Are You a British Home Child Descendant?

Hi Friends, Did you know that more than ten percent of those living in Canada today have a relative who came to that country as a British Home Child? That’s more than 3,700,000 descendants! Some of the British Home Children and their descendants stayed in Canada and others moved to the United States, and a few returned to Britain.

In my latest novel, No Ocean Too Wide, the three youngest McAlister children are taken to Canada as British Home Children in 1909. Their story and all they endured has touched many readers. It has received some amazing reviews on GoodReads and Amazon. Take a look at those and order a copy if you haven’t yet. The word is spreading, and many readers are curious to know if one of their ancestors might have been a British Home Child. 

One reason you might not be aware of this part of your family’s history is that, most Home Children faced deep prejudice in Canada. They were made to feel worthless and told they were nobodies. Sixty percent of these children suffered neglect or abuse. When they grew up many never even told their close family members they came to Canada as a Home Child because they didn’t want to face their shameful past, and they wanted to avoiding speaking of painful experiences they may have endured.

If you’d like to find out if your ancestors were British Home Children there were many records kept on the individual children. The British Home Children Advocacy & Research Association has a very informative website and a page with some of the leading sources of information to help families seeking their histories. Visit their Research page and follow the links there to search for your family member. 

They also have a Facebook group with many helpful posts and great connections with others who are looking for information about their British Home Child ancestors. The group is welcoming and eager to share information and help in your search.

I hope you’ll join us for the online Book Club video discussion on Thursday July 18, 8:00 – 9:00 pm ET. You can find out more info and sign up at the Facebook event page. 

I’d love to hear your story about your British Home Child ancestor! Please share it in the comments. 

Until Next Time – Happy Reading,

Carrie

New Fiction from ACFW Authors

Hi Friends, Here are some of the new novels releasing in July from American Christian Fiction Author members. I hope you’ll find your next book to read! 

Contemporary Romance:

Hometown Hope by Laurel Blount — In the three years since her mother’s death, widower Hoyt Bradley’s daughter, Jess, hasn’t spoken—until she suddenly begs him to save her favorite bookstore from closing. Hoyt is desperate to hear his daughter’s voice again, but he and the bookstore’s pretty owner, Anna Delaney, share a less-than-friendly past. Working together is complicated enough…but can they avoid falling in love? (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

A Heart Surrendered by Joy K. Massenburge — Since her teens, pastor’s daughter Sharonda Peterson devoted her life to church service and solitude after the one night she gave Carl Ray Everhart everything. Sobered by a near-death experience, prodigal Carl returns home from an acting and singing career to serve as the worship leader at Sheronda’s church, and she finds that it takes every ounce of her resolve to resist his pursuits … not to mention memories that threaten to overturn the delicate balance she’s created. Can she finally surrender the one thing she’s tried all these years to protect: her heart? (Contemporary Romance from Harambee Press [Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas])

Starting Anew by Melanie D. Snitker — He’s afraid to trust. She has a secret that could change everything between them. Will they let go of their fear, or allow it to rob them of their chance at happiness? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)


Historical:

Underestimating Miss Cecilia by Carolyn Miller — Can shy, sweet Cecilia overcome her family’s prejudice to see a future with the recently returned prodigal son from next door? (Historical from Kregel Publications)

Benaiah: Might Man of God by PH Thompson — A novel of Biblical, historical fiction about Benaiah, one of King David’s mighty men, examining the premise: What happens when the king’s most obedient soldier is issued a wicked command? (Historical/Biblical from Word Alive Press)


Historical Romance:

Waltz with Destiny by Catherine Ulrich Brakefield — When the men and women of World War II marched off to war, they didn’t know what lay ahead. All they knew was that upon their young and inexperienced shoulders rested the plight of the free world. (Historical Romance from CrossRiver Media Group)

