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Oceans Apart

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  5,366 ratings  ·  346 reviews
A riveting story of secret sin and the healing power of forgivenessAirline pilot Connor Evans and his wife, Michele, seem to be the perfect couple living what looks like a perfect life. Then a plane goes down in the Pacific Ocean. One of the casualties is Kiahna Siefert, a flight attendant Connor knew well. Too well. Kiahna's will is very clear: before her seven-year-old s...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 557 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Thorndike Press (first published 2002)
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Terra
I seriously hated this book... but it was a book club pick so I read it.

The story is about an airline pilot who has a wife and two daughters and living a perfect life in Florida. But, his family doesn't know that he had a one-night stand eight years ago in Hawaii on a layover during a hurricane. What he doesn't know is that the chick got knocked up and he has a son. The woman gets killed in a plane crash - she's a stewardess still - and her will states that her son should spend two weeks with hi...more
Georgie
Had this book focused purely on Max's story, and cut down significantly on the shove-it-down-your-throat God/Jesus/Forgiveness stuff, I would have a) been able to finish it, and b) given it more stars.

Basic plot - in 1996, married pilot Connor Evans has a one night fling with air hostess Kiahana while they are both stuck in Hawaii. Kiahana has a son, Max, but doesn't tell Connor as she doesn't want to wreck his marriage. 7 years later, she dies in a plane crash. Her will includes a wish that bef...more
Cathy
i will not list all of Karen Kingsburys books, but if you pick up one of them, you will read them all, they are a great way to escape and find how people handle common crisis in life.Awsome author.
M. Ables
Remember the movie "Ever After"? The beginning where the sweet old lady says: "How does it start? Oh yes, once upon a time....". It reminds me of Karen Kingsbury. She really should add a disclaimer at the beginning of her books stating it'll start off realistically & interesting, then somehow veer off into Fairytale Land where "once upon a time" turns into "happily ever after" no matter how ridiculous or outlandish the situation. In her world it never really storms- just a light rain. She ne...more
Amainary
This book is really amazing. It makes you think more on the right and wrong decisions and it makes you think in faith and if your being loyal to a certain person. It could be a friend,a boyfriend or even a husband if you're married. In this book Conner Evans, a pilot, makes a poor decision that leads to a major concequence. He was a married man with children when he breaks the greatest promise he ever made. He had an affair with a flight attendant named, Kiahna Siefert. He never saw her again....more
rjp316
This book is about how your wrong decision (sin) can come back to get you even after you have moved on and even after 9 years has pasted. Kingsbury is a religious author but I found her most interesting and religious main character was the 8 year old boy. None of the adults seemed to be daily Christians but rather “Sunday only when I can fit Christ in” Christians, except Max’s mom. Found that the theme of forgiveness was ok in the book. I liked the son/father forgiveness storyline but the wife/h...more
 Marla
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Dianna
Typical Karen Kingsbury's -- FANTASTIC.

I am an avid Kingsbury fan. This is the story of a man who made a mistake 8 years ago, but what you do in the dark will come out in the light. That is what happened to Conner. Only this mistake stands to break up his marriage and also destroy the lives of his wife and the children involved.

Kingsbury always keeps God in the forefront of all her stories. Her point is that when we feel we are truly alone, that is when if we listen we will hear God speaking to...more
Katy Wilmotte
Sigh.
Once again I picked up Christian fiction, promising to give it another chance. And once again, like Carl in Up, I am begging the author to "skip to the end!".
The premise of this story is not a bad one, but, like so many others, the story fails to deliver. As a character, Michele is probably the most believable, but all the supporting cast is fairly flat. Worst of all, Max, a seven-year old, supposedly intelligent boy, wanders through the story amidst passages of 'kid-speak.' Example: "At...more
Kathryn
I finished this Christian Fiction novel today (June 16, 2014), well ahead of my Third Tuesday Book Club meeting tomorrow night. I read this book under protest; the genre of Christian Fiction is one that I generally want nothing to do with, and having read it, I can attest that it is heartwarming and inspirational, and left me feeling like I had been eating a lot of cotton candy. (The back cover notes that the author has written more than thirty titles, one of which was the basis for a CBS Movie-...more
Ana
I stumbled upon this book in our garage, read the summary, and knew that this was going to be my next read. And I really enjoyed it. Karen Kingsbury did a great job putting together a very realistic life story filled with love, forgiveness, and second chances.

I felt like this book had a realistic plot; a pilot has an affair with a woman while he is overseas, delayed one stormy night. Though Connor knew it wouldn't ever "happen to him," and he would stay true to one of the most important promise...more
Lynn
I think my problem with this book was the overwhelming perfection of a woman who slept with a married man... she was perfection personified...in love with a man she slept with once....she never had another man after him...she birthed a perfect son..a 40 year old god trapped in a 7 year old childs body.. yeah thats the whole setup.... the paragon of virtue dies and it so happens his perfect mother seeing fit to never tell her "beloved" one night stand of her pregnancy she leaves a letter to him t...more
Meghan
This book wasn't about real people, it was about fake people! The author manipulated the characters to her ideal end. It was unnatural and unbelievable and preachy. I gave it a 2 because I like the premise of forgiveness, and the ideal end would have been what I wanted, if only the story had been told more realistically.
Shawnette
As with all of Karen Kingsbury's books, I loved this one. She tackles tough subjects head on. Having learned about forgiveness the hard way myself, this story was a reminder of the healing power of forgiveness and that the consequences of sin are not limited to yourself.
Jana
I got it from the library and decided to give it a try.
The writing wasn't the best, but overall it was a good story with a good message of forgiveness. I might read more from this author if i'm in the mood for an easy read.
Becky Thomasson
This book was amazing. Anything by Karen Kingsbury is great but I really liked this book. If you are struggling with love and acceptance this is the read for you. Be ready for tears of joy.
theresca a robins
Loved this book!..but...

