Thursday, June 2, 2022

Review: No Journey Too Far by Carrie Turansky

Series: McAlister Family # 1
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Multnomah Books
Released: June 8, 2021
343 pages

About the Book:

A family long divided, a mysterious trunk, and a desperate journey across the ocean--all in the name of love. The epic saga of the McAlisters continues in this riveting sequel to No Ocean Too Wide.

In 1909, Grace McAlister set sail for Canada as one of the thousands of British Home Children taken from their families and their homeland. Though she is fortunate enough to be adopted by wealthy parents, the secrets of her past are kept hidden for ten years until someone from her long-buried childhood arrives on her doorstep. With this new connection to her birth family, will she be brave enough to leave her sheltered life in Toronto and uncover the truth?

After enduring hardship as an indentured British Home Child, Garth McAlister left Canada to serve in World War I. His sweetheart, Emma Lafferty, promised to wait for his return, but after three long years apart, her letters suddenly stopped. When Garth arrives home from the war to unexpected news, he is determined to return to Canada once more on a daunting mission to find the two women he refuses to abandon--his long-lost sister and his mysteriously missing sweetheart.

My Rating & Thoughts:    

This story picks up 10 years after book one. Grant is now in his mid-20s and Grace is about to turn 18. Grant and his friend, Rob, have just returned from the war and reconnect with Grant’s family in England for a brief visit before returning to Canada to reconnect with his sweetheart, but she isn’t where he had expected her to be so he begins using whatever resources he can to try to find her. Meanwhile the family has finally received some news about Grace who they lost connection with 10 years ago so it becomes Grant’s second mission to find her and bring her home. Can Grant find these two women that each hold different pieces of his heart?

I loved how much the story focused on the love of family and commitment to both family and friends. It was enjoyable to reconnect with the characters from the first book and see what has happened in their lives since we left them. I did feel like Katie’s portion was glossed over and I was a bit disappointed not to get to know her story in more detail. However, the support of one another and the faith shown was inspirational. While this story did not suck me in as much as the first book, I still really enjoyed this read and needed to know what was going to happen to each character. I loved how the author incorporated real life history into the fiction story. I learned so much from these two books.  

(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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