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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for No Journey Too Far

  1. 4 out of 5

    Randi Annie Framnes

    No Journey too far is book 2 in the McAlister Family series by Carrie Turansky, published by Multnomah. The story is set in Canada 1919 and is about Garth McAlister as he returns from the Great War. As children believed to be orphans he and his 2 sisters were shipped off to Canada to work on farms and after 10 years of search, his family has still not heard from his sister, Grace. Garth decides to go back in search for her and also for his sweetheart, Emma Lafferty. Grace was adopted by a wealth No Journey too far is book 2 in the McAlister Family series by Carrie Turansky, published by Multnomah. The story is set in Canada 1919 and is about Garth McAlister as he returns from the Great War. As children believed to be orphans he and his 2 sisters were shipped off to Canada to work on farms and after 10 years of search, his family has still not heard from his sister, Grace. Garth decides to go back in search for her and also for his sweetheart, Emma Lafferty. Grace was adopted by a wealthy family in Toronto and is now about to be launched into Society to get married. She resents the pressure and reaches out to her family in England. Her address reaches Garth, and he visits her. Grace’s adoptive parents are convinced she is an orphan, so they brusquely throw him out, which makes Grace run away. Garth continues his mission to find sweetheart Emma. His skill and connections come in handy when helping her out of some really difficult circumstances. Main character is ex-Corporal Garth McAlister who seems compassionate, well rounded and likable. As a British Home Child he was badly treated as a farm hand, but seems to have soldiered through without too many emotional scars. Supporting character is Emma Lafferty seems quite level headed and assertive as she figures out who to contact for information about Garth. From time to time she gets doubts Garth commitment, but I was pleased to see regains her trust again. I found her easy to like and my favorite of this story. I read No Journey too far as a standalone which worked perfectly, but reading book one first would give the complete picture of the McAlister family. The parts about Garth’s life within his family were my absolute favorites of the story. I didn’t know much about British Home Children or about American farm life in the 1900s, so it felt like I learned a lot by reading this story. I enjoyed how the spiritual element was at the forefront for most of the story. Grace was adopted by a family who only went to church a few times a year. They didn’t pray or read the Bible, so Grace’s spiritual journey seemed to begin when she found the family Bible and started reading it in secret. This is the last in the 2 book series, and I wonder what Carrie Turansky’s next book will be about. Anyone who enjoys historical romance will enjoy this one. As will fans of Carrie Turansky’s other works. Similar authors to explore might be Laura Frantz or Jody Hedlund. Thank you to Multnomah, Carrie Turansky and NetGalley for this opportunity to share my honest review. All opinions are completely my own. Conclusion: No Journey too far takes ex-corporal Garth McAlister to Canada in search of his sweetheart and his lost sister, Grace. He helps Grace escape her wealthy and powerful adoptive parents and he has to use all his skill and connections to help his sweetheart out of her difficulties for them to have a future together.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Turansky

    I'm excited to bring you the second McAlister Family Novel to tell the rest of the story for Garth and Grace McAlister! The four McAlister siblings were separated ten years earlier when the three youngest were sent to Canada as British Home Children in a child emigration scheme. Their oldest sister followed them to Canada and was able to bring one sister home to England, but Garth and Grace remained in Canada. As No Journey Too Far opens, Grace is still missing, and Garth has recently returned f I'm excited to bring you the second McAlister Family Novel to tell the rest of the story for Garth and Grace McAlister! The four McAlister siblings were separated ten years earlier when the three youngest were sent to Canada as British Home Children in a child emigration scheme. Their oldest sister followed them to Canada and was able to bring one sister home to England, but Garth and Grace remained in Canada. As No Journey Too Far opens, Grace is still missing, and Garth has recently returned from fighting in the Great War. When Grace finds a mysterious trunk with clues about her birth family, she becomes intent on reconnecting with them. I was very touched when I read true accounts of what many British Home Children endured when they came to Canada. Most became indentured workers--the boys on farms and the girls in homes as domestics. A few were adopted. What was it like for these children as they became young adults? How did they overcome the prejudice against them? Were they able to return to England and reconnect with their parents and siblings? How did their faith play a role in their lives? These are some of the questions I explored as I wrote No Journey Too Far. I hope you'll enjoy the story and it will honor the memory of the more than 100,000 children who came to Canada as British Home Children.

