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, 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Suzie
    January 1, 1970
    In her latest Edwardian adventure, Carrie Turansky takes readers to the skies.During the changing exciting times of the early 1900’s aviation is gaining slow ground. When one newspaper owner offers a reward to the first man to fly across the English Channel, the race is on.Isabell Grayson dreams of reporting the news as a journalist, but her parents—especially her mother—has other plans for her. In an attempt to get what her heart desires, she enters into an arrangement with her parents. One she In her latest Edwardian adventure, Carrie Turansky takes readers to the skies.During the changing exciting times of the early 1900’s aviation is gaining slow ground. When one newspaper owner offers a reward to the first man to fly across the English Channel, the race is on.Isabell Grayson dreams of reporting the news as a journalist, but her parents—especially her mother—has other plans for her. In an attempt to get what her heart desires, she enters into an arrangement with her parents. One she may come to regret but for now, she’s happy to writer her articles.Friendship, adventure, and a touch of mystery keep the story flowing. Disappointments, secrets, and misunderstandings threaten to tear the fabric of the friendship Isabella and the handsome aviator James Drake have formed.Will they each realize their own dreams only to sacrifice the one that is growing between them?Disclosure statement: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. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I have read many of Carrie's books and they are always full of such detail for their specific time period. This book is very unique in its setting and topic. Aviation during the Edwardian time period is fun and the historical tidbits are true! I really like James and the family dynamic with all of the secondary characters, it was entertaining! I will say at times this book got a bit slow for me, perhaps too wordy? I am unsure on how to explain but I still enjoyed the story line. I think the roma I have read many of Carrie's books and they are always full of such detail for their specific time period. This book is very unique in its setting and topic. Aviation during the Edwardian time period is fun and the historical tidbits are true! I really like James and the family dynamic with all of the secondary characters, it was entertaining! I will say at times this book got a bit slow for me, perhaps too wordy? I am unsure on how to explain but I still enjoyed the story line. I think the romance was written well and set up perfectly for this book. The newspaper aspect was also an unexpected interest of mine that really added to the story. Historical fiction lovers will enjoy and fans of Carrie's writing will love this newest novel. Four stars. Look for Across the Blue February 20th 2018!!"I received this book from Blogging for Books for free. All opinions are my own."
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  • Meagan Myhren-bennett
    January 1, 1970
    Across the BlueBy Carrie TuranskyThe first flight across the English Channel is on the minds of everyone who has an interest in the emerging field of aviation. Who will be first? And from which coast will the crossing originate the French or the English? Isabella Grayson to her parents' consternation is seemingly consumed by these happenings. A young woman of means should have her thoughts on loftier goals such as finding a suitable husband of aristocratic means and with a fortune to rival her f Across the BlueBy Carrie TuranskyThe first flight across the English Channel is on the minds of everyone who has an interest in the emerging field of aviation. Who will be first? And from which coast will the crossing originate the French or the English? Isabella Grayson to her parents' consternation is seemingly consumed by these happenings. A young woman of means should have her thoughts on loftier goals such as finding a suitable husband of aristocratic means and with a fortune to rival her father's.But Bella wants more than a marriage to a title. She dreams of a future where she writes for a living, an appreciated and accomplished reporter for one of her father's many newspapers. And this race to dominate the skies with flying machines seems the perfect opportunity to do so if only her parents would agree. James Drake dreams of being the first aviator to cross the Channel, but first, he and Professor Steel need to work out a few issues with their plane. But when their latest attempt finds James crashing on the Graysons' estate James and Bella find that their dreams are just beyond their grasp but closer than they had been before. But what price is each willing to pay to achieve their dreams? And then there is the mystery of who he really is - James is determined to at last learn the truth about his mother and his father. But how can he learn what no one knows?1909 is a time of change. Flight is no longer just a dream but a reality with longer flights just beyond the horizon. Women are demanding that their voices be heard. Yet for all the change that is coming, there are those who wish to hold it at bay. It is interesting to see how much has changed since then and at the same time how little. Concerns for both the present and the future seemed heavy on the minds of many, especially for those whose dreams and goals were in doubt. And can worth be determined by name and achievements or is it something deeper? These are truths that Bella and James will have to discover for themselves.This book is a delightful blend of intensity, mystery, history, and romance that will keep the reader hoping for yet one more page before putting it down. Carrie Turansky has a gift for bringing the past to life and bringing the reader into the story in the interactions between the various characters. One feels their pain and rejoices in their triumphs. This book is a standalone title but the characters are ones that I personally would love to meet again via a book!I was provided an uncorrected review copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations of a positive review ~ All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Vicki Jones
