Across the Blue really captured the time period and the excitement of early aviation. Not only did I enjoy the sweet romance that developed between the main characters, but I learned a lot in this novel!
The author did a great job of creating believable characters. Isabella was a smart young woman, with a talent for journalism and an interest in the world events of the day. She faced an uphill battle against her society minded parents. This created a lot tension!
James had such an interesting backstory and I loved discovering pieces to it as I made my way through the book. I liked him has a person, even when his insecurities occasionally caused him to react in a way I cringed at. He was believable as a young, determined pilot and as a man searching for answers. I enjoyed this story from start to finish!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
CARRIE TURANSKY is an award-winning author of eighteen novels and novellas. She has been the winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award, and a finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award and the Maggie Award of Excellence. A prolific writer of contemporary and historical romance, women’s fiction, short stories, articles, and devotionals, Carrie lives in central New Jersey with her husband, Scott. They have five adult children and five grandchildren