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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
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Exciting story from 1909 EnglandFebruary 23, 2018MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I enjoyed this peek into the Edwardian period when aviation was just taking off (pun intended). The title fits the story well. Flight pioneers hope to launch into the wild blue yonder, and they are in a race to be the first to fly across the English Channel. This story focuses on James Drake, a pilot, and the wealthy Bella Grayson. Her parents want her to marry well and take her place in British society. She longs to write for her father's newspaper. What will happen when these two determined young people pursue their dreams? And could these dreams include each other? The characters seemed true-to-life and history to come to life as this drama unfolded. I liked the suspense included in the tale, which added a great subplot. I wish the characters could continue. Perhaps a story about Bella's sister could continue the saga. Hop aboard for adventure, intrigue, and some tense moments. I received a copy from Celebrate Lit. All opinions are my own.
LGHudson5 Stars Out Of 5INSPIRATIONAL!February 22, 2018LGHudsonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the first time Ive read a book by Carrie Turansky but it definitely wont be my last! Across the Blue is a historical fiction set in Edwardian England. Isabella Grayson is a woman ahead of her time. She desperately dreams of becoming a journalist and seeing some of her articles appear in one of the several newspapers her father owns. However, all her parents want is for her to find a suitable husband, marry, have a family and be the Lady of the Manor as she has been taught. Isabella is bored at the whole idea!
This is age when men like the Wright Bros. are inspiring others to learn about flight. Isabella is extremely interested in this as well. She is fortunate because her fathers Newspaper is interested in offering a Grand Prize to the first man to Fly Across the English Channel! Turansky offers a cast of delightful characters including aviator James Drake and a host of others. Turanskys fabulous word pictures draw you in and you feel as though you are taking those first test flights with the pilots! You feel the shudders, hear the noises, hear and feel your heart beat and experience the exhilaration of the flights! This is a beautiful story of family, enduring friendships and love. I was provided an ARC by Waterbrook & Multnomah and NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.
Roger S.5 Stars Out Of 5WOW! Page TurnerFebruary 21, 2018Roger S.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the first opportunity I have had to read any of Mrs. Turansky's work thanks to an advanced copy in return for an honest review. WOW! I am so glad I was able to journey through this novel. The author does an amazing job weaving together some important lessons about unmerited forgiveness , sacrifice, and showing integrity when doing the right thing (even at the cost of a dream) with a fast moving captivating story line. I was afraid this was going to be a romance novel, although it does deal with developing relationships it is surrounded by action and some mystery.
The characters are very believable and show much depth. The reader quickly finds him/herself constantly thinking about James and Bella throughout the day. These are likeable characters and easy to root for and support. A few twist are thrown in that will keep the reader guessing.
This is a book you will not want to put down. Excellent!
SignGirl5 Stars Out Of 5Turansky Inspires Across the AgesFebruary 20, 2018SignGirlQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Carrie Turansky first captured my attention with her Edwardian Brides series, as they were a printed version of what I loved about Downton Abbey: unknown formality and an intriguing story! Her most recent release, "Across the Blue" also comes alive on an Edwardian estate, but this time a race against time kept me turning the pages: which pilot (and country) will conquer flight across the English channel? Whether early aviation is or isn't a requirement for selecting a book, the characters, Bella Grayson and James Drake, bring to life struggles against gender and position and Turansky does a wonderful job with each detail!
What starts as a peaceful and enjoyable read quickly captures the reader's attention and makes you sad to see the story end! If you enjoy a dash of history and foreign land in your novels, make sure to read "Across the Blue"!
I received a copy of "Across the Blue" from WaterBrook Multnomah and this is my honest review.
vjonesSt Paul, MNAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Blazing a trail to achieve their dreamsFebruary 20, 2018vjonesSt Paul, MNAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Across the Blue is an exciting adventure back to England in the early twentieth century. The reader will experience a look at early aviation and also the beginning advancement of women. Across the Blue is well written and very entertaining. History buffs will be fascinated. And for those who require a little depth, it is filled with subtle messages of faith and forgiveness. It is definitely a book worth reading.
James Drake is an inspiring aviator who wants to be the first to fly across English Channel. But he is also a man who has to overcome his obsession with his past and feelings of worthlessness. My favorite quote is It is difficult to move into the future with freedom and joy if we are carrying a load of pain from the past, especially if we are holding on to a lack of forgiveness in our hearts. Will he let the mysteries of his past distract him from his goal?
Isabella is a woman raised in a time when a womans sole purpose was to be a good wife. And yet her desire is to be a journalist. The world wasnt ready for a woman writing news articles. Her first hurdle was convincing someone to publish her stories. She also had to decide whether it was important enough to her to have her articles published that she would be willing to write under a pseudonym. Isabella also had to achieve her goals without the support of her mother and limited support from her father. Can Isabelle move past all hurdles in order to achieve her dream?
My favorite genre is historical fiction. As I read Across the Blue, my question as always was will the author stick to historical facts or will she adjust the plot to match the characters? And how can the author accomplish satisfying those who expect accuracy while pleasing those who dont care and just want a pleasing ending for the characters. Will she compromise or is there a solution to the dilemma? No spoilers here and I will let this remain a question hanging out there as other history buffs read this book.
Carrie Turansky is one of my favorite authors and has yet to write a book that didnt thrill me. This book was no exception and I would recommend it to all types of readers. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher with no strings or required expectations.