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.
2011 Carol Award winner for Debut Author from ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers)
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.
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 life situations that are hard, heartbreaking and yet hauntingly beautiful. As mentioned before, I’ve noticed a theme with her novels. I cry. The same goes for her debut novel Crossing Oceans.
You know those stories that show raw emotion and feelings? This is one such book. Jenny’s story and heartache, sweet Bella, family reconciliation, love in the midst of valleys and what the situation would be for many is heartfelt and beautiful. The love family has for a child is a powerful thing. One more thing, I liked how each of the characters played out. Some were not so pleasant the whole book, some were and some unlikely friendships came from it too. Why did I like this? Real life.
Have you read this book? Also, what’s a recent powerful book you’ve read (and maybe even needed a box of tissues for?)