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Cross the Ocean [Kindle Edition]

Holly Bush
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Book Description

1871 . . . The very proud Duke of Wexford was about to have his orderly world blown apart. At the age of nineteen Blake Sanders had wed a beautiful, dutiful wife, and she had borne him three children. But now as mid-life approached, the Duchess had the unheard of temerity to leave him! Too mortified by her behavior to mix in ton company, Blake sought companionship with his best friend and neighbor, Anthony Burroughs and his wife Elizabeth. But Blake had forgotten the Burroughs were entertaining a houseguest, Elizabeth’s distant cousin, a spinsterish ‘Amazon from America’.

Gertrude Finch, a champion for women’s rights, had long ago decided most men were pretty useless other than Uncle Fred who’d raised her on his horse ranch near Chicago. While traveling with other Suffragists, Gert lectured women on the perils of passion, and the value of independence, but thought of neither when Blake kissed her. While opposite in nearly every way, other than an attraction neither could deny, their one night of passion would change her world, and send Gert scurrying her way back home across the ocean.

When Blake discovered his heir had stowed away on Gertrude’s ship, he set out on his own adventure to America, to bring the boy home and to see her once again. Traversing America’s vast wilderness, Blake discovered that Gertrude had changed his life. Whether riding the rails or meeting common folk, Blake saw a whole new way of living, but most of all, he realized something about love. He found he was not immune, and his heart could love, and love deeply.



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'Cross the Ocean is a beautifully written tale of love when opposites attract. The characters are realistic and well-developed, and you find yourself falling in love with each and every one of them. I have to say, I've read all of Ms. Bush's novels and this one is my favorite. Gertrude and Blake are characters you won't soon forget. This novel is historical romance at its finest!' Best selling author Deanna Lynn Sletten

About the Author

Holly Bush was born in western Pennsylvania to two avid readers. There was not a room in her home that did not hold a full bookcase. She has been a marketing consultant to start-up businesses and has done public speaking on the subject.

Holly has been writing all of her life and is a voracious reader of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, particularly political and historical works. She writes historical romance set on the American Prairie and in Victorian England. She frequently attends writing conferences, and has always been a member of a writer's group.

Holly is a gardener, a news junkie, has been an active member of her local library board and loves to spend time near the ocean. She is the proud mother of two daughters and the wife of a man more than a few years her junior.

Product Details

  • File Size: 460 KB
  • Print Length: 378 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1495962245
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IFQLRD0
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,960 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Winning Story by Holly Bush May 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Holly Bush is one of those authors who once you find, she's on your "must read" list forever. Her stories are always unprecedented and fresh. Her book Train Station Bride was the very first mail order bride romance I ever read and loved. Once I read that, I flew through Romancing Olive and Reconstructing Jackson, both amazing stories from an amazing writer.

In Cross The Ocean, Blake Sanders, the stodgy Duke of Wexford has just been summarily dumped by his unhappy wife. The Duchess has had it with the unloving and inattentive husband who has also flaunted his mistress in public. So Ann, the Duchess, leaves their three children with their complacent English Duke father and runs away with a Scottish merchant , leaving Blake angered and shocked.

When Blake seeks out his best friend, Sir Anthony Burroughs and his wife Elizabeth's consolation he is taken aback when he meets a cousin of Elizabeth's from Chicago. Gertrude Finch is a thirty-two year old brash and outspoken suffragist who stands for all that the Duke of Wexford finds ridiculous, but something brews between the opposites, enough that has the proper Blake steal a kiss from the unusually tall Gertrude. Miss Finch finds Blake to be arrogant, cocky, a poor choice for a husband and a lacking father and she doesn't keep quiet about it either. Sparks consistently fly with the American and the Brit even when they are embroiled in arguments and name-calling.

The Duke of Wexford's daughter, Melinda, is set to have her coming out, but without her mother present, Blake seeks help from Elizabeth with taking care of his only daughter's season, but Elizabeth is expecting a child and her Anthony would prefer someone else see to the task.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome...again!! July 1, 2013
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I LOVE Holly Bush. All of her books are fantastic. I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book due to its partial setting in England, but knew I couldn't pass on a Holly Bush book. I'm glad I didn't. It was fantastic. Exciting, emotional, characters with depth...LOVED it. I'd love to see several of her books as a movie. This one included. She can not write fast enough for me.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Historical Romance October 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is my fourth Holly Bush book, and indeed she has delivered yet again. If you are searching for historical romances with imposing female characters, swashbuckling leading men, romantic scenes, and copious humor along the way, you need look no further! These books promise exactly what they deliver.

