Cara’s review: this book is haunting and gripping. Jenny Lucas is dying and has to mend fences back home as she prepares her young daughter for a future without her. Usually, books with such deep and sad topics don’t attract me, but I’ve heard such good things about Crossing Oceans, I had to give it a try. I am so glad I did. Written entirely from Jenny’s perspective, the book dives quickly into the relationships that have to be mended. As Jenny’s health declines, the stakes are raised. The writing sucked me in, and I couldn’t leave the book alone until I reached the end, with huge tears rolling down my face. Tess Gerritsen calls the book “Poignant and unforgettable, this book will break your heart — and then put the pieces back together again.” I wholeheartedly agree.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Gina Holmes began her career in 1998, penning articles and short stories. In 2005 she founded the influential literary blog, Novel Journey. She holds degrees in science and nursing and currently resides with her husband and children in southern Virginia. To learn more about her, visit May 2010’s issue of CFOM at Interview with Gina Holmes or Novel Journey.
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