This book introduced me to some fascinating history I didn’t know much about. The storytelling was both entertaining and educational. This new-to-me author impressed me with her gifted eye for details. The setting and the characters truly came alive on the page!

I loved Bella and James. Their goals were strong and admirable. I was rooting for them to succeed from the very start. James will undoubtedly claim your heart as he does Bella’s. He’s honorable, hard-working, and sincere. And Bella herself is much the same – genuine, kind, and ambitious. Their charisma drew me in and kept me guessing how they’d reach their happily-ever-after.

I enjoyed learning about the early days of aviation and how the author wove facts into her fiction. I also enjoyed following Bella in her pursuits to become a journalist. She’s a smart, talented lady who witnesses history and writes about it passionately. As a writer myself, I wanted to hug her for not giving up. πŸ™‚

It was a long story, but it was packed full of adventure and history. I was pleasantly surprised by some twists along the way too. Well-researched and well-crafted, Across the Blue is bound to sweep you off your feet.

I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was requiredβ€”all opinions are my own.




Before 1909, flying across the English Channel seemed an impossible feat–but James Drake, a brave young aviator, was willing to try. Defying her parents’ expectations for a good match? Also impossible–but Isabella Grayson was willing to try.

Within the palatial surroundings of her family’s Edwardian estate, Isabella Grayson longs for something more. Despite her father’s success as a newspaper baron and her own journalistic talents, her parents want her to marry an established aristocrat to improve their social standing rather to pursue her dream of writing for one of her father’s newspapers.

When aspiring aviator James Drake crashes his flying machine on the Grayson’s expansive grounds, he is surprised to learn he landed on the property of the very man who is sponsoring the race to fly across the English Channel–a race James is desperate to win. And although Bella’s striking beauty and intellect capture his attention, James must remain focused on his goals is he has any hope of building an honorable reputation apart from his parents’ shameful past.

As the race draws closer and unexpected events threaten to turn James and Bella’s world upside down, will their faith and love be strong enough to help them overcome the challenges ahead?

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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.

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