Thursday, March 22, 2018

Review: Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky



About the book:
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 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?
My rating:
5 stars
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My thoughts:

Across the Blue was a sweet read and kept me entertained. My enjoyment continued to build the more I read and I breathed a sigh of contentment when I finally finished the story...it was that good!

I seem to enjoy historical novels that revolve around aviation and this one was no different. I loved the danger and excitement that it brought to the plot. Bella's journalism was another nice element to the book and her having to keep it a secret definitely led to some problems. Also, the mystery of James' parentage was very interesting and different than I expected.

I liked how everything wrapped up in the end; it was a great way to answer most of readers' questions and I loved it.

All in all, if you enjoy historical romances, I think you should pick up Across the Blue.



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