No Ocean Too Wide
by Carrie Turansky
Series: McAllister Family #1
Published by Multnomah
Publication Date June 25, 2019
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: England Edwardian Era - UK - 1901 - 1910
Main Character Ages: 11-14, 18-24
Written for: Adults
In this historical adventure for fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, the three youngest McAlister children are taken to Canada as British Home Children without their mother's knowledge or permission. The oldest McAlister sibling follows them across the Atlantic to search for them and bring them home.
When Laura McAlister, a young lady's maid, learns her three siblings have been taken from their mother and emigrated to Canada without her mother's knowledge, Laura determines to search for them and reunite the family. But lack of funds and resistance from authorities push her use a false name and take a position with a child emigration society to gain passage to Canada. Andrew Fraser, a wealthy young lawyer, is surprised to see his mother's former lady's maid on board ship escorting a group of child immigrants, especially when she uses a different name. Laura eventually convinces Andrew to help her search for her siblings and uncover the truth about the treatment of British Home Children. Romantic feelings grow between this unlikely couple, and though they have different backgrounds, they share a growing faith and desire to seek justice and relief for the children who are mistreated.
I would like to thank Carrie Turansky for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Oh my! I loved this beautiful story so much. It touched me deeply. “So, what was it about the story that made for the quick connection?” you may ask. Well, let me tell you.
It opened with the plight of the younger McAllister children. They were scared because their mother was very ill and they were hungry. She had been unable to work for weeks while the illness ravaged her system. I immediately cared about their plight. When Mrs. McAllister was taken to the hospital, the children faced an impossible choice, they were dragged from their home, and Garth was separated from his sisters. Oh, my heart!
The treatment of the children in the home and the misinformation that was delivered to them led to another impossible situation, that of them being sent to Canada. Without their mom. Without their older sister. Without each other.
Can you even begin to imagine what this would have been like? In our society of instant connections, may not even remember what it was like when simply picking up a cell phone and text someone to say hello or find out what you need to know wasn’t an option. Author Carrie Turansky transported me back to a “when” where even the other side of London was a world away to those without money.
Then there was Laura, the older sister. When she discovered the children had been taken, she assumed it would be simple to recover them. Yet not only time but even the law conspired against them. Her heartbreak and determination to bring them back made me love her so much. I completely understood the choices she made and the guilt she felt over them.
The struggles, legal, spiritual, and physical, and the prejudices the children faced conspired together to have me caring in every moment, every word of this story. Although my heart was broken, I was given hope. Despite some tragic and reprehensible situations, the love of God shone through. The Christ-like choices and behavior of several of the characters through tough times was inspiring. (The situations were not described, only the results.)
I will warn you, though. While I hoped for a miraculous ending (yeah, I’m a dreamer!) where Andrew and Laura gathered up all the children who had ever been placed wrongfully or were mistreated in their new lives and brought them back to Andrew’s estate to live happily ever after, that didn’t happen. In fact, as you possibly guessed with this being book one of the series about Laura’s family, the family was not reconciled completely. There are still more stories to be told. Don’t fear, though. While you will probably be sad about those left behind, you won’t need to fear for them. It is clear they will be okay. (And while I may have mentioned to my husband that it was unchristian of the author to leave those poor children behind, I was kidding. Mostly.)
I highly recommend this moving story to all who love historical fiction.
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