On of a little known history I m very excited to bring ou this new English historical novel No Ocean Too Wide When the three oungest McAlister children are taken away from their widowed mother and emigrated to Canada without her knowledge or permission the oldest sister sets off to find them and reunite the family but her journey is much difficult than she ever expected She needs the help of a wealthy oung solicitor and a renewal of her faith to meet those challenges I was deeply touched when I researched child emigration and what happened to British Home Children in particular More than 100000 poor orphaned and abandoned children were sent to Canada and promised a better life but many suffered from neglect abuse and prejudice I hope this story will touch L Amour Fou de Dieu your heart and honor the memory of these children This book rose right to the top of my favorite books I ve read in 2019So meticulously researched I must look into finding out about British home childrenThese are children that have fallen on desperate time wether through being orphaned and having no parents and living on the streets or their parents are in dire poverty and just can t support them any The children are sent to institutions where some are sent onto Canada I love historical fiction that I learn things from and this is a whole new world of fascinating learningYour heart will journey across the ocean from England to Canada with the home childrenWhile the book is filled with unjust tragedy and sadness in the back ofour mind De brevitate vitae you keep reading because of that lingering hope in the backgroundThe thing that really stands out is the families devotion to each other and how easy it would be to give up during their hardship but they don t Their faith holds them strong in their search for each other and in their journey to all reunite back home in EnglandI can not wait to read the next book in the series highly anticipatedPublished June 25th 2019 by Multnomah I was given a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley ThankouAll opinions expressed are my own I had no idea that in the early 1900 s over 100000 poor orphaned and neglected English children were sent to Canada for a better life and of course this was not always the caseNo Ocean Too Wide is a fictional story about the McAlister children Katie Garth and Grace When their widowed mother becomes ill the police decide to remove them from the family home and send them to live in a orphanageTheir older sister Laura is working as a ladies maid for the Frasier family she receives word informing her about her mothers illness and she returns home as uickly as she can Laura is worried about her mother s health and she s also concerned about how her siblings are copingUnfortunately when she arrives home it s too late her brother and two sisters have been sent to Canada and she s stunnedLaura takes matters into her own hands she will do anything to find her ounger siblings and bring them back to England where they belongOnce she arrives in Canada she tries to find out what has happened to her brother and to find out what has happened to her brother and with the help of Andrew Frasier a oung and handsome lawyer By reading No Ocean Too Wide I discovered how children could be sent across the other side of the world some suffered horrible abuse and it s heart breakingThe first book in the series is about Katie McAlister I gave the book four stars I look forward to reading the next two books to find out the fate of Garth and Grace Lets hope the whole family is reunited and the series has a happy ending I have shared this review on Goodreads Edelweiss Twitter Australian and my blog No Ocean Too Wide Carrie Turansky No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky is historical fiction based on true events Katie McAlister is a fourteen Un monstre dans les céréales year old Londoner whose mother has fallen ill following her father s recent accidental death Katie and her siblings twin brother Garth and sevenear old Grace are sent to a London children s home and then emigrated to Canada without their mother s knowledge or consent Laura McAlister is Katie s twenty one ear old sister Laura assumes a false name obtains a job at the children s home and ultimately travels to Canada in an attempt to locate and retrieve her siblings Andrew Frasier son of Laura s former employers travels to Canada with his friend and mentor Henry Dowd Henry and Andrew have been commissioned to evaluate and report on the children s emigration initiative Andrew vows to help Laura rescue her siblings and return them to London No Ocean Too Wide is riveting The characters are well developed and totally believable The plot is engrossing Based in fact this is an emotional read I wanted to rescue the children myself I raved against the corrupt system I marveled at the beleaguered characters Christian faith I m looking forward to the next installment in this amazing story I give this novel 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to readers of historical fiction Be aware this novel has strong religious themes My thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book However the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone No Ocean Too Wide is Carrie Turansky at her finest as she weaves rich historical details and engaging characters with the heart wrenching complexities surrounding the emigration of British Home Children in the early 1900s I thoroughly enjoyed this glimpse into English and Canadian history #with its echoes of the trials faced by orphans in books such as #its echoes of the trials faced by orphans in books such as of Green Gables and the strong message of faith and trust in the Heavenly Father who never abandons us. E Laura is in service discovers that this common practice of finding new homes for penniless children might not be all that it seems Together Laura and Andrew form an unlikely partnership Will they arrive in time Will their friendship blossom into something Inspired by true events this moving novel follows Laura as she seeks to reunite her family and her siblings who in their darkest hours must cling to the words from Isaiah “Fear thou not; for I am with thee be not dismayed; for I am thy God”.
