No Ocean Too Wide

Title: No Ocean Too Wide
Author: Carrie Turansky
Publisher: Multnomah
ISBN: 978-0-525-65293-9

“It might be a mistake, but she’d do just about anything to help her brother and sisters,” determines Laura in Carrie Turansky’s novel, No Ocean Too Wide.

~ What ~
The first in the McAlister Family series, this three-hundred-and-sixty-eight-page paperback targets those who enjoy romantic historical fiction involving orphaned children sent from England to Canada in the early 1900s. Containing no profanity or lewd situations, its topics of physical abuse and assumed rape may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes the author’s note, ten question reader’s guide, acknowledgments, and biography.

In this engaging tale, twenty-one-year-old Laura McAlister is a lady’s maid in England and receives word that her ill mother is hospitalized. When she comes to her mother’s aid, she learns that her younger brother and two sisters have been sent to a children’s home. After learning her siblings have been transferred from the orphanage to Canada, Laura must overcome her fears and anxiety and track them down. Learning to trust a young solicitor, she does all in her power to reunite her family.

~ Why ~
This is a moving and tender read that focuses on how family ties are so important, even when miles separate them. I love the easy yet endearing writing style Turansky uses as she develops believable yet flawed characters who learn to rely on the Lord. The stigma of being a home child is heartwrenching and sad as it relates to the rules and regulations from a century ago.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not appreciate the beliefs and prayers to the Almighty for help, support, and peace. Others may not care for the subject of homeless children who are sent across the seas to become underaged workers.

~ Wish ~
Having never heard of impoverished British children being sent across the sea to Canada, I was impressed with this in-depth read. I only wish it was not a series as now I have to wait to find out what happens to two of the siblings.

~ Want ~
If you are intrigued about the how, what, and why when impoverished children were taken from their familiar surroundings and sent across the sea to sometimes dangerous back-breaking environments, this is a phenomenal historical read with a touch of romance that will stick with you, hoping history never repeats itself.

Thanks to the Waterbrook & Multnomah Launch Team for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#CarrieTuransky #NoOceanTooWide #ImpoverishedBritstoCanada #WaterbrookMultnomah

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