Across the Blue

Across the Blue

Set in Edwardian England and ideal for readers who enjoy Julie Klassen novels, this romance about an English aviation pioneer and the girl who falls in love with him is filled with adventure and faith.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 he...

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Title:Across the Blue
Author:Carrie Turansky
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Across the Blue Reviews

  • Hannah

    4.5 stars

    I thoroughly enjoyed this well-researched story about the early days of flight and the race to fly over the Channel to/from France. Isabella and James are excellent characters and are easy to root for as a couple, and I also really enjoyed the vivid descriptions that take you right into the scene. Turansky has done it again!

    Squeaky clean and recommended for all ages. Discreet mentions of an affair in the past.

  • Carrie Turansky

    I'm very excited to bring you this new English historical novel set in 1909 during the very early days of aviation! The story focuses on Bella Grayson, the daughter of a wealthy newspaper owner who longs to become a journalist and write for one of her father's newspapers, but her parents want her to focus on finding a suitable husband and helping them move up in society. James Drake crashes his flying machine at the Grayson's new country estate and meets Bella and her family. He hopes to be the

    I'm very excited to bring you this new English historical novel set in 1909 during the very early days of aviation! The story focuses on Bella Grayson, the daughter of a wealthy newspaper owner who longs to become a journalist and write for one of her father's newspapers, but her parents want her to focus on finding a suitable husband and helping them move up in society. James Drake crashes his flying machine at the Grayson's new country estate and meets Bella and her family. He hopes to be the first to fly across the English Channel and win the prize offered by the Daily Mail, one of Mr. Grayson's newspapers. But James is not the only pilot intent on winning that race and the prestige that goes with it. Heartwarming romance and high-flying adventure! Fly away to England with me! Blessings and Happy Reading!

  • Maureen Timerman

    I enjoyed this read and quickly found myself rooting for James Drake to be the first to fly across the English Chanel, and we see the beginnings of the air industry in Europe.

    Wait until you take your tour of the beautiful estate that our girl’s parents have purchased, the breath-taking gardens and the massive mansion, and then watch, or read, how everything is connected, including James.

    We see jealousy rear its ugly head, and wonder how Bella is going to explain everything to her parents. Will

    I enjoyed this read and quickly found myself rooting for James Drake to be the first to fly across the English Chanel, and we see the beginnings of the air industry in Europe.

    Wait until you take your tour of the beautiful estate that our girl’s parents have purchased, the breath-taking gardens and the massive mansion, and then watch, or read, how everything is connected, including James.

    We see jealousy rear its ugly head, and wonder how Bella is going to explain everything to her parents. Will James get answers to his questions about his parentage, and how is Bella and her family involved? Will she end up marrying someone she doesn’t love to fulfill her bargain with her folks?

    Bella is a spunky girl and I was surprised at how this girl gets involved in the air industry, especially as a woman, at this time woman didn’t even have the right to vote.

    Come and enjoy you time in Edwardian England, and watch as the world soon discovers flying.

    I received this book through Celebrate Lit and the Publisher Multnomah, and was not required to give a positive review.

  • Deanne Patterson

    This is my first full length read by Carrie Turansky. Isabella Grayson is the daughter of a newspaper mogul . Her mother believes in class levels and hold herself and her family at the top of the class ladder and will accept no less for her daughters. They must marry into money and class. Isabella is unconventional for a woman of her time and wants to be a journalist and date James Drake. A budding aviator. I could feel the passion James has for aviation and how badly he wants to build a flying

    This is my first full length read by Carrie Turansky. Isabella Grayson is the daughter of a newspaper mogul . Her mother believes in class levels and hold herself and her family at the top of the class ladder and will accept no less for her daughters. They must marry into money and class. Isabella is unconventional for a woman of her time and wants to be a journalist and date James Drake. A budding aviator. I could feel the passion James has for aviation and how badly he wants to build a flying machine to win the contest of being the first to cross the English Channel . There is a mystery surrounding James parentage and his mother's death. Isabella is a strong willed woman and will not be denied what she believes is the right thing to do. James is a determined young man but will it be enough to win the English Channel crossing race? The romance is so sweet and the author's love for England shines through brightly. I love how much research she put into this book as the attention to detail an facts is obvious. This goes down as one of my favorite books of 2018 and I look forward to seeing what she has in store next.