Thimbles and Threads by Mary Davis, Grace Hitchcock, Suzanne Norquist, and Liz Tolsma — Enjoy four historical romances that celebrate the arts of sewing and quilting. When Tilly, a schoolteacher; Alice, a bridal shop owner; Sarah, a seamstress; and Melissa, a rag doll designer, put needle and thread to fabric, will their talents lead to the surprising gift of love? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Where Dandelions Bloom by Tara Johnson — To escape an arranged marriage, Cassie Kendrick enlists in the Union army as a man, taking the name Thomas Turner. On the battlefields of the Civil War, keeping her identity a secret is only the beginning of her problems, especially after she meets Gabriel Avery, a handsome young photographer. Anxious to make his mark on the world and to erase past guilt, Gabriel works with renowned photographer Matthew Brady to capture images from the front lines of the war. As Gabriel forges friendships along the way, he wonders what the courageous, unpredictable Thomas Turner is hiding. Battling betrayal, their own personal demons, and a country torn apart by war, can Cassie and Gabriel forgive themselves and trust their futures to the God who births hope and healing in the darkest places? (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker])

The Express Bride by Kimberly Woodhouse — Jacqueline Rivers manages a Pony Express station in 1860 Utah territory after her father’s death. There are daily stresses placed on her in this unconventional role—and now a government official is asking her to sniff out counterfeiters. When Elijah Johnson passes through on the stage while on an exhausting quest to find his boss’s heir, he doesn’t want to leave the beguiling station manager. In fact, he may never leave when caught in the crossfire of the territory’s criminal activities. Can she remain strong when secrets of the past and present are finally unearthed? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Refiner’s Fire by J.M. Hochstetler
Will the promise their hearts cling to finally find joyful fulfillment, or will war’s refining fire separate them forever? 

From the flames of war exploding across land and sea to the dangerous intrigues of the French court and the Shawnee’s bitter resistance to the Long Knives, Refiner’s Fire continues the breathtaking saga of America’s founding in a gripping story of heartbreak, redemption, and the unyielding constancy of love. (Historical Romance from Sheaf House Publishers)

Romantic Suspense:

Legacy Rejected by Robin Patchen — She’s not giving up her home, no matter what threats come against her. Realtor Ginny Lamont’s family has abandoned her, leaving her with nothing but a warning that she’s in danger. But Ginny’s built a home in New Hampshire. After a childhood of nomadic living, she’s not running again, certainly not because of some nameless, baseless threat. Real estate developer Kade Powers is thrilled to go out with Nutfield’s beautiful new real estate agent. But the prowler they surprise after their first date offers a glimpse into Ginny’s past and the legacy of lies her parents left her with. She brings a mystery, one he’s determined to help her solve. With Kade’s help, Ginny searches for the truth of her parents’ criminal activity while her enemies close in. When mobsters show up in her quaint New England town, will she find a way to bring them down, or will she lose the home—and the man—she’s come to love? (Romantic Suspense, Independently Published)


Suspense:

Storm Rising by Ronie Kendig — Mentioned in the pages of the Old Testament but lost to history, the Book of the Wars has resurfaced, and its pages hold secrets–and dangers–never before seen on earth. Tasked with capturing the ancient text, former Navy SEAL Leif Metcalfe is once more given command of his own team. But their best efforts are ruined when a notorious Bulgarian operative known as Viorica snatches the volume right out from under them. Iskra “Viorica” Todorova is determined to use the book to secure the thing that matters most–freedom. But a series of strange storms erupts around the globe, and the coming dangers foretold in the text threaten crops, lives, and entire nations. Though both are haunted by secrets of their past and neither trusts the other, Leif and Iskra must form an uneasy alliance to thwart impending disaster. However, the truth hidden in centuries-old words could unleash a storm of their own destruction. (Suspense from Bethany House [Baker])


Speculative:

