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Crossing Oceans

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  2,908 Ratings  ·  439 Reviews
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 da ...more
Paperback, 382 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published April 26th 2010)
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[Shai] The Bibliophage
Amazing, outstanding, excellent, remarkable and highly recommended. Those are just some of the things I could say about this debut novel of Gina Holmes. When I bought this, I wasn't expecting that I will not stop turning the pages once I start reading it. I stayed up till 3 in the morning just to be able to finish this novel because I was really curious and excited about what will happen next.

This is the very first novel of Gina Holmes that I've read and I'm looking forward to reading her other
Serena Chase
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Book Review: Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes
Reviewed by Serena Chase

Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes is one of those rare novels – a book that gouges itself into your heart so completely – and in so many different ways – that you ache with the desire to put it down, but can’t seem to rip yourself away. If you finally do manage to pull yourself away (you must, after all, sleep!) you hesitate to pick the novel back up because you’re not sure you have anything left in your emotional reserves to give.
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing novel for any author to have written, but the fact that it's Gina Holmes' debut novel makes it that much more incredible. Just be sure to have one thing by your side at all times as you read it, a box of tissues! I am not kidding you. I have never had a book break my heart like this one did, nor cause me to mull over it so long after finishing it. (What is a reader to do when she longs to pray for and hug the neck of fictional characters?!) Not that it is morose in its telling ...more
Oct 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
May 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Maybe all of us have asked the question at one time or another, “Is there more to life than this?” One of my favorite country songs says it this way, “You know I’m more and more convinced the longer that I live that this can’t be–No, this can’t be. No, this can’t be all there is!” (from Believe)

A book I read recently brought this strongly to mind. It put me through an emotional wringer (for reasons I might share in a future post) and sent me to my Bible to soak in some of God’s familiar promises
Martha Cheves
Aug 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Crossing Oceans – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

‘Remember that night in the car, David? I started to tell you, but you broke up with me first. You said things could never work for us. You told me our fathers would never get along. You told me you didn’t share my desire for having a family. How could I tell you you were going to be a father right after you said you never wanted children? When she was born, I called you from the hospital as I held her in my arms. I could
April Gardner
May 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Death has a way of forcing one’s hand, which is the only reason Jenny has come home. With her five-year-old daughter, Isabella, in tow, she re-enters small town life with the hopes of setting things right with her dad, the world’s most stubborn man. David, Isabella’s father, is another challenge she’d rather not face, but who else will care for her daughter after Jenny’s gone?
Arrogant and controlling, David hasn’t changed one iota since he got her pregnant just out of high school. When he lear
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I might be stepping out on a limb here, but I’m going to give Crossing Oceans 5 Stars.

This was a different type of book from the genre I’ve been reading regularly, but no one can say I’m not willing to step out into a different genre. Sometimes I’ve found that the books I’ve like the most are the ones I have the least to say about in my blogs (that’s not always the case). Sometimes I just feel like the reader needs to experience the book for themselves. Just take my word for it. This is one of t
Nicole O'Dell
Apr 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I've recently decided to save five stars for books I intend to reread, but I'm going to make an exception with this one. The only reason I probably won't reread it anytime soon is that it affected me so deeply.

It's like Steel Magnolias if you pulled out Shirley Maclain. It's raw, it's real. It's hard to "go there" as a wife and a mom--even harder when you have to see such pain through the lens of unrealized dreams. You'll have to read it to find out what I mean. And I do recommend that yo
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I don't usually read Christian fiction, but I really liked this. I didn't know it was Christian fiction when I started it, which is probably a good thing, because otherwise I never would have picked it up. It didn't feel like God was being shoved in my face, it was more like God was a supporting character off in the background somewhere and only referenced occasionally. Religion didn't get in the way of the story, and while I liked Dry as Rain, the author's second novel, I preferred this book.
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
As I read this, I was reminded of how short life is and what it means to cherish every moment. This story is heart wrenching and amazing. I immensely enjoyed this read. I admire how practical and realistic it was. The decision and choices Jenny had to make were incredibly difficult yet she did it with grace and love. I can't imagine being in her situation and living it out as confidently as she did. Incredible!
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
I’m not quite sure how to start this one. If you plan to read it, have some tissues. Let’s start with that piece of advice.

My second piece of advice? Don’t read this after reading Me Before You (I had a review scheduled last week for that book, but after reading it, I can’t. If I say one word, I’ll ruin everything, so…. yeah…). My emotions internet. My EMOTIONS.

My first encounter with Gina Holmes was with Wings of Glass and I knew from that book she is the real deal. She does not shy from real l
Becky Doughty
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, at about halfway through the book, I actually wrote to a friend who asked me how I liked it, "It seems a little slow to me. I love Gina's voice, I love her style, I even connect with the first-person POV (not my first choice), but I feel like I'm just waiting, like things are moving too slowly. Shouldn't life feel short [in these circumstances] and like there's too little of it?"

