First Line Fridays 23: Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky



That time of the week again! Britain has welcomed in March with heavy snowfall and even blizzards and temperatures below freezing.  Where I am, the snow that fell last night has frozen. So it's more like bleak midwinter than the opening of spring. So, it's staying inside today, working from home and hopefully doing some reading. 

I'm including the book that I am currently reading for the Celebrate Lit Blog Tour, which I am due to post for on Wednesday. Across the Blue is Carrie Turansky's latest Georgian Historical novel, the title is a reference to the English efforts to make the first aeroplane flight across the English Channel in the early 20th century. 

I know some other members have included this book in previous weeks, so no more introduction is really needed. 
Isabella Grayson, the eldest daughter of a wealthy, English newspaper magnate, longs to become a journalist, but her parents don't approve. They want her to marry well and help them gain a higher standing in society. After she writes an anonymous letter to the editor that impresses her father, her parents reluctantly agree she can write a series of articles about aviation and the race to fly across the English Channel, but only if she promises to accept a marriage proposal within the year. When James Drake, an aspiring aviator, crashes his flying machine at the Grayson's new estate, Bella is intrigued.

James is determined to be the first to fly across the Channel and win the prize Mr. Grayson's newspaper is offering. He hopes it will help him secure a government contract to build airplanes and redeem a terrible family secret. James wants to win Bella's heart, but his background and lack of social standing make it unlikely her parents would approve. If he fails to achieve his dream, how will he win the love and respect he is seeking? Will Bella's faith and support help him find the strength and courage he needs when unexpected events turn their world upside down?

Now you can comment with the first line of the book you are reading, and visit the link to see what the others in the group are doing. Happy Friday and Happy reading! 

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16 comments:

  1. Love Carrie Turansky and this book was another wonderful read from her.

    I plan to start The Innkeeper's Daughter by Michelle Griep this weekend, so I'll share the first line from that book.

    "Numbers would be the death of Johanna Langley."

    Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. I have that one on Netgalley. Happy Friday.

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  2. I love Carrie Turansky!

    The turquoise water surrounded Kaia Oana in a warm, wet blanket of delight. – Distant Echoes by Colleen Coble

    Happy Friday!

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    1. Sounds good. Have not read anything by Coleen Coble, but maybe I will one day.

      Happy Friday!

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  3. Very excited to get to this book...one day soon!

    Happy Friday!

    Today I am showcasing the first line from Michelle Griep's newest novel, The Innkeeper's Daughter. I am loving the book. It is a page turner, and the hero is wonderful. I am just starting chapter 18, so I will share the first line from that chapter here:

    "Johanna opened the door to chaos, then stood there, jaw agape."

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    1. I have that one from Netgalley as well, don't know when I will read it, hopefully soon.

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  4. Happy Friday! The book I'm sharing on my blog is an old one: The Knight and the Dove by Lori Wick. Here, I will share Love on the Mend by Karen Witemeyer, "Peace and quiet. That's all he sought." Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. I read that one a few years ago. Personally, I was not very impressed with it. The only book I ever read by that author, may read the others some day.

      Happy Friday!

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  5. Such a pretty cover and a great first line!

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  6. I enjoy Carrie Turanksy's books, and I love the cover of this one. Lots of people seem to have chosen England-at-war books this week! I'm sharing from Firing Line by Mike Hollow on my blog today. It's a murder mystery set in London during the Blitz.

    But here's the first line from the book I'm currently reading, Change of Heart by Courtney Walsh:

    Evelyn Brandt stood in her kitchen, the sound of uptight laughter filtering in from the dining room.

    It's excellent!

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    1. I've seen Mike Hollow's books and very tempted to get hold of them. Love my historical mysteries.

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  7. It does sound lovely! I’m sharing from Karen Barnett’s The Road to Paradise on my blog today, so here I’ll share the first line from another book I hope to read soon, The Alliance by Jolina Petersheim:

    “Buffered by grassland, the collision is strangely quiet.”

    Happy Friday!

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  8. I've seen some pictures online of the beautiful snow in England. Stay warm!

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    1. It mostly melted by Sunday, and its been warmer this week, but thanks!

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