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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218 thoughts on “No Ocean Too Wide Launch Giveaway

  1. I had heard about the British Home Children and child emigration from England to Canada before reading this post, but it has been through your posts that I’ve learned the most about this historical phenomenon. I’m eager to read your new book.

  2. This was new information to me. My favorite historical books are those from which I learn as I enjoy the stories. “No Ocean Too Wide” is on my wishlist.

  3. I had not heard about the British Home Children until I learned about this story. I hope to read it to learn more about this immigration. I love historical fiction. Thanks, Carrie Turansky for giving us this story!

  4. Happy Release Day Carrie! I look forward to learning more about the British home children. It sounds really good!

  5. No, I hadn’t heard of the British Home Children until I read the reviews for your new book. I’m looking forward to learning about this period in history. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

  6. I hadn’t heard about the British Home Children before this book! It’s so sad how many children have been displaced throughout history due to poverty or hardship.

  7. I had not heard of the Children being sent to Canada. No Ocean Too Wide brings this story to life and helps shed light on the horrors a lot of the children went through. Great summer read!

  8. I love historical novels so much! I can learn so much history that I never knew about and enjoy a great novel at the same time! Can’t wait to read this book.

  9. Thank you so much for your work in helping raise awareness of the British Home Children. Two of my great uncles were BHCs and I know from your comments on the relevant Facebook pages that you have worked hard to make the experiences described in your book as authentic as possible. Really looking forward to reading it 🙂

  10. This a super generous giveaway, Carrie! I had not heard of the British Home children prior to your book. I found it fascinating history and awfully sad too. Thank you for bringing these stories to life again and sharing them with us. Praying for you often~

  11. My Grampa Frost was a BHC who came from Birmingham, England to Balmoral, Cape Breton, NS in 1904. He had a younger sister who went to Victoria, Cape Breton and a younger sister who went to Sydney, Cape Breton. Once married my Grampa raised a BHC named Arnold Stillgoe who was killed in the war.

    • Isn’t that interesting? I regularly watched The Waltons as a child and I also read a book (more than once) which another commenter mentioned featured the BHC, yet I have no memory of it. I recall war orphans, but not that British kids were sent to Canada, nor ever hearing of the BHC by name. Memory is such a fascinating thing.

  12. This was new information to me. . .I love learning history through fiction books though. I can’t wait to read this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

  13. I had been reading some atrocities about child “care” in recent books, but this was completely new details of a sad past!

  14. maryarnold84@gmail.com my mom and her brother , were both Dr. Barnardo children… My Mom , Nellie came to Canada in 1912, my Uncle John , came 2xs, when he was 5 , he was sent back because of being incontinent, and then resent when he was 8… they did not know of each other until after the first war, where John served with the Black Watch, he found out , on leave he had a sister in Canada , and when the war was over his search began and ended sometime in the 1930’s……such a sad part of History and only now are some beginning to find out about these BHC……Good luck on your book launch

  15. Can’t wait to read this book! I am a British Home Child Descentant. My grandfather being sent to Canada, from Middlemore Home, 1893, John Henry Bowater. At the age of almost 10 years of age. Separated from his family, of 5 sisters, one also being placed in Middlemore. I keep telling our family history, and have submitted two personal stories, one to Pier 21, under British Home Children, and to a local magazine “Ageless N.B. still finding out more information as I keep searching! Thank you!

  16. I have not read about any of this before,but it sounds very interesting and I would love to win this giveaway. I’ve been wanting to read your books for a while now but I still have quite a few other books on my tbr pile before I get to this one.

  17. I had not heard about it before. I didn’t know anything about it. That’s why I love following authors because I get to learn about new things!

  18. I am really looking forward to reading this book. I am doing a lot of family research lately, and this hits me so deeply, as I hope to learn more about my ancestors from Ireland, England, France and other countries in Europe.

  19. I had not heard of the British Home Children. This book sounds fantastic and I look forward to reading it. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  20. I had known of this, as well as the Railroad Children in the US in early days… I met an old man who had been one of those and…interesting stories/life…! Amazing what some people go through in life…

  21. I hadn’t heard of the British Home Children before I heard about this book! I am so excited to read! Thank you for continuing to create wonderful stories!

