A family long divided, a mysterious trunk, and a desperate journey across the ocean—all in the name of love. The epic saga of the McAlisters continues in this riveting sequel to No Ocean Too Wide.
In 1909, Grace McAlister set sail for Canada as one of the thousands of British Home Children taken from their families and their homeland. Though she is fortunate enough to be adopted by wealthy parents, the secrets of her past are kept hidden for ten years until someone from her long-buried childhood arrives on her doorstep. With this new connection to her birth family, will she be brave enough to leave her sheltered life in Toronto and uncover the truth?
After enduring hardship as an indentured British Home Child, Garth McAlister left Canada to serve in World War I. His sweetheart, Emma Lafferty, promised to wait for his return, but after three long years apart, her letters suddenly stopped. When Garth arrives home from the war to unexpected news, he is determined to return to Canada once more on a daunting mission to find the two women he refuses to abandon—his long-lost sister and his mysteriously missing sweetheart.
Turansky continues her chronicle of the McAllister family in this excellent outing. Previously, in No Ocean Too Wide, seven-year-old Grace McAllister travelled from her native England to Canada as part of the British Home Children relocation plan after her family was unable to care for her. Ten years later, in 1919, Grace's affluent adoptive family wants her to deny her past so that she might marry well. But Grace is determined to search for her birth family. Little does she know that her family never stopped looking for her. Grace's older brother, Garth, returns to Britain after serving in WWI, but is eager to reunite with his Canadian sweetheart, Emma Lafferty, whom he met in Canada while serving out his own Home Children indentured contract. After a letter from Grace makes it to the McAllisters, Garth travels to see her but Grace's adoptive father accuses Garth of fraud and kicks him out. After praying for courage, Grace runs away with Garth in the hope of being reunited with her birth family, but before they can go to England, they must find Emma, who has been falsely accused of murder, and help her clear her name. Pinpoint historical details and determined characters set this installment apart. Fans of Jody Hedlund will love this.
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
Wonderful conclusion to this series
I was so looking forward to the continuation story of the McAlister Family. The search for Grace McAlister continues. She has been adopted by a wealthy family in Canada. It’s been ten years. Grace, has buried her past for many years, not wanting to remember it. Garth leaves Canada to go serve in World War I. He leaves behind his girlfriend Emma Lafferty. Emma promises Garth that she will wait for him to return. They keep in touch through letters, for about three years, until the letters suddenly stop coming. Garth returns to Canada after the war and is determined to find his sister Grace and his lost love Emma. I loved Emma’s story, she was such a sweet and relatable person. The storyline of the British Home Children is sure to pull at your heartstrings. It is amazing to me how strong those children were, to be able to make it through what they endured during that time period. I especially like the brother sister family bond between Grace and her siblings. Family is so important to all of them. The way the author ties up all the loose ends from the first story in this story leaves all questions answered. This is a wonderful faith based story. I always love when the characters in a story trust in God to bring them through the trials and tribulations of their life.
I absolutely loved this series. The plot twists and turns kept me completely engrossed in the book and I highly recommend it. Thank you Carrie Turansky for such a wonderful series. I loved it!
Shining a light on the path ahead and helping me see my way.
The search for Grace continues.....It’s been 10 years since she arrived at the Hamilton’s home in 1909 and Grace has all but forgotten her birth family. Will the others ever find her and prove they are still alive? Returning safely from the war, Garth and Rob try to return to their old lives. Will they find those they love still waiting?
The author has done a fabulous job of taking the reader into the world of the British Home Child who is no longer a child. While it appeared the communities were happy to help these children when they were young - using them as indentured servants - now that they were grown up, the stigma of their background could not be hidden. If something negative happened in the area, the BHC were the first to be accused, often charged with things they had never done. Would anyone stand up for them?
This second book in the McAlister Family series was received through WaterBrook Multnomah, Random House and NetGalley. These observations and comments are my own and were in no way solicited.