No Ocean Too Wide (McAlister Family #1) by Carrie Turansky

No Ocean Too Wide (McAlister Family #1)

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 childre...

Details No Ocean Too Wide (McAlister Family #1)

TitleNo Ocean Too Wide (McAlister Family #1)
Release DateJun 25th, 2019
PublisherMultnomah Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Christian

Reviews No Ocean Too Wide (McAlister Family #1)

  • Beth
    No Ocean Too Wide touches on a fascinating yet tragic event in history, that of about 70 years in which more than 100,000 impoverished British children were sent to Canada for a better life. Those taking them in were told they were orphans, but history has shown that this wasn't always true.It's wonderful that Turansky chose to tell a story about something that impacted so many people. I can't imagine being told that my children or my younger sib...
  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    About this book:“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 t...
  • Deanne Patterson
    This book rose right to the top of my favorite books I've read in 2019!So meticulously researched I must look into finding out more about British home children.These are children that have fallen on desperate time wether through being orphaned and having no parents and living on the streets or their parents are in dire poverty and just can't support them anymore. The children are sent to institutions where some are sent onto Canada. I love histor...
  • Deana Dick
    Be warned that boxes of tissues will be needed to read this book. I don’t know where to start with how deeply emotional this story is. The author has exceeded my expectations of how gifted a writer she is. The story is one that opened my eyes to the fate of children during a time period that was hard on many people.I had no idea that children of British descent were shipped away to Canada sometimes without real reason to rip them from their fam...
  • Kelsie
    No Ocean Too Wide Carrie Turansky No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky is historical fiction based on true events. Katie McAlister is a fourteen year old Londoner whose mother has fallen ill following her father’s recent accidental death. Katie and her siblings, twin brother Garth and seven year old Grace, are sent to a London children’s home and then emigrated to Canada without their mother’s knowledge or consent. Laura McAlister is Katie...
  • Ann
    This is a wonderfully written book! This book will draw you in on the first page. It is a wonderful reminder that God is always with us and we must trust him. I highly recommend this book. Thank you WaterBrook & Multnomah via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. This is my honest opinion of this wonderful book..
  • Carolyn Miller
    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 ne...
  • Lori
    This story deserves 5 stars and more!Carrie has done a fabulous job in telling the story of Laura, Garth , and Grace. I really admired Laura's strength and determination to search for her siblings. She is amazing!! She's very strong proof that blood is thicker than water in other words family ties are strong. She'll go to great lengths for her family.I love how Laura learns a valuable lesson along the way. Too often we forget to trust the good Lo...
  • Paula Shreckhise
    No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky is a story about a family of orphans transported to Canada by the English in 1909. One of the reasons I enjoy historical fiction is that I learn something. I had read books about the orphan trains in America but had not heard about the English “home children”. This book shows how the same orphan problem was handled very differently. It is a heart wrenching tale of a family that is split apart through death...
  • Amanda Tero
    After reading several mysteries and suspense, I enjoyed this little genre break. Because of the aforementioned books, it seemed that this one started off slow, but once I got into it, I really didn’t want to put it down—and then when I finally finished it, I still wanted to be reading it the next few days. I am definitely looking forward to book two!This is one of those sweet historical fictions. Being that I’ve done a bit of research into ...
  • Lucy
    I had to digest this book before writing my review, as it brings to life a piece of history that should not be forgotten. Carrie Turansky does a wonderful job of doing stellar research and then weaving a story that lets us view history through new eyes. My heart was aching and I felt emotionally drained when I finished and I warn you to have tissues on hand. This book struck home for me as my mom was raised in an orphanage and therefore I could i...
  • Karren Sandercock
    I had no idea that in the early 1900's over 100,000 poor, orphaned and neglected English children were sent to Canada for a better life and of course this was not always the case.No Ocean Too Wide is a fictional story about the McAlister children, Katie, Garth and Grace. When their widowed mother becomes ill the police decide to remove them from the family home and send them to live in a orphanage.Their older sister Laura is working as a ladies m...
  • Amy
    Definitely worth the read, especially if you enjoy historical fiction. I learned a lot reading this book. There were times when it really stirred my emotions and it was hard not to let it affect me. Although this is a story about the past, knowing that children still suffer these types of abuse, makes it even more important to read. Seems like no matter what time period, innocent people have ended up suffering.The focus of this book is on three c...
  • AnnaScott
