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Between the years of 1869 to 1939 more than 100,000 poor British children were sent across the ocean to Canada with the promise of a better life. Those who took them in to work as farm laborers or household servants were told they were orphans–but was that the truth? After the tragic loss of their father, the McAlister family is living at the edge of the poorhouse in London Between the years of 1869 to 1939 more than 100,000 poor British children were sent across the ocean to Canada with the promise of a better life. Those who took them in to work as farm laborers or household servants were told they were orphans–but was that the truth? After the tragic loss of their father, the McAlister family is living at the edge of the poorhouse in London in 1908, leaving their mother to scrape by for her three younger children, while oldest daughter, Laura, works on a large estate more than an hour away. When Edna McAlister falls gravely ill and is hospitalized, twins Katie and Garth and eight-year-old Grace are forced into an orphans’ home before Laura is notified about her family’s unfortunate turn of events in London. With hundreds of British children sent on ships to Canada, whether truly orphans or not, Laura knows she must act quickly. But finding her siblings and taking care of her family may cost her everything. Andrew Fraser, a wealthy young British lawyer and heir to the estate where Laura is in service, discovers that this common practice of finding new homes for penniless children might not be all that it seems. Together Laura and Andrew form an unlikely partnership. Will they arrive in time? Will their friendship blossom into something more? Inspired by true events, this moving novel follows Laura as she seeks to reunite her family and her siblings who, in their darkest hours, must cling to the words from Isaiah: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God”.


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Between the years of 1869 to 1939 more than 100,000 poor British children were sent across the ocean to Canada with the promise of a better life. Those who took them in to work as farm laborers or household servants were told they were orphans–but was that the truth? After the tragic loss of their father, the McAlister family is living at the edge of the poorhouse in London Between the years of 1869 to 1939 more than 100,000 poor British children were sent across the ocean to Canada with the promise of a better life. Those who took them in to work as farm laborers or household servants were told they were orphans–but was that the truth? After the tragic loss of their father, the McAlister family is living at the edge of the poorhouse in London in 1908, leaving their mother to scrape by for her three younger children, while oldest daughter, Laura, works on a large estate more than an hour away. When Edna McAlister falls gravely ill and is hospitalized, twins Katie and Garth and eight-year-old Grace are forced into an orphans’ home before Laura is notified about her family’s unfortunate turn of events in London. With hundreds of British children sent on ships to Canada, whether truly orphans or not, Laura knows she must act quickly. But finding her siblings and taking care of her family may cost her everything. Andrew Fraser, a wealthy young British lawyer and heir to the estate where Laura is in service, discovers that this common practice of finding new homes for penniless children might not be all that it seems. Together Laura and Andrew form an unlikely partnership. Will they arrive in time? Will their friendship blossom into something more? Inspired by true events, this moving novel follows Laura as she seeks to reunite her family and her siblings who, in their darkest hours, must cling to the words from Isaiah: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God”.

