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Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky + guest post

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Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky Celebrate Lit tour

Hi, reader friends! Today, we welcome back our author friend, Carrie Turansky, as part of a book tour for her new novel!

about the book

Title: Across the Blue
Author: Carrie Turansky
Genre: Historical romance
Release Date: February 20, 2018

Across the Blue by Carrie TuranksyLove soars to new heights in this Edwardian romance filled with adventure, faith, and inspiration, but how much will it cost Bella and James to follow their dreams?

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 be the first 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 win that race across the Channel and gain 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?

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my thoughts

An adventure in aviation, a legacy of journalism, and a familial mystery are skillfully woven into this lovely sweet and inspirational Edwardian era romance.

Isabella Grayson is torn between pursuing the desires of her heart and honoring her parents’ wishes for her future. Despite her parents’ wealth and social aspirations, Bella is hardworking, loyal, ambitious, and compassionate. Her unconventional pursuits and growing faith make her a simply charming and endearing character. Bella is a dutiful daughter, loving sister, and a lady in the most genuine sense of the word.

James Drake longs to build a life for himself in aviation but unanswered questions from his past hinder his confidence. Readers (like me) who enjoy cheering for the underdog will adore James and his mentor. While he is understandably curious about his past, I admire the fact that even while seeking the truth his focus remains on the future. James proves himself to be a determined man of faith and integrity.

Prepare to learn a little something from this story, it is packed with interesting historical details of everything from fashion and society to newspapers and airplanes. Fans of Downton Abbey and the innovation of this time period will especially enjoy this book and I definitely recommend it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Across the Blue by Carrie Turanksy quote graphic + review via Fatihfully Bookish

about the author

Carrie Turanksy

Carrie Turansky has loved reading since she first visited the library as a young child and checked out a tall stack of picture books. Her love for writing began when she penned her first novel at age twelve. She is now the award-winning author of nineteen inspirational romance novels and novellas.

Carrie and her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, and speaker, have been married for more than thirty years and make their home in New Jersey. They often travel together on ministry trips and to visit their five adult children and five grandchildren.

Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys spending time working in her flower gardens and cooking healthy meals for friends and family. She loves to connect with reading friends through her website, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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guest post from Carrie Turansky

Following your Dreams

In Across the Blue, Bella Grayson and James Drake both go to great lengths to pursue their dreams. Bella longs to become a journalist and write for one of her father’s newspapers, but in 1909 England, aristocratic young women did not work as journalists. A young woman’s path was set by the unwritten rules of society. At eighteen she was presented at court, and then she took part in the London social season and hoped for a marriage proposal from a young man from a wealthy family, with an estate and title. Marriage, having children, and taking part in social and charitable events was the prescribed course for their lives.

But Bella has a different future in mind. She wants to marry for love, and she won’t settle for anything less. She also wants to write articles about the important events of the day that will inform and inspire people. She wants to be a world changer, and that is a very unique role for a woman in England in the Edwardian Era. At that time women didn’t have the right to vote yet and very few pursued any kind of career.

James is an aviation pioneer, and his dream is to build an airplane that will allow him to be the first to fly across the English Channel. This is no easy accomplishment, and he faces many challenges as he pursues his dream. Aviation is brand new. Wilbur Wright demonstrated his airplane in France the year before and stunned Europeans with his skill. With the help of his mentor, Professor Steed, James conducts experiments, refines his design, and makes countless test flights. It takes great courage and determination to overcome setbacks and make it through near fatal crash landings, but James has his heart and mind set on perfecting his airplane and reaching his goal.

flying machineWhat about you? What hopes and dreams do you have for your future? What goals would you like to accomplish? As you think about your dreams and future plans I hope you’ll gain some insight from James and Bella’s experiences in Across the Blue. When they considered the cost of pursuing their dreams they realized their plans and choices impacted others as well as themselves. James and Bella believed striving for their dreams is important, but they learned it must be balanced with commitments to family and friends, and most of all a commitment to following the Lord on the path He has for them.

Across the Blue spineFollowing our dreams and working toward accomplishing our goals, especially those the Lord puts on our heart, is important. However, sometimes we may have to put our dreams on hold and wait for the right time and season. We don’t need to be discouraged when this happens. As we listen to the Lord and ask Him to guide and direct us He will show us the right path at the right time to follow it.

Just like James and Bella I hope you’ll pursue your dreams but also hold them with an open hand, allowing the Lord to guide and direct you each step of the way. When you do I’m confident you’ll be headed toward seeing your dreams become reality in His time and in His way. “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord; plans to prosper you, not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

With that wonderful promise in mind, I hope you’ll enjoy reading Across the Blue and joining Bella and James as they they pursue their dreams. You’re in for high-flying adventure, romance, and inspiration, and I can’t wait to share this new story with you. Happy reading to you!


To celebrate her tour, Carrie is giving away a grand prize of an autographed copy of Shine Like the Dawn and $30 gift card to Christianbook.com!!

Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky Celebrate Lit tour giveaway on Faithfully Bookish

Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!
See what other readers are saying and earn additional entries by checking out other stops on the tour schedule!

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16 thoughts on “Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky + guest post”

  1. Hi Beth, thank you for sharing your thoughts about Across the Blue! I’m so glad you enjoyed James and Bella’s story! I appreciate how you’ve helped me spread the word!


  2. Thank you for your wonderful review on “Across the Blue” by Carrie Turansky and for being part of the book tour!

    I’d love the chance to read this book which is on my TBR list.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net


  3. Hi Carrie. I am so happy for you on the release of your new book. The cover is so beautiful. I haven’t read one of your books yet but I hope to!


  4. Hi Beth, great review.
    Congratulations Carrie on the release of Across the Blue! I loved it!
    Blessings, Tina
    …I’m not entering the contest…


  5. What a great review and guest post. I am looking forward to reading Across the Blue and Carrie’s other book Shine Like The Dawn. I have read several of her books and love them. Thanks for hosting the giveaway and good luck everyone.


  6. I agree, following your dreams is wonderful, but make sure to receive your directions from God first! Thank you both for sharing!


  7. I have loved all of Carrie’s books thus far, so I can’t wait to read this one as well. Who doesn’t love some aviation history with romance? Excited to see how Bella and James’ story unfolds.


  8. Beth, thank you for the fantastic review! Doesn’t this book make you want to hop on airplane? *wink* I LOVE Carrie’s books! 🙂


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