But then, like a flipped switch, Jenny Lucas began to say 'yes' to things. She began to live. And I realized
Jun 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Sherri Huntley
Apr 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I enjoyed this book which I won from goodreads. It was a sweet story about a dying young mom and her struggle to reconnect with her family and the father of her child in order to secure her future. The story is sad throughout but it does us the favor of not dwelling exclusively on the sadness of her death but focuses on relationships and rebuilding those relationships that get lost along the way.
Amy Van
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this entire book in five hours! Once I started it I could not put it down! Vey well written.
Jul 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Crossing Oceans
Author Gina Holmes

Life dealt Jenny a bad hand. Returning home with her five-year-old daughter, she is greeted by a father who is about to meet his granddaughter for the first time. Knowing that time is of the essence and major decisions have to be made, Jenny needs to choose a caregiver for her daughter before it is too late.

A bright and shining star, Isabella enters a world that will forever change her life including her natural father. Knowing that the decision she makes now is
Paula  Phillips
Oct 23, 2013 rated it liked it

Six years ago, Jenny up and left all that she knew to make it on her own after she fell pregnant to her high school boyfriend David. The night she was due to tell him, he had broken up with her and then her dad thinking that she did it to spite him due to a long standing rift between the families kicked it out of home. Jenny not wanting her child brought up in that environment left town and later gave birth to a beautiful daughter named Isabella. Wanting to share the news with David, she rang hi
May 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys a gentle read
Recommended to Staci by: Goodreads Ad
Shelves: 2010-reads
I was immediately drawn to this story: young woman loses her mom early in life, find "true" love (she thinks), ends up pregnant so she flees from home, only to return five years later because she doesn't have long to live and she needs to make things right with her father and the father of her daughter. This is an impressive debut novel by Holmes, one that took her ten years to bring to completion. I enjoyed this one very much and only found myself being upset a few times at certain characters b ...more
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, general-fiction
This book just wasn't very good. Sorry, author. The characters weren't really developed - nothing changed, there were no epiphanies over the course of the story. The religious bits felt incredibly jarring - like they were mashed in and full of awkward cliches that didn't really fit the narative. The story itself was full of ridiculousness that made for high drama, though highly unrealistic drama. The language was stilted and archaic - not the dialogue necessarily, but the narrator's commentary a ...more
Feb 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book but found myself totally annoyed. I had very little sympathy for Jenny, even given her tough situation. I was really sympathetic at first, but her behavior, anger, jealousy, very poor treatment of others (except her daughter) was unbecoming and selfish. I scratched my head wondering why her high school friend was so in love with her. How can you so deeply love someone who you never knew in high school and now who you haven't seen in how many years? Pure fantasy. I was ...more
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A free book for my Kindle, that I absolutely, thoroughly enjoyed. I'd give it a 4.5, or maybe even the coveted 5.0, which I never seem to award to a book or movie (something in my nature equates that with the absolute best, perfection, and nothing ever measures up). This book was wonderful though, the story, the writing, the characters and the plot. I had read the synopsis on Amazon and was a bit worried about it making me bawl pretty bad, but just a few tears were shed, as I expected. It's one ...more
Jan 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
I don't know why this book got such good reviews. I thought it was very cliched and cheesy. The main character Jenny lost her mother to cancer when she was young and is now dying from cancer herself. She takes her five-year-old daughter back home to try to make amends with her father. It was very predictable and overwrought. I had no sympathy for the characters. Although there are a lot of heart-wrenching moments in the book, I could have cared less.
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful novel. This is the story of Genevieve Lucas, who lost her mother to cancer when she was just a teenager. Her relationship with her father is tentative, as past mistakes and unforgiveness have tainted their lives. This is the story of Genevieve coming home and attempting to mend relationships in order to provide a secure future for her five year old daughter, Isabella. Gina Holmes writes a beautiful story that you just can’t stop reading. I laughed and I cried. Simply amazing.
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that has affected me so much that I’ve cried through the ending. Christian fiction at its best. Not “in your face” but with a wonderful story and lesson. Characters that were very well developed. Situations where I said “gee, I would never do that…” when a little voice said to me “if you were really a Christian, you would…” Boom…convicted. At any rate, it was one of the most poignant, heart-warming and possibly the best book I’ve read this year.
Zsa Zsa
Nov 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
"Crossing Oceans" was an inspiring book. It had me screaming, crying, and laughing at the pages. I wasn't going to read it, but I didn't have anything else to read and I do not regret it. I had to give it 4 stars; everything went by a little too fast (book should be a bit longer). Other than that, I enjoyed it.
Sad story about a dying Mother and the choices she has to make for her daughter. I think the story has a lot of potential but I felt the characters could have been given more depth. You do feel bad for the main character and the book makes you think about the choices you would make if you knew you only had a little time left.
Hard to believe

The characters, especially Jenny, the main character was so juvenile in behavior; anger, short fuse, jealousy, selfish,etc. I finished the book hoping they would grow up, and finally stop reacting, and they did a little. The little girl was the most realistic, and like able.
Cindy Sproles
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
A breakout book with a breakout effect. Gina Holmes Waters knocks the reader off their chair with this page turner of a dying woman, the decisions she must make about her daughter and the trail of forgiveness she must find. A must read.
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