30 review for No Ocean Too Wide

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Turansky

    I'm very excited to bring you this new English historical novel, No Ocean Too Wide. When the three youngest McAlister children are taken away from their widowed mother and emigrated to Canada without her knowledge or permission, the oldest sister sets off to find them and reunite the family, but her journey is much more difficult than she ever expected. She needs the help of a wealthy young solicitor and a renewal of her faith to meet those challenges. I was deeply touched when I researched chil I'm very excited to bring you this new English historical novel, No Ocean Too Wide. When the three youngest McAlister children are taken away from their widowed mother and emigrated to Canada without her knowledge or permission, the oldest sister sets off to find them and reunite the family, but her journey is much more difficult than she ever expected. She needs the help of a wealthy young solicitor and a renewal of her faith to meet those challenges. I was deeply touched when I researched child emigration and what happened to British Home Children in particular. More than 100,000 poor, orphaned, and abandoned children were sent to Canada and promised a better life, but many suffered from neglect, abuse, and prejudice. I hope this story will touch your heart and honor the memory of these children.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    No Ocean Too Wide touches on a fascinating yet tragic event in history, that of about 70 years in which more than 100,000 impoverished British children were sent to Canada for a better life. Those taking them in were told they were orphans, but history has shown that this wasn't always true. It's wonderful that Turansky chose to tell a story about something that impacted so many people. I can't imagine being told that my children or my younger siblings had been sent to across the ocean without my No Ocean Too Wide touches on a fascinating yet tragic event in history, that of about 70 years in which more than 100,000 impoverished British children were sent to Canada for a better life. Those taking them in were told they were orphans, but history has shown that this wasn't always true. It's wonderful that Turansky chose to tell a story about something that impacted so many people. I can't imagine being told that my children or my younger siblings had been sent to across the ocean without my consent, or even my knowledge. Turansky shows this plight through the perspective of both one of those sent as well as one desperate to bring them home. For me, there was a significant amount of telling rather than showing. This is definitely a personal preference of mine as a reader, and I'm sure not something that bothered other readers. It's just not my preferred style of writing. Even so, I found this to be an easy story to follow and one in which the characters are easy to root for. Laura McAlister has taken a position as a lady's maid in order to send the funds back home to help care for her family. The system is unforgiving of families in need, and through a series of terrible acts by those uncaring and unwilling to get children back to their families, the youngest three McAlisters are sent to Canada, and Laura tries her best to get them back. Katie McAlister gets the roughest end of the deal, with her story line bringing out the harshness of the "caregivers" that took in the children. Though there is a degree of resolution to the story, there is more yet to be told about the McAlister family, and we won't know the full extent of their journey until the next book in the series. I received an advanced copy of this novel; this review is my honest opinion.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    This book rose right to the top of my favorite books I've read in 2019! So meticulously researched I must look into finding out more about British home children. These are children that have fallen on desperate time wether through being orphaned and having no parents and living on the streets or their parents are in dire poverty and just can't support them anymore. The children are sent to institutions where some are sent onto Canada. I love historical fiction that I learn things from and this is This book rose right to the top of my favorite books I've read in 2019! So meticulously researched I must look into finding out more about British home children. These are children that have fallen on desperate time wether through being orphaned and having no parents and living on the streets or their parents are in dire poverty and just can't support them anymore. The children are sent to institutions where some are sent onto Canada. I love historical fiction that I learn things from and this is a whole new world of fascinating learning. Your heart will journey across the ocean from England to Canada with the home children. While the book is filled with unjust tragedy and sadness in the back of your mind you keep reading because of that lingering hope in the background. The thing that really stands out is the families devotion to each other and how easy it would be to give up during their hardship but they don't. Their faith holds them strong in their search for each other and in their journey to all reunite back home in England. I can not wait to read the next book in the series, highly anticipated! Published June 25th 2019 by Multnomah I was given a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    About this book: “Between the years of 1869 to 1939 more than 100,000 poor British children were sent across the ocean to Canada with the promise of a better life. Those who took them in to work as farm laborers or household servants were told they were orphans–but was that the truth? After the tragic loss of their father, the McAlister family is living at the edge of the poorhouse in London in 1908, leaving their mother to scrape by for her three younger children, while oldest daughter, Laura, About this book: “Between the years of 1869 to 1939 more than 100,000 poor British children were sent across the ocean to Canada with the promise of a better life. Those who took them in to work as farm laborers or household servants were told they were orphans–but was that the truth? After the tragic loss of their father, the McAlister family is living at the edge of the poorhouse in London in 1908, leaving their mother to scrape by for her three younger children, while oldest daughter, Laura, works on a large estate more than an hour away. When Edna McAlister falls gravely ill and is hospitalized, twins Katie and Garth and eight-year-old Grace are forced into an orphans’ home before Laura is notified about her family’s unfortunate turn of events in London. With hundreds of British children sent on ships to Canada, whether truly orphans or not, Laura knows she must act quickly. But finding her siblings and taking care of her family may cost her everything. Andrew Fraser, a wealthy young British lawyer and heir to the estate where Laura is in service, discovers that this common practice of finding new homes for penniless children might not be all that it seems. Together Laura and Andrew form an unlikely partnership. Will they arrive in time? Will their friendship blossom into something more? Inspired by true events, this moving novel follows Laura as she seeks to reunite her family and her siblings who, in their darkest hours, must cling to the words from Isaiah: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God”.” Series: Book #1 in the “McAlister Family” series. Spiritual Content- Psalm 82:3-4 at the beginning; Scriptures are mentioned, memorized, quoted, & discussed; Many Prayers & Blessings over food; Church going; Witnessing; Many Talks about God & Jesus; ‘H’s are capitalized when referring to God; Laura doesn’t get why God would allow her family to go through hard times of He loves them; Mentions of God & Jesus; Mentions of prayers, praying, & answered prayers; Mentions of faiths; Mentions of Bibles, Bible reading, & other Christian books; Mentions of churches, church going, singing, & reverends; Mentions of blessings & being blessed; Mentions of sin & prejudice towards certain children thinking that sinning is in their blood; A few mentions of a cross necklace; A mention of Sunday school; *Note: A couple mentions of calling others evil; A mention of idle hands being the devil’s workshop. Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘blasted’, a ‘blimey’, a ‘dumb’, and a ‘[don’t] care a fig’; Mentions of curses (said, not written); Being slapped, being shoved, & pain (barely-above-not-detailed); Being sick & passing out (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of attacks, injuries, & deaths; Mentions of fires, smoke, injuries/burns, & deaths (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of abuse, beatings, & punishments for children (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of stealing, thieves, & jail; Mentions of lying, lies, & liars; A few mentions of a young girl who tried to take her life; A few mentions of drinking; A few mentions of hunting; A couple mentions of jealousy; A couple mentions of cigars & smoking; A couple mentions of gossip; *Note: A mention of two infants passing away after birth. Sexual Content- a fingers kiss and a semi-detailed kiss; Touches (barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing (barely-above-not-detailed); A man gives Laura a suggestive smile & he tries to block her exit (she kicks him below the belt); Mentions of a man forcing himself on a young girl & that she’s now with child (no true details, but it’s said he did it more than once); Mentions of a man making suggestive comments towards Laura & cornering her (she said she escaped with a torn dress); Mentions of men with not-so honorable intentions; A couple mentions of reputations; A couple mentions of flirting; Some love, falling in love, & the emotions; *Note: A mention of kicking a man below the belt. -Laura McAlister, age 21 -Andrew Frasier, age 24 P.O.V. switches between them & Katie Set in 1909 368 pages ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Pre Teens- One Star New Teens- One Star Early High School Teens- Three Stars Older High School Teens- Four Stars My personal Rating- Four Stars {Because of mentions of girls being forced or nearly forced upon, this book is probably not the best choice for younger girls.} I didn’t know this was a series. Seriously, HOW did I miss that? I’ve been trying to compose myself to type these final thoughts for thirty minutes now. I completely do not want to take away from the fact that Miss Carrie Turansky is a fabulous writer and the Spiritual Content was completely wondering in this novel (like all of her prior books). I’m just a bit stunned at how everything happened in this new book. As much as I mention about not liking books that end with a wrapped-up-with-a-bow ending, I love books ending closed off. This is the mindset I went in with “No Ocean Too Wide”. I read this book in exactly two hours quickly with anxiety over everything that was happening—I did know that the children would be shipped off to Canada, thanks to the back-cover, but my heart was so into this story that I literally could not read fast enough. I thought this was a stand-alone, so my reaction to the end makes sense in hindsight. This novel does discuss some abuse and horrible unjustness that children in this historical event had to face. It broke my heart again and again. “No Ocean Too Wide” does end hopeful. Let me say that again: This book ends hopeful for the next book in the series. It just completely took me by surprise. All right, ending aside now. Katie was a dear and so many times I wanted to hug her and the other children. My heart breaks for those who went through this event and those going through similar situations now. I loved that Laura was so dedicated to her family. Her faith was tested again and again throughout this story. She continued to pray and ask for guidance even when she wasn’t sure God would answer her prayers in the way that she wanted. Andrew did feel a little too…one dimensional at times, but I think that was because we didn’t see his point of view as often as most romance books typically do. As for the romance, I do think it was a bit rushed/out of left field, but, again, I believe this was do to the fact that the plot largely was surrounding the point of Laura’s siblings. So, all of that said, this novel discussed an important topic and showed great faith content. I truly am antsy for the next book in the series. Link to review: https://booksforchristiangirls.blogsp... *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author. *I received this book for free from the Publisher (Multnomah) for this honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Deana Dick