Hool Teens Three StarsOlder High School Teens Four Stars My personal Rating Four StarsBecause of mentions of girls being forced or nearly forced upon this book is probably not the best choice for ounger girlsI didn t know this was a series Seriously HOW did I miss thatI ve been trying to compose myself to type these final thoughts for thirty minutes now I completely do not want to take away from the fact that Miss Carrie Turansky is a fabulous writer and the Spiritual Content was completely wondering in this novel like all of her prior books I m just a bit stunned at how everything happened in this new book As much as I mention about not liking books that end with a wrapped up with a bow ending I love books ending closed off This is the mindset I went in with No Ocean Too Wide I read this book in exactly two hours uickly with anxiety over everything that was happening I did know that the children would be shipped off to Canada thanks to the back cover but my heart was so into this story that I literally could not read fast enough I thought this was a stand alone so my reaction to the end makes sense in hindsight This novel does discuss some abuse and horrible unjustness that children in this historical event had to face It broke my heart again and again No Ocean Too Wide does end hopeful Let me say that again This book ends hopeful for the next book in the series It just completely took me by surprise All right ending aside now Katie was a dear and so many times I wanted to hug her and the other children My heart breaks for those who went through this event and those going through similar situations now I loved that Laura was so dedicated to her family Her faith was tested again and again throughout this story She continued to pray and ask for guidance even when she wasn t sure God would answer her prayers in the way that she wanted Andrew did feel a little tooone dimensional at times but I think that was because we didn t see his point of view as often as most romance books typically do As for the romance I do think it was a bit rushedout of left field but again I believe this was do to the fact that the plot largely was surrounding the point of Laura s siblings So all of that said this novel discussed an important topic and showed great faith content I truly am antsy for the next book in the series Link to review BFCG may Read the review to see recommend this book by this author It does not mean I recommend all the books by this authorI received this book for free from the Publisher Multnomah for this honest review Be warned that boxes of tissues will be needed to read this book I don t know where to start with how deeply emotional this story is The author has exceeded my expectations of how gifted a writer she is The story is one that opened my eyes to the fate of children during a time period that was hard on many peopleI had no idea that children of British descent were shipped away to Canada sometimes without real reason to rip them from their families I am overwhelmed at the cruelty these children were put through I m sure most children believed they were being adopted into loving and caring homes but that was not always the caseThis story follows Laura as she works away from home to help her family out and how her siblings get caught up in a system that is far dangerous than most people were aware of Laura is beside herself when she learns her siblings have been taken away and will do anything to find them I could feel Laura s desperation as she travels to Canada to find her siblings Can she find them before tragedy strikes I admired her strength to rescue her siblings and how deeply she cared for their safetyIt was hard to read at times the homes the children were placed in Most of them were treated as servants and had little hope of finding a way to escape their situation The children in this story offers hope to those that think Jesus has forgotten them The author gives us a sense of urgency in seeing that justice prevails and the children are returned to their family I loved Katie Grace and Garth and how they clung to their faith that God would rescue themAndrew is a wonderful character who helps "in trying to reunite Laura with her sisters and brother I loved that he never gave up "trying to reunite Laura with her sisters and brother I loved that he never gave up wanted to help not only Laura and her siblings but other children who had been abused by a system that only wanted financial gain As Andrew and Laura band together there seems to be a little romance brewing between them I liked that the author gives hints of their attraction but doesn t make it the main theme of the bookChildren are a blessing from God and this story reminds us of how precious that blessing is I sat on the edge of my seat as I drew to the end of the story I was captivated by the emotions and the never ending faith throughout the book I will be adding this book to my top picks for 2019 The author has promised a follow up book to continue this story and I will be anxious to read it Thank Painting Landscapes from Your Imagination you for writing a story that heals wounds reunited families and gives us a look at Gods promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us I received an arc copy of this book from the author and publisher The review is my own opinion This is a wonderfully written book This book will drawou in on the first page It is a wonderful #reminder that god is always with us and #that God is always with us and must trust him I highly recommend this book Thank Lippenbekenntnisse you WaterBrook Multnomah via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book This is my honest opinion of this wonderful book read for endorsementfans of Susan Anne Mason Cathy Gohlke and Lisa Wingate a fascinating excavati. Hour away When Edna McAlister falls gravely ill and is hospitalized twins Katie and Garth and eightear old Grace are forced into an orphans’ home before Laura is notified about her family’s unfortunate turn of events in London With hundreds of British children sent on ships to Canada whether truly orphans or not Laura knows she must act uickly But finding her siblings and taking care of her family may cost her everythingAndrew Fraser a wealthy oung British lawyer and heir to the estate wher. .
