Monday, May 27, 2019

Wonderful New Historical-No Ocean Too Wide


About the 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”. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

After reading the book description I knew I had to read this book. I was completely fascinated with the history in this story. I didn't know a thing about children being sent to Canada and I loved how Carrie crafted this story. The characters are very well written and the setting is unique in different ways. I loved how the book is written from different perspectives and I enjoyed them all! There is a slight mystery and suspense that carries through the book and also such a great story of family. The ending will leave you on the edge of your seat and you better believe I am dying to read book two! This is Carrie's best book in my opinion and a great addition to my historical fiction collection. 

Highly recommend. Five Stars. 

'I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review." 

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