The Story Raider by Lindsay A. Franklin — Deceiving an empire is a treacherous game. Tanwen and the Corsyth weavers race to collect the strands of an ancient cure that might save Gryfelle. But Tanwen has a secret–Gryfelle isn’t the only one afflicted by the weaver’s curse. As Queen Braith struggles to assert her rule, a new arrival throws her tenuous claim to the Tirian throne into question. Braith’s heart is turned upside down, and she’s not sure she can trust anyone–least of all herself. The puppet master behind Gareth’s rise to power has designs on Tanwen and the story weavers, and will stop at nothing to reclaim the throne. A plot to incite the angry peasants of Tir takes shape, and those dearest to Tanwen will be caught in the crossfire. As the fight for Tir consumes the realm, no one can remain innocent. (Speculative from Enclave Publishing)

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.

Who Were the British Home Children?

Hi Friends, Many of you may be familiar with the Orphan Trains that took impoverished children from large cities in the East to live with families in small towns and on farms in the Midwest. But did you know that during that same time period more than 100,000 poor and orphaned British children were sent from England to Canada as British Home Children? This child emigration scheme was carried out to clear the streets, children’s homes, and workhouses of orphaned and abandoned children. They were promised a better life in Canada, but sadly that was not the case for all of them.

Most of them were not adopted and welcomed into families. Instead, the boys were taken in as indentured farm laborers and the girls worked as household servants called domestics, even at very young ages. Those who took them in simply filled out a form and paid a small fee. There was little screening and often no follow up. Because of this, and prevailing attitudes of the time, many of these children suffered neglect and mistreatment. They also suffered the pain of rejection and felt like outcasts and misfits because of social prejudice against home children.

When I learned more about child emigration and read true accounts of what happened to these children I was deeply touched, and I knew I needed to share their experiences and honor their memory by writing a novel focused on British Home Children.

My novel, No Ocean Too Wide, released this week and weaves actual accounts of what happened to British Home Children into the fictional McAlister family. When their widowed mother becomes seriously ill, three of the four children area taken into a children’s home and soon sent to Canada without their mother’s knowledge or permission. The oldest sibling, Laura, searches for them, following them all the way to Canada to try and rescue the children and reunite the family. She soon realizes she needs the legal help of a wealthy young solicitor, and the two join forces to confront the injustice of child emigration.

If you’d like to learn more about British Home Children, I hope you’ll purchase your copy of No Ocean Too Wide. Click on the cover for easy order links. You can also find out more about child emigration through the British Home Children’s Advocacy and Research Association website. You’ll find helpful articles and online tools to search for relatives who might have come to Canada in this way.

Have you every heard of child emigration and British Home Children? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Update: The winner of the giveaway was Stephanie Jenkins! Thanks for leaving your comments, especially those who shared their family stories! Those were so touching. I hope you’ll enjoy reading No Ocean Too Wide!

Until Next Time – Happy Reading,

Carrie

No Ocean Too Wide Launch Giveaway

 

Hi Friends, I hope you are enjoying these first days of Summer! Today is launch day for No Ocean Too Wide, and I’m celebrating with a special giveaway for you! Let me tell you a bit about the book and what others are saying:

“I love stories that have history woven between the pages of a good read.” — Sarah T.

“Ms. Turansky knows how to pen the words so that you feel empathy for the characters and feel yourself within the story plot. I fell in love with the McAlister family and can hardly wait for book two in this series. I highly recommend this book.”– Rebecca T.

No Ocean Too Wide is Carrie Turansky at her finest, as she weaves rich historical details and engaging characters with the heart-wrenching complexities surrounding the emigration of British Home Children in the early 1900s. I thoroughly enjoyed this glimpse into English and Canadian history, with its echoes of the trials faced by orphans in books such as Anne of Green Gables, and the strong message of faith and trust in the Heavenly Father who never abandons us.” — Carolyn Miller, award-winning author of the Regency Brides Historical Romance Series

Take a look at the Pinterest board to see the characters, setting, and more about British Home Children.

