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Across the Blue
by Carrie Turansky
From the back cover:
Love soars to new heights in this Edwardian romance filled with adventure, faith, and inspiration, but what will it cost Bella and James to follow their dreams?
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 be the first 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 win that race across the Channel and gain 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?
About the author:
Carrie Turansky has loved reading since she first visited the library as a young child and checked out a tall stack of picture books. Her love for writing began when she penned her first novel at age twelve. She is now the award-winning author of nineteen inspirational romance novels and novellas. Carrie and her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, and speaker, have been married for more than thirty years and make their home in New Jersey. They often travel together on ministry trips and to visit their five adult children and five grandchildren. Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys spending time working in her flower gardens and cooking healthy meals for friends and family.
She loves to connect with reading friends through her website, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.
Most Americans think of the Wright brothers when they think of the pioneers of flight. Several Europeans were working toward the same goal, though, and Across the Blue highlights what might be lesser-known aviation history.
James and Bella both counter the cultural norms of their time. They share a determination to succeed that may be their greatest adversary.
I loved that the story did not unfold as I originally expected. The twists kept me turning pages until the end!
The variety of secondary characters makes it hard to choose a favorite. From the invested professor and sweet Martha to Bella’s father and his determination, the characters are likable and diverse.
If you enjoy historical fiction that broadens your understanding of the time period, you’ll want to read Across the Blue and race alongside the pilots as they attempt to be the first across the English channel!
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)