    Be warned that boxes of tissues will be needed to read this book. I don’t know where to start with how deeply emotional this story is. The author has exceeded my expectations of how gifted a writer she is. The story is one that opened my eyes to the fate of children during a time period that was hard on many people. I had no idea that children of British descent were shipped away to Canada sometimes without real reason to rip them from their families. I am overwhelmed at the cruelty these childre Be warned that boxes of tissues will be needed to read this book. I don’t know where to start with how deeply emotional this story is. The author has exceeded my expectations of how gifted a writer she is. The story is one that opened my eyes to the fate of children during a time period that was hard on many people. I had no idea that children of British descent were shipped away to Canada sometimes without real reason to rip them from their families. I am overwhelmed at the cruelty these children were put through. I’m sure most children believed they were being adopted into loving and caring homes, but that was not always the case. This story follows Laura as she works away from home to help her family out and how her siblings get caught up in a system that is far more dangerous than most people were aware of. Laura is beside herself when she learns her siblings have been taken away and will do anything to find them. I could feel Laura’s desperation as she travels to Canada to find her siblings. Can she find them before tragedy strikes? I admired her strength to rescue her siblings and how deeply she cared for their safety. It was hard to read at times the homes the children were placed in. Most of them were treated as servants and had little hope of finding a way to escape their situation. The children in this story offers hope to those that think Jesus has forgotten them. The author gives us a sense of urgency in seeing that justice prevails and the children are returned to their family. I loved Katie, Grace and Garth and how they clung to their faith that God would rescue them. Andrew is a wonderful character who helps in trying to reunite Laura with her sisters and brother. I loved that he never gave up and wanted to help not only Laura and her siblings but other children who had been abused by a system that only wanted financial gain. As Andrew and Laura band together there seems to be a little romance brewing between them. I liked that the author gives hints of their attraction but doesn’t make it the main theme of the book. Children are a blessing from God and this story reminds us of how precious that blessing is. I sat on the edge of my seat as I drew to the end of the story. I was captivated by the emotions and the never ending faith throughout the book. I will be adding this book to my top picks for 2019. The author has promised a follow up book to continue this story and I will be anxious to read it. Thank you for writing a story that heals wounds, reunited families and gives us a look at Gods promise “that He will never leave us nor forsake us.” I received an arc copy of this book from the author and publisher. The review is my own opinion,

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kelsie Maxwell

    No Ocean Too Wide Carrie Turansky No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky is historical fiction based on true events. Katie McAlister is a fourteen year old Londoner whose mother has fallen ill following her father’s recent accidental death. Katie and her siblings, twin brother Garth and seven year old Grace, are sent to a London children’s home and then emigrated to Canada without their mother’s knowledge or consent. Laura McAlister is Katie’s twenty-one year old sister. Laura assumes a false name No Ocean Too Wide Carrie Turansky No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky is historical fiction based on true events. Katie McAlister is a fourteen year old Londoner whose mother has fallen ill following her father’s recent accidental death. Katie and her siblings, twin brother Garth and seven year old Grace, are sent to a London children’s home and then emigrated to Canada without their mother’s knowledge or consent. Laura McAlister is Katie’s twenty-one year old sister. Laura assumes a false name, obtains a job at the children’s home and ultimately travels to Canada in an attempt to locate and retrieve her siblings. Andrew Frasier, son of Laura’s former employers, travels to Canada with his friend and mentor, Henry Dowd. Henry and Andrew have been commissioned to evaluate and report on the children’s emigration initiative. Andrew vows to help Laura rescue her siblings and return them to London. No Ocean Too Wide is riveting. The characters are well-developed and totally believable. The plot is engrossing. Based in fact, this is an emotional read. I wanted to rescue the children myself. I raved against the corrupt system. I marveled at the beleaguered characters Christian faith. I’m looking forward to the next installment in this amazing story. I give this novel 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to readers of historical fiction. Be aware this novel has strong religious themes. My thanks to WaterBrook & Multnomah and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Karren Sandercock

