No Ocean Too Wide (McAlister Family #1)

No Ocean Too Wide (McAlister Family #1)

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...

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Title:No Ocean Too Wide (McAlister Family #1)
Author:Carrie Turansky
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No Ocean Too Wide (McAlister Family #1) Reviews

  • 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,

  • Kelsie

    No Ocean Too Wide

    Carrie Turansky

    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

    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.

    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

    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.

  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    About this book:

    About this book:

    Series: Book #1 in the

    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

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    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

    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

    . 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.

    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.

    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.

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    *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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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