  3. 5 out of 5

    MJSH

    If you enjoyed the first book in the series, then you will be ready to dive in and find Garth and Grace's happily-ever-afters. Even if you haven't read the first book, this book explains enough about Laura and Katie to be able to piece together their journey in the previous book. WWI has ended and Garth travels back to Canada to find his sweetheart and also his long-lost younger sister. Garth's journey and Grace's journey are two subplots in the book that merge into one as the siblings find each If you enjoyed the first book in the series, then you will be ready to dive in and find Garth and Grace's happily-ever-afters. Even if you haven't read the first book, this book explains enough about Laura and Katie to be able to piece together their journey in the previous book. WWI has ended and Garth travels back to Canada to find his sweetheart and also his long-lost younger sister. Garth's journey and Grace's journey are two subplots in the book that merge into one as the siblings find each other and plan to return to England to join the rest of the family. I really enjoyed getting to know the older and more mature Garth and the love and protectiveness of his Emma is sweet and endearing. There is a bit of suspense in the plot as well when Emma is accused of murder and the family rallies together to prove her innocence. Grace is a relatively new character since she was little when she was separated from her siblings. Adopted into a wealthy family, Grace lacks nothing materially but desires acceptance and love. Her hidden identity as a British Home child and Emma's cruel treatment simply because she is one as well is eye-opening to the prejudice and injustice that these children suffered even after crossing an ocean to start a life with supposedly better opportunities. Rob's gentle patience and kindness is wonderful and his affection for Grace is heart-warming. I loved catching up with Andrew from the first book, as well as Laura and Katie. If you enjoy historical romance, you will definitely enjoy this book. I received the book from WaterBrook Multnomah and was under no obligation to post a positive comment. All opinions are solely my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    This highly anticipated book has been on my list to read since I read the first book in the series in 2019 , No Ocean Too Wide. For the complete reading experience do read No Ocean Too Wide first. This will set up the story for you with the British Home Children. We will follow the same characters and the injustice down to them in this the latest book in the series. Wonderful characters that you can't help but wanting the best for them . It really makes you sad to see how many children were taken fr This highly anticipated book has been on my list to read since I read the first book in the series in 2019 , No Ocean Too Wide. For the complete reading experience do read No Ocean Too Wide first. This will set up the story for you with the British Home Children. We will follow the same characters and the injustice down to them in this the latest book in the series. Wonderful characters that you can't help but wanting the best for them . It really makes you sad to see how many children were taken from families and adopted out not knowing they had siblings and parents looking for them. Sometimes the reunions took place many years later sometimes it never happened. The loss,redemption,hope and love shows many things in life are beyond our control but God is always in control and he knows what he is doing even though it may not be what we had in mind that he works things out for us in the best way possible. Pub Date 08 Jun 2021 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    About this book: “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 lo About this book: “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.” Series: This book is the sequel to “No Ocean Too Wide”. Spiritual Content- Psalm 9:9-10 at the beginning & in the Readers Guide; Singing a Hymn; Many Prayers; Many Talks about God, His plans, & faiths; ‘H’s are capitalized when referring to God; Mentions of God, Jesus, His will, faiths, & forgiveness; Mentions of prayers, praying, & thanking God; Mentions of Bibles & Bible reading; Mentions of churches, church going, sermons, & reverends/pastors; Mentions of blessings & being blessed; A few mentions of miracles; A couple mentions of sins; *Note: A mention of a man blaming his actions towards a young lady on the “demon drink” (alcohol). Negative Content- Minor cussing including: two ‘blasted’s; A couple mentions of curses (said, not written); Finding a murdered body & being accused as the murderer (barely-above-not-detailed); *Spoiler* (view spoiler)[ Grace sneaks out to meet Garth after her parents talk about sending her to a relative to keep her away from Garth, her biological brother *End of Spoiler* (hide spoiler)] ; Many mentions of wars, soldiers, fighting, weapons, injuries, & deaths (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of a murdered body, how it happened, the killer, & arrests (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of illness, near deaths, & deaths (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of a possible robbery/burglary, thieves, & stealing; Mentions of threats & blackmail; Mentions of bars, drinking, alcohol, drunks, gambling, & carousing; Mentions of lies, lying, & deceiving; Mentions of prejudice towards British Home Children; A few mentions of threatening to arrest someone on the charges of kidnapping; A few mentions of a carriage accident, fires, & deaths; A few mentions of contracts & being treated like a slave (and some running away because of it); A few mentions of rumors; A few mentions of jealousy; A few mentions of hunting; A couple mentions of coarse language; A couple mentions of tobacco & cigarettes; A mention of bullies; A mention of a man threatening to tan a hunting dog’s hide. Sexual Content- a top-of-the-head kiss, a hand/fingers kiss, a cheek kiss, a forehead kiss, an almost kiss, and two semi-detailed kisses; Touches, Embraces, & Hand Holding (x2); Noticing, Nearness, & Smelling (x2); Blushes; A man makes an offer for Emma to join him at his hotel twice (she says she is not that kind of girl and he makes remarks based on her past); Mentions of flirting & winks; A handful of mentions of kisses & kissing; A few mentions of a man’s vile intentions towards a young lady & pushing her onto a bed (she was able to escape because he was drunk (view spoiler)[*Spoiler* Emma *End of Spoiler* (hide spoiler)] ; A few mentions of being sweet on someone; A mention of a man’s reputation as a heartbreaker; A mention of chaperones; Love, falling in love, being in love, & the emotions (x2); *Note: A mention of that childbirth can be dangerous for the mother and infant. -Grace McAlister Hamilton, age 17-18 -Garth McAlister, age 24 -Emma Lafferty, age 21 P.O.V. switches between them Set in 1919 (Prologue in 1909) 368 pages ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Pre Teens- One Star New Teens- Two Stars Early High School Teens- Three Stars Older High School Teens- Four Stars My personal Rating- Four Stars { Possibly not a suitable book for Adoptees – See Note Below } I’ve been anticipating this sequel since the minute after I finished reading “No Ocean Too Wide”—actually it was probably more like ten seconds after finishing it. ;) The first book felt so emotionally heavy with the topic of a family being split apart, but there was still the hopefulness on the plot because of the characters’ faiths. I really enjoy Miss Carrie Turansky’s books because of her faith content shown and these two were exactly the same. Right before reading this sequel, I reread “No Ocean Too Wide” and, yes, the topic still makes my heart ache so much, but I was so excited to finally be able to read this book. This sequel is set ten years after the first, and while I would have preferred to see everything happy and the family reunited much quicker than ten years, sometimes it takes a while for all of The Lord’s plan to fall in place. A lot happens in this book and it was a little strange to me to see the kids I had just got done reading about all grown up and around my age. But, that’s my fault for reading them back to back. This second book isn’t as heavy as the first book, but there’s still a lot of things going on. Sometimes it felt a like a little too much, but because it’s three characters and their lives are intersecting, it makes sense. Once again, Miss Carrie had phenomenal Spiritual Content in this book and I’m always so encouraged to see the faiths her characters display. While I don’t think I would call this my favorite series (duology?) by her, it definitely has a place close to my heart because of the topic. Note: Due to Grace’s adoptive parents never love her unconditionally as their daughter, she thinks negatively towards them and how “she could never be the daughter they wanted because she was not their daughter by birth. She was an orphan, and they were ashamed of her and intent on making her keep that secret….She might have been adopted into the Hamilton family, but she didn’t belong to them. She was a McAlister, and somewhere out there she had two sisters and a brother. They had a shared heritage and memories of their life in England with their mum, who had truly loved them, faults and all.” While this is all true in Grace’s case, I note this section for adoptees, as it could be triggering or harmful for them to read Grace’s doubts and upset scenes (including one where her adoptive mother slaps her after Grace speaks her thoughts about them waiting her to hide her being adopted). It is a convenient plot point and probably historically accurate in many ways of the fact her adoptive parents not loving her fully, but I can also see where it could be triggering for adoptees reading this book. Thankfully, things are better and do not end with resentment at the end, but I still feel like I need to mention this part of the book’s plot. Link to review: Coming Soon. *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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Gohlke

