He world and I m unlikely to recommend it I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review in exchange for my honest review Claudia a troubled young lady is dealing with the death f her Teacher and Coach ten years after her tragic death Victor her husband and ADA for the county in which they live has reopened the cold case and this is extremely upsetting for Claudia This is ne f the main story lines in the action packed novel called The Crossing by Serita Jakes During a return trip from a football game the bus in which the team and accompanying students and coaches are aboard stops at a train crossing At that particular time a lone gunman enters the bus and shoots the bus driver a student and football player Casio and searches Cutthroat out BJ the cheerleading coach and shoots her several times causing her death Following the investigation the police come up empty and it would appear that the killer is never found This is a novel which I was unable to put down because you never know what is going to happen next As for Claudia who I believe to be the main character is devastated at the lossf her coach and friend BJ Remington The beginning An Eastern Orthodox Response to Evangelical Claims of the novel starts with some introductionf the characters in this story which I found necessary in The Claiming of the Shrew order to get the full picturef the entire story Serita Jakes took the time in delving into each character in Summoned order to paint a clear picture As the story unfolds Claudia is layingn the floor f the bus with her dying coachfriend and you hear BJ speaking I found that she was trying to figure ut just what had happened to her and at the same time she is speaking to God You will find BJ speaking and praying at the beginning f each chapter It sets the tone for each chapter Claudia is the daughter f the town Pastor who you will learn about as you read this story It s ten years later and Claudia is now married to Victor Campbell the ADA for the county Casio Hightower the ex football player now Police Detective is teaming up with Victor Campbell to reopen the case his father had initially been involved with at the time Baghdad, Mon Amour: A Journey of Exile and Return of the murder I don t want to get to involved with theverall story here because I do not want to spoil it for anyone who picks this novel up and reads it It s best to say the The Crossing by Serita Jakes is a wonderful read I learned that even in death there would appear to be some final thoughts and dreams Dead Inside of the person who is about to die Follow BJ Claudia Georgie Casio Victor and the restf the cast f characters as you read and become involved with the story You will not be let down I d like to thank Blogging for Books and Waterbrook Press for giving me the pportunity to read and review this heart wrenching and uplifting story The Crossing by Serita Jakes is sure to be a Best Seller I received this Advanced Reader s Copy as a free book Even though I found some errors in the book noted below I found the book to be very interesting The book grabbed my attention right from the beginning I liked how it went back and forth from the characters in the present to events and characters from the past The characters were interesting and believable but in some instances I felt that some The Taste of Spruce Gum of the characters could have been developed just a bit I did enjoy reading the book and found myself trying to guess who did it and was surprised at the end I discovered a few errors in the book that I want to pointut On page 1011 the party planner states that she nly has Tuesday pen for the next appointment but then later the Friday appointment is madeOn page 51 it says If I d had known shouldn t this be If I had known She Stoops to Conquer or if I d have knownOn page 79 it says That sat in silence for a few minutes which should read THEY sat in silence for a few minutesOn page 110 The principal gave a rueful smiled that showedff a set Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile of teeth in sore needf a dentist Smiled should be smilePage 112 What is your response to Casio saying everyone knew you everyone knew you had a romantic interest in BJ Everyone knew you is a repeated phrasePage 114 Would you submit to us getting a DNA sample This is strangely written It should b would you Orb object to giving us a DNA sampler would you agree to submit a DNA sample Page 173 So Pastor to let her stay with me Is it supposed to be Pastor said to let her stay with me Or just Pastor let her stay with mePage 181 He grinned with he saw Casio Should be changed to He grinned when he saw Casio Page 181 He raised his hand and clasped Casio "s above the shoulder Page 225 Casio Don t come any closer to you r I m leaving What "above the shoulder Page 225 Casio Don t come any closer to you r I m leaving What t it say don t come any closer to ME r I m leavingPage 259 Crossing that f the list Multi-Family Therapy of things to do later Thef should be National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition offPage 272 273 Claudia is sittingn the bench and moves ver so Vic can sit next to her but then at the bottom f page 273 it says he turns her n her back her head is still n his lap To me it wasn t clear that she was laying down A History of Prophecy in Israel, Revised and Enlarged on the pew I know kindf picky but it made me have to reread the two pages to see if I had missed somethingPage 274 In the second to the last paragraph the parenthesis are not correct Page 283 She nodded and pressed her palm to the spot just below her navel where deep inside Think good thoughts about a pussycat of her God already knew their yet to be form child There should be a comma after deep insidef her and it should be formed instead One, Two, Three Me of formI hope it isn t too late to change these errors because if those things are fixed I would recommend this book tothers I gave it three stars because f the errors in the book therwise I probably would have raised
