About No Ocean Too Wide

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Between the years of 1869 to 1939 more than 100,000 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 three younger children, while oldest daughter, Laura, works on a large estate more than an hour away. When Edna McAlister falls gravely ill and is hospitalized, twins Katie and Garth and eight-year-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 quickly. But finding her siblings and taking care of her family may cost her everything.

Andrew Fraser, a wealthy young 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 more?

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”.

My Review

I knew No Ocean Too Wide would be a special book. I read (and loved) Across the Blue earlier this year, and jumped at the chance to review this book.

For once in my life, I even started with a Book 1! No Ocean Too Wide indeed starts off a new series. That being said, it is a series, so not everything wraps up here. I missed (or forgot) that, so approached the last 20 pages with a dawning realization that everything wouldn’t nicely wrap up with a bow. Turansky writes so well that I quickly got over my disappointment, instead hoping there would be more to the story — to ensure it gets its due! So yay – it will, though a bit of #weep that I have to wait. (I’m such a patient person, no?)

No Ocean Too Wide primarily focuses on Laura’s and Katie’s stories. Possible spoiler alert: Garth makes a handful of appearances; after a certain point, Grace is not mentioned further. I’m very curious how the remaining books in the series not only tie up loose ends, but provide more to both Garth and Grace’s stories. </end alert>

Turansky writes eloquently and graciously on a topic previously unknown to me: that of British home children migrating to Canada. I learned so much in the read, I’m grateful she includes a list of resources at the end for additional research! (The sign of a particularly good book!) I appreciated how real and true to life the book felt. So much fiction ties everything up in a bow; don’t get me wrong, I read a lot of that and really enjoy it! Sometimes I just need that kind of read! But in this part of history, the not-so-happy endings are much more frequent. No Ocean Too Wide captures the difficulties, struggles, and pain of, quite frankly, reality … without swinging the pendulum too far to the other end, where it’s all simply disappointment. Hope absolutely remains.

My only problem? I don’t know when Book 2 is coming out. Color me ready to find out what happens to this family!

I received a copy of the book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

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CARRIE TURANSKY is an award-winning author of twenty novels and novellas. She has won the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award, and was a finalist for the Inspirational Reader’s 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 six grandchildren.

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