Crossing Oceans Author:Gina Holmes 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 dist... more »ant 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.« less
From reading the other reviews, I feel like a jerk, but I did not like this book. At All. It was a quick read, but it was extremely predictable and truly far fetched. I am a single mother of two young boys and dying young and leaving them behind is my biggest fear. I am a single mom because my husband died at a young age from cancer. I have been a caretaker and I live with this story in my heart daily...and not one word of this book rang true to me.
On top of that, the writing was cliqued and the author tried too hard. Many parts were awkward. Further, religion played a large role in this book and had I known that, I probably would not have picked it up...I am not anti-religion or anti-God, I just don't like to have it foisted upon me when I don't expect it. So, thought I'd pass that information along.
This is a sensitively written first-person account of a young mother facing death & the conflicting decisions & emotions in what to do with her young daughter. I found the story complelling & the ending up-lifting. All of us who proclain ourselves Christians should be able to face death with the same courage as the main character. It's a story that will stay in your heart for a long time even as you know that this is a story that needs to be passed from woman to woman, friend to friend.
Want to read a book that is so predictable it isn't funny? Then read this one--everything on every page is predictable, nothing rings true, most of the characters are not likable, the only one I liked was Craig, I got about half way then skipped and skimmed because it was too predictable and the situation did not ring true for me.