The Crossing by Serita Jakes

A shooting occurred on a school bus that was coming home from a football game. A young teacher, B.J., was killed and the case was never solved. That tragedy still effects lives of the students who were on that bus, especially Claudia who was best friends with the teacher and Casio who got shot in the arm that day. Now ten years later new evidence mysteriously appears. The assistant district attorney, Victor, is also Claudia’s husband and desires to close this case for personal and professional reasons.

The Crossing is an emotional roller coast, especially as we are privy to the final scene of B.J.‘s life and her closing thoughts from ten years ago. Serita Jakes allows us to feel the realness of the characters – no paper thin characters here! Each main character shares their thoughts and feelings though out the book in a way that compassion was built in me for them all. In it’s showing the darkness of people’s lives and choices, God’s grace really shines through. I loved this statement in the book: “Somehow she had weathered a storm of pain and death, and just when it seemed like loss would win, grace had stepped in.” Amen!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Blogging for Books, Waterbrook Multnomah Publisher’s book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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