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"Jenny Lucas has returned to her childhood home, a refuge of picket fences and lace-covered tabletops. But with an intensity likely garnered from years of unpublished suspense writing, debut novelist and blogger Holmes slowly unveils the hidden angst in this homecoming. A single mother, Jenny must find caregivers who will raise her five-year-old daughter when she's gone. She's forced to mend relations with two possible custodians: the baby's father, who doesn't know he has a child, and her own cold-hearted father. As Jenny comes to face her future as well as her past, dramatic emotions yield to an appreciation of life and an enjoyment of the grace of fleeting moments. There can be no happy ending, but Holmes ties a neat bow of acceptance around this haunting tale that packs an emotional wallop. Keep tissues near." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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2011 Carol Award winner for Debut Author from ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers)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.

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Includes reading group guide and excerpt from the author's novel, Dry as rain.

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Casey Herringshaw, March 4, 2013 (view all comments by Casey Herringshaw)
It’s a hauntingly heart-breaking story. One that tugs on the heart strings and makes you aware to a whole new level to abuse, both physical and emotional.

I did not understand the cycle of abuse more fully until I got older. Why couldn’t these women just stand up and walk away? Because they can’t. And this novel so clearly depicts the hard and desperate life of that cycle.

Penny is not a strong character. She doesn’t have the backbone she needs to succeed…yet. But the beautiful part about this story is the reader sees it. They know it’s there, she just needs to allow herself to grow and strengthen.

Written in first person, Penny is telling the story, not to the reader, but to her young son. It’s a different rhythm to fall into, but once I grew accustomed to the style, it’s unique and very memoir-like. The spiritual truths of the story aren’t overt, but are very present. In the lives and words of her new friends, Penny sees who she can become. I could only feel for her as it always seemed so far out of her reach. She’s as true to life as our neighbors.

This is not an easy story to read. It’s not light or funny or any shade of romantic; what it is: deep. Eye-opening. Heart-changing. Strong.

This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers through CFBA for my copy to review.
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Casey Herringshaw, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Casey Herringshaw)
When I turned the last page and sat back in my chair, the only word I could think of to describe this book is…wow. Heartrenching, gripping, can’t-put-it-down kind of story that as a reader makes my heart glad to have the chance to read this book. It has a once in a life time quality to it that will make this story a best seller. It already is. It has that great of an impact.
With a reminiscence of Nicholas Spark’s A Walk to Remember, CROSSING OCEANS is the story of a young mother dying of cancer and the journey she must take to prepare her five year old daughter. You might already be throwing the idea of this book out, right? Too depressing. This is the farthest thing from the truth. Jenny has a sense of humor and a way of looking at the world that brings the reader into the middle of the story with her. By the first couple of chapters my heart was already wrenching for her as she slowly gave up her worldly existence. But there is hope in this story, a hope that cannot be found in secular fiction because of the hope in Christ. This book goes beyond mere life and death, this book taps into the reader’s emotions. I felt anger, sadness, joy, the full gauntlet in this well written and poignant novel. This is one book that will stick with me for years to come.
If there is one book you read this year, this needs to be it. It will change the way you look at all other books and the life you live, making each moment count…for Christ.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781414333052
Author:
Holmes, Gina
Publisher:
Tyndale House Publishers
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
North carolina
Subject:
General
Subject:
Christian - General
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Christianity-Christian Fiction
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
290
Dimensions:
8.24x6.60x.91 in. .67 lbs.

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Product details 290 pages Tyndale House Publishers - English 9781414333052 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Jenny Lucas has returned to her childhood home, a refuge of picket fences and lace-covered tabletops. But with an intensity likely garnered from years of unpublished suspense writing, debut novelist and blogger Holmes slowly unveils the hidden angst in this homecoming. A single mother, Jenny must find caregivers who will raise her five-year-old daughter when she's gone. She's forced to mend relations with two possible custodians: the baby's father, who doesn't know he has a child, and her own cold-hearted father. As Jenny comes to face her future as well as her past, dramatic emotions yield to an appreciation of life and an enjoyment of the grace of fleeting moments. There can be no happy ending, but Holmes ties a neat bow of acceptance around this haunting tale that packs an emotional wallop. Keep tissues near." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , 2011 Carol Award winner for Debut Author from ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers)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.
"Synopsis" by , Includes reading group guide and excerpt from the author's novel, Dry as rain.
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