    I had no idea that in the early 1900's over 100,000 poor, orphaned and neglected English children were sent to Canada for a better life and of course this was not always the case. No Ocean Too Wide is a fictional story about the McAlister children, Katie, Garth and Grace. When their widowed mother becomes ill the police decide to remove them from the family home and send them to live in a orphanage. Their older sister Laura is working as a ladies maid for the Frasier family, she receives word info I had no idea that in the early 1900's over 100,000 poor, orphaned and neglected English children were sent to Canada for a better life and of course this was not always the case. No Ocean Too Wide is a fictional story about the McAlister children, Katie, Garth and Grace. When their widowed mother becomes ill the police decide to remove them from the family home and send them to live in a orphanage. Their older sister Laura is working as a ladies maid for the Frasier family, she receives word informing her about her mothers illness and she returns home as quickly as she can. Laura is worried about her mother's health and she's also concerned about how her siblings are coping. Unfortunately when she arrives home, it's too late her brother and two sisters have been sent to Canada and she's stunned. Laura takes matters into her own hands she will do anything to find her younger siblings and bring them back to England where they belong. Once she arrives in Canada she tries to find out what has happened to her brother and sisters with the help of Andrew Frasier a young and handsome lawyer. By reading No Ocean Too Wide, I discovered how children could be sent across the other side of the world, some suffered horrible abuse and it's heart breaking. The first book in the series is about Katie McAlister, I look forward to reading the next two books to find out the fate of Garth and Grace. Lets hope the whole family is reunited and the series has a happy ending. I have shared this review on Goodreads, Edelweiss, Twitter and my blog. https://karrenreadsbooks.blogspot.com/

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    This is a wonderfully written book! This book will draw you in on the first page. It is a wonderful reminder that God is always with us and we must trust him. I highly recommend this book. Thank you WaterBrook & Multnomah via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. This is my honest opinion of this wonderful book. .

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rachel McMillan

    read for endorsement: fans of Susan Anne Mason, Cathy Gohlke and Lisa Wingate--- a fascinating excavation of a little known history :-)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Miller

    No Ocean Too Wide is Carrie Turansky at her finest, as she weaves rich historical details and engaging characters with the heart-wrenching complexities surrounding the emigration of British Home Children in the early 1900s. I thoroughly enjoyed this glimpse into English and Canadian history, with its echoes of the trials faced by orphans in books such as Anne of Green Gables, and the strong message of faith and trust in the Heavenly Father who never abandons us.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky is a story about a family of orphans transported to Canada by the English in 1909. One of the reasons I enjoy historical fiction is that I learn something. I had read books about the orphan trains in America but had not heard about the English “home children”. This book shows how the same orphan problem was handled very differently. It is a heart wrenching tale of a family that is split apart through death and illness. This book has many layers and delves int No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky is a story about a family of orphans transported to Canada by the English in 1909. One of the reasons I enjoy historical fiction is that I learn something. I had read books about the orphan trains in America but had not heard about the English “home children”. This book shows how the same orphan problem was handled very differently. It is a heart wrenching tale of a family that is split apart through death and illness. This book has many layers and delves into the motives behind sending children out of the country. It also shows how the protagonists want to live for God and how they grow spiritually. Laura McAlister is determined to find her siblings who have been shipped off to Canada without her mother’s knowledge or consent. She agrees to accompany a group of girls to Canada in hopes of finding out where her sisters and brother are. Andrew Fraiser will inherit a title and his father wants to groom him to take over the estate. Andrew has other ideas. He has a heart for the underdog so he becomes an attorney. He and his law partner are charged by the government to investigate the methods by which the orphans are chosen and make their way to Canada. They are also to see how the children are placed and if it is successful. Laura and Andrew’s paths cross. Will they ferret out what happened to Laura’s siblings? Will they find other things in common? The author builds tension: “She took one faltering step, then another. Dizziness washed over her, stealing her strength. She reached for the barn wall and opened her mouth to cry out, but her voice failed her.” Ms. Turansky puts her characters in bleak situations but shows how their faith sustains them. This book resolves some issues but leaves plenty unanswered for another book or two. I look forward to reading the next installment. *I was given a complimentary ARC copy of this book from the publisher. I wasn’t required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    This story deserves 5 stars and more! Carrie has done a fabulous job in telling the story of Laura, Garth , and Grace. I really admired Laura's strength and determination to search for her siblings. She is amazing!! She's very strong proof that blood is thicker than water in other words family ties are strong. She'll go to great lengths for her family. I love how Laura learns a valuable lesson along the way. Too often we forget to trust the good Lord. We think we can do everything on our own. We a This story deserves 5 stars and more! Carrie has done a fabulous job in telling the story of Laura, Garth , and Grace. I really admired Laura's strength and determination to search for her siblings. She is amazing!! She's very strong proof that blood is thicker than water in other words family ties are strong. She'll go to great lengths for her family. I love how Laura learns a valuable lesson along the way. Too often we forget to trust the good Lord. We think we can do everything on our own. We are too impatient. I'm guilty of this much too often. I'm slowly learning to trust. God has a plan for us. Just in His own time and then He'll reveal it. Garth is a sweatheart and a protector. I love how he stands up for what is supposed to be right for him and his siblings. Then along the way we meet Andrew and Henry, Rose and Mrs. Woodward and the other supporting characters. I almost felt sorry for Mrs. Woodward. I wouldn't want to be in her position for anything in this world! Especially when something dreadful happens at the home she's in charge of. I couldn't help myself but tears leaked out of my eyes as I was reading this certain part. I enjoyed the ocean voyage across the sea and I felt like I was on board the Parisian with the girls. I could here the waves slapping the sides if the ship as she moved along on her journey westward. I have a great fascination for ocean liners of that time period. I was appalled at how some of the children were treated in the placement homes. Most people would give anything to have a child. How can anyone be so cruel. Home children need love and caring just like other children. It's just so not fair!!! Mistakes do happen but it's the children who get the just end of the deal. The ship on the cover of this book reminds me of the ship Carpathia that rescued the Titanic survivors. Overall, I enjoyed the story and I applaud the author for writing an exceptional story! Y'all I just can't wait for you to read this delious historical fiction book!! I strongly recommend it! I received a complimentary copy from Netgalley and no compensations were received. All opinions are my own!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Tero