"it to four "to four received this book from WaterBrook Press free through Goodreadscom I appreciate their generosity but my Sex and Lust in Tijuana: True Sex Stories of the Tjamigos opinions cannot be swayedWhen first reading the descriptionf The Crossing it sounded intriguing Years ago at a railroad crossing a gun wielding man got n a bus coming back from a high school football game He shot ne Tea for Ruby of the players in the arm and killed the young cheerleading coach Many years later the assistant DA husbandf The Life of Saint Philip Neri onef the girls who was n the bus along with the football player who has now become a police fficer reopen the case to try to get to the bottom f things The premise sounded goodwhat I didn t notice was the last bit f the description As the Campbells and Casio teeter I only Like the Fingers of the Guy I Hate, Vol. 1 on the bringf losing everything will they be able to discover that what begins at the crossing ends at. Ly relives the anguish The Whistle Pig of that day caught inne moment in time When her husband the assistant district attorney becomes determined to uncover the mystery f that tragedy the secrets buried ver the years threaten to tear their family apartOfficer Casio Hightower will never forget the day his dreams were destroyed A star uarterback with a promising future Casio was
Serita Ann Jakes ¿ 9 readUnbelievably cheesy The dialogue was unrealistic the characters were ridiculously forgiving and the ending was beyond cheesy Not to mention the fact that the main character Claudia was the most selfish person I ve ever had the misfortune to read about And where n earth did the author get her information n panic attacks and PTSD The panic attacks Claudia experienced were Church Planting Is for Wimps: How God Uses Messed-Up People to Plant Ordinary Churches That Do Extraordinary Things over the top and the fact that she had experienced the shooting did not give her the right to walk allver people and make the selfish decisions she did which the author seemed to think was understandable considering what Claudia had been through Well it wasn t I m mad at this book now it seems like a cheesy Christian tale the author wrote because she s so involved in her husband s ministry Not because the author had any real inspirat I just received my ARC copy in the mail today and read through to but not including chapter 5 I was not anticipating the multiple points A Stepdaughter In Heat of view and I am not entirely sure I enjoy thatSo far the premisef the novel is not bad however I do not think I have gotten to the meat f this story yetSept 8th 2011 I am stuck between a rock and a hard place with this book I want to finish reading it and not for the book itself but for the sole reason that I received it ARC and I feel bligated to review itThat being said I will review so far and I will add Rufus on as I get throughf the book we will call this the Walking Taco f reviews if you pleaseAs I had stated above riginally I am not pleased with multiple POV The style You Are a Miserable Excuse for a Hero!: Book One in the Just Make a Choice! Series of writing is not compelling and the voice in the italicized text was so verybviously a spiritualreligious reference that I wanted to put the book downI am not ne to try to review books negatively and conceptually I think the idea had strength but for me and this is a personal preference I do not like the subtext involving religion I will finish this book to see if the plot thickens in an effort to save itself but as the book stands I am going to give this 1 star based n personal preference writing style and inability to grab my attention regardless Women and Social Work: Towards a Woman-Centered Practice of the underlying message that the author sobviously wants to send The Crossing is a Novel that is written by Serita Jakes This book has everything for the reader The book has a major crime that is a cold case It has love loss truth friendship and high drama Serita writes a book you don t want to put down The cast f characters are Claudia the PK preachers kid Casio a victim and cop BJ Remington teacher and crime victim Georgie the principal s daughter and later a nurse last but not least Vic Assistant District Atty and husbandThe book is written in the view point f each character You get to walk in their shoes as the reader The book is suspenseful as you want to know who did this crime could it be any The Cowboys of in their small town residentsr after ten years could the killer be gone You see how this crime as effected the lives Sins of Treachery of those who were merelyn their way back from a football game This such a simple act riding a bus home celebrating a win from a high school football game it happens every Friday night in ever state and town and how this simple act can become such a life changing event in a matter f minutes This changes the lives n board for both the good and the bad I just loved this book I found that I was not able to figure the killer I like a book that makes my mind say was it this person r that I like a book that
