From the back cover copy and what Id heard about this novel before I cracked the spine, I knew the main character, Jenny Lucas, was facing the end of her life. A life that would be cut short by cancer. I prepared myself for that in the way that I did when I read Marley and Me. It wasnt the ending that mattered so much, but the celebration of life on the pages. What I didnt know was that Jennys cancer was melanomathe cancer that claimed my own mom ten years ago. And although my mom wasnt leaving a young child behind, it was impossible to read Crossing Oceans without reflecting on the mother/child relationship and the fears we all facewhat will happen to the ones who are left behind when we die? What legacy will remain? Ginas writing is graceful, poignant, and emotional, but sprinkled with enough light-hearted moments to keep it from being melodramatic. Yes, you will cry, but not for the reasons you might think. Of course, Im not going to tell what happens because this story of love and healing and sacrifice is one you should savor for yourself. Id suggest you pick up a copy today. Lovely debut.
Crossing Oceans is the best debut book to hit the shelves in years, and it is one of the best I've ever read. A tender story that is being compared to "The Notebook" and "Note in a Bottle," Gina Holmes will make you cry and then in the next breath, laugh. The characters will live on in your memory log after you turn the last page. I can't recommend it highly enough. It's THE "must read" of 2010.