Goodreads blurb- "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?
After the tragic loss of their father, the McAlister family is living at the edge of the poorhouse in London in 1908, leaving their mother to scrape by for her three younger children, while oldest daughter, Laura, works on a large estate more than an hour away. When Edna McAlister falls gravely ill and is hospitalized, twins Katie and Garth and seven-year-old Grace are forced into an orphans’ home before Laura is notified about her family’s unfortunate turn of events in London. With hundreds of British children sent on ships to Canada, whether truly orphans or not, Laura knows she must act quickly. But finding her siblings and taking care of her family may cost her everything.
Andrew Fraser, a wealthy young British lawyer and heir to the estate where Laura is in service, discovers that this common practice of finding new homes for penniless children might not be all that it seems. Together Laura and Andrew form an unlikely partnership. Will they arrive in time? Will their friendship blossom into something more?
Inspired by true events, this moving novel follows Laura as she seeks to reunite her family and her siblings who, in their darkest hours, must cling to the words from Isaiah: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God”."
Wow! This book has just zoomed to the top of my 2019 favorites! This was my first chance to read a book by Carrie Turansky, and I am over the moon in love with it! No Ocean Too Wide has it all- characters who will tug at your heartstrings, a unique plot, enough injustice to keep your blood boiling the entire time, and NO reason to ever put it down. I enjoyed learning about the home children. Each character was so perfect in their place. If they could do it right, I'd wish for a movie. (But they really hardly ever do it right...) I can't get over this book, and I am so sad that I have to wait till next year for the sequel. With a plot that weaves in and out, the book had me gasping and hoping and trying to orchestrate circumstances (as useless as that sounds) and I devoured every page. The chapters are long, but that's okay. You really won't be looking for a stopping point. Inspiring and touching, this book should probably be bumped to the top of your TBR list. I'd give this book more than 5 stars, but we can't break the ceiling ;)
I read this book courtesy of NetGalley