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.
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No Journey Too Far, sequel to No Ocean Too Wide, had so many of my favorite things in a novel: adventure, faith, mystery, suspense and a sweet love story (this one had two, actually). Add to it that this novel was set in my country and in my region? Now that’s quite something. I’ve been eagerly waiting to read this novel. I was delighted to meet these characters again, to find out what happened to Garth and Grace. Turansky’s captivating story of love, loss, redemption and hope had me cheering for Emma and Garth … and for Grace. I might have even been more captivated with Grace’s story somehow. Maybe it was because she had been missing for ten years (from the time she was just seven). Maybe I just liked her character. As much as I’d love to talk about that more, if I did, there would be spoilers. But I will say that there were bittersweet tears when certain reunions (and farewells) took place. Fans of L.M. Montgomery need to check this series out! Historical/historical romance fans, you won’t want to miss out on this delightful, heart-wrenching series. Read with tissues handy.
Wonderful characters that are easy to fall in love with. A journey with ups and downs that shows God in control of it all. I caught myself holding my breath throughout the story for a positive outcome in many of the pages. This story touched my heart and my emotions all over the place. Truly fantastic story telling that pulls the reader in and holds them until the very last page. Was given a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
As a fan of Carrie Turansky’s novels and her recent historical story No Ocean Too Wide, I was excited to read the sequel. I was not disappointed. In No Journey Too Far, Turansky continues the McAlister saga ten years after the first book, with the youngest child, Grace and Katie’s twin, Garth. Turansky also continues the legacy of the McAlister’s faith. A journey that is fraught with great challenges that drives the story’s characters to their knees—toward or away from God. Turansky has always given the reader heartwarming, believable romance, but she is gaining credible chops with the mystery genre. And (somewhat spoiler alert) her courtroom scenes? Aces. Prior to Turansky’s novels, I knew nothing about the British Home Children and the challenges and prejudices they endured. It would seem human nature has done little to evolve from fearful and oppressive behaviors. Turansky has provided a beautiful “what if” scenario—and example of what “loving our neighbor” can look like, especially today. I highly recommend both No Ocean too Wide and No Journey Too Far for an inspiring, page-turning read, with strong female characters, and a historically accurate tale. I received a complimentary ebook copy from the publisher, through #NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
I loved being reunited with old friends, and finding a conclusion to the location of lost relatives. The great war is now over, and Garth and Rob have returned to England and family, and then they will journey to Canada to reunite and find lost loved ones. Of Course, challenges await, and we don't know whom they will be able to find or if they will return to England and their family. We are given some sweet romance, and reminded of past events, so if you have not read the first book, you shouldn't be lost, but you might want to grab a copy of No Ocean To Wide, it is so good! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Waterbrook Multnomah, and was not required to give a positive review.
Excellent read! This can be read as a stand alone, but there is a lot of background story in the first book, No Ocean Too Wide. The British Home Children are part of England and Canada’s history. Mostly orphans, shipped from England across the ocean to indentureships (adoption if lucky), to work for a living. The author does an admirable job of choosing a family to show the different aspects of this sore subject. Whether indentured, adopted, marching off to war, or being accused of murder, the stigma of being a British Home Child would follow these already suffering children throughout their lives.
After reading the first book in this series, No Ocean Too Wide, I could not wait to get my hands on the sequel, No Journey Too Far. Carrie Turansky did not disappoint! I finished reading this book in one day, because I would pick it up every time I had a second of free time! No Journey Too Far continues the story of the McAlister family. Grace, who was 5 years old when she was separated from her sister and adopted into a family in Canada, is now 17 years old. Her adopted mother wants to introduce her into society and find her a suitable husband. Grace, however, longs to marry for love and for the love of her family in England. One day, she accidentally stumbles across a trunk that offers her some hope in finding her family. Her response to this sets in motion a chain of events that will change her life forever. Garth McAlister, Grace's brother, has returned from fighting in the war and is desperate to reconnect with his girlfriend, Emma Lafferty. They were apart for three years, and she has not been responding to his letters. Garth is worried because Emma was working for a very unkind employer, and now is missing. He sets off to Canada with his best friend, Rob, to find two of the most important women in his life: the little sister that has been gone for 10 years and his missing girlfriend. I could not stop reading this book because I wanted to see what would happen to Grace and Emma. This is a book that will keep you engaged, and features wholesome, Christian characters. I would highly recommend it, but make sure that you read the first book in the series, No Ocean Too Wide, first!