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

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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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

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #4

Hi Friends,  Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all 27 stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 5 grand prizes!

  • The hunt BEGINS on 3/14 at noon MST with Stop #1 at LisaTawnBergren.com.
  • Hunt through our loop using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer).
  • There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt—you have all weekend (until Sunday, 3/17 at midnight MST)! So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you discover new authors/new books and learn new things about them.
  • Submit your entry for the grand prizes by collecting the CLUE on each author’s scavenger hunt post and submitting your answer in the Rafflecopter form at Stop #27. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way!

It’s my pleasure to introduce my friend and fellow author, Jody Hedlund. We share a love for writing historical fiction, and I’ve enjoyed reading many of Jody’s books.

Here is a brief summary of Jody’s upcoming novel, The Reluctant Bride, which releases in June:  Living in London’s poorest slum, Mercy Wilkins has little hope of a better life. When she’s offered an opportunity to join a bride ship sailing to British Columbia, she agrees. Wealthy and titled Joseph Colville leaves home and takes to the sea in order to escape the pain of losing his family. As ship’s surgeon, he’s in charge of the passengers’ welfare aboard the Tynemouth, including sixty brides-to-be. He has no immediate intention of settling down, but when Mercy becomes his assistant, the two must fight against a forbidden love.

WHY IN THE WORLD DID WOMEN JOIN BRIDE SHIPS?

By Jody Hedlund

What is a bride ship and did they really exist?

A bride ship was the term applied to women who sailed from England to one of the motherland’s distant colonies with the intention of marrying Englishmen already there and helping settle the new lands.

Yikes! Sounds pretty crazy, huh?

When I first heard of the concept of bride ships, I was utterly horrified and fascinated by the idea that women would willingly board ships, leave everything they’d ever known behind, and sail to a strange land, all for the purpose of marrying complete strangers.

I couldn’t help but ask myself what kind of woman would do such a thing and why?

In the early 1860s England sent bride ships to British Columbia in Canada. The colony was overflowing with male settlers, primarily because of a gold rush that had occurred in the Canadian Rockies.

An 1861 census showed that females only made up 11% of the population there. With so few women available, men who wanted wives had slim pickings. One minister in British Columbia writing to his supporters said: “Dozens of men have told me they would gladly marry if they could.”

But again, why would women leave the security of their homes and lives to marry strangers? What sort of desperation did these women face that would drive them to take part in a bride ship?

One of the many reasons women left was because of lack of marriageable men. By the early 1860’s, a census stated that there were 600,000 more women than men in England, mainly as a result of so many men already having gone to America or British colonies to find work.

I hope you will read my upcoming release, A Reluctant Bride, to discover more reasons why women joined bride ships!

What about YOU? Does the idea of joining a bride ship sound as crazy to you as it does to me? 

Jody Hedlund is the best-selling author of over twenty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award. She lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy teens, and five spoiled cats.

Here’s the Stop #4 Skinny:

You can pre-order Jody’s book, The Reluctant Bride, on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD or at your local bookstore! 

Clue to Write Down: these

Link to Stop #5, the Next Stop on the Loop: Jody Hedlund’s own site!

But wait!  Before you go, I’m giving away two copies of my books to two entrants — Across the Blue or Shine Like the Dawn —  paperback or eBook, your choice. All you have to do is fill out the Raffelcopter form below. (USA only) Winners will be announced on March 18th.  

 

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Until Next Time, Happy Reading,

Carrie

Seeking His Love Giveaway!

Hi Friends, 

Today is release day for Seeking His Love, and I’m excited to tell you about this heartwarming, contemporary romance. It’s the first of three books in the Bayside Treasures Series. Each story is set in beautiful Fairhaven, Washington, and is prefect for readers who enjoy books by Denise Hunter and Becky Wade. You’ll also meet a fun group of matchmaking, senior-age friends who are intent on helping their younger friends and family members find lasting love. You can look forward to reading A Man to Trust this summer, and Snowflake Sweethearts in the fall. That’s right, all three novels will release in 2019!