No Ocean Too Wide is available as an eBook or paperback wherever books are sold. Visit my website for easy order links to your favorite retailer. The audio version will release in early July, and the Dutch translation will be available in October for my reading friends in the Netherlands. 

This giveaway includes a signed copy of No Ocean Too Wide, a book mark, a lovely set of four floral mugs, a linen tea chest with an assortment of teas from Harney & Sons, a British Home Children pin, and a packet of forget me not seeds to scatter in memory of the 100,000 British Home Children. This giveaway is open to those in the US and Canada. A US winner will receive the gifts listed above. A Canadian winner will receive a copy of No Ocean Too Wide and a $50 gift card. Winner will be announced July 2 and contacted by email. They will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. 

I hope you enjoy reading No Ocean Too Wide!  Thank you for being a faithful reader! 

Blessings and happy reading,

Carrie

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Across the Blue On Sale!

Hi Friends, just a quick note to let you know my English historical novel, Across the Blue is on sale for $1.99 wherever you buy eBooks! 

Across the Blue was a finalist for the Selah Award and has more than 120 great reviews on Amazon with a 4.7-Star rating. Readers say they enjoyed the romance and mystery as well as taking a first-hand look at early aviation and the race to be the first to fly across the English Channel.  

If you haven’t read Across the Blue yet, I hope you’ll download a copy and join Bella and James on this high-flying, inspiring adventure! Just click this link to learn more and for easy links to purchase your copy. This sale price is only available in the US.

Blessings and Happy Reading,

Carrie

No Ocean Too Wide Cover Design

Hi Friends, Only two weeks until the release of No Ocean Too Wide! I’m very excited to share this new story with you. Here’s what author Roseanna White said about it, “In this heartwarming story about the lengths to which a family will go to protect one another, Turansky deftly weaves a tale that combines a sometimes shocking history with a tender romance. This beautiful story will breathe hope into readers’ hearts.”

I come from a family of artists, and I was a fine arts major in college, so the cover design of my novels is very important to me. I’m grateful the team at WaterBrook Multnomah allows me to have some input on my covers, but it’s not all up to me. There are many people who give input as the cover comes together and is finalized, and I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the steps in designing the cover for No Ocean Too Wide

Back in August of 2018 I filled out the author questionnaire for my publisher and included a link to my Pinterest board with images of my characters and the settings. I also showed them two covers I liked and explained why I liked them. The heroine takes a journey across the Atlantic from England to Canada, and there is a hint of mystery as she searches for her siblings. I thought these two covers reflected the kind of feeling I was hoping for, plus I loved the color scheme of The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes.

 

 

In October of 2018 I started exchanging emails with Kristopher Orr at WaterBrook who has designed all the covers for my English historical novels. He shared the painting below with me, and we discussed the idea of showing the heroine on board a ship. He asked if I had a particular ship in mind, and I sent him an old postcard of a steam ship from that time period.

Kristopher discussed his ideas with the team at WaterBrook, and after many hours of work he sent me the first cover below left. I loved the color scheme and the heroine’s dress and hat, but I asked him to lighten her hair and brighten the sky for more contrast. I didn’t feel the ship at the bottom fit in well with the rest of the design, so I sent him more ship images. Kristopher made a few more changes to the design. My editor sent me the “final cover” on the right, and I was thrilled. Even though I was on vacation, I shared the cover online that afternoon, and the response was very encouraging. My readers loved it and shared it all over social media. 

 

That evening I received an email that said they were pulling that cover and looking for a new design. I was surprised and uncertain what to do about all those posts and shares, but I kept quiet until we had a new “final cover.” 

A phone call from my editor helped me understand why they were making the change. WaterBrook is a division of Random House, and the team in New York felt a design that focused on the children in the story would make a stronger statement and give No Ocean Too Wide a broader appeal. Now that I see the final image, with the ship more set off in the fog and the children larger and brighter, I see their point.  