    January 1, 1970
    Across the Blue is an exciting adventure back to England in the early twentieth century. The reader will experience a look at early aviation and also the beginning advancement of women. Across the Blue is well written and very entertaining. History buffs will be fascinated. And for those who require a little depth, it is filled with subtle messages of faith and forgiveness. It is definitely a book worth reading. James Drake is an inspiring aviator who wants to be the first to fly across Englis Across the Blue is an exciting adventure back to England in the early twentieth century. The reader will experience a look at early aviation and also the beginning advancement of women. Across the Blue is well written and very entertaining. History buffs will be fascinated. And for those who require a little depth, it is filled with subtle messages of faith and forgiveness. It is definitely a book worth reading. James Drake is an inspiring aviator who wants to be the first to fly across English Channel. But he is also a man who has to overcome his obsession with his past and feelings of worthlessness. My favorite quote is “It is difficult to move into the future with freedom and joy if we are carrying a load of pain from the past, especially if we are holding on to a lack of forgiveness in our hearts.” Will he let the mysteries of his past distract him from his goal? Isabella is a woman raised in a time when a woman’s sole purpose was to be a good wife. And yet her desire is to be a journalist. The world wasn’t ready for a woman writing news articles. Her first hurdle was convincing someone to publish her stories. She also had to decide whether it was important enough to her to have her articles published that she would be willing to write under a pseudonym. Isabella also had to achieve her goals without the support of her mother and limited support from her father. Can Isabelle move past all hurdles in order to achieve her dream? My favorite genre is historical fiction. As I read “Across the Blue”, my question as always was “will the author stick to historical facts or will she adjust the plot to match the characters? And how can the author accomplish satisfying those who expect accuracy while pleasing those who don’t care and just want a pleasing ending for the characters. Will she compromise or is there a solution to the dilemma? No spoilers here and I will let this remain a question hanging out there as other history buffs read this book. Carrie Turansky is one of my favorite authors and has yet to write a book that didn’t thrill me. This book was no exception and I would recommend it to all types of readers. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher with no strings or required expectations.
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  • Connie Saunders
    January 1, 1970
    It is 1909 and barriers are about to be broken. James Drake wants to be the first man to cross the English Channel in an airplane and Isabella (Bella) Grayson wants to be recognized as a journalist. Their paths cross when James and his mentor try to interest Bella's father into investing in their venture. Bella is intrigued by aviation so she is drawn to this young pilot and James is drawn to her beauty. They both feel a great attraction but there are huge obstacles in their relationship. Bella' It is 1909 and barriers are about to be broken. James Drake wants to be the first man to cross the English Channel in an airplane and Isabella (Bella) Grayson wants to be recognized as a journalist. Their paths cross when James and his mentor try to interest Bella's father into investing in their venture. Bella is intrigued by aviation so she is drawn to this young pilot and James is drawn to her beauty. They both feel a great attraction but there are huge obstacles in their relationship. Bella's family is "newly rich" and they want her to "marry well" so that they will be be accepted into high society and James is a poor young man who doesn't know who his father was or if he is still alive. It becomes apparent that the Graysons will do whatever is necessary to prevent their daughter's involvement with James."Across the Blue" is a fascinating look at early aviation and the beginning of the advancement of women. It is filled with details of life in England in the early years of the twentieth century and there are many historical facts about aviation woven into the story. There is also a mystery surrounding James's parentage and a reminder that a true family doesn't have to be related by blood. Both of the main characters have many trials in their lives. Bella wants her family's approval but she also craves her independence and James wonders if he will ever find his father or have a chance with Bella. I liked that both of them place their trust in God and rely on prayer to help them through.This is a well-written and entertaining book filled with a subtle message of faith, grace and forgiveness and I recommend it to all fans of historical fiction and Christian romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher but I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    I got this chance to read this beauty thanks to "Blogging For