CROSSING OCEANS was Finding Hope Book Club's book selection. We were very excited to have Gina speak to our group about her very moving and gripping book. We had so much fun listening to Gina Holmes speak to our book club about her Debut novel Crossing Oceans. We heard of her journey to publication and it was fun to see how Gina could engage the crowd and make everyone laugh. The Ladies even cracked her up a time or two.

The Saturday BEFORE our book club meeting Gina Holmes did a book signing at Life Way Mall of GA Store. We caught up with her there.

This is Ane Mulligan and Patty Hall at Gina's book signing.

As you can see everyone was engaged and felt that the story was powerful, full of love, sadness, but hope and showed a forgiveness that set everyone free. We all agreed the book had to end the way it did or it would have lost the sacrifice that the mother had made for her child. Even Gina said she wanted it to end differently but it felt right to end it the way she did.

Gina took a Group shot with most of the ladies that could stay until the end. Gina gave a sneak peek into what her next book is about and all are anxious to read it. I have to agree with them. Grin!

Then Gina signed everyone's book. We were fortunate to have her speak at our group. I'm thankful she included us on her book signing tour. Can't wait to see what Gina writes next and group feels the same way. ALL the Best to you Gina! THANKS for speaking to our group and sharing your journey to publication! Exciting! :D

Finding Hope Book Club is anxious to read Gina's Next book. In the back of Oceans Crossing is a little snippet of what's instore for us. Wow!! I'm hooked already.


By Gina Holmes
Published by Tyndale
ISBN# 978-1-4143-3305-3
280 Pages

Back Cover: Sometimes love demands the impossible

Nothing deepens a stream like a good rain . . . or makes it harder to cross. Jenny Lucas swore she’d never go home again. But life has a way of upending even the best-laid plans. Now, years after she left, she and her five-year-old daughter 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 to change everything—to heal old hurts, to bring new beginnings . . . even to overcome the impossible.

REVIEW: Time! There never seems to be enough time to do the things that matter! Knowing you only had months to live, what would you do? Thanks to the publisher for the review copy of Crossing the Oceans. I have to be honest I didn’t think I could read this book because I had lost my dad to cancer a short time ago. But Gina Holmes pens a brilliant story of love and sacrifice. It’s one I wont’ soon forget!

Gina Holmes’s story reminds me of A Walk to Remember and The Notebook both written by Nicholas Sparks. This author has an amazing gift to masterfully blend together a memorable story filled with a special tenderness, hope, love, forgiveness, mixed with a sense of well timed humor, throughout her book that touched my heart deeply. It ignited warm feelings of love and hope inside I can’t explain.

Isabella’s mom, Jenny is sick. Jenny is on a mission to go to North Carolina, to make peace with her family and her past. She knows what it’s like to lose a mom at a young age. She was going to do everything in her power to make this journey easier for her daughter.

Six year old Isabella is the common denominator between two families not fond of each other. She looks to her mom, Jenny, for an understanding to the change taking place in her world. Jenny reaches out to God for the strength to do the impossible. I could only hope God would give me the strength to be like Jenny when my time is near.

I anxiously turned the pages of Crossing the Oceans, as I read of Jenny’s last days and remembered my dad’s. As I finished the last page, healing tears slid down my cheeks and a knot formed in my throat; forever touched in my heart, mind and emotions by the words I had read.

This author gave me a peak into how it might be to have my heavenly daddy and my earthly daddy waiting for me when it’s my time to run into their loving arms! Home at last! God prepares us for this passage if we let him. Gina gave me a glimpse into a young woman’s crossing to the life after this one—a journey all of us must take.

Gina Homles, this book is a gift to me and I suspect it will be for many others. I had no idea you could write like this. I’m excited at what God can do through your obedience to Him, your writing and this book. I’ll be waiting in line to read your next book for sure! Yes, there will be a line :D

Nora StLaurent
The Book Club Network

1 comment:

  1. Nora, this was an AWESOME experience for me. After a string of not so fun book signings, this was an oasis in the desert. What a lovely group of wonderfully funny and unique ladies. We in Christian fiction owe you a debt of gratitude for all you do.

    Again, thank you my friend!