 

No Ocean Too Wide is a richly woven novel of heartache and hope that shines a light on the unjust child emigration scheme that sent more than 100,000 poor and orphaned children from England to Canada between the years of 1869 and 1939. I hope you’ll preorder your copy so you can be one of the first to read it when it releases June 25th! Stop by my website to learn more about the story and to order your copy.

Until Next Time, Happy Reading,

Carrie

The Medallion

Hi Friends, I’m excited to tell you about a wonderful new WW2 novel, The Medallion, by Cathy Gohlke that just released today. I had the privilege of reading an early copy for endorsement, and I think all those who enjoy reading historical fiction will want to get a copy of this outstanding novel.

Here’s my endorsement for The Medallion: “Once again Cathy Gohlke takes us back to WW2 and gives us a deep and powerful story that captures the depth of love and the power of forgiveness in a time a great trial. The events are gripping, and the characters are so real you will remember them long after you finish the book. Five-Stars and highly recommended!”

Back Cover Copy:  An illuminating tale of courage, sacrifice, and survival.

Two couples’ lives are ravaged by Hitler’s mad war but forever linked through the fate of one little girl.

Warsaw, 1939. The German blitzkrieg has shattered the city. As Sophie Kumiega awaits news of her husband, deployed with the Polish Air Force, she is determined to keep her unborn baby safe. She didn’t count on being drawn into the dangerous and all-consuming plight of her neighbors.

Rosa and Itzhak Dunovich never imagined welcoming their longed-for first child in the Jewish ghetto, or letting anything tear their family apart. But Rosa soon faces a terrifying reality: to save their daughter’s life, she must send her into hiding. Her only hope of finding her after the war—if any of them survive—is the half medallion she places around her daughter’s neck.

Inspired by true events of Poland’s darkest days and brightest heroes, The Medallion paints a stunning portrait of war and its aftermath, daring us to believe that when all seems lost, God can make a way forward.

Three-time Christy, and two-time Carol and INSPY Award-winning author, Cathy Gohlke, writes novels steeped with inspirational lessons from history. Her stories reveal how people break the chains that bind them and triumph over adversity through faith. When not traveling to historic sites for research, she, her husband, and their dog Reilly, divide their time between Northern Virginia and the Jersey Shore, enjoying time with their grown children and grandchildren. Visit her website at www.cathygohlke.com and find her on Facebook at Cathy Gohlke Books.

Cathy is a dear friend, and she has been a great support to me on my writing journey. She always encourages me to look to the Lord for direction and insight in my writing and keep pressing on to all He has in store for us. It’s a real joy to share her new book with you!

You can learn more about the story at Cathy’s website. I hope you’ll get hold of a copy of The Medallion. I’m sure you will be touched by this moving story.

Happy Reading – Until Next Time,

Carrie 

 

New Fiction for June 2019

Hi Friends, here are the some of the new novels releasing this month from American Christian Fiction Writer member authors. More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.


Contemporary Romance:
The Art of Rivers by Janet Ferguson — Can a woman whose life has been damaged by addiction trust her heart to a man in recovery? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

Cross My Heart by Robin Lee Hatcher — Horse rescue farmer Ashley helps Ben start an equine therapy barn on his great-great grandfather’s farm. When they consider a relationship together, her bitter experience with her opioid addict brother reins in any hope for a future with Ben, who is five years in recovery from alcoholism. Ben knows that with God, all things are possible—but will Ashley find it within herself to give love a chance? (Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

Risking Love by Toni Shiloh — Nikki lives with a perfect trifecta of noes. No guys. No dates. No way. After years of keeping men at bay, Nikki Gordon has it down to a science. No one, not even sweet, hunky Shorty Smalls can change her mind. Period. So if she’s got it all figured out, why does her heart sink to her toes when she sees Shorty with another woman? (Contemporary Romance from Celebrate Lit)


General:

