Saturday, June 5, 2010

Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes - A Stunning Debut

from Jen AlLee

Crossing Oceans
Gina Holmes

How far will a mother go to protect her child? Gina Holmes delves into this question in her debut novel, Crossing Oceans. When Jenny Lucas returns to her childhood home – something she swore she'd never do – she comes face to face with the consequences of the choices she's made over the last six years. Jenny and the people she left behind must repair relationships and put aside their own feelings in order to see to the needs of Jenny's daughter, Isabella.

Holmes takes a storyline that could easily be morbid and depressing and makes it a celebration of life. Jenny's journey is one of introspection, of hope, and of unconditional, sacrificial love. The kind of love a mother has for her daughter. The kind of love our Savior has for His children.

With Crossing Oceans, Holmes sets a high standard for writers of Christian fiction. I eagerly await the next novel from this talented writer.


Gina Holmes began her career in 1998, penning articles and short stories. In 2005 she founded the influential literary blog, Novel Journey. She holds degrees in science and nursing and currently resides with her husband and children in southern Virginia. To learn more about her, visit May 2010's issue of CFOM at Interview with Gina Holmes or Novel Journey.

ABOUT THE BOOK - Crossing Oceans

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.


  1. Oh, a secret baby story! I love those.

    Thanks, Jen. I'll be looking for this one.


  2. This is siting on my desk ready to pack for my vacation in a few weeks! I'm so excited!

  3. This one is one hot item nowadays. I can't wait to read it myself! I do visit Novel Journey often myself.

    Thanks Jen!

  4. I've heard great things about this one.

  5. This is one debut novel that definitely lives up to the hype. Gina nailed the emotions of a mother who puts her child first. It may take your emotions through the ringer, but it's well worth it.


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