First of all, let me give you a few cautions concerning this book. There is some profanity and some intimate scenes (nothing in great detail). In fact, this probably has a bit more profanity than her other books, but I can't say I was too bothered because of how the words were used. Holly Bush does not mince words when the situation calls for it. And she is not apprehensive when it comes to tackling what would have been taboo topics back in the day.

The interactions between Gert and Blake are absolutely delectable! Sometimes love can be found in the most inconceivable places and even the most implausible times. Add the clashes between American and English culture, and things are in place for a showdown of the wills. And the reader has a front row seat for this entertaining battle!

I recommend this book highly to those who relish historical romances. It is my second favorite book by this author so far ("Train Station Bride" is still my favorite by her). It is worth the time invested in reading this book, and I look forward to the next installment by this author in any genre!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Personal Bias???? August 4, 2013
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I, having read Holly Bush's other historical romances, was terribly excited to read this latest romance. However, I was disappointed. And, I'd like to think that my disappointment was based on my dislike of historical English romances. I tend to gravitate toward American romances because, I've never really been interested in British hierarchical society. But, that's was not my only disappointment. I predicted every plot twist and turn; and because of that I felt .....cheated. And, therefore, I skimmed the last quarter of the novel. But, with all that said, give the book a try because, my bias maybe your bliss. And, besides, I would without a doubt read any other novel written Holly Bush.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I did not expect to like this book. I’m getting a tad tired of the English aristocracy. (Really, other people fall in love, too.) I don’t particularly care for Western romances. (Just not my cup of tea, although I probably should try more of them.) And I really hate stories about rakes that get reformed. (Talk about a fantasy!) Despite have that mélange of personal turn-offs, I really enjoyed this book.

Blake Sanders conversion seemed real. His rakish ways weren’t just because he was young and restless or because he hadn’t met the right woman yet. That story is so common it’s becoming cliché. When Blake’s life fell apart around him, he realized HE was the problem.

I also loved Gertrude’s story. She was a great example of a traditional feminist. Powerful in her own right, but no less so with a man at her side. I loved it when she ditched the man-hating mob. Her reasons for taking some time to come to her final conclusions were very understandable. She had almost as much growing to do as Sanders.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a favorite
I did not find it believable. The characters actions did not match the time period. The story was ok, with a predictable ending. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Sharon L
4.0 out of 5 stars East meets West
At first wasn't sure I liked the characters, but let them develop and the sparks begin to fly as cultures clash. Passions are surrendered to and cultures begin to shift. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Karen Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story!
Holly Bush is a new author for me and one that I will read every time she puts out a new book. I love her story lines and her characters. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bonnie
4.0 out of 5 stars When England Meets America
This story is very entertaining. It tells a lot about the Aristocrats and a woman's opinion of their rules. The characters blended together to make a great read. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Intersting good read, holds ones interest.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great written historical romance with a hero who proves his feelings...
Blake the Duke of Wexford finds himself a wife as his has left him for another man. Apparently she got tired of his mistress Helena. Read more
Published 4 months ago by TBreakiron
5.0 out of 5 stars Vert & Blake
Your story lines are never boring. Characters are fresh and lively. Totally enjoy your humorous writing style. You never disappoint your readers. Thanks for another great read.
Published 4 months ago by Robin
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really enjoyed this book!!
Published 4 months ago by Pam McCollum
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Fantasy Escape Romance
I enjoyed this entertaining fantasy escape romance with a little history mixed in. I would recommend it for what it is.
Published 4 months ago by carreng
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 4 months ago by Teri Whitson
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More About the Author

Holly Bush was born in western Pennsylvania to two avid readers. There was not a room in her home that did not hold a full bookcase. She worked in the hospitality industry, owning a restaurant for twenty years and recently worked as the sales and marketing director in the hospitality/tourism industry and is credited with building traffic to capacity for a local farm tour, bringing guests from twenty-two states, booked two years out. Holly has been a marketing consultant to start-up businesses and has done public speaking on the subject.



Holly has been writing all of her life and is a voracious reader of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, particularly political and historical works. She has written five romance novels, all set in the U.S. West in the mid 1800's. Holly has also completed a women's fiction novel and is currently writing a second. She frequently attends writing conferences, and has always been a member of a writer's group.



Holly is a gardener, a news junkie, was a member of her local library board for years and loves to spend time near the ocean. She is the proud mother of two daughters and the wife of a man more than a few years her junior.

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