    After reading several mysteries and suspense, I enjoyed this little genre break. Because of the aforementioned books, it seemed that this one started off slow, but once I got into it, I really didn’t want to put it down—and then when I finally finished it, I still wanted to be reading it the next few days. I am definitely looking forward to book two! This is one of those sweet historical fictions. Being that I’ve done a bit of research into the American “Orphan Train,” I was very interested in th After reading several mysteries and suspense, I enjoyed this little genre break. Because of the aforementioned books, it seemed that this one started off slow, but once I got into it, I really didn’t want to put it down—and then when I finally finished it, I still wanted to be reading it the next few days. I am definitely looking forward to book two! This is one of those sweet historical fictions. Being that I’ve done a bit of research into the American “Orphan Train,” I was very interested in the British side of displacing street orphans. I thought Turansky did a very fluent job of portraying an angle from orphans who were definitely going to something better as well as mistaken orphans and the legal side of things. I can honestly say that I enjoyed this story from every character’s point of view. Andrew was probably my favorite character, though I did like the sisters, Kate and Laura, as well. Though there is romance in it, it is more about a family than about a love interest. I found it to be fairly chaste in its portrayal of relationships. There is one orphan situation that mentions a girl who was taken advantage of. While it is not expounded (and it’s not part of the storyline—it is just a side character), Laura thinks about it several times afterwards. That would be the only part that keeps me from handing it to my younger teen sisters. The spiritual thread is thoroughly woven through the book—there isn’t just the main climax in which the characters turn to God, but rather, they are very often seeking Him and trying to follow Him. I appreciated that. There is one character who is portrayed as a strong Christian character that the MC’s look up to, and I found that to be a very nice touch. This is definitely a book I enjoyed and can recommend without any qualms. *I received this book from WaterBrook & Multnomah and happily provided my honest review*

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    I had to digest this book before writing my review, as it brings to life a piece of history that should not be forgotten. Carrie Turansky does a wonderful job of doing stellar research and then weaving a story that lets us view history through new eyes. My heart was aching and I felt emotionally drained when I finished and I warn you to have tissues on hand. This book struck home for me as my mom was raised in an orphanage and therefore I could identify with these characters and feel their hurts I had to digest this book before writing my review, as it brings to life a piece of history that should not be forgotten. Carrie Turansky does a wonderful job of doing stellar research and then weaving a story that lets us view history through new eyes. My heart was aching and I felt emotionally drained when I finished and I warn you to have tissues on hand. This book struck home for me as my mom was raised in an orphanage and therefore I could identify with these characters and feel their hurts and frustrations. The author paints a picture with each stroke of the pen and you will be reflecting on it days later, as it carries a powerful impact . This is an outstanding Historical and I recommend it as a must read. I loved each of the main characters and can’t wait to read the next book that continues the story. I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gail Hollingsworth

    This was a piece of history I never knew about. With an increase in orphans and homeless children in 1909 London, some organizations chose to take them off the streets and place them in children’s homes to prepare them to be shipped to Canada. They weren’t always treated well. Made to be household servants and farmhands, they were looked down upon by many. Abused, mistreated, and starved, those children found themselves isolated and lost in the system. When the McAlister children were found to be This was a piece of history I never knew about. With an increase in orphans and homeless children in 1909 London, some organizations chose to take them off the streets and place them in children’s homes to prepare them to be shipped to Canada. They weren’t always treated well. Made to be household servants and farmhands, they were looked down upon by many. Abused, mistreated, and starved, those children found themselves isolated and lost in the system. When the McAlister children were found to be alone with no food in the house and their mother admitted to the hospital gravely ill, police took them and placed them in a children’s home. By the time their older sister Laura found out, they had already been sent by ship to Canada. She attempts to find them by posing under a false name and becoming one of the escorts for the children that travel to Canada. With the aid of a wealthy young British lawyer, Andrew Fraser, they search together. With so many laws and red tape against them, they hit one dead end after another. There was so much emotion I felt as I read along. The characters were real to me and I really wanted them to succeed in their search. The children broke my heart as they were so mistreated. I wanted to shout at and slap the abusers. You’ll want to read along as I did to see the fates of the McAlister children, Katie, Garth and Grace. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Definitely worth the read, especially if you enjoy historical fiction. I learned a lot reading this book. There were times when it really stirred my emotions and it was hard not to let it affect me. Although this is a story about the past, knowing that children still suffer these types of abuse, makes it even more important to read. Seems like no matter what time period, innocent people have ended up suffering. The focus of this book is on three children, siblings, who were removed from their hom Definitely worth the read, especially if you enjoy historical fiction. I learned a lot reading this book. There were times when it really stirred my emotions and it was hard not to let it affect me. Although this is a story about the past, knowing that children still suffer these types of abuse, makes it even more important to read. Seems like no matter what time period, innocent people have ended up suffering. The focus of this book is on three children, siblings, who were removed from their home due to their mother's illness. However, once in the system, it was difficult to get them released. Parents and other siblings were disregarded and so was any courtesy by the children's home to give them any type of help or support. These children became a profit and money making strategy. Parts of this book are sad and difficult to read, I did enjoy the faith based aspect of the story My favorite characters were those who sought God frequently to help with their problems . It sure did help to be reminded, no matter what is happening, God is in full control and He has a plan for our lives. I received this book courtesy of the publisher. I was not asked to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    AnnaScott