Uncharted Destiny by Keely Brooke Keith — When Bailey sets out to rescue her lost friend in the Land’s dangerous mountain terrain, she discovers more about the Land—and herself—than she bargained for. (General from Edenbrooke Press)

Six Houses Down by Kari Rimbey — Two days after Sharon Webster’s distant husband returns for a surprise visit, their autistic son slips out of the house and is lost in historic Washington D. C. As they search for their boy, Sharon is forced to rely on the husband she believes no longer loves her. An elderly black couple down the street seems to understand her unspoken hurts. Has God sent them to help her find trust again? (General Contemporary, Independently Published)


Historical:
The Medallion by Cathy Gohlke — The Nazi blitzkrieg of Warsaw shattered every citizen’s life! British librarian Sophie Kumiega awaits news of her deployed husband. In the Jewish ghetto, Rosa Dunovich welcomes her first child. But she soon realizes that to keep her daughter safe, she must send her into hiding. Will the dark days ahead draw these two women together? (Historical novel from Tyndale.)

The Kings Mercy by Lori Benton — When captured rebel Scotsman Alex MacKinnon is granted the king’s mercy-exile to the Colony of North Carolina-he’s indentured to Englishman Edmund Carey as a blacksmith. Against his will Alex is drawn into the struggles of Carey’s slaves and those of his stepdaughter, Joanna Carey. A mistress with a servant’s heart, Joanna is expected to wed her father’s overseer, Phineas Reeves, but finds herself drawn instead to the new blacksmith. As their unlikely relationship deepens, successive tragedies strike the Careys. When blame falls unfairly upon Alex he flees to the distant mountains where he encounters Reverend Pauling, itinerate preacher and friend of the Careys, now a prisoner of the Cherokees. Haunted by his abandoning of Joanna, Alex tries to settle into life with the Cherokees, until circumstances thwart yet another attempt to forge his freedom and he’s faced with the choice that’s long hounded him: continue down his rebellious path or embrace the faith of a man like Pauling, whose freedom in Christ no man can steal. But the price of such mercy is total surrender, and perhaps Alex’s very life. (Historical novel from WaterBrook Multnomah, Penguin Random House)

In the Shadow of the King by Melissa Rosenberger — Beset by doubts and jealousy about prophecies spoken over her brother Yeshua, Hannah struggles to see the truth before her eyes until it is too late…or is it? (Historical from Carpenter’s Son Publishing)


Historical Romance:

This Healing Journey by Misty M. Beller — An adventure-seeking wilderness girl and an ex-cavalryman looking to settle down fall in love while caring for a wounded Indian child that shows up in his barn. Will their differences keep them apart or become their greatest strengths? (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

Ever Faithful by Karen Barnett A man who can’t read will never amount to anything–or so Nate Webber believes. But he takes a chance to help his family by signing up for the new Civilian Conservation Corps, skirting the truth about certain “requirements.” Nate exchanges the harsh Brooklyn streets for the wilds of Yellowstone National Park, curious if the Eden-like wonderland can transform him as well. 
     Elsie Brookes was proud to grow up as a ranger’s daughter, but she longs for a future of her own. After four years serving as a maid in the park’s hotels, she still hasn’t saved enough money for her college tuition. A second job, teaching a crowd of rowdy men in the CCC camp, might be the answer, but when Elsie discovers Nate’s secret, it puts his job as camp foreman in jeopardy. Tutoring leads to friendship and romance, until a string of suspicious fires casts a dark shadow over their relationship. Can they find answers before all of their dreams go up in smoke? (Historical Romance, WaterBrook Multnomah, Penguin Random House)

Where Dandelions Bloom by Tara Johnson — On the run from her abusive father and arranged marriage, Cassie Kendrick disguises herself and joins the Union army as Thomas Turner! Then she meets Gabriel Avery, a photographer’s assistant who is anxious to erase the darkness and guilt of his own past. Can this unlikely pair forgive themselves and trust the future to God? (Historical Romance from Tyndale.)