    Published February 20th 2018 by Multnomah .

    Thank you to the author for a review copy I was not required to write a positive review.

  • Beth Erin

    Full review on Faithfully Bookish

    An adventure in aviation, a legacy of journalism, and a familial mystery are skillfully woven into this lovely sweet and inspirational Edwardian era romance.

    Isabella Grayson is torn between pursuing the desires of her heart and honoring her parents' wishes for her future. Her unconventional pursuits and growing faith make her a simply charming and endearing character. James Drake longs to build a life for himself in aviation but unanswered questions from his past

    Full review on Faithfully Bookish

    An adventure in aviation, a legacy of journalism, and a familial mystery are skillfully woven into this lovely sweet and inspirational Edwardian era romance.

    Isabella Grayson is torn between pursuing the desires of her heart and honoring her parents' wishes for her future. Her unconventional pursuits and growing faith make her a simply charming and endearing character. James Drake longs to build a life for himself in aviation but unanswered questions from his past hinder his confidence. He proves himself to be a determined man of faith and integrity.

    Prepare to learn a little something from this story, it is packed with interesting historical details of everything from fashion and society to newspapers and airplanes. Fans of Downton Abbey and the innovation of this time period will especially enjoy this book and I definitely recommend it!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    “Now was the time for men to break free from the bounds of earth and fly unhindered.”

    Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky is full of fascinating history and great characters, as well as a riveting plot that reminds us to trust God’s dreams for us.

    Bella and James are an endearing pair of characters who quickly carve out space in your heart. Their daring dreams – James, to be the first person to fly across the English Channel in an airplane and Bella, to be one of few female journalists for the time

    “Now was the time for men to break free from the bounds of earth and fly unhindered.”

    Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky is full of fascinating history and great characters, as well as a riveting plot that reminds us to trust God’s dreams for us.

    Bella and James are an endearing pair of characters who quickly carve out space in your heart. Their daring dreams – James, to be the first person to fly across the English Channel in an airplane and Bella, to be one of few female journalists for the time. You will be cheering them on every step of the way, and I must confess that I held my breath more than once while following James’ air adventures. Their shared interest in aviation establishes a friendship that eventually develops into something even sweeter, and Turansky does a great job of building their relationship as the story progresses. It’s a gentle romance, but there’s also a bonus romance or two brewing in the background and I admit that one of those background romances was my favorite relationship in the story!

    The setting of Across the Blue puts us right at the center of all the buzz and anticipation surrounding air travel by plane. What a thrilling time in history that must have been, to witness such a great advancement in transportation! There are ups and downs in the progress (quite parallel, in fact, to the actual flights lol) and Turansky nicely captures that crackle of excitement in the air! (No pun intended) From the race to see who will be first to cross the Channel successfully to the competitions at the air meet in Rheims, France – the atmosphere hums with tension and expectation.

    Bottom Line: Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky keeps readers engaged in the characters’ lives as well as the excitement of the time period. While it gets a little bogged down in details at the beginning, it evens out into a sweet story of putting our dreams in perspective with God’s dreams for us – and how His are so much better than we imagine. The characters feel like dear friends and settle into our hearts, and the setting comes alive with sights and sounds and experiences. Perfect for history enthusiasts, particularly of the Edwardian-era, and fans of Turansky’s other books!

    (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)

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  • Staci

    Sweet romance set in 1909. While I enjoyed seeing a relationship between James and Isabella grow, it was the search for what happened to James' parents that kept me most engaged in this novel. The beginnings of aviation was also interesting to read about. What brave men to risk their lives for the sake of progress.

  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    About this book:

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    Series: As of now, no.

