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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; 3rd printing edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414333056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414333052
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (288 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Jenny Lucas has returned to her childhood home, a refuge of picket fences and lace-covered tabletops. But with an intensity likely garnered from years of unpublished suspense writing, debut novelist and blogger Holmes slowly unveils the hidden angst in this homecoming. A single mother, Jenny must find caregivers who will raise her five-year-old daughter when she's gone. She's forced to mend relations with two possible custodians: the baby's father, who doesn't know he has a child, and her own cold-hearted father. As Jenny comes to face her future as well as her past, dramatic emotions yield to an appreciation of life and an enjoyment of the grace of fleeting moments. There can be no happy ending, but Holmes ties a neat bow of acceptance around this haunting tale that packs an emotional wallop. Keep tissues near. (May)
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From Booklist

Jenny Lucas has to go home again—she's dying of cancer. As the single mother of a young daughter, Isabella, Jenny knows the little girl needs a family. There's only one problem. Jenny never told her high-school sweetheart, David, that he had a daughter. Now she has only months to heal old wounds, and she prays this will be done before her death. Holmes' characters are so real they pop from the pages: David, his current wife (a nice surprise), an earthy grandmother, a bitter father, and Jenny herself. Healing doesn't come easily in this dramatic, emotional, faith-based novel about a prodigal daughter who seeks forgiveness on an unforgiving deadline. --Shelley Mosley

More About the Author

Gina Holmes is the founder of popular literary site, Novel Rocket and the author of award-winning novels: Crossing Oceans, Dry as Rain, Wings of Glass and Driftwood Tides. Holmes writes about flawed people living in a flawed world with the help of a perfect God. She's also a practicing Registered Nurse, a wife to the love of her life, mom to two boys and stepmom to 3 daughters. She and her family make their home among the Blue Ridge Mountains in South-Western Virginia.

You can find her at: www.ginaholmes.com or, on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorginaholmes or twitter:@1GinaHolmes.

Customer Reviews

This book was easy to read, I had a hard time putting it down.
V. Owen
Except for David I found the characters to be very well developed and multidimensional.
Elaine Hilowitz
The story is amazingly touching and the novel is well written.
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106 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on April 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
I am one of the pickiest readers and this book captivated me from page one. Not only is Gina Holme's a terrific writer with beautiful prose, but her story is as real as it gets. It's not often a book can make me laugh out loud and cry all within the same bound pages, but Crossing Oceans did that and more. It's a painfully beautiful story that will keep you awake until 2am just to finish it in one sitting. You won't want to leave her characters. In fact, I want to know them more. I highly recommend this book and I can only say that about less than a handful of fiction books out there. This is one you won't want to miss! Can't wait to read more from this lovely author.
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90 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Ane Mulligan on April 22, 2010
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I've read thousands of books in my lifetime, but few have ever stayed with me like Crossing Oceans. Gina Holmes taps into every emotion known to man, and she does it well. She has truly mastered the art of storytelling. The young mother, Jenny, will capture your heart on the first page, as will her daughter, Isabella. But this isn't a simple story by any means. It's deep and complex. You'll go from tears to laughter, and when you turn the last page, you'll wish it wasn't. This is a book you want to go on. I highly recommend it.
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68 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Klepfer VINE VOICE on April 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
I am always hesitant to review a book written by a friend. Can you imagine how much more apprehensive I was reading the debut novel from not only a friend but a critique partner? A critique partner lives to rip and shred work to point out what's wrong and what needs to be changed to make the work readable.

Though I've critiqued Gina Holmes for years, I had just glimpses into Crossing Oceans and I knew it was a very different style from her previous suspense novels. Her suspense is strong. But how well would her voice translate to women's fiction?

Once I opened her book and began to read I can say that her voice translates with a poignant grace that is rare in a debut novelist. And Crossing Oceans is a story that Holmes was meant to tell.

Holmes tackles a heavy story line with a touch of whimsy and deep, deep melancholy, sometimes in the same paragraph. A young mother, emotionally orphaned when her mother died and father cocooned himself in a cloak of angry grief, finds herself forced to return to the home she had escaped. Jenny has Stage IV metastatic cancer and must reunite with the family she fled for the sake of her little girl's very near future need. With less than a year to repair and restore relationships Jenny tackles the past and the future, the present and the pain, all while attempting to give her daughter, Isabella, memories and love and what life she has available to give.

This is a novel that quickly overcame the author and my relationship with her. The story told itself in a realistic and three-dimensional tale of life and death, sorrow and fear, choices and consequences, pain and beauty, loss and hope.
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297 of 359 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Cantwell on September 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
That tidbit doesn't turn up on this product's page. If I had known it was a religious book, I would not have bothered with it. If you don't have a religious mindset, then you probably will not like this. Plus, it seems targeted to 6th graders, not adults.

Don't bother flaming me. I'm just sending this out to warn others. I'm not the only one in the world who feels this way and I wish I had noticed a review that mentioned it.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By C. DeWald on November 23, 2010
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Overall, this book is ok but some of the dialog between David and Jenny is unrealistic and unsettling. I can't imagine, even the most evil person, telling a dying person that "the cancer must have gone to your brain" during a heated argument. At times, I wanted this book to end, it drug on and on. Then in other parts of the story, I never wanted it to end but end it did. I'm still thinking about the book that I finished yesterday so therefore I know that it affected me. I'm just not sure how. Read it for yourself and draw your own conclusions.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Butler on November 13, 2010
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I read Crossing Oceans in one day. I just could not put it down-- this is totally unusal for me. Will be suggesting to family and friends to read- also unusual for me. Gina Holmes writes with such wit that even while you are tearing up, you are still smiling. A tough subject made real. It is about faith without being sanctimonious (sp?); it is about pain and forgiveness without being depressing. And I think above all it is about love that lasts.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Young on July 2, 2010
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I had never heard of this author and the description of the book sounded good. I was afraid it would be sad and morbid but this was one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. It captures you from the first page and you are transported to the space and time to walk with Jenny and "Bella" on Jenny's final journey. I kept hoping there would be a happy ending but knowing the severity of the situation I knew it couldn't happen. But it wasn't sad. Bella wasn't the only one who was prepared when Jenny passed and the epilogue was so unexpected and beautiful.

This is a book that will hold a special place on my book shelf and be read over and over. It is a must read. You won't be sorry.
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