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Across the Blue

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  497 ratings  ·  224 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Published February 20th 2018 by Multnomah (first published February 2018)
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Carrie Turansky
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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 ...more
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.
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“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 with
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 ...more
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 ...more
Beth Erin
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
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. ...more
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
This is the story of Isabella Grayson, the wealthy daughter of a newspaper mogul, who dreams of being a journalist like her father and James Drake an impoverished young aviator during the early beginnings of aviation. It blends together a touch of romance, a smidgen of mystery, and a fascinating look at the history of early aviation with a good faith thread to make for a wonderful read.

I loved the glimpse into the life of the early 1900's where young ladies were only supposed to be preparing fo
Maureen Timerman
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
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
Andrea Cox
How can I wrap up this book in a few short words? It was a sweet romance that included mystery and adventure, all wrapped in compassion and heart and faith and family. I especially thought the timing of events within the time line was spot-on, and the leads’ dreams of flight and journalism were well paired and equally interesting. I felt like I learned a lot about both occupations during the book’s era while also being entertained by the characters’ journeys. One thing that I admired was that th ...more
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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The first thing that caught my attention was the historical setting. It completely came to life in this book. I felt immersed and invested as if I were living out Downton Abbey <3

Isabella Grayson's family does not have royal bloodline. They've battled their way into society - or, more specifically, her parents have and now they expect their daughters to find an appropriate match to secure position and wealth. However, Bella has a dream that's calling each day more strongly to her, she wants to b
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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 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 Ja
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love historicals and the theme of aviation really caught my attention in the description of this book. This is a well written story that will take you into the life of a young lady in the early 1900's as well as the fascinating early years of aviation. In a time period when young ladies were pretty restricted in their roles in society, the determination and courage Bella shows is inspiring. James also shows great character and determination in his pursuit of his life dream of building an airpl ...more
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Carrie Turansky delivers a soaring tale in 1909 England. The flight scenes were dramatic and breathtaking. Every time they were gliding through the air in those early airplane models, my heart was soaring with them. All of the struggles and challenges they had to figure out and overcome to build the first flying machines were a fascinating addition to the story. I loved learning the facts and theories behind each of the different problems and solutions to making the aircraft the best it could be ...more
4.5 stars Great way to start my reading for the year!

Carrie Turansky's latest novel, Across the Blue is a wonderful tribute to the early aviators as they compete to be the first to cross the English Channel in 1909. I was immediately drawn into the story of the friendship that developed between two unlikely people. James Drake, pilot, dreams of being the first to fly across the English Channel. But this is not his only dream. He also hopes to uncover the secrets surrounding his birth and parenta
Carole Jarvis
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

Across the Blue is a captivating novel that I enjoyed from the very first page. It’s a story that not only historical romance fans will enjoy, but all readers as well. Carrie Turansky gently and skillfully weaves together faith, historical detail, romance, and even a little mystery. The design team did a beautiful job with the cover, for it conveys the story’s mood and theme in a way that draws readers to it.

I love British settings, so the 190
Cathy Gohlke
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Across the Blue is a compelling, romantic and exciting novel set in Edwardian days of early aviation. Well researched and faith based, the intriguing storyline reveals a longing for home, family, identity and the pursuit of idealized dreams, no matter the cost.
I loved reading how the main characters struggled but finally relinquished the good they hoped for in order to follow the best the Lord placed in their paths, even when they couldn’t be certain that surrender would result in the desires o
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another fabulous Downtwon Abbeyish historical romance from Carrie Turansky! And what a fascinating time period, though I must confess it isn't my favourite for storytelling. And that's because I'm a tenderhearted reader and I know that these characters are just five years away from World War I and that is going to drastically alter the happily ever after they worked so hard for. Sniffle. But I'm trying to be brave and bask in the sweet romantic bliss of 1909 with blinders on. :-)

But I have to ad
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Across the Blue, by Carrie Turansky, takes place in 1909 in England. Charles Grayson owns three prestigious London newspapers. He has just purchased an estate in the country from Sir Richard and moved his family there. Sir Richard has left furniture and decorations behind and it gives the appearance the Graysons come from old money. My Grayson has offered a substantial amount of money as a prize for the first person that crosses the English Channel. The oldest daughter, Isabella, dreams of being ...more
Hannah Joy  S.
This my first Carrie Turansky book and I can confidently say I want more of her books now.
Across the Blue was a sweet story that was a delight to read and had subtle Downton Abbey feels to it which I enjoyed!

