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,



33 thoughts on “Celebrating a New Contract!

    • Thank you, Cathy! It has been such heart-stirring research. I’m eager to weave in the true events into this story and bring it to light.

  1. Excellent and exciting news, Carrie. I ditto what all the previous commenters have said … Your diligent research will serve you well in these books. (BTW, am so enjoying “Across the Blue”. Taking it slowly to better ingest the tale.

  2. As a descendant and an advocate for the British Home Children, it is really wonderful to see you pick up on the story and share this important part of Canada and British History in your books. I can’t wait for it to be finished!

    • Thank you, Lori! I’ve learned so much from the information you’ve shared at the website, in the newsletters, and through the Facebook group. Thank you!

  3. Congratulations, Carrie! That’s great news for you AND us! The premise for your series sounds fascinating. Write fast!!

  4. Excellent! I’ll be sure to look for your books when they are finished. WaterBrook Multnomah is a name that is familiar to me, since I prefer Christian books. I had actually approached another popular Christian author who writes historical fiction and suggested she look into the theme of British Home Children, which is not a well-known subject, other than to those of us who are descendants. She never responded, but I’m so thrilled to see that you are taking up the torch to tell their stories.

    • The research has really opened my eyes to an important issues that many have never heard of. I want to shine a light on British Home Children and make sure their story is known.

  5. Congratulations on the new contract, Carrie! I am really excited about both books. They might end up rivaling Kim Sawyer’s My Heart Remembers for me, as they sound comparable to that one, and it’s my favorite of her stories. If you need an extra proofreader on either of them, it would be my pleasure to work with you again.


  6. This looks fascinating! Congrats on the new contract. It makes me think of Hazel Gaynor’s book, A Memory of Violets. I didn’t know British children were sent to Canada. I’m looking forward to reading your new books.

  7. I have been a long time fan of yours, and look forward to each new book you write. I buy a book, share with a very good friend, then eventually give them away. I always keep your books, because they are so special to me. Thanks for giving me many hours of entertainment. Glad you have a new contract, can’t wait for the new book.

    • Hi Peggy, thank you for your kind comments! I’m so happy to hear you’ve enjoyed my books. Blessings to you!

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