[EBOOK] The Ocean Between Us by Susan Wiggs – xermadeenfotos.org
EBOOK The Ocean Between Us by Susan Wiggs – xermadeenfotos.org
Sigh I guess there was a eason I kept putting this book offThe book is very disjointed There s a eason behind this I supposed to preserve the mystery of what actually happens but it s almost like the book had 4 or 5 distinct chunks and Wiggs decided to mix them all up It was confusing until about halfway through the bookI also didn t like the little clues that were meant to mislead you assume incorrect conclusionsGrace at almost forty has a evelation that her life is not her own She almost has a sort of mid life crisis and wants to e invent herself She wants to become a business owner a home owner and start caring about her health and appearance Steve thinks things are fine the way they are After all he s being deployed yet again and why don t they just wait before changing anything but Grace is tired of waiting Wiggs shows that for every family member the military life is not easyGrace and Steve s marriage has fallen to the wayside they both but especially Steve have stopped eally seeing each other and having secrets pop up at this time don t helpIt takes a life changing incident to help Grace and Steve see what matters the mostview spoilerOne big issue for me was the deal with the ape I cannot believe a mother who suspects her son may be forcing herself on girls would ask How s Emma the day after her son says he broke up with her and the day Emma chops her beautiful hair off and starts dressing dumpy And to say I never liked you for my son after the ape accusation that she believes WHAT hide spoiler Steve Bennett had served in the Navy for 26 years He and his wife had eached a crossroad in their elationship He was deployed and left on a carrier with things unresolved He was assigned to work with a eporter Francine Atwater and show her around They were Very mixed feelings about this book I like the subject of Navy families and a captain s family in particular Much of the external is true and some of the internal conflicts I lived the military life and think the author captured many nuances for wives and kids That part I like and am continuing to the endBut the inner dialogue is often over written based on a good central idea but written to the point of tedium This is particularly done just before a major event and feels as if the editorauthors wanted to milk the scene or build tension Tricky to build tension agreed but epeating the same internal ditherings doesn t do it I d like to ead by this author but tightly edittedwritten And I d like to know what others think I had to ead this for a book club I can t imagine who picked it someone with no taste in literature apparentlyThe Ocean Between Us hits so many cliches I m sure it s being optioned as a Lifetime original movie The story evolves around a Navy family who s just moved to the Pacific northwest Dad s about to ship out on another tour while Grace the wife suffers a midlife crisis deciding to get in shape start her own business and buy a house Her husband is against all these things which made me dislike him so intensely I said good when he got knocked overboard on his aircraft carrier There s a bit with an unknown offspring showing. On the surface Grace Bennett has it all three wonderful children a devoted husband and a life of adventure and travel But somewhere between her husband Steve's demanding career aising a family the constant uprooting and the Navy's outine.
Up to work on dad s ship some issues with the children all of whom are unbelievably mature and accomplished and a bunch of side plots concerning fertility and date ape I didn t find any of these people believable or likable Wiggs made it worse by including so many characters in the book it became hard to keep track of everybodyI m mystified why any book club would want to discuss this melodramatic mess Sometimes all I want is a well written chick lit book with family secrets emotional characters and no smut This fit that bill and I thoroughly enjoyed it Reading significant portions of one s own life in a book other than one s own autobiography is an intriguing experience I was immediately transported back to those days when like the three children in this book I too could be called the Navy brat of an officer who was a pilot an officer who also served on board ship that deployed from port and was gone for months at a time leaving my mother in charge and me and my brother wishing my dad could have stayed homeGrace Bennett signed on willingly for her ole as the wife of a Navy officer but when she ealizes she s given too much of herself she also concludes she has to do something or she will have lost who she eally is But what she wants to do is complicated by a secret her husband has kept from her since before their twenty year long marriage And Steve efuses to see why she has to make those changes or why they are so important to her At the same time her three children are going through the throes of being the new kid yet again each of them managing that experience differently and with varying degrees of success How they see their parents and the his naval service also influences their eaction to the secret Grace insists Steve share with their children before he leaves on a 6 month deployment on the carrier where he is second in commandWhen a crisis at sea places all of their elationships at isk in the most permanent sense each of these beautifully crafted characters must come to terms with what it means to be who they are as individuals and as members of a Navy familyThe book kept me up far too late because I simply could not put it down A story that will esonate with the members