Thursday, February 21, 2019

No Ocean too Wide by Carrie Turansky



In this historical adventure for fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, the three youngest McAlister children are taken to Canada as British Home Children without their mother's knowledge or permission. The oldest McAlister sibling follows them across the Atlantic to search for them and bring them home.

When Laura McAlister, a young lady's maid, learns her three siblings have been taken from their mother and emigrated to Canada without her mother's knowledge, Laura determines to search for them and reunite the family. But lack of funds and resistance from authorities push her use a false name and take a position with a child emigration society to gain passage to Canada. Andrew Fraser, a wealthy young lawyer, is surprised to see his mother's former lady's maid on board ship escorting a group of child immigrants, especially when she uses a different name. Laura eventually convinces Andrew to help her search for her siblings and uncover the truth about the treatment of British Home Children. Romantic feelings grow between this unlikely couple, and though they have different backgrounds, they share a growing faith and desire to seek justice and relief for the children who are mistreated.


This story deserves 5 stars and more!
Carrie has done a fabulous job in telling the story of Laura, Garth , and Grace. 
I really admired Laura's strength and determination to search for her siblings. She is amazing!! She's very strong proof that blood is thicker than water in other words family ties are strong. She'll go to great lengths for her family.
I love how Laura learns a valuable lesson along the way. 
Too often we forget to trust the good Lord. We think we can do everything on our own. We are too impatient. I'm guilty of this much too often. I'm slowly learning to trust. God has a plan for us. Just in His own time and then He'll reveal it.
Garth is a sweetheart and a protector. I love how he stands up for what is supposed to be right for him and his siblings. 
Then along the way we meet Andrew and Henry, Rose and Mrs. Woodward and the other supporting characters. 
I almost felt sorry for Mrs. Woodward. I wouldn't want to be in her position for anything in this world! Especially when something dreadful happens at the home she's in charge of. I couldn't help myself but tears leaked out of my eyes as I was reading this certain part. 
I enjoyed the ocean voyage across the sea and I felt like I was on board the Parisian with the girls. I could here the waves slapping the sides if the ship as she moved along on her journey westward.
I have a great fascination for ocean liners of that time period.
I was appalled at how some of the children were treated in the placement homes. Most people would give anything to have a child.
How can anyone be so cruel. Home children need love and caring just like other children. It's just so not fair!!!
Mistakes do happen but it's the children who get the just end of the deal.
The ship on the cover of this book reminds me of the ship Carpathia that rescued the Titanic survivors. Overall, I enjoyed the story and I applaud the author for writing an exceptional story!
Y'all I just can't wait for you to read this delicious historical fiction book!!
I strongly recommend it!
I received a complimentary copy from Netgalley and no compensations were received. All opinions are my own!


Carrie TuranskyBestselling Inspirational Romance Author Carrie Turansky writes 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!" . . . "Touching love story. It captured me from the first page! Rich characters, beautifully written" . . . "My new favorite author!" Visit her website and sign up for her email newsletter at Carrie Follow Carrie on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram.


  1. Great review Lori!
    I love Carrie's books! I have this book on my ever growing TBR list and hope to read it soon.
    Blessings, Tina

  2. Love your beautiful blog, Lori! And Carrie's book looks amazing! Thank you!!

  3. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about No Ocean Too Wide! I'm glad the story evoked a strong response and you felt sympathetic toward the children. The events are based on true stories I read from the British Home Child Advocacy and Research Association. More than 100,000 children came to Canada this way, and now they say four out of ten Canadians have a BHC relative.


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