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a bit slow at the beginning, but I had no idea how it was going to end, so the suspense kept me going. The history it covers is fascinating - I wasn't really even aware that Britain sent orphans over to Canada, much less that there were issues of social justice involved, and this book did such a wonderful job of going over everything and explaining it without sounding like a history lecture. I loved Laura, Andrew, Katie, Rose, and Henry - they all worked to I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a bit slow at the beginning, but I had no idea how it was going to end, so the suspense kept me going. The history it covers is fascinating - I wasn't really even aware that Britain sent orphans over to Canada, much less that there were issues of social justice involved, and this book did such a wonderful job of going over everything and explaining it without sounding like a history lecture. I loved Laura, Andrew, Katie, Rose, and Henry - they all worked together so well in order to achieve justice. And the ending was a complete surprise, which I loved. I really only have two complaints for this book. First, the fact that Laura was able to think fast enough to travel with orphans to Canada to find her siblings and was brave enough to do it was impressive to me, but everyone focused on the less-than-ideal parts that got her there. If she hadn't done those things, she wouldn't have been able to save her sister, so while they weren't "good" they were understandable, and I thought everyone in the book should have appreciated her more for her actions. My second complaint is that there was a bit more "knight in shining armor rescues damsel in distress" that I would have preferred. As I mentioned previously, I thought that Laura was incredible in what she did to save her family, and yet there are several scenes where she is seen as an emotional and incapable woman who needs to be saved by a man. Overall, I am so glad I read this book, and I cannot wait for the second one to come out to find out what happens to the McAlister and Frasier families. No Ocean Too Wide officially comes out in June of 2019, and I highly recommend reading it. It covers such an interesting and relatively untouched part of history, and all of the characters are so lovable that you can't help but care about all of them and what happens in their lives. I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook & Multnomah for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn Green

    No Ocean Too Wide is a fine example of a historical novel performing one of its most important functions: bringing to life, honoring, and preserving a piece of history that might otherwise go forgotten. Turansky’s novel is sure to capture readers with the heartache and hope entwining the McAllister family’s story. Those interested in America’s Orphan Trains will not want to miss this fresh new tale about the British Home Children.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    3.5 stars "What did she expect? This was what happened when you made a hasty decision, compromised your convictions, and tried to manipulate the situation." Laura McAllister didn't start out to be deceptive, one thing just led to another, and before she knew it her misrepresentations of the truth landed her in a situation that demanded an explanation . . . to none other than the son of her former employer, Andrew Frasier. However, drastic measures had been Laura's only available recourse after di 3.5 stars "What did she expect? This was what happened when you made a hasty decision, compromised your convictions, and tried to manipulate the situation." Laura McAllister didn't start out to be deceptive, one thing just led to another, and before she knew it her misrepresentations of the truth landed her in a situation that demanded an explanation . . . to none other than the son of her former employer, Andrew Frasier. However, drastic measures had been Laura's only available recourse after discovering that her younger siblings had been removed from their home and placed in a precarious location; a British children's home where dozens of assumed orphans were being emigrated to Canada at an alarming pace. Andrew Frasier is shocked to see his mother's former lady's maid traveling under an assumed identity. As a young lawyer, he was still trying to gain experience and expertise under the tutelage of Henry Dowd, who had been granted a government commission to study the practices of British orphanages and their subsequent placements of children. Seeing Laura in her current position compromises his initial impression of the lovely young woman. Just what is she up to? And can their brief acquaintance be useful in his current investigation? Carrie Turansky's rich, relaxed writing voice serves her well in this engaging story where she meticulously places flesh and bones upon a skeleton that most readers never knew existed in the closet of Biritish history. Cleverly leaving a few questions unanswered, the next book in the series will, without a doubt, be highly anticipated. I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Patti Whitson Stephenson

    This poignant story of the McAlister siblings touched my heart. It’s hard to imagine children that young being placed on a boat in London; shipped to Canada; and then becoming basically indentured servants for families in Canada. It seems atrocious to us today, but that’s what happened with thousands of children in the early 1900’s. Some were placed in very good homes, but some found themselves extremely mistreated with no one to advocate for them. The author has done a wonderful job of incorpor This poignant story of the McAlister siblings touched my heart. It’s hard to imagine children that young being placed on a boat in London; shipped to Canada; and then becoming basically indentured servants for families in Canada. It seems atrocious to us today, but that’s what happened with thousands of children in the early 1900’s. Some were placed in very good homes, but some found themselves extremely mistreated with no one to advocate for them. The author has done a wonderful job of incorporating the facts about these children and presenting their difficult situations to us through the story of the McAlister family. My heart ached for Katie, Garth, and Grace as they found themselves separated from each other and having little hope of being reunited. Their adult sister, Laura, risks much to travel to Canada to find them. Her faith is severely tested, and she has to trust God’s guidance and her friends’ support to accomplishment what seems impossible. There’s a love story that builds all through the story between Laura and Andrew. Separated by social class and economic status, Laura has no choice but to trust Andrew to help her with her search for her siblings. Their relationship does not always run smoothly, and they both have much to learn about faith and trust. I enjoyed reading this book and since all was not completely settled at the end of this one, I’m eager to continue the McAlister family story. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Loraine

