Book Review: No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

  • Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

  • Publisher: Multnomah Books

  • Published: 6/25/2019

  • Pages: 368

  • Goodreads Rating: 4.47 Stars


Heidi’s Rating:

5 Stars

Suggested Drink Pairings:

Tea: English Black Tea

Coffee: Black Coffee w/Cream & Sugar


There had to be some way to free her brother and sisters. And she would not stop trying until they were safely in her care.
— Laura McAlister

Why I Chose This Book:

I was sent a copy of this book from the publisher. This was already on my TBR so I was excited to receive a copy!

First Initial Thoughts

The story begins with Katie, her mother, brother Garth, and sister Grace all living together in London. Their mother becomes severely ill and needs to be sent to the hospital. Soon afterward due to certain circumstances the children are sent to the children’s home when they were found living alone.

At the children’s home Katie tries to reach out to her mother but the Matron did not allow it. Laura their sister soon finds out about the situation with her mother and siblings. She is currently a lady’s maid at The Bolton home in St. Albans. She heads off to London to rectify the situation and bring everyone home. However, it does not go according to plan. Soon the children are sent off to Canada thinking their mother has died and their sister abandoning them.

Andrew Fraser is a young man and heir to The Bolton home. He is a lawyer and working with Henry Dowd. Andrew and Laura’s paths cross when Laura obtains a position at a children’s home to obtain information about her sister’s and brother. I liked Andrew. I found him to be charming from the start but not over the top. He was very devoted to the Lord and it showed.

Setting

From the countryside of England to London to the remote areas of Canada, this story visits a lot of places! I really liked that this story included so many different settings as it keeps the reader interested.

I’m always inspired when I see the ocean. Who could observe such a wonder and not believe in the creator?
— Andrew Fraser

Final Thoughts

A part of the book was set on a ship and it reminded me of Titanic in so many ways - except the sinking part. ^_^

I really liked Laura in this story. She was so devoted to her family and helping them come home. I couldn’t believe the lengths she went to to help her family come home. I found it to be inspiring and moving. I also really liked her with Andrew. I thought they fit well together. They both had the same interests and goals in life.

This story really has an important message on child emigration. It is also interesting to see how far we have come from what it use to be like. I had no idea that children could be taken out of the home without the mother’s knowledge and sent to a children’s home for adoption. It was also sad to read that so many children were sent to homes that neglected and abused the children. This of course does still happen today but not nearly as often as it did back in the day.

I also found that this story is similar to what is happening today at the US border. Children are being taken away from their family and I feel this story emphasizes how important family is.

The story does kind of just end however. Though this is a brand new series by Carrie and there will be more books to come with the McAlister family!

Would I Recommend?

Yes! Fans of Carrie’s books will absolutely love adding this one to your collection.




Q&A With Carrie Turansky

The book is inspired by true events surrounding the British Home Children phenomenon. Can you tell us more about that and what drew you to write about it?

Between the years 1869 and 1939 more than 100,000 poor and orphaned British children were taken off the streets, from workhouses, and from families in crisis and emigrated to Canada to start new lives. They were sent there to work and increase the population. Some were well treated, but many of them suffered neglect, abuse, and rejection because of prejudice against orphans and those with questionable family backgrounds. Many Canadians believed the sins of the parents were somehow transferred to the children and they were “polluting” the community where they were sent. When I read about this heartbreaking chapter of British and Canadian history, I knew I wanted to write a story to shed light on what happened to British Home Children and honor their memory.

Which scene in the book did you most enjoy writing and/or researching? Which one was the most difficult?

One scene I especially enjoyed researching and writing was the first-class dinner scene when Laura is on her voyage across the Atlantic. I found the menu that was served on the Titanic and used some of those dishes. I also used the description of the Titanic dining room. One of the most challenging scenes to write is tennis game scene when Andrew and his mentor Henry are discussing the background of child emigration. I wanted the scene to sound natural and not come across as an information dump, but I thought two lawyers might have a discussion like that, and it would help readers understand the history of British Home Children in a natural way. 

Which character in the book do you most resonate with?

I identify the most with Laura, the older sister who is determined to do whatever it takes to find her siblings and reunite her family. She faces some very difficult choices, and sometimes she takes things into her own hands and then later regrets it. She learns how important it is to trust God and follow Him where He leads rather than rushing ahead and making impulsive decisions.

What do you hope readers take away from No Ocean Too Wide?

I hope readers will think about the needs of orphaned and abandoned children and families in crisis and want to do what they can to help them. Perhaps they’ll want to become foster or adoptive parents, or reach out to help a family in crisis by providing short-term or long-term help. Several years ago we became foster parents and eventually adopted our two youngest daughters, and they have been a great blessing in our family. We also shared our home with two families in crisis, and we were stretched and blessed in those experiences. When we put our faith in action to help those in need God’s love shines through and that can have an impact on many.


