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Crossing Oceans Paperback – May 1, 2010
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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 But with an intensity likely garnered from years of unpublished suspense writing, debut novelist and blogger Holmes slowly unveils the hidden angst in this homecoming.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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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
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You should probably understand that this novel has a sadness hovering over it. But that being said, it doesn't spoil the story. There's a lot going on in the novel, about family ties, about different types of love and caring, about broken love, about the love and caring for children, and, yes, some about death and dying.
But this is a good, perhaps even a great story and you shouldn't pass it by because you don't like that sadness. It's not a sad story. It's really about love, but it's not a romance novel. What would you do and how would you handle knowing that you're going to die in three months? What would you tell your six-year old daughter?
And to top it all off, the author is a very good writer. In spite of the sadness hanging over it, she kept me entertained. And really, only a few of times did I get a bit choked up, it was probably only allergies or something. I'm a big, tough guy, weaker people might need some Kleenex now and then. ;=)
Read this novel, you'll enjoy it. And it might give you some insight into life and death.
"Crossing Oceans" is Gina Holmes' first novel, and it is a moving story of death and life, of hope and betrayal, and of generational conflict. Jenny had left home to escape her past, only to return to find she has to confront it and deal with, all the time slowly dying of cancer.
Holmes draws her characters clear and true. Jenny's father and grandmother; her former boyfriend David Preston (who qualifies as a total jerk if not an out-and-out villain) and his wife Lindsey; and Craig Allen, with whom Jenny will fall in love. She moves them through an increasing drama of learning who Isabella's father is, to the conflict with the Preston family, through the Lucas' family's own internal conflicts, and eventually a bittersweet love story.
Holmes is the founder and editor of Novel Journey, the online site for Christian fiction whose writers include one of my favorite authors, Athol Dickson, and one who will be published soon and whom I suspect will join my favorites list, Mike Duran. She has another novel, "Dry As Rain," due out for publication in the spring of 2011. If "Crossing Oceans" is any indication, it, too, will be a moving story told well.