Title: No Journey Too Far (McAlister Family #2)
Author: Carrie Turansky
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publishing Date: June 8, 2021
Length: 368 Pages
About the Book:
A family long divided, a mysterious trunk, and a desperate journey across the ocean–all in the name of love. The epic saga of the McAlisters continues in this riveting sequel to No Ocean Too Wide.
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.
I had been so impatiently waiting for the release of this one ever since I finished reading the first in the series. Carrie Turansky did an amazing job of creating unforgettable characters that helplessly grip your heart. I can’t imagine the struggle children went through who were taken from their families and shipped overseas to be adopted (or even just taken in for their labor) by strangers. Then for them to not only lose their parents or other caregivers, but to be ripped from their own siblings without the hope or assurance that they’d ever see each other again. The level of trauma these kids had to overcome is astounding. Through the two installments of this series I think the author did a great job of capturing the heartache without killing the hope. Even though the characters went through a lot of tough stuff, you could still see God at work. I really enjoyed both books in this series and know that the characters will be ones that stay with me. I can’t wait to see what the author comes up with next!
*I received a copy of this book through Multnomah publishing. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.