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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
Carol GehringerRaleigh, NCAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Historical detail, good storyline!April 2, 2018Carol GehringerRaleigh, NCAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Award-winning author Carrie Turansky pens a new historical romance set in Edwardian England featuring aviation pioneer and a young woman who longs to be a journalist.
In Across the Blue, Isabella Grayson, daughter of a wealthy British newspaper owner, grows up with her parents expectations of a suitable marriage, but she has career aspirations of her own to follow in her fathers footsteps in the newspaper business. She begins to secretly write letters to the editor for her fathers paper, and her desire continues to grow.
Meanwhile, American aviator James Drake is trying enter and win a race across the English Channel sponsored by Isabellas father. Success would enable him to build airplanes and a reputation. When they meet, it will take all their faith to reach their dreams.
Turansky excels in rich characterization and descriptive narrative, with a clearly evident presence of faith without being preachy. Her characters struggle with doing the right thing even when it is hard, and following Gods plan for their lives.
Across the Blue is filled with historical detail, solid characters, and great storyline. Fans of aviation history will enjoy its international flavor as aviators from around the world meet in England for the big race.
HeidiAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Interesting historyMarch 31, 2018HeidiAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3I enjoyed the historical aspect of this novel, the subject matter definitely stood out to me since I had not read a book that focused on the advent of flight and its swift progress. It is easily apparent that the author meticulously researched early aviation and the experiences of the pilots and engineers. The overall pace of the book was too slow for me however, and I was missing the impetus to keep turning the pages. The attraction and romance between Bella and James is sweet, yet tepid as they both have strong goals with journalism and flying. This is a book that will be enjoyed by readers who prefer a strong historical focus over a character-driven story.
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Just Commonly4 Stars Out Of 5Engaging from the start!March 22, 2018Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0". . . there's no price too high to pay for a man's life. . ."
Across the Blue stretches our minds to dream. Carrie Turansky's latest novel filled the pages with intrigue and excitement. James' enthusiasm and devotion to aviation practically jumps off the pages, and Isabella's love for journalism and her mind of exploration pretty much tickles you from the very first page. It's a happy start, and one I'm itching to get to "what lies beyond," because we know there will be something.
Dreams that soar, and then dreams that can plunder, and in time what is more important? I enjoyed Across the Blue for our characters' tenacity and chemistry, but I also find messages and themes of the story interwoven remarkably well.
"It's not easy to forgive someone. . .but when you do. . .it opens the path for healing and restoration."
Engaging from the start, Across the Blue isn't just about reaching for your dreams, but also about life. Themes of forgiveness and missed opportunities, as well as possibilities, not limitations settled in the backdrop of early aviation history gave this story a soaring mark in my book.
"Now was the time for men to break free from the bounds of earth and fly unhindered."
Disclaimer: I received an ARC copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
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MelanieGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Across the Blue was a sweet read and kept me entertained.March 19, 2018MelanieGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Across the Blue was a sweet read and kept me entertained. My enjoyment continued to build the more I read and I breathed a sigh of contentment when I finally finished the story...it was that good!
I seem to enjoy historical novels that revolve around aviation and this one was no different. I loved the danger and excitement that it brought to the plot. Bella's journalism was another nice element to the book and her having to keep it a secret definitely led to some problems. Also, the mystery of James' parentage was very interesting and different than I expected.
I liked how everything wrapped up in the end; it was a great way to answer most of readers' questions and I loved it.
All in all, if you enjoy historical romances, I think you should pick up Across the Blue.
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anselSterling, VAAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Bonus after BonusMarch 14, 2018anselSterling, VAAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I so enjoy reading wonderful Christian historical fiction stories based on true events. Across the Blue has an extra bonus as it also has not one, but two love stories we get to watch evolve as the story progresses. The dynamics of the Grayson family was engrossing, and Carrie did not miss a beat as we witness the interactions between the siblings Bella and Sylvia and their parents as they both become independent young women.
Carrie Turansky captures the aviation race across the English Channel in true form mixing actual events and figures with fictional ones with flawless transition and her attention to detail is marvelous. My heart went out to James and the Professor as they struggled to overcome all of the obstacles thrown in their path to try and be the first to fly across the English Channel. Now days we think nothing of flying around the world but back in the 1900s it was a victory just to get off the ground, fly for fifteen minutes, and survive the landing. Carrie also reminded us that women were also striving to change history during this time as Bella fought to become a journalist in a male dominant field, and the suffragettes were fighting for womens right to vote. Wow, we have come a long way.
The faith of Professor Steed that everything has a way of working out if you just believe, and that we have so much to be thankful for, which he instilled in James as his father figure while he was growing up, was inspirational. It was the Professor who molded James into the man we get to admire in Across the Blue.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook and Multnomah Publishing via Edelweiss. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.