Title: Crossing Oceans
Author: Gina Holmes
Blurb from Goodreads:
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.
They say your goal as a writer is to have the reader not be able to put the book down - to be so caught up in the lives of your characters that they just can't wait to see what is going to happen on the next page. I normally read "happily ever after" books so I heard great things, but I wondered how absorbed I would get in this book. I couldn't have been more wrong. It certainly didn't read like a debut book either.
This book captured my heart. I laughed and cried with Jenny. Somewhere along the way, her desires and dreams became important enough to me that I finished this book in two days! I admired her strength and the love she had for her daughter. This was a powerful book that inspired, challenged and spoke to my heart. It's the kind of book you want to talk to your friends and family about.
This may be Gina's first published book, but you can tell she has put a lot of time and work into her writing. I also have no doubt there will be many more books in her future. I can't wait to read them. I found the book trailer and added it. I hope you all will consider the book - and come back and let me know what you think. I want to thank Dineen Miller @ Kitten Come From Eggs for the chance to read and review this book. She hosted a contest that I won. Thanks so much Dineen!
By the way, I did pass my physical therapy evaluation and they are asking for more sessions. Now we just have to pray the doctor and insurance company agree. :o)