    Spiritual Content- A few Scriptures are mentioned and quoted; Many Prayers, Blessings over food, & Thanking God; Church going; Visiting a cathedral & stain glasses of those in the Bible; Many talks about God & having a faith; Majority of ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Bella has a sweet yearning to know the Lord better; Many mentions of God; Many mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of those & events in the Bible; Mentions of churches, cathedrals, church going, services, hymns, sermons, & ministers; Mentions of faiths; Mentions of blessings & being blessed; A few mentions of Godspeed; A few mentions of martyrs; A mention of a miracle; A mention of Christmas & Easter.

    Negative Content- Minor cussing including: an ‘idiot’ and two ‘blast’s; A tiny bit of eye rolling; Plane crashes & watching ones happen (up to semi-detailed); Injuries, Blood, & a Fire (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of a death (or murder), a fall (or a push) off a cliff, how it happened, & the body (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of injuries, blood/bleeding, & stitches (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of wars, possible future wars, & enemies; Mentions of murders (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of an almost plane crash (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of lies & lying; A few mentions of wondering if a death was a suicide; A few mentions of other (unnatural) deaths; A few mentions of gossip & rumors; A few mentions of food poisoning; A couple mentions of hunting & shooting; A mention of a fire; A mention of a jail; A mention of cigarettes.

    Sexual Content- three hand/finger kisses, three cheek kisses, two forehead kisses, and a boarder-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed kiss; Touches, Embraces, & Nearness (barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing (barely-above-not-detailed); Many mentions of James being an illegitimate son & not knowing who his father is (he and Bella try to find out); Mentions of kisses, kissing, & waiting to kiss (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of flirting & teasing; Mentions of reputations & chaperones; A few mentions of jealousy; A couple mentions of greeting kisses; A couple mentions of a woman not agreeing to be a man’s mistress; A couple mentions of a girl (not) throwing herself at a man; A mention of men hooting at a couple showing affection; Love, falling in love, & the emotions;

    *Note: A couple mentions of Bella’s figure (not-detailed); A mention of a low-cut neckline of a dress.

    -Isabella “Bella” Grayson, age 20

    -James Drake, age 24

    P.O.V. switches between them

    Set in 1909 {Epilogue in 1911}

    352 pages

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    Pre Teens- One Star

    New Teens- Two Stars

    Early High School Teens- Three Stars (and a half)

    Older High School Teens- Four Stars (and a half)

    My personal Rating- Four Stars (and a half)

    {Add ½ star for those interested in aviation or journalism.}

    Let’s all just take a deep sigh, shall we?

    *aaaaahhhhhh*

    Honestly, y’all, I’m at a loss for words right now.

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    and I’d like to say it completely met my expectations.

    After I finish any book by this talented author, I always have to wonder, “How is Miss Carrie Turansky so good?” which is always followed by “How are her books so wonderfully clean?!” with about fifty hearts in my eyes as I read.

    Really, though, on that clean factor. Sooooo very clean, it’s so refreshing and lovely. Even while our main hero’s parents weren’t married when he was born, the author keeps the entire story so clean and gives nothing about those details or suggestions. (A big thank you for that!)

    Because I read this book so quick, at first I did think that out main couple’s feelings for each other came a bit quick, but it actually was paced out well in according to the rest of the novel. I would like to say that I felt a bit more angst in this story than the author’s previous historical books, so I was a bit on edge at times. ;)

    I adored both James and Bella and found them to be so sweet for each other. I loved that they each had their own passions, but that they each had to work separately on something within their own self.

    Which brings me to the faith content! Oh, that the faith content! AH! Carrie Turansky’s books always have those amazing faith moments and I always love them. There one was no different. I adored all the faith parts oh-so much.

    I’m going to sign off this review with a note to my fellow unmarried females: Girls, settle for nothing less than a Carrie Turansky hero. ;)

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    *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

    *I received this book for free from the author for this honest review.

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    I 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 the

    I 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)

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