makes me think I loved the characters they evoked a variety f emotions as Ime think I loved the characters they evoked a variety f emotions as I the book I saw the hope that comes from a tragedy and better yet healing I saw how some people have the ability to use this event for the good thanks to Georgie and some simple try to run from it but never really do allowing it to eat them alive and affect their lives and the thers they
across You see this crime stop some f the surviving victims from living The ending is very exciting and surprising This book is so good that I give this my best rating f five stars "GET THIS BOOK I MUST ALSO LET YOU THAT "this book I must also let you that got this complimentary book from Water Brooks Press Publisher for my review The above review is my wn Papi's Gift opinion Not going to lie the prologue and 2nd pagef the first chapter kind f freaked me ut a bit I knew I with my weak constitution was probably doing the wrong thing when I picked this crime novel and for a few pages into this book I kept asking myself what had gone wrong with my brain process when I decided to get this book ver ther グライネリエ 1 [Grainerie 1] ones I could have chosen that probably would have agreed with my stomach It actually surprised me it wasn t very graphic even the prologue and 2nd page really weren t that bad my constitution is just extremely weak P as far as the actual murder and whatnot Anywaynce I got a handful f pages in all was well in that departmentAs far as the actual writing goes I thought The Crossing was very well written Jakes clearly gets the point across without needless and verextended detail r explanation The story flows well and is an easy read Also I would just like to thank Jakes for her point f view choice the people who have told me that you can t write a book with multiple points The First Socialist Society: A History of the Soviet Union from Within of view per chapter without it being confusing clearly didn t know what they were talking aboutAs for the plot The crime sidef it was pretty good Although I had a guess at who the murderer was early The Coming Revolution in Youth Ministry on which ended up being the correct suspect there wasn t any hard evidence to make me lose interest Maybe it was just a lucky guess but even so Jakes kept me second guessing myself and reading to be sure my suspicions were accurateThe side story the characters personal lives and involvement didn t really impress me I was disappointed in several aspects which I won t name specifically for the sakef not spoiling it for future readers While the wrong acts committed by the sub characters weren t encouraged nor made appealing I felt the author didn t well in condemning File Under: Arson or discouraging it as well as she could haveI also wasn t very impressed with the ending which again I won t go into great detail about lest I spoil it especially since it came as a surprise to me I definitely wasn t expecting theutcome Wicked Sense ofne f the main characters Casio Hightower nor the conclusion to his side story I was disappointed in his story because I saw potential for his storyAll in all I didn t think The Crossing was the greatest book in Imprisoned by memories Claudia Campbell lives each day in the shadow f a ten year Powerless Against You old murder Who can set her freeOn the way home from a football game a decade earlier a masked gunmanpened fire n a Texas school bus Cheerleading coach BJ Remington was killed but her murderer was never found Claudia who had a close friendship with the young spirited teacher constant. The crossYes I had somehow gotten myself involved with contemporary Christian literature by mistake Well I figured too late to do anything about this now Might as well read the book The premise is still fairly interesting As it turns ut this was not a bad book at all It was just not a good book for meThe characters are all right though it s a little tough when the introduction to ne f the protagonists Casio the former football player turned cop begins with him raping and beating the crap Dobys Lessons (Brats in Training outf his girlfriend Apparently his experiences back The Texan Meets His Match on the bus have led to a lifef untamed rage though I found myself wondering if perhaps some f his rage was due to having been named after a cheap brand f plastic keyboard Claudia the ther main character is also a wreck the teacher killed had been her best friend and she knows some secrets about the possible motive Her husband Vic the assistant DA pens the case to try and bring Claudia peace but finds that his help is just making everything worse Luckily he is understanding The Heretic's Handbook (Kindle Single) of her issues because he is almost too perfect to be true Narration is also provided by BJ the teacher who died The shifting perspectives actually work pretty well and provide a varietyf ways to look at the storyThe story itself is all right though there are many diversions from the heart Blue Guide New York of the mystery instead focusingn Claudia s relationships with Vic and God and also n Casio s relationship with his girlfriend Hannah I ften found myself bored with Claudia and her philosophical and theological tangents The author tried to bring in some Monsieur de Saint-George: Virtuoso, Swordsman, Revolutionary: A Legendary Life Rediscovered other issues including her relationship with her pastor father and critical mother but I found those mostly distracting Another problem was