    I have read several books on the orphan train children of the United States, but I did not know about the more than 100,000 British Home Children who were swept off the streets and from homes in England and shipped to Canada from 1869 to 1939. This story focuses on the McAlister family. Due to a twist of circumstances, the three youngest are taken away to a children's home when their widowed mother lands in the hospital with pneumonia. From there, they are sent to another children's home and the I have read several books on the orphan train children of the United States, but I did not know about the more than 100,000 British Home Children who were swept off the streets and from homes in England and shipped to Canada from 1869 to 1939. This story focuses on the McAlister family. Due to a twist of circumstances, the three youngest are taken away to a children's home when their widowed mother lands in the hospital with pneumonia. From there, they are sent to another children's home and then shipped off to Canada. The plot focuses on the oldest sister, Laura, and two lawyers Andrew Frasier, the son of the wealthy woman for whom she is a lady's maid, and his mentor Henry Dowd as they follow one clue after another trying to locate and bring home the children. This story tore at my heart as Laura, Andrew, and Henry saw the true circumstances these children faced as they were shipped like cattle from one place to another and then sent off to Canada. There was very little oversight in the program. Some children received good placements which did take them off the street and provide caring parents and sometimes siblings. Others, particularly older girls and boys, were basically indentured servants, provided for poorly and sometimes even beaten or starved. Children were taken from homes where there were parent(s) but due to circumstances beyond their control or illness, the children were unsupervised. Siblings were separated and usually did not have any knowledge of where their other siblings had been placed.The parents had no legal recourse because of the contracts that had been signed with their new guardians. Guardians could select a child for a mere $3 and no background checks were done on these guardians. Young girls in their teens would be sent back to the dispersing home because their guardian had molested them and they were now pregnant. Turansky leaves the ending hanging with Laura, Henry, and Andrew still trying to get all of the children back. So, of course, I can't wait to read book 2. Her historical research is so evident throughout the story, and she also includes resources at the end to learn more about the British Home Children. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Multnomah Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Karen R

    A truly heartugging tale based in real history. Both touching and disturbing, yet full of hope and faith, plus a bit of tender romance. The first in a series, this story taught me about the British Home Children in a way that left an indelible mark on my memory, as the human aspect was skillfully drawn out in the McAllister family's lives. Love, courage, and determination drives Laura, the eldest sister, to right the wrongs done to her family, leading her to make some unethical decisions along h A truly heartugging tale based in real history. Both touching and disturbing, yet full of hope and faith, plus a bit of tender romance. The first in a series, this story taught me about the British Home Children in a way that left an indelible mark on my memory, as the human aspect was skillfully drawn out in the McAllister family's lives. Love, courage, and determination drives Laura, the eldest sister, to right the wrongs done to her family, leading her to make some unethical decisions along her journey across the ocean to Canada. Her personal growth followed, along with her faith in God and his care for her. I felt for her in her desperation. The author does a good job of pulling the reader into the story with just enough detail to keep it moving at a steady pace, and create a connection to the characters. Katie was my favorite, as she held onto a thread of hope and faith, doing her best in very difficult situations. She felt so real, it made me want to pray for her! Historical fiction fans who enjoy a story steeped in real history, will want to snatch this one up. It reminded me of orphan train tales set in the U.S., or stories about wrongful adoptions. Looking forward to the continuation in the next book. (An e-book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    This is my first book I’ve read by Carrie Turansky and I’m hooked! The story captured my interest from the first page and I couldn’t put it down. This is a poignant story of four children during the era of the early 1900’s when children’s emigration from London to Canada was a very real event. In the same vein as Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, the author explores the sometimes horrifying situations these children were put through, all through the efforts of “Christian charity”. This novel This is my first book I’ve read by Carrie Turansky and I’m hooked! The story captured my interest from the first page and I couldn’t put it down. This is a poignant story of four children during the era of the early 1900’s when children’s emigration from London to Canada was a very real event. In the same vein as Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, the author explores the sometimes horrifying situations these children were put through, all through the efforts of “Christian charity”. This novel follows the journey of Laura, Katie, Garth, and Grace after the death of their father and a severe illness of their mother. I found myself falling in love with the children – I can’t wait until the sequel to learn more of their journeys to reunite. Thank you NetGalley and Multnomah for the ARC of this book. I was under no obligation to write a positive review; all opinions are my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kailey

    I have loved Carrie Turansky’s books before this, so I knew I would enjoy this one. I really loved it! I didn’t know about the child emigration before this book. I think she did a great job telling this story. It touched my heart. My heart broke for the children. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more! I highly recommend this book! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Trout

