Thanks go to the publisher and Net-Galley for the complimentary digital copy of No Journey Too Far by Carrie Turansky. I voluntarily agreed to read and review this book prior to publication. My opinions are my own, and nothing has influenced my rating. No Journey Too Far is an intense historical novel set in the early 20th century with endearing characters and an intriguing plot. The pacing pulled me into the story from the start and kept me enthralled until the end. Grace McAlister is the heroine, and I met her character when she was introduced in No Ocean too Wide. She is ready for her debut to Toronto society, but when she finds an old trunk in the attic she’d brought with her from England when she was a little girl, she discovers a way to find the brother and sisters she remembers. She wants desperately to connect with them again. When her brothers arrives, she’s overjoyed but her adoptive parents bar him from their home. Grace is not willing to accept this and goes with him, determined to travel to England to see her mother and her sisters, the mother she thought had died. That starts her adventure. She travels to a farm near Belville with her brother and his friend Rob, and soon falls for him. Grace’s brother plays a huge part in this book. I also met him in the first McAlister Family book as well. He is determined to find his sweetheart, which sets him on his adventure, and when he finds Emma, he fears they will never have the life they both dream of. There are dual romances in this tale between Grace and Rob and Garth and Emma. I thoroughly enjoyed their love stories, and Ms. Turansky masterfully tells both romances beautifully. I wanted both couples to find their happy endings. If you enjoy historical fiction with enduring characters and a plot that will pull at your heart, then you will love No Journey Too Far as much as I did. When I accepted this novel, I didn’t realize it was book 2 of the McAlister Family series, so I read that one first, and I’m so glad I did because it added to my enjoyment a great deal. Happy reading!
NO JOURNEY TOO FAR by Carrie Turansky In 1909, seven-year-old Grace McCallister along with her fourteen-year-old twin siblings Garth and Katie were all transported from England to Canada, as British Home Children. All three of the children were separated. Garth and Katie each went to a cruel taskmaster who held their indentured servitude papers until they turned 18 or 21. Grace was more fortunate and was taken in by a wealthy couple and raised as their natural daughter. When Grace would ask questions about her past, her adoptive parents always brushed them aside, not wanting to speak of the taboo subject of the British Home Children. Katie and Garth were found by their mother and their older sister Laura. They hired private detectives to try to find their missing baby sister Grace. At 17-years-old, Grace McCallister Hamilton's adopted mother wants to present her to society, so that Grace will be able to attract and snare a wealthy young man. Grace's mother doesn't care what her daughter wants, she says that love is a luxury that Grace cannot afford. Grace's mother insists that Grace keep her identity as a British Home Child a secret, even from the man she marries. Grace is appalled that her entire life before coming to the Hamilton's must be kept a secret. A chance encounter reveals where Grace last came from so she writes the orphanage to see if she can trace anyone from her past. Garth McCallister left his place of indentured servitude and headed off to war. When he left behind his sweetheart Emma, he vowed that nothing would ever keep them apart, when he returned. Yet, when he returns, Emma has disappeared. This is a novel of the past reconciling with the present, of hope, and of limitless love. Highly recommend. I have kindly received a complimentary copy of #nojourneytoofar from #netgalley #carrieturansky @carrieturansky #waterbrookmultnomah #multnomah @multnomah I was under no obligation to post a review.
EPIC LOVE STORY! No Journey Too Far: A Novel is the powerful conclusion of award winning author Carrie Turansky’s breathtaking saga of the McAlister Family and their experiences as British Home Children. These were British children who were taken from their homes and homeland and sent to Canada to be adopted or indentured because they were thought to be or were orphaned. Only in the case of the McAlister family, their Mom was gravely ill in the hospital & not deceased! He children were taken without her knowledge or consent. Turansky weaves a beautiful story of restoration and redemption and shows that no matter how many years have passed, how much hardship has been endured, regardless of the most of the circumstances causing the separation (if they were circumstances beyond your control and not because of something you did wrong), love can conquer all. It is a story about promises made and promises kept. Mostly, it shows the importance of a family rallying together to support one another and ultimately love never fails. I was provided a complimentary copy of this novel by WaterbrookMultnomah. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence
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