 

Click over to my website to learn more about Seeking His Love and read the first chapter. I also have a link to my Pinterest board with photos of the characters and setting  to help you visualize the story.  Seeking His Love was originally published in 2010 and has been revised and updated for new readers to enjoy. It’s available as an eBook for only $2.99 and in paperback for $10.95. I hope you’ll order your copy!

Join me on Friday, February 15th, 8:00pm Eastern for a fun Facebook Live Launch Party. I’ll share behind the scene info about the book, and there will be some fun games and giveaways! The party will take place on my Facebook author page. RSVP to receive a reminder the day of the party.

I’m celebrating the launch of Seeking His Love with a Cozy Winter’s Evening Giveaway, which includes: A pretty plush throw, A box of Earl Grey Tea with Lavender (my favorite), a 20 oz. Yeti Tumbler to keep your tea warm, and some delicious chocolates.  

This giveaway is open February 12 – 17. A US winner will receive the gifts pictured above. If an international winner is chosen, she will receive a $50 Amazon gift card instead. Fill out the Raffelcopter form below to enter the giveaway!

Seeking His Love is available in Paperback and eBook versions through Amazon. If you enjoy the story I hope you’ll post your review online and share your thoughts with me and on social media. Thanks very much!

Until Next Time, Happy Reading!

Carrie 

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No Ocean Too Wide Cover Reveal!

Hi Friends,

I’m excited to share the beautiful new cover design for my next English historical novel, No Ocean Too Wide! I love the fresh color scheme and movement in the design. They are perfect for this story that shares the trials and triumphs of the McAllister siblings when the three youngest are sent from England to Canada as British Home Children, and their oldest sister must follow them there.

Here’s a bit more about the story: When Laura McAllister, a young lady’s maid, learns her three siblings have been taken from their mother and emigrated to Canada without her mother’s knowledge or permission, Laura determines to search for them and reunite the family. But lack of funds and resistance from authorities push her to use a false name and take a position with a child emigration society to gain passage to Canada. Andrew Frasier, a wealthy young lawyer, is surprised to see his mother’s former lady’s maid on board ship escorting a group of child immigrants, especially when she uses a different name. Laura eventually convinces Andrew to help her search for her siblings and uncover the truth about the treatment of British Home Children. Romantic feelings grow between this unlikely couple, and though they have different backgrounds, they share a growing faith and desire to seek justice and relief for the McAllister family and those who are mistreated as British Home Children.

Inspiring and hope-filled, No Ocean Too Wide will touch your heart and lift your spirit. I’m looking forward to sharing it with you when it releases June 25, 2019! It’s available for pre-order at WaterBrook Multnomah and other online retailers. 

 

Until Next Time – Happy Reading,

Carrie

Free eBook Celebrating the 4th of July!

Hi Friends,

I hope you have some special plans to relax and enjoy the 4th of July this coming week! In honor of Independence day I’m offer you a free eBook copy of Surrendered Hearts!  This  contemporary inspirational romance is set in Vermont in the summer and includes a fun 4th of July scene. Surrendered Hearts is the winner of the International Digital Award, and has more than 180 great reviews on Amazon. This free offer ends 7/4, so be sure to download your copy at Amazon right away! Thanks for sharing the free ebook offer with your friends! 

Until Next Time, Happy Reading!

Carrie

June Giveaway

Hi Friends, 

I hope you’re getting ready to enjoy a great summer! Do you have vacation plans? I did some traveling earlier this month, and now I need to settle in and finish writing my current work in progress, Finding Her Way Home. Researching and writing about British Home Children has been quite a heart-tugging journey, especially as I’ve grown to love my characters. I’m looking forward to sharing this new story with you next year.

Summer is a great time to relax and enjoy reading some new novels. Each month I’m hosting a special giveaway for my newsletter subscribers. My email newsletter goes out every other month with book news, giveaways, recipes, and encouraging articles. I hope you’ll subscribe at he box on the upper right, and then leave a comment below this post to enter this month’s giveaway. If you already subscribe to my newsletter, just mention that in your comment, and I will put your name in the drawing!  I will announce the winner the first week of July and announce the next giveaway here on my blog, so check back often!

 

June giveaway books:  I have two wonderful historical novels for you — A Rebel Heart by Beth White and Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson.