    Such a heart wrenching story. I love stories that have history woven between the pages of a good read. This story had twist after twist and it was so hard to believe that this really happened back in the day. I was so sad to know that the ending of the story is book #2 and now I have to wait for months for the next book!! I love the way Carrie writes and I can't wait til the next one in the series!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    No Ocean Too Wide was a.m.a.z.i.n.g. I loved this book from the beginning until the end. The characters were realistic and I loved how the story was based on true events. The story had so much depth and I couldn't help wishing that the family would all get reunited. It was crazy how they could just move the children without letting their mother know. This is the second book I've read by Carrie Turansky and it won't be my last. It was heartbreaking at times and yet also very sweet. I highly recom No Ocean Too Wide was a.m.a.z.i.n.g. I loved this book from the beginning until the end. The characters were realistic and I loved how the story was based on true events. The story had so much depth and I couldn't help wishing that the family would all get reunited. It was crazy how they could just move the children without letting their mother know. This is the second book I've read by Carrie Turansky and it won't be my last. It was heartbreaking at times and yet also very sweet. I highly recommend No Ocean Too Wide to fans of historical romance. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lilian

    guys this book was one of the best I've read this year. I've been struggling to write a review because of how amazing it was. (also, there might be minor spoilers, but they're all included in the blurb, so they're not really spoilers? just a warning. ) I absolutely adored this book. What a completely enchanting, inspiring, and heartfelt read. I remember feeling emotional after I finished it (which happens in like, oh, 1 out 200 books) because the themes of loyalty, love, and trust were so strong. guys this book was one of the best I've read this year. I've been struggling to write a review because of how amazing it was. (also, there might be minor spoilers, but they're all included in the blurb, so they're not really spoilers? just a warning. ) I absolutely adored this book. What a completely enchanting, inspiring, and heartfelt read. I remember feeling emotional after I finished it (which happens in like, oh, 1 out 200 books) because the themes of loyalty, love, and trust were so strong. So, so many things made this book a five star read for me, but I think the characters were at the head. Their struggles were written so well, but they also had strong character traits that really made me want to root for them. Katie, for example, the main MC, had a lot of trust in her siblings and mother, and I really admired that. I loved the sense of loyalty Garth showed when the siblings were sent into the orphanage, and eventually to Canada. I really enjoyed reading about the whole orphan placement thing--it definitely encouraged me to research and learn more about that process. Oh, and I loved the faith and trust that the children showed in God. Laura leads a really unique separate part of the story that might seem completely unrealistic, but it was written SO well that I never even for a moment thought "no one would do that...?", so all the kudos to Carrie. Turansky's writing style also flows so well. It's exactly the type of writing that I like to read, and I cannot wait to read more of her stories. This is one of those books that I want to buy and reread, over and over again, and, not to be dramatic, but I'll be scouring the markets for the second book when it releases. 5 stars. FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    The author has given us a story that will linger long after the last page is turned, and rightfully so. By the Grace of God, we could have been one of those children, orphans, or no parent to take care of them. I can’t even imagine the poverty and living on the streets, but the solution? We put faces to these children, but they have a family, and when one of the siblings attempt to retrieve them, well that is what makes this such a great read. You will find your heart breaking, and yes, I know tha The author has given us a story that will linger long after the last page is turned, and rightfully so. By the Grace of God, we could have been one of those children, orphans, or no parent to take care of them. I can’t even imagine the poverty and living on the streets, but the solution? We put faces to these children, but they have a family, and when one of the siblings attempt to retrieve them, well that is what makes this such a great read. You will find your heart breaking, and yes, I know that this was a different time, but people looking their noses down because of circumstances beyond the control of the child, oh! I love that there is another book to come and answer some more of my questions, so be sure to read the author’s notes at the end of the book! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Waterbrook Multmonah Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ruth "CowgirlMama " Utz

    Have you ever heard of the “Orphan Trains”? Most fans of Christian Historical Fiction have read at least one story along that line, myself included. This is a similar story but of a variety I had never heard of before, orphans immigrating by boat from Britain to Canada! In this book, based on true events, Carrie Turansky weaves a story that draws you in and tugs at your heartstrings. A sick mother and four children, separated by tragic events - each member of the family showing us a different pa Have you ever heard of the “Orphan Trains”? Most fans of Christian Historical Fiction have read at least one story along that line, myself included. This is a similar story but of a variety I had never heard of before, orphans immigrating by boat from Britain to Canada! In this book, based on true events, Carrie Turansky weaves a story that draws you in and tugs at your heartstrings. A sick mother and four children, separated by tragic events - each member of the family showing us a different part of the system. A little bit sad, a little bit of romance, a touch of mystery, a healthy serving of heartwarming… mix it all up and you get a book that I can see myself re-reading and I’m definitely recommending to friends. I’m looking forward to reading the sequel next year and finding out what happens next! I received an advance copy of this book for my honest review, all opinions are my own.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lovely Loveday

    No Ocean Too Wide is the first book in the McAlister Family book series written by Carrie Turansky. A heartbreaking story that is based on real history that is sure to stay with you long after reading. No Ocean Too Wide is full of love and hope with moments of sweet romance. Follow along as two sisters travel to a new world in hopes of finding love and family. Laura and Katie show strong determination as they struggle with everything life throws in their path. No Ocean Too Wide is perfect for fa No Ocean Too Wide is the first book in the McAlister Family book series written by Carrie Turansky. A heartbreaking story that is based on real history that is sure to stay with you long after reading. No Ocean Too Wide is full of love and hope with moments of sweet romance. Follow along as two sisters travel to a new world in hopes of finding love and family. Laura and Katie show strong determination as they struggle with everything life throws in their path. No Ocean Too Wide is perfect for fans of historical fiction.

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