WaterBrook Multnomah releases Across the Blue, a novel by Carrie Turansky ~ February 20, 2018! Available for pre-order at your favorite bookseller.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
He wanted to bridge the gap between old money and new, and close the distance between himself and those who had inherited rank, titles, and respected family names.
--Across the Blue, 2.
Isabella's father, Charles Grayson, has goals that might not include his daughter's ambitions. James Drake's unceremonious landing in the fields of the Broadlands estate provides an advance meeting. His goals include her father's aim to achieve recognition.
Where would aviation be today without these first pioneers of air travel?
A story of hope and struggle, Bella and James find they are companionable in a remarkable way: he to tour his beloved dreams while her path is formed in documenting his feats for posterity. An imperiled adventure of trust comes forth in a mechanical skill; testing the thrust exerted by a propeller against wind and atmospheric conditions. I found it interesting they observed birds to make adjustments to their design.
Professor Thaddeus Pierpont Steed is a close defender, friend, and mentor to James. So important to care and give guidance to allow another to advance in character and learning. Relying strongly on God's goodness and provision, James releases a barrier of adversity and uncertainty. Doing what is right far out merits any tangible reward.
While exploring technical limits at which a flying machine may be safely operated, will love become aware to conquer fear and expectations to enfold what the past cannot contain? Bringing in a brand new era for generations to come, Across the Blue holds promise for hearts to embrace.
|The White Cliffs of Dover|
Set in Edwardian England and ideal for readers who enjoy Julie Klassen novels, this romance about an English aviation pioneer and the girl who falls in love with him is filled with adventure and faith.
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 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 be the first to fly across the Channel and win 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?
***Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books for sending an uncorrected proof copy of Across the Blue. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***