    Through well-drawn characters and a riveting plot Carrie Turansky weaves together the continued heart-wrenching search for a still missing friend and a member of the McAllister Family after their tragic separation as British Home Children and during the final months of WWI. No Journey Too Far reminded me of the extent our Lord goes to seek us out, win our hearts, and draw us safely Home. A beautiful conclusion from a wonderful author. If you haven't read No Ocean Too Wide be sure to read that fir Through well-drawn characters and a riveting plot Carrie Turansky weaves together the continued heart-wrenching search for a still missing friend and a member of the McAllister Family after their tragic separation as British Home Children and during the final months of WWI. No Journey Too Far reminded me of the extent our Lord goes to seek us out, win our hearts, and draw us safely Home. A beautiful conclusion from a wonderful author. If you haven't read No Ocean Too Wide be sure to read that first. I learned so much from these two books about the British Home Children, their impact on Canada in the late 1800s and 1900s, and what British families caught in the throes of poverty went through during this time. Turansky's love for Jesus shines through both of these books. In the world today where there is so much anger Carrie Turansky's books both comfort and inspire.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Oceana

    An excellent and exciting sequel! The way she weaves faith into this story is beautiful. I love the McAllister family! *I received this as a free arc and all opinions are my own*

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    No Journey Too Far was a wonderful conclusion to the McAlister Family series. I enjoyed this story even more than book one! There were four characters who comprise the main roles in this story. Garth, Rob, Grace, and Emma were all British Home Children. They each had their own struggles growing up in various situations and in this story, they were grown, yet there were some very real obstacles to overcome before a happy ending could be found. It was hard to watch the way Emma was treated once it No Journey Too Far was a wonderful conclusion to the McAlister Family series. I enjoyed this story even more than book one! There were four characters who comprise the main roles in this story. Garth, Rob, Grace, and Emma were all British Home Children. They each had their own struggles growing up in various situations and in this story, they were grown, yet there were some very real obstacles to overcome before a happy ending could be found. It was hard to watch the way Emma was treated once it was known that she was an orphan. The author did a good job of showing the manner in which many people looked down on the British Home Children. There were two romances that blossomed during the novel and they were the perfect bit of sweetness that kept me eagerly reading to find out what would happen in both Grace and Emma’s lives. I really enjoyed this story. (4.5 stars) I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    1919 Canada and England In this second and final book of the McAlister Family Series, we pick up ten years after the original journey from England to Canada for Grace McAlister. Grace was fortunate to be adopted upon arrival by a kind man and woman that treated her as their own. Due to the stigma of being a British Home Child, this part of Grace's history was hidden and her parents were focused on making a good match in marriage for Grace. Garth, Grace's older brother, had just finished his servic 1919 Canada and England In this second and final book of the McAlister Family Series, we pick up ten years after the original journey from England to Canada for Grace McAlister. Grace was fortunate to be adopted upon arrival by a kind man and woman that treated her as their own. Due to the stigma of being a British Home Child, this part of Grace's history was hidden and her parents were focused on making a good match in marriage for Grace. Garth, Grace's older brother, had just finished his service in WWI when the private investigator hired by his other siblings located Grace. Garth returns to Canada after serving in the war, not only to bring back Grace, but also to bring back the love of his heart Emma. Garth and Emma met in Canada after being "adopted" to labor on a farm. Unlike Garth, Emma doesn't have any remaining family. It's a lovely tale and I was cheering for them all to have a happy ending. There is tension in part of the novel when one character is wrongfully accused of murder. I particularly enjoyed the courtroom pages. I loved the historical details picked up in the pages about the British Home Children. Both books in the series are recommended! My gratitude to publisher Waterbrook for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kristine Morgan