Cameo Courtships by Susanne Dietze, Debra E. Marvin, Jennifer Uhlarik, and Kathleen Y’Barbo — In 1851, a special cameo is gifted by Queen Victoria to Letitia Newton, who though considered an old maid, meets the perfect gentleman minutes after donning. Told by the Queen the cameo is to be shared, Letitia gifts the “Victoria Cameo” to a woman in her family, hoping adventure and romance will follow each of its subsequent wearers. Adventure indeed follows two competing journalists, one of whom carries the cameo while looking to expose a smuggler, a trouser-wearing frontierswoman and a reverend who are on a mission to ransom the cameo from a manipulative brothel owner, two Pinkertons who are charged with the care of the cameo but must rely on one another when the cameo is once again stolen, and a young woman who doubts the cameo can help her when a handsome Scottish library administrator ruins her dream of overseeing the new Carnegie Library children’s department and keeps a social chasm between himself and her father. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Mail-Order Refuge by Cindy Regnier — Carly Blair from Baltimore buys a train ticket to Kansas where she will become the wife of a man she’s never met. She must leave Baltimore to escape the evil plans her ex-fiance has for using her artistic talents for a counterfeit operation. Rand Stafford, Kansas cattle rancher is looking after his two orphaned nieces, but knows they need a mother. He’s not interested in love since being left at the altar so he advertises for a mail-order bride, willing to do whatever it takes to give Mary Jo and Jenna a proper home and upbringing. Can Carly and Rand find love where they least expect it, or will the shadows of the past dash their hopes for the future? (Historical Romance from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky — 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? A richly woven novel of heartache and hope that highlights child emigration of British Home Children to Canada. (Historical Romance from Waterbrook/Multnomah [Random House])


Romantic Suspense:

Darkwater Truth by Robin Caroll — Adelaide Fountaine, general manager, is enthusiastically renovating parts of the Darkwater Inn. Her intentions come to a screeching halt when a skeleton is found behind a makeshift wall—an axe beside it. As Adelaide works alongside owner Dimitri Pampalon and Detective Beau Savoie, the two men who have been pursuing her heart, she learns the eerie death has tentacles that reach deep into the seedy past of both the Darkwater Inn and the evil underground of New Orleans. The past and the present collide as the stakes are upped—not only for Adelaide’s heart, but for her very life and her father’s life as well. The threats are deadly, the coils of evil are tightening around everyone involved, and they are more powerful than anyone could have ever imagined. (Romantic Suspense, Independently Published)

Over the Line by Kelly Irvin — Gabriela’s brother is missing, he’s a suspect in a murder, and she’s in the cross hairs of a criminal organization. The only person who can help her is the one man she can’t trust. Will Gabby & Eli find her brother before it’s too late? (Romantic Suspense from HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

Long Walk Home by DiAnn Mills — As an Arab Christian pilot for a relief organization, Paul Farid feels called to bring supplies to his war-torn countrymen in southern Sudan. But with constant attacks from Khartoum’s Islamic government, the villagers have plenty of reasons to distrust Paul, and he wonders if the risks he’s taking are really worth his mission. American doctor Larson Kerr started working with the Sudanese people out of a sense of duty and has grown to love them all, especially Rachel Alier, her young assistant. But despite the years she’s spent caring for them, her life feels unfulfilled. It’s a void noticed both by Paul and by Rachel’s older brother, Colonel Ben Alier of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army. When Rachel is abducted, Paul, Ben, and Larson agree to set aside their differences to form an unlikely alliance and execute a daring rescue. Their faith and beliefs tested, each must find the strength to walk the path God has laid before them, to find their way home. (Romantic Suspense from Tyndale House)

