of the skill of Carrie's writing). Our hero, James Drake has worked for years on developing a monoplane with the goal of being the first person to fly across the English Channel. Here's where (for me) there's a drawback in using real history in a fictional novel. If you know your fictional character is not the person who did it for real, you already know he isn't going to be able to do it. Sorry, spoiler alert! :) That kind of ruined the whole set up for me, because we are being guided so skillfully into feeling this empathy and emotion for the success of James. He comes from mysterious beginnings. As he unravels the truth behind his existence, we feel deeply as a reader, the struggle that was birth out of wedlock during this time period. The ways many chose to handle it. The regret and poor choice. All is not lost though, as James is where he is today because of his experiences and those who stepped in to rescue him. Anna, and then her brother Professor Steed - the mentor, life coach and proxy father. The location for Broadlands, the Kent coastline and proximity to the departure point for flight, all work well. I really enjoyed how the characters inter connected and everything in that regard was seamless. I appreciated the Grayson family. New money, made through their position of power on London's Fleet Street. Mr. Grayson, is the essence of the beginnings of what we would call a 'media mogul' today. Influential as the owner of 3 different papers, the Daily Mail being the most prominent. It's enlightening to have our heroine be a progressive thinker, during this time of suffrage for women. Isabella, dreams of being a journalist in her own right. Yet her parents, especially her mother, desires their new money status to make a match with old world title and status. She desires that Isabella marry into the aristocracy and make their rise into the upper classes solid. She has had two seasons, which is genius because it gives the character a good sense of expectation, a look into the realities of the 'marriage market' and has already decided that trying to negate this path, will be tricky. How then will she find a way to follow her dreams, all the while being held back by what is seen to be 'proper' and without ruining her reputation and prospects at making a good match?A chance meeting between James & Isabella occurs in the opening scenes, as they are being guided on a tour around the Grayson's new home in the country, Broadlands. As the tour progresses they hear the sound of a plane flying overhead causes them to look up, just as they see it make a emergency landing in one of their fields. Isabella was there at the Wright brothers demonstration and she has a keen interest in aviation. Her father, shares this interest with her, and despite her mothers best wishes, they become involved in excitement, science and development of the project James & Professor Steed are working on, with the anticipation that a British pilot will be the first to make the Channel crossing. The Daily Mail has offered a substantial prize for the first person to make this flight, and James is determined to be the recipient. He has plans, and those plans require money and investment. While engaging, the development of this relationship between James and Isabella, drags at times. Not in the coming together, but more in the emotional pull & empathy I felt as a reader. As this story progresses this becomes more connected, at least for me. I felt the urgency for James as he discovers his past, and you start to really feel the depth of his plight. Not only in his struggle to come to terms with the truth, but also in his relationship with Bella and his frustrations as obstacle after obstacle seem to stand in the way of reaching his dream. Well put together, and enjoyable original plot, this is another fantastic historical fiction read from Carrie Turansky. *In the UK we generally refer to the water around the Island as the 'sea' in speech. We would not call the English Channel (or any bodies of water offshore) the 'ocean'. This probably stems from being surrounded mostly by the Irish & North Sea's. It's just what is naturally in our vocabulary. Thank you to Waterbrook Multnomah and Blogging for Books for the complimentary copy of this novel. This is my honest review.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    "A hope can become a reality if we work hard to do our part, and then trust the Lord to do the rest."James Drake and Isabella Grayson have grand aspirations; James to pilot the first plane across the English Channel and Isabella to become a journalist for her father's London newspaper, "The Daily Mail". When their paths cross quite unexpectedly on Grayson property, Bella takes advantage of her father's burgeoning interest in developing aviation to gain information for a series of articles about "A hope can become a reality if we work hard to do our part, and then trust the Lord to do the rest."James Drake and Isabella Grayson have grand aspirations; James to pilot the first plane across the English Channel and Isabella to become a journalist for her father's London newspaper, "The Daily Mail". When their paths cross quite unexpectedly on Grayson property, Bella takes advantage of her father's burgeoning interest in developing aviation to gain information for a series of articles about the French and English piloting teams; both are eyeing the newspaper's handsome prize for the first flight across the channel. What a lovely young woman! James finds himself duly distracted whenever Miss Grayson visits his workshop or asks her intelligent questions, or even gives him one of those encouraging smiles. But what can he offer the daughter of a societal elite; James knows nothing about his true heritage and what he does know, involves scandal. Besides, there will be no steady income unless he can prove his prowess in the air. Enjoy this beautifully written story brimming with impeccable historical detail, lovely paced romance, and strategically placed reminders of the One who can, and will, work all things together for good. I am appreciative to the author and her publisher for a copy of this book. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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  • Savanna Kaiser
    January 1, 1970
    This book introduced me to some fascinating history I didn’t know much about. The storytelling was both entertaining and educational. This new-to-me author impressed me with her gifted eye for details. The setting and the characters truly came alive on the page!I loved Bella and James. Their goals were strong and admirable. I was rooting for them to succeed from the very start. James will undoubtedly claim your heart as he does Bella’s. He’s honorable, hard-working, and sincere. And Bella hersel This book introduced me to some fascinating history I didn’t know much about. The storytelling was both entertaining and educational. This new-to-me author impressed me with her gifted eye for details. The setting and the characters truly came alive on the page!I loved Bella and James. Their goals were strong and admirable. I was rooting for them to succeed from the very start. James will undoubtedly claim your heart as he does Bella’s. He’s honorable, hard-working, and sincere. And Bella herself is much the same – genuine, kind, and ambitious. Their charisma drew me in and kept me guessing how they’d reach their happily-ever-after.I enjoyed learning about the early days of aviation and how the author wove facts into her fiction. I also enjoyed following Bella in her pursuits to become a journalist. She’s a smart, talented lady who witnesses history and writes about it passionately. As a writer myself, I wanted to hug her for not giving up. 🙂It was a long story, but it was packed full of adventure and history. I was pleasantly surprised by some twists along the way too. Well-researched and well-crafted, Across the Blue is bound to sweep you off your feet.I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.
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