In her debut novel, Gina Holmes draws the reader into the life and journey of Jenny Lucas, drawing tears at times, and bittersweet laughter at others. Crossing Oceans didn't just capture my heart, it took me by the hand and led me through a rose-covered arch to the shores of a placid lake. From there, I watched as the story unfolded in startling clarity on a wave of finely-crafted words. A piece of art that stays with you long after the cover is closed.
Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes is a stunning debut novel. Jenny Lucas has returned home after five years to do the hardest thing she's ever had to do. She left home after being dumped by her childhood sweetheart, David, just before she could tell him that she was pregnant. Her father's cold treatment after the death of her mother made her turn to David for comfort, but feeling abandoned by both of them, she left town to raise her daughter, Isabella, alone. Facing a death sentence from cancer, Jenny comes back home to find someone to care for Isabella when she's gone. I knew that this book would break my heart from the very first page. Holmes perfectly captures the agony and ecstasy of being a mother, and her portrayal of Jenny's trying to say good-bye to her child is poignant and heart-rending without being melodramatic. Just as in real life, when someone young and good is dying from a terrible illness, I found myself ranting at the unfairness of it all. The story goes even deeper when Holmes refuses to engage in cliches. David is a married jerk, and Jenny's father still can't seem to show his emotions, although his reaction to Jenny's diagnosis is one of the most moving in the entire novel. A twist midway through took my very breath away. Jenny's decisions show the true love of a mother, and her faith is inspiring. This is truly one of the most moving books I've read...ever! Even long after I've finished reading, I still find myself thinking about the message of love and devotion and focusing on my blessings. Gina Holmes is an author to watch!
How far will a mother go to protect her child? Gina Holmes delves into this question in her debut novel, Crossing Oceans. When Jenny Lucas returns to her childhood home something she swore she'd never do she comes face to face with the consequences of the choices she's made over the last six years. Jenny and the people she left behind must repair relationships and put aside their own feelings in order to see to the needs of Jenny's daughter, Isabella.Holmes takes a storyline that could easily be morbid and depressing and makes it a celebration of life. Jenny's journey is one of introspection, of hope, and of unconditional, sacrificial love. The kind of love a mother has for her daughter. The kind of love our Savior has for His children.With Crossing Oceans, Holmes sets a high standard for writers of Christian fiction. I eagerly await the next novel from this talented writer. Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for reviewing purposes.
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.