Book In Review: Crossing Oceans

Book Review

Synopsis via GoodRead

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.

Author: Gina Holmes, a celebrated writer, nurse, and the founder of the influential literary blog, Novel Rocket formally known as Novel Journey

Interesting Fact: This is the author’s debut novel (2010), at the end of the book she shares a little preview of her second novel, “Dry As Rain” (2011)

Interesting Tidbit: This book was not part of my “Must Read 2017” books, but somehow ended up on GoodReads bookshelf, the synopsis is not what drew me to the book(because this is not something I would read), but I’m trying to expand my reading palate and who knows, maybe it is theme/genre might be something I’ll enjoy.

First Impression: At this point, Jenny Lucas seems to be reevaluating her live choices (I don’t know if it’s good or bad), but she seems to be on a journey of rediscovering and trying to understand her life choices. So far, I love how euphoric and spiritual the words seem, I also think it’s great that everything around her seems to be a metaphor for her life decisions: Use of  “still trees” or “motions of the waves” to signify change or stagnation in her life. The format and writing style is new to me because I’m not used to “soft books” i.e no action but visually, I’d give the book an A+ the author is doing a great job at letting us see, feel, and hear everything through Jenny, I also like the interjection and conversation between Jenny and her daughter, Isabella.  The book hasn’t wowed me yet, but its probably because I’ve only read the first chapter. I am looking forward to Jenny’s journey and hopefully, why she decided she needed to come back home>

My Wish: To understand Jenny and her family more, why she moved, why they don’t keep in touch. Just want to learn more about who she is, also hope Isabella will be the bridge between her and her family as well bring humor to the book because so far, it has a somber feel. Also, I hope to put away my prejudice of what I call “soft books” or “books I wouldn’t dare read” away.

In my review: My thoughts on the book and characters, including their names, what I learned and my overall critique and rating of the book



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