Tuesday, October 29, 2019

No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky

Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Multnomah Books
Released: June 25, 2019
320 pages
About the Book:
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 Rating & Thoughts:    🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟    (5 stars)   

How have I never read any books by Carrie before? This story sucked me right in and I struggled to put it down. I quickly felt for the McAlister children and had to keep reading to find out if they would be reconnected. It felt like every time Laura got close another obstacle was in her way and she had no idea who she could trust. There were many times throughout I was almost in tears due to the heartbreak that occurred. 

As I got closer to the end I began to wonder how the author would wrap up the story because it felt there was still too many unanswered questions. While I was disappointed that I will have to wait for the next book to get some answers I was pleased that the author did not try to rush up the wrap up. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for the next book in this series to find out what happens with Garth and Grace.

(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Multnomah Books through NetGalley;
opinions expressed in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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