Across the Blue

Finalist for the 2019 Selah Award and the 2019 ACFW Carol Award.

Before 1909, flying across the English Channel seemed an impossible feat–but James Drake, a brave young aviator, was willing to try. Set in Edwardian England and ideal for readers who enjoy Julie Klassen novels, this romance about an English aviation pioneer and the girl who falls in love with him is filled with adventure and faith.

Within the palatial surroundings of her family’s Edwardian estate, Isabella Grayson longs for something more. Despite her father’s success as a newspaper baron and her own journalistic talents, her parents want her to marry an established aristocrat to improve their social standing rather to pursue her dream of writing for one of her father’s newspapers.

When aspiring aviator James Drake crashes his flying machine on the Grayson’s expansive grounds, he is surprised to learn he landed on the property of the very man who is sponsoring the race to fly across the English Channel–a race James is desperate to win. And although Bella’s striking beauty and intellect capture his attention, James must remain focused on his goals is he has any hope of building an honorable reputation apart from his parents’ shameful past.

As the race draws closer and unexpected events threaten to turn James and Bella’s world upside down, will their faith and love be strong enough to help them overcome the challenges ahead?


Author: Carrie Turansky
Genre: English historical romance
Publisher: Multnomah
Publication Year: February 2018


Across the Blue provides a fascinating insight into the early days of aviation whilst also delving into questions of identity. Readers of sweet romance will enjoy the blossoming relationship between a young man of questionable birth and the young lady of privilege, whose dreams surge beyond societal expectation. Carrie masterfully weaves issues of faith and vivid descriptions into this story of hope and determination, with exciting scenes destined to make your pulse soar!”

– Carolyn Miller

author of Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series

“Carrie Turansky’s latest novel swept me back a hundred years into the elegant world of a wealthy British family named Grayson and the dangerous mission of an aviator intent on crossing the English Channel with his flying machine. Once again, I savored Carrie’s beautiful description of England, and as a writer and daughter of a commercial pilot, I thoroughly enjoyed learning about both aviation and journalism in 1909. With its compelling mystery and romance, Across the Blue was a pure delight to read!”

– Melanie Dobson

award-winning author of Catching the Wind and Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor

“With all the elegance and intrigue of Downton Abbey, Across the Blue is an exciting tale that features the race to be the first to fly across the English Channel. I admired the spunk in heroine Isabella Grayson and her dream to become a journalist. She’s the perfect match for the determined James Drake, a hero that lives on even after you close the book. This story is one of Carrie Turansky’s finest!”

– Michelle Griep

award-winning historical romance author of 12 Days at Bleakly Manor

“Turansky brings readers an inspirational, heartwarming story set in 1909 England that will both delight them and tug at their hearts. Strong pacing, a solid, engaging plot and endearing characters make Turansky’s latest a captivating read.”

– RT Reviews, Melanie Bates

“Turansky soars to new heights in this fun Edwardian inspirational romance. She lands a perfectly pious but passionate ending for this pleasing early 20th-century romance.”

– Publisher’s Weekly

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Across the Blue is available in Dutch!

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