Across the Blue
Across the Blue    -     By: Carrie Turansky
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Isabella Grayson, the eldest daughter of a wealthy, English newspaper magnate, longs to become a journalist, but her parents don't approve. They want her to marry well and help them gain a higher standing in society. After she writes an anonymous letter to the editor that impresses her father, her parents reluctantly agree she can write a series of articles about aviation and the race to fly across the English Channel, but only if she promises to accept a marriage proposal within the year. When James Grant, an aspiring aviator, crashes his flying machine at the Grayson's new estate, Bella is intrigued. James is determined to be the first to fly across the Channel and win the prize Mr. Grayson's newspaper is offering. He hopes it will help him secure a government contract to build airplanes and redeem a terrible family secret. 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?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1601429428
ISBN-13: 9781601429421

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Publisher's Description

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?

Author Bio

CARRIE TURANSKY is an award-winning author of eighteen novels and novellas. She has been the winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award, and a finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award and the Maggie Award of Excellence. A prolific writer of contemporary and historical romance, women's fiction, short stories, articles, and devotionals, Carrie lives in central New Jersey with her husband, Scott. They have five adult children and five grandchildren.

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  1. Reenie
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    a fascinating look at an exciting time in aviation history
    November 1, 2017
    Reenie
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was a different type of Turansky book for me. I loved her Highland Hall series, and hope she'll write more in that vein, but I enjoyed this book too. It covers an exciting time in aviation history when the first man flew over the English Channel. I hadn't thought much about the difficulties inherent in flying over water, as opposed to land. It was fascinating watching James get ready and take his test flights. I was rooting hard for him.

    Bella has her own dreams of becoming a journalist to pursue. However, her parents feel it is unseemly for a woman. Bella's excitement for life and her desire to be in the thick of it makes her very winsome. I appreciated her willingness to fight for what (and who) she believes in.

    Thank you to Multnomah and Blogging for Books for providing me with a free copy of this book. I was not required to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own.
  2. Helen M
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Christian Historical Romance
    October 26, 2017
    Helen M
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  3. a walk through the pages
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Across the Blue
    October 23, 2017
    a walk through the pages
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Carrie Turansky's latest novel is entitled Across the Blue. The year is 1909. and there is talk on the streets of London, England, concerning the first airplane to fly across the English Channel. Isabella Grayson, daughter of a wealthy newspaper baron, cannot let go of her dream of writing articles for the paper; however, her mother has a different dream: Isabella marrying an aristocrat! When Isabella finally agrees to pursue some of the men her mother has selected, it is only in exchange for her being allowed to write some articles about the new airplanes. Isabella has no idea what situations will arise from this agreement!

    When Isabella suddenly meets James Drake, after his flying machine crashes on the Grayson's property, her mind will not stop being filled with thoughts of him. James' mind, however, is firmly set on winning the contest, that will reward one thousand pounds to the first man to successfully fly an airplane across the English Channel. James comes from a very poor background, so this money will make all the difference in his life. When he begins having feelings for Isabella, he hopes having money will make him acceptable to Isabella's family!

    As you walk with Isabella, as she is trying to obtain the information needed for her articles, and with James, as he is attempting to improve his airplane and his skill at flying it, you will learn details about a secret from James' past. Watch and see how Isabella and James attempt to discover the truth about James birth and what family he really comes from!
  4. Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful historical novel about an young adventurous woman who falls for a young aviator!
    October 17, 2017
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  5. Thereadmaster
    Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    fantastic
    October 4, 2017
    Thereadmaster
    Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was a fantastic book as always from Carrie Turansky. I could not put this book down. I even had to look up who crossed the English Channel first. I loved the history and the romance. The characters were fantastic. This is one of the first books I have read about the first airplanes. It was fascinating. I received a copy of this book from bloggingforbooks for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
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