Bella and James love story was so beautiful.
I loved how their overlapping interests & dreams were what brought them together.
The faith content was inspired to read as well. I especially loved how both James and Bella learned to trust God with their love story and prayed about it often.

One qu
Becky Van Daniker
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved this! Full review coming soon.
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Some of my favorite novels are about strong women characters. Those that go against the grain of what society might think would be considered inappropriate for that time frame. I often think that if I were a character in a novel, I would tend to go against societies norms of the day and create my own mark as it were. The latest novel from best-selling author Carrie Turansky, Across the Blue features just a determined and strong-willed woman, Isabella Grayson. Just her name speaks of where her fa ...more
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was very fortunate to receive an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was looking into a present for my grandfather, who loves historical romances, and this one was competing with 3 other books. The competition was solved within one chapter. This book was so amazing, I phoned the book store and ordered the Dutch translation, and I continued to read.

Across the Blue has a competition, too! ;) It’s around 1909 and the Daily Herald has offered a huge price to the first airplane
Raechel Lenore
This book is set in 1909, when aviation was up and coming – the history aspect was interesting. (Although I noticed the characters all used the modern word ‘airplane’ and I’m pretty sure that historically they would have only used ‘aeroplane’). When I was younger, I loved Amelia Earhart and learning about aviation, the first aeroplanes, and whatnot. Journalism and Newspaper-ism was also a major fascination of mine (never really outgrew it, to be honest!), and so when I saw that this book held bo ...more
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Across the Blue is a fabulous upcoming release by Carrie Turansky. I enjoyed this Edwardian England era novel. I loved the historical details. The author obviously did her research. Isabella Grayson is a wonderful, strong, and admirable character. I felt like I was right with her throughout the story. And ahhhh, James Grant. Love love love the scenes with Bella and James together.
A great, clean and sweet historical. I would highly recommend this book. Definitely a well deserved 5 stars.
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I haven’t felt the need to gush about a book in a short minute. I had never read Turansky before but have heard great things. When the opportunity to review this book came up I had to take it. What’s not to draw you to it? Early 1900s England, money, prestige, adventure, a touch of intrigue, and love. The dawn of flight brings together a wealthy English woman with desires to become a journalist and a not wealthy pilot with a questionable background. Add some irritating parents, relateable side c ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've been a fan of Carrie Turansky's work for some time. She writes this time period with ease. This book is set around the early beginnings of flight in Europe. The Wright Brothers have had their demo in France, and all the major characters of this book were there & witnessed it. The excitement, the advancement of aviation. I am not a particular fan of this element of history, and this was probably the major drawback for me (which is personal preference, and in no way a reflection of the skill ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A hope can become a reality if we work hard to do our part, and then trust the Lord to do the rest."

James Drake and Isabella Grayson have grand aspirations; James to pilot the first plane across the English Channel and Isabella to become a journalist for her father's London newspaper, "The Daily Mail". When their paths cross quite unexpectedly on Grayson property, Bella takes advantage of her father's burgeoning interest in developing aviation to gain information for a series of articles about
Savanna Kaiser
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book introduced me to some fascinating history I didn’t know much about. The storytelling was both entertaining and educational. This new-to-me author impressed me with her gifted eye for details. The setting and the characters truly came alive on the page!

I loved Bella and James. Their goals were strong and admirable. I was rooting for them to succeed from the very start. James will undoubtedly claim your heart as he does Bella’s. He’s honorable, hard-working, and sincere. And Bella hersel
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Bestselling Author Carrie Turansky writes inspirational historical and contemporary novels and novellas set in England and the US. She has won the ACFW Carol Award, the Holt Medallion, and the International Digital Award. Readers say her stories are: "Heartwarming and inspiring! I couldn't put it down!" . . . "A touching love story. It captured me from the first page! Rich characters, beautifully ...more

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