Friday, October 13, 2017

Across the Blue ARC Review


About the Book

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 Grant, 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? (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I have read many of Carrie's books and they are always full of such detail for their specific time period. This book is very unique in its setting and topic. Aviation during the Edwardian time period is fun and the historical tidbits are true! I really like James and the family dynamic with all of the secondary characters, it was entertaining! I will say at times this book got a bit slow for me, perhaps too wordy? I am unsure on how to explain but I still enjoyed the story line. I think the romance was written well and set up perfectly for this book. The newspaper aspect was also an unexpected interest of mine that really added to the story.
Historical fiction lovers will enjoy and fans of Carrie's writing will love this newest novel.

Four stars.

Look for Across the Blue February 20th 2018!!

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for free. All opinions are my own."

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