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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
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.
ecclecticnurse4 Stars Out Of 5Blissfully SurprisedMarch 10, 2018ecclecticnurseQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This was my first book of Carrie's, and I am now a fan. This is a great and easy read to escape into. Carrie invites us into the exciting world of early aviation in a time that was on the verge of so many political and cultural changes. Across the Blue is filled with faith, romance, heartache, social injustice, intrigue, and joy. I highly recommend this book. I received an advanced readers copy to read and review.
TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Their dreams will take them up, up, to the sky...March 10, 2018TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4When you grow up in a house with plane enthusiasts some of it is bound to rub off a little. I've read several of Carrie Turansky's Edwardian fiction books, and enjoyed them, so there was a double draw to Across The Blue. The whole historical angle of the race to be the first to fly across the English Channel is quite fascinating! While reading the book I even had to look up who accomplished the fete to see if I remembered correctly, and I actually had.
Bella and James are not the stereotypically perfect historical romance couple. They make plenty of mistakes and jump to conclusions even as they discover that love and family are worth the difficulties. They are also dreamers, the kind of dreamers that go far because they have the gumption needed to work hard to make those dreams a reality.
Across The Blue is a sweet historical romance with a fascinating time in history as the backdrop, it's also a bit of an adventure story with a nice dash of mystery. If you are a Carrie Turansky fan Across The Blue is a MUST read.
(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
CafinatedReads20094 Stars Out Of 5A Beautifully Done Love Story!March 9, 2018CafinatedReads2009Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What a truly delightful read! I wasn't sure what to expect from this novel, as it's my first full Turansky novel-I've read some of her novellas,however, so I knew her writing style was unique and captivating. I was very pleasantly surprised and am happy to shout it to the world. She created a wonderful story mixed with beautiful characters, inspiring messages and acheiving love and dreams.
Isabella and James are chiseled perfectly for this 4 store book. Filled with secrets, sparks that fly between the characters just like the aircraft, and a God who knows just what these two need, Across The Blue is an unforgettable love story that will hook you and fill you with all the feels. From start to finish, Ms. Turansky had me wrapped up in a page turner.
I highly recommed this book to all. You'll fall in love, be flown away to another time and place. Ms. Turansky did a wonderful job filling this book with rich historic detail and left me wanting more. I can't wait for another amazingly written novel like this one! Well done!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
Beth5 Stars Out Of 5Beautifully WrittenMarch 7, 2018BethQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I received this book for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.
Across The Blue is Carrie Turansky's latest novel and it is outstanding. As a fan of Christian Historical Fiction, especially from the Edwardian England, Carrie Turansky is one of my favorite authors. Carrie Turansky writes with authority about Edwardian England, the world during this time, hierarchy and society, aviation, and journalism. I love Carrie Turansky's style of writing, her ability to write a story in a story is amazing and the details she gives in this book you can see all of the these characters, the clothes, and everything else in your mind's eye and makes you feel like you are right there. The cover art of this novel is simply gorgeous and definitely gives a feel to what you find between the covers. Across The Blue focuses on the advancements of Aviation in the early 1900's. I live for learning about things from our history and this book definitely taught me a lot about aviation and the newspaper business. The characters in this book are so well written and feel like real people. I have to say my favorite was Isabella(Bella) Grayson. Her excitement for adventure, her determination to stand her ground, and her faith really spoke to me. From the first page until the last one I was hooked. This book kept me guessing and hoping until the end. I cannot do this book justice. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction, especially Edwardian England you will not be disappointed. I cannot wait to read more from Carrie Turansky.
I give the book 5 STARS.