    In No Journey Too Far, Carie Turansky has definitely showcased her research skills. This book continues the story of the McAlister family. While most of the family was reunited in book one, this book features Grace who along with Katie and Garth were mistakenly placed with families in Canada by the British Home Society. Ms. Turansky has created fascinating characters and placed them in an engaging plot. I loved the setting and the plot and enjoyed learning about the British version of the Americ In No Journey Too Far, Carie Turansky has definitely showcased her research skills. This book continues the story of the McAlister family. While most of the family was reunited in book one, this book features Grace who along with Katie and Garth were mistakenly placed with families in Canada by the British Home Society. Ms. Turansky has created fascinating characters and placed them in an engaging plot. I loved the setting and the plot and enjoyed learning about the British version of the American orphan trains. I do recommend reading No Ocean Too Wide first. So grab your favorite beverage and settle in for a lovely read. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations. All thoughts are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie DeMoss

    I reviewed this book for the August edition of Historical Novels Review Magazine, the magazine of the Historical Novel Society. Per their policy, I cannot post reviews online until after the magazine is published August 1st. I will update my review then.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dana Michael

    No Journey Too Far is a fictional story about some children who were wrongly shipped from England to Canada as British Home Orphans. This is the second book in the series by Carrie Turansky. I haven't read the first book in the series, but felt it stood alone because the author did such a good job of covering the back stories of the characters. (However, I will be reading the first book soon because I enjoyed this one so much.) I loved the sweet characters and the the story line. This book held No Journey Too Far is a fictional story about some children who were wrongly shipped from England to Canada as British Home Orphans. This is the second book in the series by Carrie Turansky. I haven't read the first book in the series, but felt it stood alone because the author did such a good job of covering the back stories of the characters. (However, I will be reading the first book soon because I enjoyed this one so much.) I loved the sweet characters and the the story line. This book held a mystery as well as two romances. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend to anyone who loves history, mystery and romance. *I was given a copy of this book by Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers and this my honest opinion.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Tero

    I picked this up because I enjoyed the McAllister family in the first book as well as the orphan journeys from England to Canada. This book gives a good depiction of the different lifestyles Home Children were brought into as well as the suspicions regarding them. There is a steady faith element as well as a few romantic threads. Readers of sweet romance and lost love will appreciate this story. Younger readers may want to be cautious as there are several mentions of men wanting to take advantage I picked this up because I enjoyed the McAllister family in the first book as well as the orphan journeys from England to Canada. This book gives a good depiction of the different lifestyles Home Children were brought into as well as the suspicions regarding them. There is a steady faith element as well as a few romantic threads. Readers of sweet romance and lost love will appreciate this story. Younger readers may want to be cautious as there are several mentions of men wanting to take advantage of young women. A hint of mystery, family tension, and journeys across Canada and England are the basis of this story. I personally had a hard time being invested in the story. The storyline was well-paced, but the characters just didn’t capture me. *I received this book from the publisher and happily provided my honest review*

  14. 5 out of 5

    J'nell Ciesielski

    No distance is too great for love, a truth beautifully laced into No Journey Too Far. Bringing to life the little known story of the British children sent to Canada during WWI, Turansky creates a tale of love, loss, and reunion for the continuing saga of the McAlister family as they search for one another after years of separation. Heart warming and full of grace, readers will not want to miss this gem.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nora St Laurent