Here’s what I wrote about A Rebel Heart in my endorsement: “With great skill, Beth White combines intriguing history with inspiring romance, and then adds a good measure of mystery and suspense to her newest novel, A Rebel Heart. From the first page to the last, readers will be wrapped up in Selah’s quest to restore her family’s stately Mississippi home and charmed by the touching romance. Levi’s investigation to solve a series of robberies and find out who is behind the mysterious incidents that threaten Selah and her family will keep reader guessing and turning pages until the very end.”

“Intricate and lyrical, Catching the Wind tells interwining stories of lost souls and faithful hearts. Once again, Melanie Dobson pens a novel full of fascinating histroical details and characters as real as your best friends–and worst enemies. Engrossing, beautiful, and thoughtful, this is a novel to be savored.” — Sarah Sundin, award-winning author of When Tides Turn.

For more information about these books and authors, just click on the covers above. 

I have some fun news to share–Shine Like the Dawn won the HOLT Medallion Award last weekend for best Long Inspirational Novel! The HOLT Medallion is sponsored by the Virginia Romance Writers of America and judged by readers. If you haven’t read it yet, I hope you’ll purchase a copy and enjoy it this summer. Click on the cover for links to your favorite retailer.

Thank you for connecting with me and helping me spread the word about my books! I appreciate you!

Until Next Time, Happy Reading,

Carrie

Where Two Hearts Meet on Sale!

Hi Friends,

Where Two Hearts Meet is on sale for .99 cents for a limited time! This double novella collection features two sister who own the Sweet Something Teashop. The stories are set in Princeton, near where I live, so it was fun to include local sights and events! It’s available as an eBook or paperback. Purchase your copy at this link. 

Tea for Two – Allison Bennett, co-owner of a financially strapped teashop in Princeton, New Jersey, receives a large anonymous check that saves her business. But she has no idea who sent it. Could it be from Peter Hillinger, the wealthy businessman who owns the shop next door and wants to win Allison’s heart? Or is it from Tyler Lawrence, Allison’s old boyfriend, who returns to town claiming a renewed faith and a changed life? Allison doesn’t know whom to trust. Should she follow her head or heart, or is there Someone else who can guide her toward the best path for her future?

Wherever Love Takes Us – After twenty-five years of marriage, Matt and Tessa Malone are struggling to recover financially and rebuild trust following a business failure. When Matt inherits property in Oregon, he wants to move the family there to make a fresh start. But Tessa can’t imagine giving up the cozy teashop she co-owns with her sister, or leaving her friends and family in Princeton. Whose dream will they follow, and how much will it cost their family? Can they resolve their differences and rebuild a love that seems lost?

Would you like to see the characters and setting for Where Two Hearts Meet? Take a look at the Pinterest Board. I hope you’ll take advantage of this great sale price and enjoy reading Where Two Hearts Meet!

Until Next Time – Happy Reading,

Carrie

Celebrating a New Contract!

Hi Friends,

I’m excited to share that I recently signed a new contract with WaterBrook Multnomah for two more English historical novels! The research for these stories has really gripped my heart, and I’m working hard to weave what I’ve been learning about British Home Children into an engaging and inspiring plot. Here’s a bit of background about British Home Children.

From the 1860s – 1930s more than 100,000 poor and orphaned British children were taken from their homes and families and sent to Canada. A few of the younger ones were adopted, but most became indentured household servants and farm laborers. Some were well treated, but many suffered because of prejudice, neglect, isolation, and abuse. These two books will tell the story of the McAlister Family and their struggle to be reunited after the three youngest siblings are separated from their mother and sent to Canada as British Home Children. The oldest sister, Laura, is determined to find her siblings and reunite her family, but she can’t do it alone. Laura teams up with Andrew Frasier, a wealthy young lawyer, who is investigating child emigration to Canada on behalf of the British government. Together they search for her siblings and seek to bring about changes to help British Home Children and their families.

The working title for the first book is An Ocean Between Us, but that may change. It’s due to release Fall 2019. Would you like to see the Characters and setting? Click on over to my An Ocean Between Us Pinterest board and take a look.

That’s all for now. I’m off to write the next chapter!

Blessings and Happy Reading,

Carrie