Books" http://www.bloggingforbooks.com/ I love reading book set back in the day, this one was set in 1909 in England, would love to travel there one day. So many of great scenes can be found with in this read, flight scenes, The English Channel, I will admit the cover did pull me in right off, I am new to Carrie's writing style. I am so glad I found her. I am so hooked now. Oh my goodness, I didn't realize that this book doesn't come I got this chance to read this beauty thanks to "Blogging For Books" http://www.bloggingforbooks.com/ I love reading book set back in the day, this one was set in 1909 in England, would love to travel there one day. So many of great scenes can be found with in this read, flight scenes, The English Channel, I will admit the cover did pull me in right off, I am new to Carrie's writing style. I am so glad I found her. I am so hooked now. Oh my goodness, I didn't realize that this book doesn't come out 'til February 20, 2018 ...so glad I got the chance 2 read ahead of the crowds, thank you Blogging For Books, I loved it. I love the cover, totally what pulled me into wanting to read it in the 1st place. Such a sucker there, Carrie Turansky is a new author to me, and I will be reading more from her very very soon. It is considered a historical, religious romance. I think my favorite character is Isabella, I remember as a kid thinking it would be so awesome to be a writer at a newspaper. For me when you are a writer and you make a book pull in thoughts of your own childhood that is so when you truly connect with a book, you will always remember that book and you will end up recommending it to others to read because you did enjoy it so so much!!! I don't know how you do that as an author, 'cause how would you know what a reader with connect with or not? Good question??! NO CLUE!! but when they do that is pure genius in my books!! What are you reading? What is your favorite genre to read? ( :
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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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  • Rachel Rittenhouse
    January 1, 1970
    Rachel’s Back Talk: 5 – award winning coversWhat a fabulous book by Carrie Turansky! I really enjoyed the story line and characters of this novel. Carrie’s stories are always so engaging and the characters always seem to become good friends with the reader!I truly loved Bella. She had such an independent and fiery spirit. She knew what she wanted, and yet out of love and duty to her parents, worked hard to make a deal that suited them both (even though Bella potentially got the short end of the Rachel’s Back Talk: 5 – award winning coversWhat a fabulous book by Carrie Turansky! I really enjoyed the story line and characters of this novel. Carrie’s stories are always so engaging and the characters always seem to become good friends with the reader!I truly loved Bella. She had such an independent and fiery spirit. She knew what she wanted, and yet out of love and duty to her parents, worked hard to make a deal that suited them both (even though Bella potentially got the short end of the deal, in my opinion!!). And Bella even got her love of journalism and aviation from her father, though because she was the eldest daughter, she was not always allowed to pursue those dreams to the fullest. So it was exciting to see Bella on that journey to proving to her parents that she wanted more out of life then coming-out parties and entertaining eligible bachelors.Enter then James, who from the very beginning seems perfect for Bella. Unfortunately, not everyone sees it that way. I admired James’ perseverance and determination as he pursued three of his dreams — flying across the English Channel, winning Bella’s heart, and finding his father. Even with all the obstacles that came in his way, James always seemed to find a way around them.I received a free copy from the author. No review, positive or otherwise, was required — all opinions are my own.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    “Across the Blue” captured my imagination from the very first page. I loved reading about early aviation in England and the rest of Europe during the Edwardian era and the fierce competition to be the first across the English Channel. It was also fun reading about Isabella Grayson and her desire to be a reporter for her father’s newspaper despite it not being considered something any proper woman should do. She was expected to find a suitable husband and marry as soon as possible but Isabella ha “Across the Blue” captured my imagination from the very first page. I loved reading about early aviation in England and the rest of Europe during the Edwardian era and the fierce competition to be the first across the English Channel. It was also fun reading about Isabella Grayson and her desire to be a reporter for her father’s newspaper despite it not being considered something any proper woman should do. She was expected to find a suitable husband and marry as soon as possible but Isabella had other ideas about her future.Of course there is always a man in the mix and James Drake was a fine one. Only thing was, he was not exactly considered suitable for someone like Isabella and their strong attraction could only spell trouble for them both. That is not the end of the story though and some major plot twists keep it all quite interesting.This well researched story has plenty of drama, danger, mystery, and of course romance for Turansky’s readers. I thought it was wonderful and recommend it to anyone who loves a good historical romance.I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Blogging for Books. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.
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