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About Across the Blue

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?

Praise

“Carrie Turansky’s latest novel swept me back a hundred years into the elegant world of a wealthy British family named Grayson and the dangerous mission of an aviator intent on crossing the English Channel with his flying machine. Once again, I savored Carrie’s beautiful description of England, and as a writer and daughter of a commercial pilot, I thoroughly enjoyed learning about both aviation and journalism in 1909. With its compelling mystery and romance, Across the Blue was a pure delight to read!”
—Melanie Dobson, award-winning author of Catching the Wind and Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor

Across the Blue provides a fascinating insight into the early days of aviation whilst also delving into questions of identity. Readers of sweet romance will enjoy the blossoming relationship between a young man of questionable birth and the young lady of privilege, whose dreams surge beyond societal expectation. Carrie masterfully weaves issues of faith and vivid descriptions into this story of hope and determination, with exciting scenes destined to make your pulse soar!”
—Carolyn Miller, author of Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series

“With all the elegance and intrigue of Downton Abbey, Across the Blue is an exciting tale that features the race to be the first to fly across the English Channel. I admired the spunk in heroine Isabella Grayson and her dream to become a journalist. She’s the perfect match for the determined James Drake, a hero that lives on even after you close the book. This story is one of Carrie Turansky’s finest!”
—Michelle Griep, award-winning historical romance author of 12 Days at Bleakly Manor

About Carrie Turansky

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.

Product Details

352 pages | Published by Multnomah

On Sale Date: Feb 20, 2018

Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

Carton Quantity: 24

Sneak Peek

Read the first chapter of Across the Blue. 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?

Press Release

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Heartwarming Edwardian-Era Novel Weaves Together Early Aviation, History of Women in Journalism
 
Turansky soars to new heights in this fun Edwardian inspirational romance. (She) lands a perfectly pious but passionate ending.–Publishers Weekly
 
Turansky brings readers an inspirational, heartwarming story set in 1909 England that will both delight them and tug at their hearts. Strong pacing, a solid, engaging plot and endearing characters make Turansky’s latest a captivating read.” –RT Reviews, Melanie Bates
 
The charm of Downton Abbey meets the adventurous spirit of the Wright Brothers in award-winning author Carrie Turansky’s newest standalone novel, Across the Blue (Multnomah, Feb. 20, 2018).
 
Set in Edwardian England, Across­ the Blue tells the story of Isabella Grayson (Bella), an aspiring female journalist in a male-dominated field, and James Drake, a daring aviator in the race to make the first flight across the English Channel.
 
When James crashes his flying machine on the Grayson’s palatial estate, Bella, having her own interest in aviation, is immediately intrigued. Bella’s father, the owner of three London newspapers, reluctantly allows her to write a series of articles following the race across the English Channel, but at a price. She must accept a marriage proposal from a respectable suitor by the end of the year, and with James’s shameful past, he is unlikely to win the approval of her parents.
 
As Bella and James grow closer, their conflicting goals threaten to destroy their chance for lasting love. Can they learn to balance pursuing their own dreams and accepting wisdom and direction from the Lord? And can her parents ever approve of a life they didn’t prescribe for her?
 
Turansky expertly weaves together the history of early aviation and women in journalism with an exciting romance, all the while painting breathtaking pictures of Kent, England, and the White Cliffs of Dover that set the stage for the thrilling race across the channel. Fans of Turansky’s novels, the Edwardian era, and popular British entertainment will love being swept away by the romance and adventure of Across the Blue.


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By Faye Oygard

Isabella Grayson is a wealthy socialite with a passion for journalism, and an aspiring writer. She longs to prove her worth as a writer for the Daily Mail. Bella is inspired to write about the daring aerial feats of the daring men vying to be the first to fly across the English Channel. James Drake is a pilot with a dream of making a name for himself in air travel, along his mentor and professor. He has a mysterious past that makes him...

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By Alyssa Tillett

Across The Blue written by Carrie Turansky will have you flying through the pages. You will be swept off your feet into early 1900's England, where aviation was just taking off. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Across the Blue. Isabella Grayson is a young woman who longs to write for her father's newspaper. But during a time when women were frowned upon for taking up such jobs, she fights for her dream. James Drake is pursuing his passion for...

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By James Everett Hannabass

I immediately liked James and Bella. James was young and trying his best to be the first one to fly across the English channel, and Bella acted like a normal person to him, instead of the way her rich family acted. The excitement was very high as those who had built the planes and were in the running for the title. And for more information on who else was running and when they did, well you need to read the book to find out. Otherwise, the...

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By LIsa Johnson

The time frame is early 1900s, a time when the life of a young woman was under the direction of her parents.  Young women would attend parties and balls with the hopes of meeting their future mates.  Of course, the hope was the man would be of status and renown.  When I started reading Across the Blue, I quickly became entranced with the main family in the novel, the Graysons.  The father was prominent as his three newspaper enterprises...

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By Meagan Myhren-Bennett

Across the BlueBy Carrie TuranskyThe first flight across the English Channel is on the minds of everyone who has an interest in the emerging field of aviation. Who will be first? And from which coast will the crossing originate the French or the English? Isabella Grayson to her parents' consternation is seemingly consumed by these happenings. A young woman of means should have her thoughts on loftier goals such as finding a suitable husband...

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