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Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes
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Oct 13, 11

Read from October 09 to 12, 2011

Although this book starts and finishes quite sad, it is a beautifully told story about one woman's journey as she copes with dying. Following a diagnosis of a terminal disease, Jenny and her 5-year old daughter Bella return to Jenny's childhood home to a family that has never met Bella in an attempt to reestablish a family bond for the sake of her daughter. Upon finding out she was pregnant years ago with the child of a boy her father disapproved of, Jenny fled her father's home and hasn't been back since. The father of her child never knew about Bella. The story that unfolds is quite bittersweet, mending relationships long since damaged, and forging new unexpected ones also. The title represents Jenny's explanation to her small child of what will happen to her when she dies. She uses the analogy that much like the ocean that you can't see the other side of but know it is there, when she dies, Bella will no longer see her mother but she will be there. I thought this book, although uncomfortable to read at times and weighed with heavy emotion, shined a light on some of what both a person and their family go through in the face of the unimaginable. Like every good book I read, I rooted for the characters throughout and wasn't ready to part with them come the final pages.

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