Author: Carrie Turansky
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: McAlister Family #2
Release Date: June 8, 2021
In 1909, Grace McAlister set sail for Canada as one of the thousands of British Home Children taken from their families and their homeland. Though she is fortunate enough to be adopted by wealthy parents, the secrets of her past are kept hidden for ten years until someone from her long-buried childhood arrives on her doorstep. With this new connection to her birth family, will she be brave enough to leave her sheltered life in Toronto and uncover the truth?
After enduring hardship as an indentured British Home Child, Garth McAlister left Canada to serve in World War I. His sweetheart, Emma Lafferty, promised to wait for his return, but after three long years apart, her letters suddenly stopped. When Garth arrives home from the war to unexpected news, he is determined to return to Canada once more on a daunting mission to find the two women he refuses to abandon—his long-lost sister and his mysteriously missing sweetheart.
Reviewer: Laura J. Davis
Carrie Turansky delivers another moving tale with No Journey too Far.
If you have read No Ocean Too Wide, then you will be familiar with the McAlister siblings and their journey to Canada as British Home Children. In No Journey too Far, Garth McAlister is on the hunt to find his sister Grace and the sweetheart he left behind when he went off to war. While Grace was legally adopted and not forced to serve as an indentured servant as her brother and sister Katie did, her life was still difficult in different ways. While she was adopted into a wealthy family, her new parents were determined to hide the fact that she was a British Home Child. Forced to deny her heritage, Grace must make the heart-rending decision to leave her adoptive parents to find not only herself but also her real family.
In the meantime, Garth is trying to find his sweetheart, Emma. Their story is very traumatic and surprising. I loved how this book was so "faith-filled." Despite the character's circumstances, their trust in God remained strong.
As with No Ocean too Wide, I was amazed that people (my fellow Canadians) had such prejudiced attitudes towards children who had no say in their futures at all. Just being known as a British Home Child automatically put you in the category of an undesirable and untrustworthy person. While Emma's story is fictional, the prejudice towards British Home Children was factual. It is a sad part of Canadian history.
If you haven't read the first book, this can be read as a standalone, although I highly recommend reading together!
I received this book courtesy of Waterbrook & Multnomah through NetGalley, for my honest opinion.
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