Friday, July 26, 2019

First Line Fridays: No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky

Happy Friday!

First Line Fridays is hosted by Hoarding Books and participants share the first line from a nearby book.

Today I'm sharing the first lines from No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky:

"Katie McAlister's heart pounded out a frantic beat as she gripped the rickety railing and rushed down the back stairs."

Have you read this book? If not, visit the publisher's website to read an excerpt.

What are you reading this weekend?

Have a great weekend! Happy reading!


About the 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 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 eight-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".



First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

18 comments:

  1. I have had this book on my TBR shelf way too long!

    I shared from The Bridge Between by Lindsey Brackett over on my blog. Here I'll share from The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey -- Fire ripped through Finn's right shoulder, ricocheting down his arm.

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Poor Finn! The Killing Tide is on its way to me and I'm looking forward to it! Have a great weekend!

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  2. Over on my blog I'm sharing the first line from The Express Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower) by Kimberley Woodhouse.

    Here I'll share the first line from chapter sixteen of the book I'm currently reading:

    "Footsteps signaled someone's approach, and Grace paused her kneading in the pre-dawn morning, waiting for the customary greeting from one of the brothers."
    Four Dreams of You by Sondra Kraak

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  3. Happy Friday! I haven't started this yet, but my first line (well - 2 lines) is from "Margin of Error" by Christy Barritt:

    "Hunger and anger battled inside him like two storm fronts colliding. A violent friction clashed in his very soul."

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  4. Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I'm sharing the first line from Cross My Heart by Robin Lee Hatcher: https://christianfictiongirl.blog/2019/07/25/first-line-friday-95/. I'm currently reading Ever Faithful by Karen Barnett, so I'll share the first line from there.

    "Elsie closed her eyes for a moment and breathed in the steamy air, imagining she stood beside Grand Prismatic Spring instead of the massive laundry boiler in the back of the Mammoth Hot Springs Lodge."

    Hope you have an excellent weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚❤๐Ÿ“š

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  5. I can't wait to read this one. Carrie is such a talented author!
    Happy Friday!
    Today I'm sharing the first line of Searching For You by Jody Hedlund over on my blog. So I'll share the first line of the chapter I'm currently on here:

    "Och, dinnae tell me I'm too late!"

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  6. Loved that book!
    Today on my blog I shared the first line from A Lady's Maid by Jen Geigle Johnson but it's also the book I'm about to dig into so no extra line yet. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  7. Hope you have a great, book-filled weekend. Happy Friday!

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  8. Happy Friday! I’m sharing from The Yellow Lantern by Angie Dicken today. Here is the first line from Chapter 2:

    “The factory rose above with row upon row of sharp-edged bricks.”

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  9. I've been seeing this one around quite a bit. Sounds like it will be an emotional read.

    Have a great weekend!

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  10. This was a solid start to what looks like an excellent series.

    I'm sharing the first line of Under a Camperdown Elm by Janet Chester Bly on my website today, but my current read is Love and Other Mistakes by debut Australian author Jessica Kate. Here's the first line:

    "Natalie Groves eyed the bag of gingerbread M&Ms on the other side of the office meeting room and prayed for a divine intervention of Red Sea proportions."

    Happy reading!

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  11. This sounds like a book that needs to be on my TBR list!

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  12. A great opening line! I’m sharing on my blog the first line from Underestimating Miss Cecilia by Carolyn Miller.

    It was, perhaps, the greatest torment to love someone who barely seemed to notice one’s existence.

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