ACROSS THE BLUE by Carrie Turansky, review by Rebecca Maney
"A hope can become a reality if we work hard to do our part, and then trust the Lord to do the rest."
James Drake and Isabella Grayson have grand aspirations; James to pilot the first plane across the English Channel and Isabella to become a journalist for her father's London newspaper, "The Daily Mail". When their paths cross quite unexpectedly on Grayson property, Bella takes advantage of her father's burgeoning interest in developing aviation to gain information for a series of articles about the French and English piloting teams; both are eyeing the newspaper's handsome prize for the first flight across the channel.
What a lovely young woman! James finds himself duly distracted whenever Miss Grayson visits his workshop or asks her intelligent questions, or even gives him one of those encouraging smiles. But what can he offer the daughter of a societal elite; James knows nothing about his true heritage and what he does know, involves scandal. Besides, there will be no steady income unless he can prove his prowess in the air.
Enjoy this beautifully written story brimming with impeccable historical detail, lovely paced romance, and strategically placed reminders of the One who can, and will, work all things together for good.
BACK COVER BLURB:
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 Drake, 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?
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