No Ocean Too Wide touches on a fascinating et tragic event in history that of about 70 Impossible Things years in which than 100000 impoverished British children were sent to Canada for a better life Those taking them in were told they were orphans but history has shown that this wasn t always trueIt s wonderful that Turansky chose to tell a story about something that impacted so many people I can t imagine being told that my children or myounger siblings had been sent to across the ocean without my consent or even my knowledge Turansky shows this plight through the perspective of both one of those sent as well as one desperate to bring them homeFor me there was a significant amount of telling rather than showing This is definitely a personal preference of mine as a reader and I m sure not something that bothered other readers It s just not my preferred style of writing Even so I found this to be an easy story to follow and one in which the characters are easy to root for Laura McAlister has taken a position as a lady s maid in order to send the funds back home to help care for her family The system is unforgiving of families in need and through a series of terrible acts by those uncaring and unwilling to get children back to their families the Keto Diet for Beginners: The Keto Diet Cookbook with Quick and Healthy Recipes incl. 30 Days Weight Loss Plan youngest three McAlisters are sent to Canada and Laura tries her best to get them back Katie McAlister gets the roughest end of the deal with her story line bringing out the harshness of the caregivers that took in the children Though there is a degree of resolution to the story there iset to be told about the McAlister family and we won t know the full extent of their journey until the next book in the seriesI received an advanced copy of this novel this review is my honest opinion About this book Between the Wachten op Apollo years of 1869 to 1939 than 100000 poor British children were sent across the ocean to Canada with the promise of a better life Those who took them in to work as farm laborers or household servants were told they were orphans but was that the truth After the tragic loss of their father the McAlister family is living at the edge of the poorhouse in London in 1908 leaving their mother to scrape by for her threeounger children while oldest daughter Laura works on a large estate than an hour away When Edna McAlister falls gravely ill and is hospitalized twins Katie and Garth and eight ear old Grace are forced into an orphans home before Laura is notified about her family s unfortunate turn of events in London With hundreds of British children sent on ships to Canada whether truly orphans or not Laura knows she must act uickly But finding her siblings and taking care of her family may cost her everything Andrew Fraser a wealthy oung British lawyer and heir to the estate where Laura is in service discovers that this common practice of finding new homes for penniless children might not be all that it seems Together Laura and Andrew form an unlikely partnership Will they arrive in time Will their friendship blossom into something Inspired by true events this moving novel follows Laura as she seeks to reunite her family and her siblings who
In Their Darkest Hours Musttheir darkest hours must to the words from Isaiah Fear thou not for I am with thee be not dismayed for I am thy God Series Book 1 in the McAlister Family series Spiritual Content Psalm 823 4 at the beginning Scriptures are mentioned memorized uoted discussed Many Prayers Blessings over food Church going Witnessing Many Talks about God Jesus H s #Are Capitalized When Referring #capitalized when referring God Laura doesn t get why God would allow her family to go through hard times of He loves them Mentions of God Jesus Mentions of prayers praying answered prayers Mentions of faiths Mentions of Bibles Bible reading other Christian books Mentions of churches church going singing reverends Mentions of blessings being blessed Mentions of sin prejudice towards certain children thinking that sinning is in their blood A few mentions of a cross necklace A mention of Sunday school Note A couple mentions of calling others evil A mention of idle hands being the devil s workshop Negative Content Minor cussing including a blasted a blimey a dumb and a don t care a fig Mentions of curses said not written Being slapped being shoved pain barely above not detailed Being sick passing out barely above not detailed Mentions of attacks injuries deaths Mentions of fires smoke injuriesburns deaths barely above not detailed Mentions of abuse beatings punishments for children barely above not detailed Mentions of stealing thieves jail Mentions of lying lies liars A few mentions of a oung girl who tried to take her life A few mentions of drinking A few mentions of hunting A couple mentions of jealousy A couple mentions of cigars smoking A couple mentions of gossip Note A mention of two infants passing away after birth Sexual Content a fingers kiss and a semi detailed kiss Touches barely above not detailed Noticing barely
not detailed A man gives Laura a suggestive smile he to block her exit she kicks him below the belt Mentions of a man forcing himself on a oung girl that she s now with child no true details but it s said he did it than once Mentions of a man making suggestive comments towards Laura cornering her she said she escaped with a torn dress Mentions of men with not so honorable intentions A couple mentions of reputations A couple mentions of flirting Some love falling in love the emotions Note A mention of kicking a man below the belt Laura McAlister age 21 Andrew Frasier age 24 POV switches between them Katie Set in 1909 368 pagesPre Teens One StarNew Teens One StarEarly High Sc. Between the And the Ass Saw the Angel years of 1869 to 1939 than 100000 poor British children were sent across the ocean to Canada with the promise of a better life Those who took them in to work as farm laborers or household servants were told they were orphans–but was that the truthAfter the tragic loss of their father the McAlister family is living at the edge of the poorhouse in London in 1908 leaving their mother to scrape by for her threeounger children while oldest daughter Laura works on a large estate than an.above not detailed A man gives Laura a suggestive smile he