    Readers learn more about the Canada 1919 British Home Child prejudice as Emma Lafferty is in a fight for her life. Garth searches for his true love, Emma, and his sister Grace. He seeks out Grace first and then went on a wild, frantic search for Emma. This is a thrilling, heartwarming conclusion to the McAlister family saga. Grace was young when she was adopted, but her parents never talked about it. Grace had a hole in her heart and an ache in her soul for her family. She was grateful to her ado Readers learn more about the Canada 1919 British Home Child prejudice as Emma Lafferty is in a fight for her life. Garth searches for his true love, Emma, and his sister Grace. He seeks out Grace first and then went on a wild, frantic search for Emma. This is a thrilling, heartwarming conclusion to the McAlister family saga. Grace was young when she was adopted, but her parents never talked about it. Grace had a hole in her heart and an ache in her soul for her family. She was grateful to her adoptive parents and that they treated her well. She was raised in a privileged home, and she did her best to please her parents and followed the rules, so she would be viewed in the right light for the coming out season. But her adoptive parents wanted her to never speak about being a home child. This did not sit well with Grace. How could she not be honest with her husband to be, or anyone else for that matter. I always enjoy the author notes: She states, “I wanted to continue the story not only to tell what happened to Grace and Garth, but also to highlight some challenges British Home Children faced when they became young adults. After they finished their indentured contracts, many had to strike out on their own and find ways to make a living and provide for themselves. Some young men went off to fight in WWI or WWII, and not all of them survived. Those who did often hide the fact they’d come to Canada as Home children, because of the stigma and prejudice against them.” The author does a brilliant job of showing the hardships and prejudices of this group. I like how she also showed the triumphs. This is a wonderful conclusion, showing a family’s search for love and restoration. I liked the natural spiritual thread as these characters seek answers for their future. It is a satisfying, entertaining, informative summer read, and one that would work well for your next book club pick. Disclosure of Material Connection: I have received a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” Nora St. Laurent TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! The Book Club Network blog www.bookfun.org

  16. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    Garth McAlister has returned from his military service in World War 1, and his main goal now is to find the last of his missing sisters, Grace McAlister. He knows she was sent to Canada with her other sisters, but he has no idea where she ended up after being adopted. With the support of his family and his military friend, Rob, he is going to return to Canada and begin searching for her. Garth's persistence in finding his sister was so sweet. Nothing was going to stop him from uniting his family Garth McAlister has returned from his military service in World War 1, and his main goal now is to find the last of his missing sisters, Grace McAlister. He knows she was sent to Canada with her other sisters, but he has no idea where she ended up after being adopted. With the support of his family and his military friend, Rob, he is going to return to Canada and begin searching for her. Garth's persistence in finding his sister was so sweet. Nothing was going to stop him from uniting his family at last. Andrew, his elder sister's husband,had been busy tracking down clues while Garth was at war; but the war had made it difficult to send and receive mail between Canada and England. Now that the war had ended, Garth felt there was truly a chance to find Grace. I loved Garth's "don't give up" attitude even to the point of putting off getting back to his girl in Canada. Family came first and foremost to him. His family's dynamics were so strong, and the caring and concern between them was wonderful. The role the trunk played in the story was a nice touch, and it definitely sent Grace in search of family information she'd never known. I didn't care for how standoffish Grace's adoptive parents were as well as how they basically treated her as as "show piece" without truly loving her for whom she was. But it was nice to see their change of heart towards the end. This series definitely makes me want to take a look at some non-fiction material about the British Home children, and I know that there is an actual group now of their descendants trying to discover more about their English families. Well written and extremely interesting story about a little known subject that definitely makes me want to find out more. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kelly-Ann ~ Sassy Bookish Mama

    This is my first encounter with this author and it won't be my last. This is the second book in this series and I highly recommend that you read the first one as this one follows the characters from the previous story. When I started this one I realized that so I quickly grabbed it from the library and read it so I could get caught up with this one. I am so glad I did! It sets up this story quite nicely and gives you a bit more insight on the British Home Children. The setting of this story take This is my first encounter with this author and it won't be my last. This is the second book in this series and I highly recommend that you read the first one as this one follows the characters from the previous story. When I started this one I realized that so I quickly grabbed it from the library and read it so I could get caught up with this one. I am so glad I did! It sets up this story quite nicely and gives you a bit more insight on the British Home Children. The setting of this story takes place in Canada 1919 during the Great War. We see Garth McAlister return home to find his long lost younger sister and his sweetheart. We see two storylines here, Grace's and Garth and they merge well together in the course of the story. This story definitely has a bit of everything. It has a romance and a bit of suspense. It also has quite of historical facts that I honestly did not know much about and had me digging and searching for more. I do love when fiction does that! It's always sad to grasp the thought that children were taken from their families and some never got to be reunited with their siblings. Overall I thought this story was beautifully written. You can tell that Carrie Turansky did a lot of research for this book which was greatly appreciated by me. I also loved how she weaves God's message of redemption within the story. I highly recommend you grab this one if you enjoy historical fiction but definitely grab the first one as you will enjoy it even more especially seeing the growth of these characters between these two books. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kailey

    I loved this book! It was the perfect ending to this series. It picks up several years after No Ocean Too Wide left off. I also can't get over how beautiful the cover is too. I really enjoyed reading about the British Home Children in these books. It's my favorite way of learning about new bits of history. I would definitely recommend this book and series! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone. I loved this book! It was the perfect ending to this series. It picks up several years after No Ocean Too Wide left off. I also can't get over how beautiful the cover is too. I really enjoyed reading about the British Home Children in these books. It's my favorite way of learning about new bits of history. I would definitely recommend this book and series! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  19. 4 out of 5

