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Jenny Lucas swore she'd never return to her North Carolina hometown---until she learns she's dying. Arriving with her 5-year-old daughter, Isabella, she must face her frail grandmother, emotionally distant father, and David, her former love who doesn't know he has a child. Can she navigate the rough waters of her new reality and find safe harbor? 384 pages, softcover from Tyndale.
Jenny Lucas swore shed never go home again. But being told youre 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 tanktoting grandmother, her stoic and distant father, and David, Isabellas dad . . . Who doesnt 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 everythingto heal old hurts, bring new beginnings . . . Even overcome the impossible. A stunning debut about love and loss from a talented new voice.
In Gina Holmes debut novel, Crossing Oceans, love finds a way to heal scarred hearts, deal with tragedy, and provide second chances in unexpected ways. Jenny Lucas returns to her small town in North Carolina, a place she left for a reason, when a fatal diagnosis forces her hand. She and her young daughter Isabella move back in with her father and ailing grandmother to spend the remainder of her time at home and make things right. While there, she is forced to confront strained relationships with her emotionally-detached father, as well as her ex-boyfriend, David, who doesnt know he fathered Isabella and has since married. Along the way, she also finds feelings for her old friend, Craigfeelings that, though mutual, can never be fulfilled. All the while, Isabella must be prepared for Jennys coming death. Jenny fights an emotional battle and struggles to find healing, forgiveness, and love.
This novel is absolutely amazing. The characters are quirky, relatable, and incredibly realistic. The emotional struggle that the characters find themselves in as a result of Jennys unfortunate news is gripping and keeps readers turning pages. From the start of the novel, the reader is there. Whats more, there is nothing clichéd or predictable about this story. Everything from characters to plot twistsis original and unique, demonstrating Holmes refreshingly strong and distinct voice. This fabulous story will keep readers wanting more.
Crossing Oceans has a strong emotional hook and will keep you reading until you wipe your eyes, blow your nose, and find your place again. This book will make you think, it will make you laugh, and it will definitely make you cry. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for something new and different in Christian fiction and has a few tears to spare. Shannon Potelicki, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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Author: Gina Holmes
Located in: Roanoke, VA
Submitted: December 27, 2009
Tell us a little about yourself. I've been writing toward the goal of publication for something like ten years. The first four (unpublished) novels I wrote were in the suspense genre. I'm married to the love of my life and together we have 5 children, ranging in ages from 8 to 20. I love to hike, garden, and of course... read!
What was your motivation behind this project? I don't really start writing with any particular motivation, other than a seedling of an idea. The story takes on the shape the characters lead it.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Wow, there's so much that this book delves into. One of the main thing is that love isn't always about doing what feels good. Sometimes we're asked for something that feels impossible. The world often tells us that we deserve to be happy. We all WANT to be happy, I certainly do, but what if Jesus had taken this mindset? Where would we all be? If anyone deserved to be happy it was him. What IS promised us is joy. Which, of course, is much more permanent.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? When I started writing Crossing Oceans, I was going through one of the darkest periods of my life. I worked out a lot of inner turmoil I was having I suppose. Writing is very therapeutic. I also was reminded through my own words that love isn't just a feeling but each decision we make.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Well, I love the writing of Charles Martin, Lisa Samson, Francine Rivers, Claudia Mair Burney, Arthur Golden, John Irving, Betty Smith, etc. I'm told by some readers that my storylines remind them of Nicholas Sparks.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I'd like them to know that although the subject matter of Crossing Oceans is a tough one, the book is full of humor, hope and a happy ending. All Christians are promised one of those, after all!
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