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Here’s a recent review by the very talented in her own right, Dineen Miller:
This review had me tearing up.
Tyndale House Publishers
I must say this is an amazing book. It’s been a long time since I’ve read something in women’s fiction that’s kept me this riveted. Jenny’s story is poignant to say the least and a very believable one at that. It’s a story about forgiveness and sacrificial love told in a way I never expected could be so beautiful.
Gina Holmes is an excellent writer and tells the story in first person from the main character’s perspective for the entire book. Yet you still get a clear picture of the other characters through Jenny’s eyes.
Jenny’s journey home is a difficult one as are the circumstance that force this direction. I love how Holmes takes this character through the paces of facing her own demons as well as difficult choices between what she wants and what she knows her daughter needs. The final one is the most difficult and though you know it’s the right one, a part of me wanted to see Jenny have what she wanted for once.
Definitely a story that will stay with you and one that will make you think about your own choices and how they affect those you love.
PW had this to say:
Jenny Lucas has returned to her childhood home, a refuge of picket fences and lace-covered tabletops. But with an intensity likely garnered from years of unpublished suspense writing, debut novelist and blogger Holmes slowly unveils the hidden angst in this homecoming. A single mother, Jenny must find caregivers who will raise her five-year-old daughter when she’s gone. She’s forced to mend relations with two possible custodians: the baby’s father, who doesn’t know he has a child, and her own cold-hearted father. As Jenny comes to face her future as well as her past, dramatic emotions yield to an appreciation of life and an enjoyment of the grace of fleeting moments. There can be no happy ending, but Holmes ties a neat bow of acceptance around this haunting tale that packs an emotional wallop. Keep tissues near.