    ArynTheLibraryan

    This is book two, and while I'm eager to go back and read book 1, I didn't feel lost or overwhelmed with details. It's a gripping story, with several high hope points. There were several 'other shoes' that drop, keeping the pace of the story high. I sympathized with Garth and all of the angst he has to deal with, between his two missions of finding and reuniting with his sister and his sweetheart. His strength, determination and quick thinking, and the fact that he knows his limits makes this sto This is book two, and while I'm eager to go back and read book 1, I didn't feel lost or overwhelmed with details. It's a gripping story, with several high hope points. There were several 'other shoes' that drop, keeping the pace of the story high. I sympathized with Garth and all of the angst he has to deal with, between his two missions of finding and reuniting with his sister and his sweetheart. His strength, determination and quick thinking, and the fact that he knows his limits makes this story shine, especially when it comes to Emma's situation. I didn't like Grace's 'adoptive' parents, and that plotline was awkward, but I enjoyed watching Grace figure out how to be her own person, learning how to care about and for others, and be a 'regular person' instead of being a princess in a gilded cage. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley, and chose to review it here. All thoughts are my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    When I see that a book by Carrie Turansky is on the list of available books for review, I always jump on the chance to read it. Her writing grabs her readers, hooks them on the first page, and drags them through to the last page without letting go. When I finish a Carrie Turansky book, I have felt all of the feels, I have laughed and wept, I have been angry, and I have connected with the characters. This is no less the case with No Journey Too Far. In this book, the reader will find social injus When I see that a book by Carrie Turansky is on the list of available books for review, I always jump on the chance to read it. Her writing grabs her readers, hooks them on the first page, and drags them through to the last page without letting go. When I finish a Carrie Turansky book, I have felt all of the feels, I have laughed and wept, I have been angry, and I have connected with the characters. This is no less the case with No Journey Too Far. In this book, the reader will find social injustice, wealth and social status, a bit of a Perry Mason drama, and a reunion of such magnitude it will tear one's heart out. First: Grace is sent to a Barnardos Children's Home in Canada with her sister, Katie, and her brother, Garth, when her mother cannot take care of them due to illness, even though her mother would recover and desire to have Grace and her siblings back. Grace is separated from her sister when a couple adopts her and tells her she had no family left when, in fact, that was not the case. Grace's brother and sister were both indentured and had to serve out terms of their contracts. Grace's sister was placed in a friendlier atmosphere than her brother was, but her brother met the love of his life while serving his indenture. After World War I, Grace's brother comes back to Canada to find Grace after she wrote a letter to the home where she was originally taken to find out about her family. She is seventeen and her parents are planning her debut, so that she can make an "advantageous match" and marry into society. Status and wealth seemed to mean everything to her parents. When Garth comes to the house where Grace is living, Grace's parents turn him away. Garth and his friend Ron plot a way to get Grace away, if that is Grace's desire. Their family is waiting in England for her. In a parallel plot, Garth has been waiting for letters from Emma, the woman he wants to marry, but time and circumstances have prevented her letters from getting to him and his letters from getting to her. One other purpose Garth has for coming back to Canada is to find Emma. In a series of unfortunate events, Emma's landlady is murdered and the suspicion falls on Emma. She leaves town and moves with Margaret, the cook of the boarding house, to Margaret's sister's place. Margaret's sister has a restaurant where Emma and Margaret work to help out for their room and board. Emma is eventually found and arrested by the authorities, and Garth's brother-in-law-a Perry Mason-ish barrister, comes from England and defends Emma in court. It was easy to be angry with Grace's adoptive parents for the information they withheld from her, for the way they turned her brother away from their home, and for the way they pushed her toward a socially acceptable marriage; but their motives were good though misguided and their priorities needed an adjustment. Grace is a sweet girl who lived to please her parents, but always thought she fell short of the mark, so when Garth offered her a way out, she took it. Garth's friend, Ron, was a mainstay to Grace during the whole adventure. This is a five star book, with two thumbs up, and a tearfully joyful reunion. Waterbrook/Multnomah Publishing and NetGalley.com provided the copy I read for this review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