I hope you enjoyed the Q&A and learning more about Carrie’s new book!

You can purchase the book —> HERE


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Please Note: I was sent an ARC copy of this book from the publisher to review. All opinions are my own.

Spotlight: Midnight on the River Grey by Abigail Wilson

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Synopsis:

 She knew the house was keeping secrets. If only the darkness would speak . . .

After her elder brother’s mysterious death, Rebecca Hunter vows to expose the man she believes responsible: Mr. Lewis Browning—known by the locals as the Midnight Devil and by Rebecca as her new guardian.

Summoned to his reclusive country estate to await her London season, Rebecca plans her own secret investigation among the darkened corridors of the mysterious Greybourne Hall. Yet Lewis Browning is not as she once imagined, and his motivation is horribly unclear. Recurrent nightmares and Rebecca’s restless feelings are further complicated by the shadow of her mother’s prior descent into madness and wondering if she, too, will follow the same heartbreaking path.

Even as midnight rides, strange injuries, and further murders lead back to Mr. Browning, Rebecca can’t ignore the subtle turn of her heart. Has she developed feelings for the man she swore to see hanged? And moreover, can she trust him with her uncertain future?

  •  Publisher: Thomas Nelson

  • Release Date: July 2, 2019

  • Genre: Historical Suspense/Gothic Romance

About The Author

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 Abigail Wilson combines her passion for Regency England with intrigue and adventure to pen historical mysteries with a heart. A registered nurse, chai tea addict, and mother of two crazy kids, Abigail fills her spare time hiking the national parks, attending her daughter’s gymnastic meets, and curling up with a great book.

In 2017, Abigail won WisRWA’s Fab Five contest and in 2016, ACFW’s First Impressions contest as well as placing as a 2017 finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.

She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and currently lives in Dripping Springs, Texas, with her husband and children.

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Spotlight and Giveaway: Cross My Heart by Robin Lee Hatcher

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Synopsis:

 Can two broken paths lead toward God’s redemption?

When Ashley Showalter and Ben Henning meet on Ashley’s horse rescue farm, they quickly discover how much they have in common. Both were raised by single moms. Both want to help where they see a need. And both work with horses in the Boise valley. Ben needs Ashley’s help and expertise after starting an equine therapy barn on his great-great-grandfather’s farm—and the more time they spend together, both Ashley and Ben have the feeling that there could be something more between them.

They also carry the burden of past experiences that may drive them apart if the truth is ever revealed. Ben is a recovering alcoholic with five years of sobriety behind him, while Ashley’s brother is an opioid addict residing in court-ordered rehab. Holding fast to the belief that addicts can never be cured, Ashley has promised herself she will never walk knowingly into the chaos created by addiction. Ben knows that with God, all things are possible—but will Ashley find it within herself to give love a chance? Or will her brother’s mistakes and the pain of her past jeopardize her future with Ben?

Cross My Heart threads together a contemporary love story with the heartwarming tale of Ben’s great-great-grandfather, Andrew Henning—reminding us that God’s Word is timeless and that His promises are new every morning.

  •  Series: Legacy of Faith #2

  • Author: Robin Lee Hatcher

  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson

  • Release Date: June 25, 2019

  • Genre: Contemporary Romance/Split Timeline

About The Author

Robin Lee Hatcher

 Robin Lee Hatcher is the author of 80 novels and novellas with over five million copies of her books in print. She is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love.

Her numerous awards include the RITA® Award, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, the HOLT Medallion, the National Reader’s Choice Award, and the Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award. Robin is also the recipient of prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards from both American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America®.

When not writing, she enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, Bible art journaling, reading books that make her cry, watching romantic movies, and decorative planning. Robin makes her home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with a demanding Papillon dog and a persnickety tuxedo cat.

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(1) winner will receive Book 1 & 2 of Robin Lee Hatcher's LEGACY OF FAITH series (US only) - Who I Am With You & Cross My Heart

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 21, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on June 28, 2019. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only.

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10 Bibles For Women

10 Bibles For Women

Today I am going over Bibles for women. There are so many Bibles out there that it’s hard to narrow down to which one is right for you. As women we handle so much - marriage, children, maintaining the home, careers, etc. that we need guidance catered to us specifically. I absolutely love Bibles just for women. Especially devotional or study Bible’s as they often are catered just for us! I have both the CSB Study Bible and in(courage) Bible and they always make my heart and mind feel good after reading them.

Without further ado, here are 10 recommended Bibles for Women:

I hope this has helped you find the perfect Bible!

What are your favorite women’s Bibles? Share in the comments!

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