The Last Chaplain by Carl M. White — At the request of Pastor John Grant, the last chaplain of the United States Senate, Lisa Smithy embarks on the adventure of a lifetime: find a former Senate staff member and convince him to reveal to a DC reporter the plot that led to Dr. Grant’s removal and the discrediting of his best friend, a United States Senator. From the South, to the West, to the Midwest, evil men are desperate to stop her, and romance surprisingly finds her. Can she bring together the former Senate staffer who knows all and the Washington reporter who can tell all, while eluding the men who would end it all? (Romantic Suspense from Austin Brothers Publishers)

Until Next Time, Happy Reading,

Carrie

The Governess of Highland Hall on Sale

Hi Friends, just a quick note to let you know The Governess of Highland Hall eBook is on sale for $1.99 wherever you buy eBooks! It’s the first book in the Edwardian Brides Series and is set in England in 1911. 

The Governess of Highland Hall was a finalist for the ACFW Carol Award and has more than 260 great reviews on Amazon. Here’s what readers are saying about this book:

“I absolutely LOVED this book. The setting was so lovely and nostalgic, and the characters were very real to me. I loved the twists the story line took.” Brenda T.

“This book was so good! I hated to put it down. I listened and read it with the whisper sync option. I thought of The Sound of Music with the governess falling for the children’s father and how he was so distant at first. There was also a secondary romance that I really enjoyed. I have already downloaded the second book in the series, The Daughter of Highland Hall. I highly recommend it to any historical fiction lovers in the Edwardian era.” Dana M.

“The author creates clear, colorful images of personalities and their choices at an English estate as laws & customs were changing in early 20th Century. Reminiscent of Downton Abbey, with its upstairs/downstairs stories, this is a grace-filled, fascinating read.” Ginny F.

You can read the first chapter and learn more about The Governess of Highland Hall on my website. I also have easy order links so you can download and enjoy your copy today.

Until Next Time . . . Happy Reading,

Carrie

Celebrating Moms and Daughters

Hi Friends, May is the month to celebrate moms and show our love and appreciation for all they have done for us. Read on for a special Mother’s Day Giveaway! ***Update: the winner of the Mother’s Day Giveaway is Haley Pye.

My mom, Dorothy Swain, was a wonderful artist, quilter, seamstress, and writer. She enjoyed decorating our home and making it a special place. We used to joke about never trying to walk through the living room in the dark because Mom might have rearranged the furniture since we’d last looked. From the time I was a young child, she put a paintbrush in my hands and encouraged my creativity.

Mom used to sew most of my clothes. I remember seeing her bending over the sewing machine when I went to bed and then waking up to find a new dress finished and ready to wear. Mom passed away before my books were published, but I know she’d be happy to have another writer in the family. In the photo at left: my mom and I at my cousin’s wedding when I was 21. 

My Mother-in-law, Shirley Turansky, is a treasure. She continues what my mom started, encouraging me to use my gifts and talents. She is a huge supporter of my writing and often tells her friends about my books. I am very blessed to have these wonderful women in my life. In the photo above: Carrie, Shirley, and my oldest daughter, Melissa. 

Now I hope to pass on that blessing and encouragement to my daughters Melissa, Lizzy, and Megan, my daughters-in-law Melinda and Galan, and my granddaughters Hanalei, Sahlor, and Lenna. In the photos below. Top left: Melinda and Hanalei. Top Right: Galan and Sahlor. Bottom left: Melissa and Lenna. Bottom right: Lizzy and Megan. 

In honor of Mother’s Day, I’m giving away an advanced reader copy of No Ocean Too Wide. It releases June 25th. Click on the cover for more info. To enter the giveaway tell me one reason you appreciate your mom in the comments below. Giveaway ends Monday May 13th, 9:00 pm Eastern time. The giveaway is for US residents only. 

Thank you for keeping me in your prayers as I go through colon cancer treatments during the next three months. God has been giving me strength and encouragement each day. And I’m very grateful for the love and support of my friends and family! 

Blessings and Happy Mother’s Day!

Carrie