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a bit slow at the beginning, but I had no idea how it was going to end, so the suspense kept me going. The history it covers is fascinating - I wasn't really even aware that Britain sent orphans over to Canada, much less that there were issues of social justice involved, and this book did such a wonderful job of going over everything and explaining it without sounding like a history lecture. I loved Laura, A...
  • Rebecca
    3.5 stars"What did she expect? This was what happened when you made a hasty decision, compromised your convictions, and tried to manipulate the situation." Laura McAllister didn't start out to be deceptive, one thing just led to another, and before she knew it her misrepresentations of the truth landed her in a situation that demanded an explanation . . . to none other than the son of her former employer, Andrew Frasier. However, drastic measures...
  • Patti Whitson Stephenson
    This poignant story of the McAlister siblings touched my heart. It’s hard to imagine children that young being placed on a boat in London; shipped to Canada; and then becoming basically indentured servants for families in Canada. It seems atrocious to us today, but that’s what happened with thousands of children in the early 1900’s. Some were placed in very good homes, but some found themselves extremely mistreated with no one to advocate f...
  • Karen R
    A truly heartugging tale based in real history. Both touching and disturbing, yet full of hope and faith, plus a bit of tender romance. The first in a series, this story taught me about the British Home Children in a way that left an indelible mark on my memory, as the human aspect was skillfully drawn out in the McAllister family's lives. Love, courage, and determination drives Laura, the eldest sister, to right the wrongs done to her family, le...
  • Karen
    This is my first book I’ve read by Carrie Turansky and I’m hooked! The story captured my interest from the first page and I couldn’t put it down. This is a poignant story of four children during the era of the early 1900’s when children’s emigration from London to Canada was a very real event. In the same vein as Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, the author explores the sometimes horrifying situations these children were put through...
  • Kailey
    I have loved Carrie Turansky’s books before this, so I knew I would enjoy this one. I really loved it! I didn’t know about the child emigration before this book. I think she did a great job telling this story. It touched my heart. My heart broke for the children. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more! I highly recommend this book!I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All ...
  • Sarah Trout
    Such a heart wrenching story. I love stories that have history woven between the pages of a good read. This story had twist after twist and it was so hard to believe that this really happened back in the day. I was so sad to know that the ending of the story is book #2 and now I have to wait for months for the next book!! I love the way Carrie writes and I can't wait til the next one in the series!
  • Lilian
    guys this book was one of the best I've read this year. I've been struggling to write a review because of how amazing it was.(also, there might be minor spoilers, but they're all included in the blurb, so they're not really spoilers? just a warning. )I absolutely adored this book. What a completely enchanting, inspiring, and heartfelt read. I remember feeling emotional after I finished it (which happens in like, oh, 1 out 200 books) because the t...
  • Maureen Timerman
    The author has given us a story that will linger long after the last page is turned, and rightfully so. By the Grace of God, we could have been one of those children, orphans, or no parent to take care of them. I can’t even imagine the poverty and living on the streets, but the solution?We put faces to these children, but they have a family, and when one of the siblings attempt to retrieve them, well that is what makes this such a great read.Yo...
  • Ruth
    Have you ever heard of the “Orphan Trains”? Most fans of Christian Historical Fiction have read at least one story along that line, myself included. This is a similar story but of a variety I had never heard of before, orphans immigrating by boat from Britain to Canada! In this book, based on true events, Carrie Turansky weaves a story that draws you in and tugs at your heartstrings. A sick mother and four children, separated by tragic events...
  • Jennifer K
    This well researched historical fiction demonstrates different aspects of the plight of British Home Children. How far would you go to keep your family together? In this moving story, an endearing family and their friends go farther than they thought they would ever have to go. As her characters navigate difficult waters, Turansky describes some of the good aspects, as well as, some of the horrors of the system. Along this demanding journey, the ...
  • Denise
    Great read! I am surprised this is based on a true story. I had no idea that children in orphanages were sent to Canada, let alone that it could be done without the parents’ consent. Well-written, intriguing, and touching. Highly recommended.
  • Phyllis
    A beautiful story!Oh my! I loved this beautiful story so much. It touched me deeply. “So, what was it about the story that made for the quick connection?” you may ask. Well, let me tell you.It opened with the plight of the younger McAllister children. They were scared because their mother was very ill and they were hungry. She had been unable to work for weeks while the illness ravaged her system. I immediately cared about their plight. When ...