of every military family and even with those who have never experienced the special euirements made of the spouses and children of the men and women who serve Grace and Steve Bennett have been married for twenty years and they have three children in high school Steve is a career Naval officer and his career has taken precedence over everything else in the family s life They ve just moved to Washington state and Grace starts to feel the need to put down oots and begins to uestion all the sacrifices the family has made for Steve s careerOn the eve of Steve s deployment the family finds out some shocking news so the elationship between Steve and Grace is strained as he leaves Several things happen while Steve is gone that test their strength their love and their esolve as a familyDeep down inside The Ocean Between Us by Susan Wiggs is a love story It s not the story of a new omantic love but ather the story of a dee. Grace has lost her sense of self And when a nearly forgotten secret esurfaces her discontent comes into sharp focus Something needs to change She needs to changeThen duty calls Now separated by an ocean of egrets and longing Grace and
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P abiding love and I thought it was just wonderful The book was a uick ead because I found myself so engrossed in the storyI could elate to Grace so much Even though Carl s not in the service we have moved a lot for his career and I know what it s like to pack up leave friends behind and start all over in a new place I know what it s like to set aside your own needs to try to get your family settled and happy in a new place I also know what it s like to appreciate all the opportunities those moves afford you meeting new people and experiencing new places and things I totally got it when Grace wondered whether giving up her own dreams to pursue her husband s had been too much of a sacrificeI could also elate to the Bennetts three children since my own father served in the Navy My father etired when I was fairly young and he mostly had shore duty after I was born but I do emember picking him up after a long deployment on an aircraft carrier and wondering if I would ecognize him when I saw him again The children also made me think of Vance and the moves he s had to make throughout his lifeOverall I liked The Ocean Between Us a lot and what I liked the most about it was the deep sense of love and espect the Bennetts had for each other and the way they learned to appreciate each other I think Susan Wiggs did a fantastic job of portraying the life of a service family This book was an emotional ead for me it made me cry several times especially at the end It serves as a eminder that when someone is enlisted in the military their whole family serves and makes sacrifices I loved loved this book It eminded me of what it must have been like for my many freinds as well as my Mother being a military wife This story is about a woman who einvents herself after a life altering man walks into her husbands life and tells them he is this mans son Just as the husband is about to be shipped off Well who would have thought I picked this off the library shelves because I was waiting on a couple of audio books that had not arrived Whenever this happens I get home and check out Goodreads I was disappointed that the eviews were mostly lowly ated and none of my friends had ead it I don t know what the eading of this book was like but I loved loved the audio book I think the mention of omance may have put some off but this novel is about Navy life marriage sacrifices and marriage partners living two lives Dedicated navy officers can be away for 6 months at a time and then they come home having missed 6mths of the children growing up each time This novel was about the strain on marriages than a soppy love story Oh yes there was some omance which was important to the story but this was a great learning curve for me about Navy life I can ecommend it to people who like to learn about different careers and lifestyles I had a eal hard time getting into this one I usually enjoy all of Ms Wigg s books so I don t eally understand why I had such a hard time with this one The characters seemed very eal to me but maybe I just didn t like how long it took to get to the point of everything Not my favorite story unfortunetl. Teve are forced to take a hard look at their faltering marriage But when the unthinkable happens Grace is left to face a Navy wife's worst nightmare the cold truth that life's biggest chances can slip away while you're looking for guarante.
wwwfieldsendorg She's been featured in the national media including NPR's Talk of the Nation and is a popular speaker locally and nationally According to Publishers Weekly Wiggs writes with refreshingly honest emotion and the Salem Statesman Journal adds that she is one of our best observers of stories of the heart who knows how to capture emotion on virtually every page of every book Booklist characterizes her books as real and true and unforgettable She is the recipient of three RITA sm awards and four starred reviews from Publishers Weekly for her books The Winter Lodge and Passing Through Paradise have appeared on PW’s annual Best Of lists Several of her books have been listed as top Booksense picks and optioned as feature films Her novels have been translated into than two dozen languages and have made national bestseller lists including the USA Today Washington Post and New York Times lists The author is a former teacher a Harvard graduate an avid hiker an amateur photographer a good skier and terrible golfer yet her favorite form of exercise is curling up with a good book Readers can learn on the web at