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James Drake is an aspiring aviator, who crashes his plane at the Grayson's new estate. He dreams of being the first to fly across the English Channel and win the prize Mr. Grayson is offering. He wants to win Bella's heart but lacks the social standing her parents want for her. He must achieve his dream to win the love and respect he is looking for.
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
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?
“Carrie Turansky’s latest novel swept me back a hundred years into the elegant world of a wealthy British family named Grayson and the dangerous mission of an aviator intent on crossing the English Channel with his flying machine. Once again, I savored Carrie’s beautiful description of England, and as a writer and daughter of a commercial pilot, I thoroughly enjoyed learning about both aviation and journalism in 1909. With its compelling mystery and romance, Across the Blue was a pure delight to read!”
—Melanie Dobson, award-winning author of Catching the Wind and Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor
“Across the Blue provides a fascinating insight into the early days of aviation whilst also delving into questions of identity. Readers of sweet romance will enjoy the blossoming relationship between a young man of questionable birth and the young lady of privilege, whose dreams surge beyond societal expectation. Carrie masterfully weaves issues of faith and vivid descriptions into this story of hope and determination, with exciting scenes destined to make your pulse soar!”
—Carolyn Miller, author of Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series
“With all the elegance and intrigue of Downton Abbey, Across the Blue is an exciting tale that features the race to be the first to fly across the English Channel. I admired the spunk in heroine Isabella Grayson and her dream to become a journalist. She’s the perfect match for the determined James Drake, a hero that lives on even after you close the book. This story is one of Carrie Turansky’s finest!”
—Michelle Griep, award-winning historical romance author of 12 Days at Bleakly Manor
Melanie Dobson, award-winning author of Catching the Wind and Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor
"Across the Blue provides a fascinating insight into the early days of aviation whilst also delving into questions of identity. Readers of sweet romance will enjoy the blossoming relationship between a young man of questionable birth and the young lady of privilege, whose dreams surge beyond societal expectation. Carrie masterfully weaves issues of faith and vivid descriptions into this story of hope and determination, with exciting scenes destined to make your pulse soar!"
Carolyn Miller, author of Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series
"With all the elegance and intrigue of Downton Abbey, Across the Blue is an exciting tale that features the race to be the first to fly across the English Channel. I admired the spunk in heroine Isabella Grayson and her dream to become a journalist. Shes the perfect match for the determined James Drake, a hero that lives on even after you close the book. This story is one of Carrie Turanskys finest!"
Michelle Griep, award-winning historical romance author of 12 Days at Bleakly Manor
Cathy GohlkeElkton, MDAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Compelling and IntriguingFebruary 18, 2018Cathy GohlkeElkton, MDAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Across the Blue is a compelling, romantic and exciting story 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.
I loved learning about the physical and geographical challenges of flight and the construction of early airplanes, as well as the drama and competition between pioneers. The challenges and obstacles a woman faced in stepping into the male dominated world of journalism made for a fascinating character. 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.
JordannReneeAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A captivating read!February 18, 2018JordannReneeAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Author Carrie Turansky effortlessly sweeps readers off their feet with this sweeping historical tale that takes readers back in time to Edwardian England and the pioneering of early aviation in her novel, Across the Blue. Although a fictional story, Turansky masterfully weaves historical knowledge throughout the storyline, which allows the reader a true glimpse into what life would have been during that era.
The novel follows James Drake, an aspiring aviator and Isabella Grayson, a young woman who hopes to become a journalist, on their journey to overcome obstacles, achieve dreams, and find love. It is a story that is filled with redemption, romance, and adventure and one that will keep you captivated until the very end.
If you are a lover of historical fiction, especially the Edwardian era, then I highly recommend Across the Blue. It is definitely a book worth reading!
*I received a complimentary copy of Across the Blue in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
ConnieKentuckyAge: Under 18Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Great Historical Christian FictionFebruary 17, 2018ConnieKentuckyAge: Under 18Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It 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.
AnnelrBrighton, MIAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Romance and the Adventures of Fledgling AviationFebruary 17, 2018AnnelrBrighton, MIAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Across the Blue is another captivating novel by a favorite author, Carrie Turansky. Her love of English history shines through in this story of James Drake, a young man who desperately wants to be the first pilot to fly over the English Channel. Fulfilling this dream means he can build a reputation for himself despite his unknown beginnings and perhaps win the hand of the girl he has come to love--Bella. Bella, a young woman from a wealthy family, whose aspirations for her include marrying a suitable and wealthy gentleman from a certain social circle that does not include James. Bella has her own dreams too and if she follows her parents' plans what will happen to her dream of becoming a journalist? Bella makes a promise to her parents that seems to backfire...will she be able to keep her word and still follow her path? There is lots of tension in the story as the plot unfolds as one wonders how each of the struggles will be resolved. The romance is sweet and yet not without its difficulties. The characters are strong and vibrant and presented with realism as they work through the obstacles that life has thrown their way. The author keeps interest high as she gives glimpses of the workings of a newspaper company, the beginnings of aviation in the early 1900s and the excitement of a debutante preparing for her ball and her presentation at court. Across the Blue is a compelling story of not only the dangers and excitement of early aviation but a powerful story of forgiveness, healing, and restoration. A story not to be missed!
I received an advance reader's copy and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.
pattistep4 Stars Out Of 5A Sweeping Story of Love, Faith, and AdventureFebruary 15, 2018pattistepQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5There are times when Im reading a book that it plays out in my mind as a movie. This is one of those books. The setting of the story is Edwardian England. I could envision the spectacular mansion; sweeping English cliffs and restless sea; ballrooms filled with young ladies experiencing their first season; and daring young pilots flying their newly-built experimental airplanes, soaring over the English countryside.
There are several storylines that weave in and their out of this book. Bellas father owns several newspapers. She wants to be a columnist for one of those papers, but thats an occupation a wealthy young lady did not aspire to during those times. James is a poor-but-intelligent, handsome young pilot who has dreams of having his own aircraft factory and winning a contest to fund this endeavor. He also wants to win Bellas fathers approval for her hand in marriage. All of this combines into making this a sweet, clean story of faith, mystery, romance and adventure. Its never overdone, and I enjoyed every page of this novel.
Carrie Turansky does a good job with her historical research into early flight, and this gave the story an authentic feel.
I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and these opinions are my own.