    Outstanding Sequel! Having read the first book of this series No Ocean Too Wide I was eagerly looking forward to diving into this second book, No Journey Too Far to follow up with the McAlister family ten years later, in 1919. It was well worth the wait, as this book was an absolutely fabulous conclusion! This novel checked off all the boxes for me about what I love in a great inspirational and historical novel: wonderful characters, strong faith themes seamlessly woven into the story, page-turni Outstanding Sequel! Having read the first book of this series No Ocean Too Wide I was eagerly looking forward to diving into this second book, No Journey Too Far to follow up with the McAlister family ten years later, in 1919. It was well worth the wait, as this book was an absolutely fabulous conclusion! This novel checked off all the boxes for me about what I love in a great inspirational and historical novel: wonderful characters, strong faith themes seamlessly woven into the story, page-turning drama and plot, and sweet romance. This book portrayed true love at its finest, not only in the romantic sense, but also in the love of family, siblings, and lasting friendships. I would definitely recommend reading the first book in the series before picking up this one, as it provides the incredible backstory of the fictional McAlister family and the very real topic of British Home Children which I had never heard of before reading No Ocean Too Wide. Carrie Turansky did an amazing job weaving historical facts with the storyline to provide readers with insight regarding the practice of bringing British Home Children into Canada during the mid-nineteenth century into the twentieth century. Her memorable characters and marvelous storytelling made this a book I would want to read again as I closed the book with a very contented sigh, relishing the heartwarming characters and inspiring messages of trust, forgiveness and hope. I can’t recommend this book enough and wish I could give it more than 5 stars! I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher and NetGalley and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    No Journey Too Far is the second book in a series, and a wonderful story. Grace was a British home child when she was adopted by a well to do couple. She was separated from her older sister and her brother, Garth. For ten years the older siblings had been trying to locate her, since they weren't really supposed to be transported to Canada. Through a series of events, they find out she has been in Toronto, and Garth, a recent veteran of WW1, is returning to Canada to find his sweetheart, whom he No Journey Too Far is the second book in a series, and a wonderful story. Grace was a British home child when she was adopted by a well to do couple. She was separated from her older sister and her brother, Garth. For ten years the older siblings had been trying to locate her, since they weren't really supposed to be transported to Canada. Through a series of events, they find out she has been in Toronto, and Garth, a recent veteran of WW1, is returning to Canada to find his sweetheart, whom he has lost touch with. He visits and meets with Grace, but Grace's adoptive parents think he is a fake. She runs away from her home to be with Garth and his friend, Rob. They find Garth's sweetheart, Emma, but she is soon arrested for a crime she did not commit. The couple is happily reunited, but she has to go through her trial, before they can go back to England. It's a great story I enjoyed reading! It's best if you have read No Ocean Too Wide first.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa Powell

    A very sweet tale. This is part 2 following a family who were separated and slowly come together again. Easy to read and Heartwarming

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shirley McAllister

    Family First A delightful story of family, friends and Romance. I loved the characters and remembered them from the first book "No Ocean Too Wide" which I read in 2019. I wondered if Laura and Andrew ever found Grace. The history of the British Home Children is fascinating to me as I had never heard of it before I read "No Ocean Too Wide". This book goes into when those children grow up and fend for themselves. I cannot believe that after ten years of being in Canada there was still so much preju Family First A delightful story of family, friends and Romance. I loved the characters and remembered them from the first book "No Ocean Too Wide" which I read in 2019. I wondered if Laura and Andrew ever found Grace. The history of the British Home Children is fascinating to me as I had never heard of it before I read "No Ocean Too Wide". This book goes into when those children grow up and fend for themselves. I cannot believe that after ten years of being in Canada there was still so much prejudice against the orphans from Britain called the British Home Children. This is a story of Garth, Robert, Emma and Grace. Four British Home Children now grown up and finding their way in life. They find love and romance and plan for the future but there are still challenges and obstacles they must overcome to return to their home in England. The story of how they work to overcome these obstacles and challenges is the story told in this book It is inspirational, romantic and sometimes a bit sad. I loved the characters, the descriptions of the clothing and the people in the story as well as the very vivid descriptions of the lands where it took place. A well written and great read I would recommend it. Thanks to Carrie Turansky, Waterbrook and Multnomah Publishers, and NetGalley for allowing me to read a copy of this book for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    No Journey Too Far is the 2nd in Carrie Turansky's series on the British Home Children. In reading this book, as well as the 1st in the series (No Ocean Too Wide), I learned a lot of information about the British Home Children, a topic I was unfamiliar with. This story is based in 1919, ten years after the 1st book takes place. Within this book the reader will find mystery, intrigue, determination, romance, and faith throughout. I really enjoyed how the author brought a heartwarming conclusion t No Journey Too Far is the 2nd in Carrie Turansky's series on the British Home Children. In reading this book, as well as the 1st in the series (No Ocean Too Wide), I learned a lot of information about the British Home Children, a topic I was unfamiliar with. This story is based in 1919, ten years after the 1st book takes place. Within this book the reader will find mystery, intrigue, determination, romance, and faith throughout. I really enjoyed how the author brought a heartwarming conclusion to the story she began in her 1st book in the series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Keren Herrera-Lyles