  22. No, Carrie, I hadn’t heard this. That’s why I am overjoyed that you diligently researched this period for your readers!!!!! I absolutely love your Pinterest board! You are an amazing author!! God bless! You are in my and prayers 🙏

  23. I only heard about the British Home Children thru you and hearing about the upcoming book on Facebook. Since then I have watched a few videos on YouTube on that subject. Looking forward to learning more when I read your book!

  24. I hadn’t heard about all the kids shipped from England to Canada until you started posting about your book. I’m really looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. I hadn’t heard about the British Home Children, but I have heard some about child emigration from England to Canada. I look forward to reading No Ocean Too Wide!

  26. I had never heard of Carrie Turansky, nor the plight of British children during the war, until I received an email advertisement today from my local Christian Bookstore that listed this book at the top of their recommended reading page. Being a die-hard fan of historically based books, I’m eager to dig into this one. So happy to stumble across another great author!

    • Hi Dlynne, I’m so glad you received that email from the Christian bookstore and looked me up online. I hope you’ll enjoy reading No Ocean Too Wide!

  27. Since I am Canadian but live in the U.S. now I knew about this important history that was unforgettable and important. Many children were evacuated to Canada through the war for their own safety. This fascinating book is a real treasure which I would cherish.

    • Hi Anne, thanks for your comment. This book is set in the early 1900s before WW1. More than 100, 000 British Home Children came to Canada between 1859 – 1939. Most were not adopted but taken in as indentured farm laborers and domestic household servants. This is a different group than those evacuated during WW2, though the heartache of being separated from home, family, and country was probably similar. I hope you enjoy reading No Ocean Too Wide.

  28. I actually heard about children from Britain being sent to Australia and many encountering abuse. I haven’t heard about this though

  29. I had heard about the British Home Children but had not read anything in depth about it. Absoutely loved this story.

  30. I cannot wait to read this book for two specific reasons:
    1) I love all of your books.
    2) I had not heard of the British Home Children and was really interested when you started discussing it.

    Thank you for this awesome chance to get a copy of No Ocean Too Wide!

  31. Carrie I can’t wait to read this book. I have really enjoyed all your books. Praying for you. Hope you are doing well.

  32. I had never heard about the British Home Children until reading about Carrie’s book. Sounds like an interesting book.

  33. I hadn’t heard of the British Home Children before reading about No Ocean Too Wide. It sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  34. I hadn’t heard of the British Home Children by name, but I have heard about the practice of sending children away from England to other countries during the war. I especially do not like that some siblings were separated. Family should always be able to stay together.

  35. I had never heard of this migration. I’m anxious for the historical perspective on this program and Dr. Bernardo’s children.

  36. I had no idea about the British Home Children, nor that they emigrated from England to Canada. This book sounds quite fascinating.

    Romans 10:8-13

  37. Happy Release Day!! Yay!! I had not heard this either! Your book sounds like a very good page turner and I love the cover it is Beautiful! God Bless you.

  38. Sounds like a great read! Congratulations on your new release. I have heard of British Home Children in only 1 other book before this. I love when great authors bring such history to life!!

  39. I am happy to have received a copy of your book in the mail today…but its not signed, and a signed copy would be so much more special! Then I would donate my current copy to my local library so others could enjoy your writing!

  40. I had not heard of the tragic emigration, could tell you had researched thoroughly. Thank you, loved the book!

  41. How interesting. I knew of them sending children to England, but not all of this. Thanks. And thanks for the chance to win

  42. I had not heard about the British Home Children. I love historical fiction and this story sounds great! Happy Release Day!

  43. I had heard of British Home Children before. One of my favorite books when I was a kid was about these children. It was about two girls who traded places because neither wanted to go where they were being sent. They agreed to meet at the end of the war and switch back. I’m sensing a re-read is needed.

    • Jen, is the book Searching For Shona? I loved that book (and still have my copy somewhere, I believe). Even though I read it more than once, though, the BHC part didn’t stick and I thought I’d never heard of them before. Memory is so tricky.

  44. I haven’t heard about the British Home Children before reading your blog. Very interesting! Sort of reminds me of the orphan trains that were in the U.S.

  45. Congratulations on the Launch of your new book and thank you for helping get the word out about the struggles of the Brithish Home Children. My paternal grandmother was a British Home Child, a “Barnardo Girl”, who arrived at Hazelbrae in Peterborough in 1902 at age 13 after her mother died and her father remarried.

  46. I had not heard about the English sending orphans to Canada before reading Carrie’s book.
    I thought it might be about sending children to escape the war., not orphans.

