Title: No Journey Too Far
Author: Carrie Turansky
Series: McAlister Family series, book 2
Major Themes: Canada, England, Orphans
Synopsis: Garth crosses the ocean again to search for two missing women—his love and his sister.
A year or two ago, I read No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky, and ever since, I have been watching for its sequel. When I saw No Journey Too Far, I snatched it up. My TBR pile is so huge that it took a long time to get around to reading it, but it was certainly worth taking time for! One funny thing, though: Somehow I forgot that I was reading it and started another book. Then, I went to write a review of it and couldn’t remember what happened…and then I realized I was only 12% of the way through! As soon as I started in again, though, I could hardly put it down.
By the end of the first book, Grace, the youngest of the McAlister children, had not been located, though Laura had been searching for her. Now, ten years later, just after the close of the Great War, Grace’s adoptive mother is preparing her for her debut into Toronto society. Grace is getting fed up with all the fuss, and starting to get very frustrated with being forced to lie about her origin as a British Home Child. Then, she finds some information that may help her to locate her birth family!
Meanwhile, back in England, Garth is arriving home from his time in the army, fighting against the Germans. He is worried about his love, Emma, whom he left behind in Canada. He has not heard from her for months. Has she forgotten him and found another man, or has something happened to her? He soon hurries to Canada to find both women—Grace and Emma.
One mishap after another conspires to keep Emma and Garth apart. During the search, Garth gets to know Grace—and so does his friend and companion. But will the young people ever be able to get back to England to the McAlister family? This well-written story kept me turning pages to find how things could be worked out! I liked the spiritual growth written into the stories of these people, especially in Grace’s life. She had to learn not to be controlled by others’ expectations. It was heartbreaking to see how people looked down on the British Home Children. I found it very interesting to read about those children. A lot of them came to our country, too.
I received a review copy of this book from NetGalley, and these are my honest thoughts about it.
Reading Independently—Ages 15 and Above, Adults