    This is the second book in this series and boy what a beautiful ending to it. Well written, everything and each story came to a close beautifully. Not rushed all entwined nicely to come together and leave you happy. Enjoyed it so much. Author Carrie Turansky brought to us this beautiful, well formed story to it's conclusion. Blending in the loss, the love and Faith into it. That love does conquer all when it's placed into God's hands. The story of the British Home Children, was a story that I ne This is the second book in this series and boy what a beautiful ending to it. Well written, everything and each story came to a close beautifully. Not rushed all entwined nicely to come together and leave you happy. Enjoyed it so much. Author Carrie Turansky brought to us this beautiful, well formed story to it's conclusion. Blending in the loss, the love and Faith into it. That love does conquer all when it's placed into God's hands. The story of the British Home Children, was a story that I never have heard. And in the first book it torn me to see as I read how these children were torn from their parents and where taken away and given, sold to other families. The McAlister family was one of them in this story. Garth, Laura, Katie and Grace, a knit together family that when their mum falls ill they are to fend for themselves but a bad decision from Garth, the family is split and shipped away. Well, in this story we come to see what has happened to Garth and Grace. The only two siblings that were not reunited with the family. After 10 yrs have passed, Garth is coming home from fighting in The Great War to join his family and find his Emma. A girl that is also a British Home Child that grew up along him in the same farm they were placed. Grace has been adopted by a wealthy couple and now is a fine young lady in high society. Along the way we stumble with detours that only make this conclusion to this family a stunning one. With joy for all of the other characters that travel this journey with the McAlisters and us. I was thrilled to be able to read this second book and see how the family after a great deal of suffering, searching, and their Faith and Love for one another withstood all the wondering of a journey that was long but made them go beyond the distance to bring them together again and Celebrate the wonderful, beautiful unity that is Family. If you haven't read the first book "No Ocean Too Wide" you need to. And this one is a wonderful read that once you open the first page their story will pull you in and you'll rejoice in their joyous times and know that their is always a light shinning at the end of the tunnel with God's love and mercy for us to see and overcome anything. I received a complimentary Ebook from the publisher/author. All is my own thoughts and feelings.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Alfveby Crea

    Wonderful sequel to No Ocean Too Wide. I had never heard of the British Home Child immigration program before, and this series of historical fiction stories highlight a difficult time in history inspired by true events. No Ocean Too Wide takes place in 1908 in England where some of the McAlister children were labeled as orphans and sent to Canada after their mother becomes gravely ill and was hospitalized. No Journey Too Far takes place in 1919 where the family is still searching for their younge Wonderful sequel to No Ocean Too Wide. I had never heard of the British Home Child immigration program before, and this series of historical fiction stories highlight a difficult time in history inspired by true events. No Ocean Too Wide takes place in 1908 in England where some of the McAlister children were labeled as orphans and sent to Canada after their mother becomes gravely ill and was hospitalized. No Journey Too Far takes place in 1919 where the family is still searching for their youngest daughter Grace after 10 years. I love how this story follows the family to a beautiful conclusion. Carrie Turansky weaves a compelling story, laced with both hardship and faith, mystery, and romance, family, both real and adopted, and prejudice against the English orphans. Fans of historical fiction will love this series. Thank you to Net Galley for allowing me to read an early copy. All opinions are my own

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    A sequel to the book 'No Ocean Too Wide' written by Christian author, Carrie Turansky, continues the fictional story of the McAlister family. The first book laid out the story based on what truly happened to children, known as the British Home Children, through the inspiring tale of four siblings separated in the early 1900's. Three of these children were sent across the ocean to Canada where each went to separate homes. Book #2 picks up 10 years later to tell us the story of what happened to th A sequel to the book 'No Ocean Too Wide' written by Christian author, Carrie Turansky, continues the fictional story of the McAlister family. The first book laid out the story based on what truly happened to children, known as the British Home Children, through the inspiring tale of four siblings separated in the early 1900's. Three of these children were sent across the ocean to Canada where each went to separate homes. Book #2 picks up 10 years later to tell us the story of what happened to these characters. Garth fulfilled his contract as an indentured servant and went off to war and Grace was adopted by a wealthy family. Garth returns home after the war to reunite with his family. The McAlister family had been searching for Grace all this time without any success in finding her. Garth returns to Canada in the search of his sister, Grace, and also Emma, the girl he loves. Find out how the story unfolds as the author immerses you into the lives of each character. It is a well-written historical fiction story that will capture you from the beginning. I didn't want it to end!! I highly recommend both Book #1 and Book#2. 'I hope that these books will honor the memory of the more than 100,000 children who came to Canada as British Home Children... Carrie Turansky' Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for my Advanced Reader Copy. I was not required to leave a positive review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Karen R

    A satisfying finish to the story of the McAlister siblings. It picks up 10 years after book one, and brings together all of the loose ends, adding some new characters and two tender romances. A story of family, faith, and forgiveness. "...home is not just a place. It’s the people you care about." There is a clear Christian message in this book, mixed well into what the main characters are experiencing. Many sincere prayers are lifted up for guidance and help in a time of need. I felt especially pu A satisfying finish to the story of the McAlister siblings. It picks up 10 years after book one, and brings together all of the loose ends, adding some new characters and two tender romances. A story of family, faith, and forgiveness. "...home is not just a place. It’s the people you care about." There is a clear Christian message in this book, mixed well into what the main characters are experiencing. Many sincere prayers are lifted up for guidance and help in a time of need. I felt especially pulled into Emma's story. She was a sweet, hard working, sincere young woman whose background as a British Home Child was often used against her. It was sad to think there was such a prejudice towards these children. The author notes shed light on the legacy they have left in Canada, with many descendants. Teens and older readers who enjoy historical fiction with faith, and tender clean romance, should enjoy this one. (An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Henderson

    A family separated, a murder charge, and another family determined to keep secrets. Mystery, faith, danger, and the possibility of love are found in this amazing story. I received a complimentary copy of the book. No review was required.

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