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“Across the Blue” by Carrie Turansky ~ Book Review

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“Across the Blue” by Carrie Turansky

Review copy from publishers through Blogging for Books

My rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

 

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?

 

 

My Thoughts:

This book is set in 1909, when aviation was up and coming – the history aspect was interesting. (Although I noticed the characters all used the modern word ‘airplane’ and I’m pretty sure that historically they would have only used ‘aeroplane’). When I was younger, I loved Amelia Earhart and learning about aviation, the first aeroplanes, and whatnot. Journalism and Newspaper-ism was also a major fascination of mine (never really outgrew it, to be honest!), and so when I saw that this book held both of these ingredients, I was eager to try it.
Isabella is a determined young woman who has a passion to become a published journalist. James Drake is a pilot with the desire to be the first to cross the English Channel.
They are attracted to each other almost right away, but with James not certain of his parental heritage, Bella’s family would never dream of allowing a match to become of the two. However, they continue their friendship as it grows, and Bella has a hard time keeping her promise to her family that she would encourage other wealthy young men.
For me personally, this book fell a little flatĀ  – I just couldn’t really get into the book and connect well with the characters themselves. Bella, while understandable that she wants to be a journalist, pursues that at the cost of headstrongness and disobedience. I just didn’t connect.
But that doesn’t mean other readers won’t – I think for many this book will be excellent. It was just a miss for me – could be because of mood, the time I read it, or what have you, but not necessarily a reflection of the book itself.
So while it wasn’t the book for me, I wouldn’t toss it aside, because it could be your favourite book!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.