Monday, May 03, 2010

Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes

Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes

Angie's Take: Maybe it's because I'm a mom. Maybe it's because I have a grandchild. But maybe it's Gina's wonderful way with words that she was able to jump right into my emotions with Crossing Oceans. This is the beautiful, poignant story of Jenny who is looking for the best way to provide for her child. Such a simple premise and yet the richness of her goal and the impossible challenge she must solve don't let go. She must succeed. Any mom, grandma, person who loves children knows Jenny must succeed.

Gina Holmes' ability to weave in the medical issues into the book come from a background of nursing. Her details are so real without being bogged down in the science. I didn't feel like I was in a medial novel. Just enough detail to flavor the urgency and share the connection to the story world. It's an enigmatic reading adventure. I wish I could tell you more, but I'd truly spoil the story. Suffice it to say that Jenny is on a journey that brings life and love to everyone around her, including Jenny.

Emotion level- Highest, I actually found myself crying several times in the book.
Romance-Genuine & Sweet
Satisfactory Ending-Absolutely
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About the book: Crossing Oceans

Jenny Lucas swore she’d never go home again. But being told you’re dying has a way of changing things. Years after she left, she and her five-year-old daughter, Isabella, must return to her sleepy North Carolina town to face the ghosts she left behind. They welcome her in the form of her oxygen tank–toting grandmother, her stoic and distant father, and David, Isabella’s dad . . . who doesn’t yet know he has a daughter. As Jenny navigates the rough and unknown waters of her new reality, the unforgettable story that unfolds is a testament to the power of love and its ability to change everything—to heal old hurts, bring new beginnings . . . even overcome the impossible. A stunning debut about love and loss from a talented new voice.

“Beautiful and heartfelt.”
Charles Martin, NYT bestselling author of Where the River Ends

“Poignant and unforgettable, CROSSING OCEANS will break your heart — and then put the pieces back together again. This is an uplifting and inspiring tale that reminds us to live every day as if it’s our last.”
Tess Gerritsen, NYT Best-selling author .

“Moving, heart-rending and poignant, a stunning debut. Holmes returns us to what matters in a too-short life—what it really is to come home.”
Tosca Lee, Author of Havah & Demon: A Memoir

“Gina Holmes explores the beauty, tenderness and tenacity of mother-love in Crossing Oceans with marvelous skill and insight. An outstanding debut from a gifted storyteller. Bravo!
Susan Meissner, Author of The Shape of Mercy

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