  47. I had not heard of this before and want to read more. This is probably why I love history and historical fiction so much. I am from the United States and love hearing the stories on the Orphan Train Children and I think this is similar to that. Thanks for the giveaway and Congrats on the book launch!

  48. As an advocate for current-day foster children, I find the historical aspect of this book so fascinating! Having read and enjoyed at least 1 other of your books, I look forward to reading this one soon!

  49. No I hadn’t heard this before. I love learning new historical facts. It’s very interesting to me to learn of all this.

  50. I’d never heard of the British Home Children until I read about the release of this book. Thank you for tackling a difficult subject, Carrie. I look forward to reading No Ocean Too Wide.

  51. I was shocked to learn of the children being sent to Canada when they had living parents! I had not heard of the British Home Children. Your book and Jody Hedlund’s new A Reluctant Bride were eye openers for me!

  52. I had not read about the British Home Children and child emigration from England to Canada before reading this blog post. I have learned several new things from reading historical fiction. I love it when that happens. However, after reading ‘The Royal Art of Poison’ by Eleanor Herman, I have decided that I like that clean romance doesn’t horrify as the real deal does.

    • Hi Carol, I agree! I want to read and write novels that are clean, inspiring, and up lifting. It’s a challenge to write about hard topics in a way that still offers hope, but I love that challenge. I hope you’ll enjoy reading No Ocean Too Wide!

  53. I had not heard of the British Home Children and emigration, but I would love to read about it in No Ocean Too Wide.

  54. Happy Release Day!!
    I was not aware of the British Home Children and
    their emigration to Canada. Would love to read &
    review.
    Thanks for the chance.

  55. Hey! I actually hadn’t heard about the children’s society before! 😏 I did, however, pick up your other latest book the other week at Lifeway and am looking forward to reading it!! 😊

  56. I had not heard of the British Children orphanage stories. I have read about the in the U.S. however. Looking forward to this story as well!

  57. I had never heard of the British Home Children before, but had the privilege of reading and reviewing an ebook arc of your book from NetGalley. (Thought it was excellent btw.) Praying for you.

  58. Carrie Turansky, you are a wealth of information. The way you weave a story around nuggets of facts is so amazing. Your characters have depth, personalities that are so relatable and you share your faith through them in very special ways.
    Can hardly wait to read your newest book – No Ocean Too Wide.
    May the Lord bless you as you continue to use His gifts and talents in your writing career.

  59. I adored this captivating story. I learned a lot from it. Some things I learned were heartbreaking. Bring on the next book! 😍

  60. No, I have not heard of this but it sounds interesting. We are having a similar problem on the southern border between Mexico and Arizona, Texas, and California.

  61. Yes, I had heard about through an Ancestry.com “Who Do You Think You” are episode. So sad that this has happened in so many different cultures.

  62. Carrie, I did not hear of the British Home Children and child emigration to Canada before reading your post. I appreciate all this information.
    Your book sounds interesting and like a fantastic read. Always looking for new genres and authors.
    I hope I win because I want to read review this book. The cover of the book and excerpt in my opinion, well it calls to me. What I mean by that is that it gets my attention and just calls for me to read the book.

  63. Happy book birthday! I had never heard of the British home children’ per se, but I knew there had been a number of children removed World War II. It is amazing the events in history that never quite make it to the history books!

  64. Yes I have. I have read many books on WWI and WWII and have read about this before.
    Thanks so much for the chance to win your book. It looks so very interesting.

  65. I have read about the US Orphan Trains, but not about the British model of this practice. I am interested in learning more. We can never learn enough about history!

  66. I had not heard of it but knew a lot of children’s homes shipped children to other countries. I can not wait to read your book.

  67. Yes, I’ve known about the British Home Children and child emigration from England to Canada for many years.

  68. I had not heard of British Home Children and child emigration from England to Canada before reading about this book, but it has made me really eager to read this book!

  69. No, I had not heard about British Home Children and child emigration from England to Canada before reading this post. Thank you for the giveaway!

  70. I had not heard of the British home children. I recently mentioned them in a phone conversation with my sister who lives on Vancouver Island. She had heard of them and thought they were one of the reasons for so many British customs there!

  71. No I have not heard about British Home Children and child emigration from England to Canada before reading this post?

  72. I have never heard of them before this post…The story sounds so interesting….Sure would love to win so i could read the story …Thanks for giving us the chance to win.

