Across the Blue (Carrie Turansky)
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?
This is a stand alone title, set in war time England. One of the first things I like about it is that I can love the story, but not have to worry about picking up the next two books in the (typical) trilogy - so then I can move on to another great story! The author has done a fabulous job of creating the setting so that you feel you're right there with the main characters. It is full of mystery and romance, and the religion is presented in undertones, rather than being overbearing. God's love is shown through the characters' belief, strength, and hope. For any lover of historical romances, this book will whisk you away with its captivating drama!