that the stakes for the characters never got very high The plot plodded along as Vic and Casio investigate theld case but really no Garden of The Gods one is ever in danger and aside from possible closure there is no real drive to solve this murder Thenly real shock in the whole novel doesn t even have anything to do with the murder Personally I didn t find Will Claudia be able to reconnect with her husband AND God to be a particularly pressing motivation to keep readingAs I said I am sure there are people who would enjoy this book It is well written and the characters were for the most part reasonably realistic and interesting However my lack f interest in the Christian aspect f the story served as a major turn The Fruits of Graft: Great Depressions Then and Now off for me This book definitely hits close to home as the subject matter could be a relevant breaking news headline from any major network When a shooting takes placen a school bus a beloved teacher and s Won through First reads giveaways Ten years ago Claudia was n a bus with her coach favorite teacher and ther students A mad man came Musical Mathematics: On the Art and Science of Acoustic Instruments onto the bus shot the assistant coach the teacher and a student The teacher Bj Remington died that night Claudia stayed at her side and refused to walk away Bj and Claudia were best friends they didn t have yourrdinary teacher student relationship Casio the student that got shot was Claudia s boyfriend at the time Now ten years later the killer still wasn t brought to justice Casio and Claudia s husband Victor reopen BJ Remington s cold case In the meantime Casio is suspended from his duty as a police Goig officer He is charged with battering and raping his girlfriend Harper He insists he didn t rape her it was consensual but he does admit to beating her up Claudia keeps having panic attacks because she keeps thinking back to the dayn the bus She runs into another student Where Alligators Sleep other then Casio and it makes her start to remember again This student Georgia preformed CPRn Miss Remington that night in hopes to save her life Casio got a lost file report from his father that states that BJ was 10 weeks pregnant when she was shot That s how he sueezed himself in to work with Victor Saraswati Park on the case Victor doesn t care much about him for two main reasonsne he is an Ten Weeks with Chinese Bandits old boyfriendf his wife Claudia Two the charges he has against him Blah blah blah You have to read itI really liked the book I especially love the ending Sad how things worked ut but probably for the best I think the plot f the story was uite impressive I didn t want In life love is complicated Messy Filled with jealousy and conditions In the moments before death it becomes clear what love was intended to beRiveting dramatic and compellingly suspenseful Serita Jakes pulled me in immediately with a powerful heart stopping intro Then as the story unfolded she held my attention with many intertwining elements and characters alternating narratives and chapters uniuely compiled to pulsate like the ebb and flow Young And Naive, Wasted Years of tides Devastating Hopeful Heartbreaking Healing Spiteful Congenial Humorous Somber Rage Divine Peace Back and forth the actionsreactions and emotions ebb and flow The cold case dealing with non combat PTSD was powerful and relevant My biological mother whom I never met andnly discovered last spring suffered from PTSD when at the age Ebekulak of nine she witnessed her mother s violent death and from her teen yearsn Ruth s life was a trainwreck In The Crossing the PTSD "triggers felt believable And I was totally into the cold case even though not all f the "felt believable And I was totally into the cold case even though not all f the enforcement ME and forensic particulars were ultra authentic They did come across as believable However there were a good many contrived plot points and coincidences in the solving process And at times the dramatic story elements became woefully sensational verging Understories on melodramatic Yet the dialogue for the most part except pertaining to errors listed below was fresh and rang genuine Nonef these critical Commissar observations were weighty enough for me to drop a four star to three as theverall story was riveting if not for the numerous and I do mean numerous grammaticalsyntaxtypo errors spread liberally throughout Truly whoever line edited this must have had a really Commissary Kitchen: My Infamous Prison Cookbook off day if an average Annie notices them Perhaps someday it will be tightly edited and reissued One can hope for Ms Jake s sake As is currentlyTHREE Riveting Powerful Cautionary STARSNote At books end the publisher andor author has listed severalrganizationscome across You see this crime stop some f the surviving victims from
FOR THOSE IN NEED OF PTSD COUNSELING ANDOR SUPPORTthose in need f PTSD counseling andor support are a fewUS Dept f Veterans AffairsThe National Center for PTSD802 296 6300US Department f Health and Human Services wwwnimhnihgovThe National Suicide Prevention Lifeline1 800 273 TALK 1 800 273 8255. N top f the world until Making Instruments Count one bullet changed everything He is eager to help Victor Campbell find BJ's killer the man who shot him Maybe solving the case will help silence the demons driving Casio to hurt the woman he lovesAs the Campbells and Casio teetern the brink f losing everything will they be able to discover that what begins at the crossing ends at the cross. .