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|Title: No Journey Too Far: A Novel|
By: Carrie Turansky
Number of Pages: 320
Publication Date: 2021
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Weight: 13 ounces
Stock No: WW652954
In 1909, Grace McAlister set sail for Canada as one of the thousands of British Home Children taken from their families and their homeland. Though she is fortunate enough to be adopted by wealthy parents, the secrets of her past are kept hidden for ten years until someone from her long-buried childhood arrives on her doorstep. With this new connection to her birth family, will she be brave enough to leave her sheltered life in Toronto and uncover the truth?
After enduring hardship as an indentured British Home Child, Garth McAlister left Canada to serve in World War I. His sweetheart, Emma Lafferty, promised to wait for his return, but after three long years apart, her letters suddenly stopped. When Garth arrives home from the war to unexpected news, he is determined to return to Canada once more on a daunting mission to find the two women he refuses to abandonhis long-lost sister and his mysteriously missing sweetheart.
1. Had you heard about British Home Children before you read No Journey Too Far? What is one thing you learned that made an impression on you about child emigration and British Home Children in particular?
2. What were some of the challenges British Home Children faced when they grew up? Which of these were highlighted in the book?
3. Garth served in World War I. What do you think were his motivations to enlist, and how did they relate to him being a British Home Child?
4. Grace was adopted into a wealthy family, but her adoptive parents wanted her to hide the fact that she was a British Home Child. Why did they make that decision, and what did you think of their reasons for making it?
5. Friendship played a key role in this story: Garth and Rob shared a strong bond, and Emma relied on Margaret, Peter, and Lucy. What acts of friendship did you notice in the story, and how did they affect the characters?
6. Emma faced many challenges in this storyEli Gilchrests attack, fleeing the farm, working for Ruby Hazelton at the boardinghouse, concern for Garth when his letters stopped, and then being accused of murder. Which of these do you think was the most challenging for her, and why?
7. Rob fell in love with Grace, but he decided to distance himself from her. What did you think of his decision? How would you have counseled him to handle the situation?
8. Grace was raised in the city, and she learned some new skills when she stayed with the Chapmans on their farm, with some humorous results. Which skill do you think was the most challenging for her, and why?
9. Andrew traveled all the way from England to act as Emmas defense attorney. What did you think of Andrew and how he handled Emmas defense? Were you surprised by the outcome of the trial, or did you guess who murdered Ruby Hazelton before it was revealed?
10. The theme passage for No Journey Too Far is Psalm 9:910 (niv): "The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, and a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you." How do you see the truths of those verses shown in the story?
"Carrie has penned another stirring tale of the heart, spanning two continents and the all-too-real lives of those caught up in the challenges of the British Home Children. The issues of prejudice, privilege, and powerlessness speak as much to us today as in the past, and encourage us to seek the Maker of all, whose love shows that there is no journey too far for finding His children and bringing them home."Carolyn Miller, Australian author of Dusks Darkest Shores
"Cruelly separated and spread across Canada as British Home Children, the McAlister family have never given up their determination to be reunited. No Journey Too Far reminds me of the extent our Lord goes to seek us out, win our hearts, and draw us safely home. A beautiful and satisfying conclusion by a wonderful author."Cathy Gohlke, Christy Awardwinning author of Night Bird Calling and The Medallion
"In No Journey Too Far, Turansky continues the stirring McAlister family saga and the journey to reunite their family. The author skillfully depicts the terrible prejudice the British Home Children faced, yet the story is one of hope, illustrating that in the end faith and determination can overcome any obstacle. A wonderful conclusion to this moving family drama!"Susan Anne Mason, author of the Canadian Crossings and Redemptions Light series
"No Journey Too Far is a formidable story that is genuinely touching, telling of a desperate fight to reunite a family and the extreme difficulties encountered along the way. This book touches upon the shame, abuse, and stigmatization felt by many Home Children, mixed with a loving family bond on both sides of the ocean. Heartfelt, real, and poignant."Lori Oschefski, CEO of the award-winning British Home Children Advocacy and Research Association (BHCARA) and author of Bleating of the Lambs: Canadas British Home Children
"A sweet and gentle tale at heart, No Journey Too Far features endearing characters who live out their faith in difficult circumstances. Carrie Turanskys writing pulls the heartstrings in all the right ways!"Sarah Sundin, bestselling and Carol Awardwinning author of When Twilight Breaks
"A delightful story that explores the fascinating history of the British Home Children, No Journey Too Far is a touching tale filled with excitement, drama, mystery, romance, and faith. A beautiful novel that historical fans are sure to appreciate."Heidi Chiavaroli, Carol Awardwinning author of Freedoms Ring and The Orchard House
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