Interview & Giveaway with Author Carrie Turansky: Facing Fear, Hope for the Future, & No Ocean Too Wide

Posted by on Mar 31, 2021 in Blog | 32 comments

What a joy it was to interview award-winning author Carrie Turansky and discuss her historical romance, No Ocean Too Wide and the fears we face in making big moves and decisions in life. At the time of our interview, I had no idea I’d soon be asked to make a big move in my own life. I experienced some of the same fears Carrie talks about in our interview.


Carrie Turansky and Jenny Snow

Have you had to face any fears recently? I invite you to watch my interview with Carrie Turansky. I think you’ll come away encouraged. And I think you’ll want to add No Ocean Too Wide to the top of your favorite reading stack. It’s such a great book! (I’d even let my teen read it. It had some neat history along with the captivating story.)

After you watch, scroll down to ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!


The Interview

Isn’t Carrie so encouraging and wise?! And she was super kind to offer a copy of her novel as a giveaway, so I’m adding some reading snacks to the giveaway, too!


No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky

Cover of No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky

Back Cover:

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”.

The Giveaway

No Ocean Too Wide and a Tin of Danish Butter Cookies for the Giveaway


  1. Be a newsletter subscriber. If you’re not already on my list, you can sign up right here! (Plus, you’ll get a free copy of my short story, Sweet Sentiments–the first story I ever had published! )
  2. Leave a comment right here on this blog or on my corresponding Facebook post, Instagram post, or right on the YouTube episode! All comments are counted as entries, and you’re welcome to enter at each spot. You can comment about a fear you’ve faced, your favorite drink while reading, tag a friend who loves historical fiction, or anything else!

Giveaway ends Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 10:00 pm Central Time. (***See restrictions below.)


Thank you for watching and entering the giveaway! You have just enough time to read book one before book two comes out in June! In fact, at the time of my writing this, amazon has kindle version for just $4.99! Also, I encourage you to check out Carrie Turansky’s Instagram. Scroll down to see the most beautiful Resurrection Garden that you might like to replicate for your own family’s Easter celebration.

Oh, and that move God led my husband and I to make? We are now in our new home, and coming to love our new place more and more with each memory we make. : )

Happy Reading! Have a wonderful Resurrection Sunday!!


PS. If you enjoyed the show, would you consider giving us a “thumbs up” on YouTube? Or even leave us a comment on The Book Club Life. I read each one. Thank you! This is the last of the backlog of interviews I recorded before Covid hit. It feels so good to finally get to share Carrie’s interview with you. And I just love that it happens to be when her book is on sale!


PPS. ***Giveaway Rules/Restrictions:

Giveaway ends Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 10:00 pm Central Time. No purchase necessary. Must be 18 to enter. Only one randomly selected winner will be chosen. The winner will receive No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky and a tin of Danish Butter Cookies. Once contacted, the winner will have 48 hours to respond to Jenny with a mailing address so she can send the book. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, he or she will be disqualified and a new winner will be chosen. Contest only open to residents in the contiguous United States. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

This video and blog post contains affiliate links, which means if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. This helps support the channel and allows me to continue making videos like this. Thanks so much for your support!



  1. Love sipping on coffee (skinny hot mocha from Starbucks is my fave!) this book sounds interesting!

    • It was! I think it would make a great mother/daughter read as well. The romance aspect is light and the heavy things some of the children go through are done in such a way that you don’t see too much. Thanks for entering! I could use a hot mocha right now… : )

    • My favorite drink is tea, coke zero, or hot chocolate.

      • Oooh, I love a steaming cup of cocoa!

  2. I love reading historical fiction and what a great review of this story.

    • Thank you, Margaret! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for entering! : )

  3. This book sounds so interesting!

    • It was very good! And you are just in time to read it before book two comes out this June!

  4. What a wonderful interview. You asked great questions. I enjoy drinking lemon water while I read. I’m happy to learn there will be a happy ending in Book two.😊

    • Thank you, Sandra! <3 Yes, I am glad book two is just around the corner. : )

  5. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. Great interview. If we read this book as a book club selection would you mind me showing the video at our meeting.

    • Sheryl, you just made me smile. <3 You are more than welcome to share it!

  6. Thanks for doing this interview! I loved how you asked questions of Carrie that were tied to quotes from the book; how fun! I can’t wait to read Carrie’s new book. 🙂

    • You’re so welcome! Carrie had great answers, and it was neat to learn more about her. She has done some amazing things! You are in for a treat with that new book!

    • You’re so welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Yes, this next book is going to be amazing! <3

  7. I have read this book, and it was fascinating! I’ve been waiting patiently for No Journey Too Far, the sequel to it, which will be available in June. The interview has been terrific, and I’ve definitely subscribed to the book club interviews in the future1 Thanks so much!

    • Yes! It will be worth the wait! Thank you for the kind words and for entering the drawing. <3

    • Thank you so much, Suzanne! It will be worth the wait! Thanks for the kind words and for entering the drawing. <3

  8. Thank you for the great interview! I always enjoy learning more about an author and their books. No Ocean Too Wide sounds like such an amazing story! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book!!

    Jenny, I also left a comment on your Facebook post, Instagram post, and your YouTube episode (I gave you a big thumbs up!).

    • Awesome, Alison! Thank you! I’ve got all your entries! <3 <3 <3

  9. Hey Jenny, Carrie Turansky is one of my favorite authors. I’m excitd to read “no Ocean Too Wide”. Thank you for the chance.

    I’ve left comments on your Facebook post, IG post and YouTube episode.

    • It’s so good! We’ve got your name in the hat!

  10. Just subscribed to your newsletter! I want to stay in touch with you when we move 😘
    Favorite drink is my own coffee on Saturday mornings, reading my devotions and Bible, nothing on my schedule except Saturday chores! That’s rare right now!

    • Now that sounds like a perfect Saturday morning! <3 And yaaaay for staying in touch!:) I'm so glad you feel the same way. <3 <3 <3

  11. Historical fiction is one of my favorite types of books. When I was a library EA & we’d get some in I’d spend a whole Saturday curled up & reading one. My favorite part is that they are usually so descriptive you feel like you are right there…. Sometimes it’s a jolt to put the book down and you’re like oh…. I’m not there, I’m here 😁😁

    • Yes! You describe it so well, Gerri. “Wait, where am I?” Ha. I love that about historical fiction. <3

  12. I love historical fiction – especially about children. This book sounds exciting!! Thank you for the opportunity to win it.

    • Oh, then you will love it! Thank you for entering!

  13. This book has been on my TBR list since before it was released. I was adopted from an orphanage myself, so I’ve always been fascinated with adoption stories.

    • Wow, I didn’t know that about you! I have several friends who’ve adopted, and that does make other adoption stories stand out to me. The book was very good!

  14. Hi Jenny! Was there a winner selected?

    • Hi Alison! Yes, Katie Trent was the winner. I posted it on YouTube which was where she entered, but I see that I did not announce here! I’ll make sure to mention it in my next newsletter, too. Thanks for checking in!

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