Six years after swearing she would never return home, Jenny Lucas stands on the old doorstep, with her five-year-old-daughter, Isabella, in tow. Wishing she was anywhere but her North Carolina hometown, Jenny faces her aging grandmother and father, as well as David — her high school boyfriend and Bella’s father — who has yet to learn he has a daughter.
Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Jenny relives the past, this time through her mother’s eyes. Jenny prefers spending her final months in any way other than confronting her past, but Bella needs a home and people to love and care for her when that fateful day arrives. For her daughter’s sake, Jenny fights to push aside her wishes and feelings. With the help of her faith and the people who love her, wounds slowly start to heal and a new life emerges.
Gina Holmes’ work is stunning in her heart-wrenching, debut novel. In Crossing Oceans, Holmes carries her readers on a journey of love and forgiveness. I strongly advise readers keep a box of Kleenex handy. Holmes masterfully reaches the emotions, delivering a mix of love, anger, sorrow, and hope. Both the plot and characters are refreshingly real. Faith is addressed in a true-to-life fashion, and not in an artificial, preachy manner often typical of novels in this genre.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone searching for a story that feeds the heart. I hope this is only the first of many novels by Holmes.
Review copy provided by Tyndale.
**Originally posted on Fiction Addict.