  73. I had heard of it in passing during a history class many moons ago. I feel like I should know more than a glancing awareness.

  74. I have heard about them because in the past my hometown accepted some of those children. Can’t imagine what they went through or what they thought.

  75. I had not heard of the British Home Children prior to reading information on your upcoming book, but am eager to learn more.

  76. I have not heard about the British Home Children, but I am interested to follow your link to learn more. My interest in reading your book is also piqued.

  77. I had not heard about the British Home Children and child emigration from England to Canada before reading about your book. I am really looking forward to reading No Ocean Too Wide and learning more about this. Congratulations, Carrie, on your new book release!! 🙂

  78. I was not familiar with this program specifically but I was aware that orphan children were sent other parts of the British Empire.

  79. I have hear and read a little of The British Home Children and child emigration from England to Canada before your podtd. Your podtd have given more information. Thanks

  80. I had heard about it but not in much detail. I would like to read more. I am amazed at what the British people have done to take care of their people and their country throughout so many time periods. I just finished The Long Flight Home by Alan Hlad about using pigeons in WWII and the sacrifice of “ordinary” people is stunning. Thanks for an amazing giveaway.

  81. This sounds like a great book that would definitely engage the reader. I have heard about these children but would like to learn more. Beautiful cover!

  82. I am looking forward to reading the book. I came to learn, while doing family research that my grandfather’s brother was a BHC who came to Sherbrooke Quebec in 1911 and stayed there his whole life. Just before WW1 he tried to get his 2 brothers to come from England and work at the same place that he was working. One brother was not fit to travel and then the other (my grandfather, couldn’t go because at the time of war they stopped the migrations..I am very interested in stories about the BHC..Tina Wright

    • Thanks for sharing your family story, Tina! No Ocean Too Wide is set just about the same time your grandfather’s brother came to Canada. I hope reading the story will give you more of an idea of what it was like for him. Book 2 will feature Garth, who was a BHC and fought in the WW1.

  83. II ha I haThis book sounds amazing. I had not heard of the children before but can’t wait to find out more.

  84. I had not heard about this particular agency. I know Christians have always done what they could to help orphans, and I, of course, had heard about orphans being placed in families along the Oregon Trail. I don’t know much about Canadian history at all.

  85. I love Carrie’s books! She takes you inside another world in every story. It kinda feels like time 🧳 travel 🧳. She sets the bar high for others to keep your interest in a book. Thank you for sharing your beautiful stories! May God continue to bless you and yours.

  86. This book looks beautiful! Can’t wait to read it! I have loved all your books that I’ve read. Keep up the great work!

  87. This is the first time I have heard of this. I am interested in looking into this topic further. Thank you for catching my interest, I can’t wait to read your book

  88. I had not heard about the British Home Children before this. But now I am super excited to read this book and share it with my book club! 😊

  89. I have heard of it, I read a lot of historical books and they talked about families didn’t want their children in London with all the bombing, either they sent them to family and through other services

  90. I had heard of children emigrating to Canada and Australia because of WWII. My inlaws sailed to Canada for their honeymoon. Both had worked in the RAF during WWII.

  91. Hi, Carrie!

    Happy belated release day!

    I had heard of The British Home Orphans and the emigration from England to Canada, but know very little about it. Stories like yours are why I love historical fiction. You have a way of bringing history to life, thank you!

    Good luck to everyone entering, and thank you for such an awesome giveaway!!

    Blessings to you, and to everyone entering~💖

  92. I had never heard of the British Home children before! I’m so excited to read this book and hopefully learn a bit more along the way! I’ve had the opportunity to read several of your other books and I absolutely loved them, so I am greatly looking forward to getting my hands on this one 🙂

  93. I had not heard about British Home Children and their emigration before reading this post. I’ve always been interested in history and this book is definitely one on my reading list.

  94. I have not heard about British Home Children and child emigration from England to Canada. I have a heart for children and therefore, I am excited to read “No Ocean Too Wide” and learn more all while enjoying a cup of tea!

  95. I am a British Home Child descendant my grandfather and his brother came to Canada in 1910 they were only 7 and my grandfather was 4 I would be delighted to win this Book as I have read many of them I have books from Sandra Joyce whom we just lost as she was a great author and mentor to many. I hope I win this book if not will need to purchase keep them coming I love a good read. Thanks Trish

  96. This book is so interesting to me. I love history. I had never heard of this story before. Thanks for the chance.

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