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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.

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  • File Size: 702 KB
  • Print Length: 378 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IFQLRD0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,691 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Rocha/Book Obsessed Chicks on 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Historical Romance Books on September 1, 2013
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`Cross the Ocean' by Holly Bush, hooked me up instantly both because of the interesting story set up but also due to the intriguing characters.

The story involves Miss Gertrude Finch, a distant cousin who lives in America, of Lady Elizabeth Burroughs. Ms. Finch is escorting another relative across the ocean to the old continent and took the opportunity to meet Elizabeth in person after keeping in touch regularly through letters. Whilst being the house guest of the Duke of Burroughs, Ms. Finch meets one of England's famous Dukes, Blake Sanders Duke of Wexford and best friend to Anthony and Elizabeth Burroughs. Blake is tall, handsome and currently unattached. His wife just dumped him and left him alone with three under aged children. Blake is all about covering the scandal of his wife's escapade to preserve the honour of his family title and prepare for the society come-out of his eldest off-spring. His attitude towards society, titles and women put him at odds with Ms. Finch who is all about independence, who cares less of titles and how bigoted Britain is. Ms. Finch is a 32 year old spinster whose naïveté towards romance contrasts sharply with her buoyant appearance and attitude.

The author, Holly Bush, weaves a romantic story, with carnal passions and adventure quite neatly within 364 pages. The story is well paced and versed, with clear descriptions and a good amount of conversation. In fact the flurry of arguments between Ms. Finch and Blake Sanders were quite interesting and at times comic. Whilst I don't want to spoil the plot further, let's just say that half way through the book, the reader is transported on a voyage to America where one can read an insight of the Wild West and the development of the American land in the 1870s.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SHARON70 on 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ruth A. Hill on October 8, 2013
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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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