Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Across the Blue

GIVEAWAY
TURANSKY, CARRIE
ACROSS THE BLUE

Before 1909, flying across the Englsh Channel seemed an impossible feat -- but a brave young aviator was willing to try.

Defying her parents' expectations for a good match? Also impossible -- but Isabella was willing to try.

Within the palatial surroundings of her family's Edwardian estate, Isabella Grayson longs for something more. Despite her father's success as a newspaper baron and her own journalistic talents, her parents want her to marry an established aristocrat to improve the family's social standing rather than pursue her dream of writing for one of her father's newspapers.

When aspiring aviator James Drake crashes his flying machine on the Grayson's expansive grounds, he is surprised to learn he landed on the property of the very man who is sponsoring the race to fly across the English Channel -- a race James is desperate to win. And although Bella's striking beauty and intellect captures his attention, James must remain focused on his goals if he has any hope of building an honorable reputation apart from his parents' shameful past.

As the race draws closer unexpected events threaten to turn Bella and James's world upside down, will their love and faith be strong enough to help them overcome the challenges ahead?

My Review:

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 admit it is an enthralling time for an independent thinking woman to be coming into her own. And Bella certainly has a streak of independence which exasperates her parents no end. She is caught within the confines of a strict social order that's already beginning to show cracks. New money versus titled aristocracy. The Graysons are new money and they want their daughters to bring them social standing through marriage to nobility. And Bella has already had two seasons to make that happen. Her mother is determined that this third will be her last. Bella is just as determined to pursue a journalistic career.

James is an orphan who doesn't even know who his father is! And though he has ambitions to establish his own aviation company, he doesn't even have the funds to repair the flying machine he just crashed on Broadlands property. Definitely not son-in-law material for the Graysons. But something sparks between Bella and James the first time they meet and Turnasky weaves together a story of hope, resilience and faith.

Loved all the historical aviation details. Those early aviators were equal parts crazy and brave! And the race to cross the Channel had me on tenterhooks. Such a contrast between society balls and Mrs. Grayson's matrimonial ploys. Gah, but I wanted to shake that woman until her teeth rattled!  And Mr. Grayson isn't much better -- especially since he's a self-made businessman. You'd think he could understand and appreciate James, but no, he wants someone more socially acceptable for Bella. Just see how that works out for you, Mr. Grayson. Pfffft! (I tend to get indignant on behalf of my characters.)

And did I mention the mystery? A little family intrigue never hurt a storyline and this one is superb. Plus there's a super sweet secondary romance to delight in. It really doesn't get any better than that, does it?

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Across the Blue, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday June 10 2018. Offer opent o International Readers. Good luck!

23 comments:

  1. So, she has mixed aviation history, which is fascinating (at least to me, since I worked several years in airline industry), plus a family intrigue and romance....Great cover, too. Thanks!

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    1. And the title is pretty clever as well! This book delivers it all. And yes, the aviation history is so interesting and mind boggling. I mean, who had the idea fly and then actually attempt it over and over again?! People like James, that's who. Good luck, CC.

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  2. Carrie always writes deep and moving stories. I haven't had the chance to read this one yet! lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. You'll want to experience this one too. Good luck, Susan!

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  3. With a title and cover like this book has, I am drawn to it already. It sounds amazing! Thank you, Kav! mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Melanie. Good luck!

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  4. thank you for your review. this is on my to buy list.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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    1. It's awesome! Good luck, Lori.

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  5. I love the cover on Across the Blue. It's been on my "want to read" list for awhile. Thanks for the giveaway.
    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. It's such a great cover, isn't it? Love that hat! Good luck, Pam.

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  6. Book Twins....loved this book.😍

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    1. Again??!!! We are on the same reading wavelength, Lucy!

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  7. It's Carrie Turansky, what more needs to be said?

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  8. I've only read her novellas, so would love to read this. teshawATsbcglobalDOTnet. Thanks.

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    1. Ooohhh...now I don't think I've read an novella...just her novels. Must check into that. Good luck, Tammie.

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  9. I've heard so much about this book.

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    1. It's awesome! Good luck, Charis.

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  10. I love Carrie's books and have read them all, except this one! It sounds great, and who doesn't love a little history to learn about thrown into the plot of a book? That is the best way to learn!
    LLWaltz [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. Fiction is the best way to learn history! Good luck, Laura!

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  11. Beautiful cover! I haven't read Carrie's books for awhile. Need to catch up.

    josieringer(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I love the way she tells a story! Good luck, Martha.

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