Karen Kingsbury did it again! I have been a fan of hers since her 9/11 series. As a Christian who sometimes questions her faith, I find many of my own doubts put to rest through her stories. She did an excellent job portraying Michelle's reaction to her husband's infidelity and the bitterness that evolved. As happy as I was with the ending,it seemed a little bit of a stretch in the happily ever after department considering that in reality that kind of forgiveness and rebu...more
Tami
What a great book. A great reminder to love others and forgive just how God loves and forgives us.
Donna sue parton
A true work from God's heart

I was given a new kindle last week for my 72nd birthday. (My bookshelves are getting too full with hard copies) I found a review indicating this was one of Karen's best works so had to read it for myself. I totally agree!! every chapter hurried me to the next. I would have been devastated if max didn't end up with his rightful family! this work could not have come about without God's divine intervention influencing Karen's skilled talent. thank you Karen, for allowing...more
Jill
Love all of her books. This one was especially moving.
Kathy
Good story about forgiveness and family.
Jill Twigg
I wish I could have given it a ten. Can we say t-e-a-r-j-e-r-k-e-r? This was such a heartfelt book on forgiveness. You feel the pain and emotion of each character even sweet Max, the 7-year old child who is thrust into an unknown family due to the death of his mother who was a flight attendant on a downed plane. Michele's pain of being betrayed and Connor's pain of finding his new found son and having to give him up. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE watching God's plan come to fruition. This is the first book...more
Jodi
I had a really hard time reading this book. It was about a single mom trying to raise her young son. She was a flight attendant who wanted to be a doctor. One night she trusted a man to sleep on her couch 8 years prior. They ended up sleeping together. The man had told her that he lived in California and his wife in Florida. The 23 year old girl though that they were separated. After their night together the man went back to his family, a wife and two daugthers. He never spoke about the affair,...more
Amber
Nov 16, 2008 Amber rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Karen Kingsbury Fans!
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Lynai
Ever since I read Francine Rivers’ Mark of the Lion Trilogy , I began to get interested in Christian fiction. I loved the Mark of the Lion series immensely, this trilogy is actually on top of my favorites shelf. So when the boyfriend suggested I try to read Karen Kingsbury (he might have been researching Christian authors to wow me, haha), I immediately looked for her books in my all-time favorite bookstore, Booksale.

Oceans Apart is the first book by Karen Kingsbury that I bought and read. It i...more
Jill
September 30, 2008

Text to self:
In the book Oceans Apart by Karen Kingsbury Max loses his mother in a plane crash. He is devastated and can't believe the news when he hears it. He keeps on having hope that his mother will return to him even though he know she is gone for good. This reminds me of when I found out one of my friends was killed in a car wreck. I absolutely could not believe it. Even when I went to the funeral I kept on telling myself that none of it was real. I still look for her som...more
Kristy
This book is a story about making mistakes, forgiveness, straying away from God, and ultimately returning to Him…

Connor is an airline pilot who, years ago, made a terrible mistake by having an affair. He kept his awful sin to himself for years, until he gets a call from a lawyer saying that this woman tragically passed away, leaving her son..HIS son. He struggles through a painful realization: coming clean to his wife about his affair and the fact that he has a son they didn’t know about.

When t...more
Camille
Oceans Apart by Karen Kingsbury


I am pretty sure this was my first Karen Kingsbury book (goodness, what took me so long?!?!)

And I have to admit, she lives up to everything great I have heard about her writing.

I ended up listening to an audio recording of this book. Everytime I got in my car to run errands I would listen to this book and surprisingly got through it really quickly. :) (Guess it shows I spend a LOT of time in my car).

But, I also discovered that while baking pies (my newest hobby) it...more
Danielle
Karen Kingsbury is the best Christian author that I know (aside from C.S. Lewis). I loved this story. Max is a little boy. He has a Mom but no Dad in his life. He shared a strong bond with his mother Kiahna. Kiahna is a flight attendant. She ends up dying on a plane crash...leaving Max with no family left, except for his biological father, Connor, who didn't know he existed until an attorney from Hawaii contacted him. Connor had an affair seven years ago with Kiahna. He's been married for almost...more
Melissa
"Oceans Apart" is about forgiveness. Airline Captain Conner Evans has a wife Mochele and 2 daughters Susan and Elizabeth. 8 years ago on a stormy night in Hawaii Conner broke the greatest promise of all to stay faithful to his wife. Kiahana was a flight attendant for Western Island Air is killed in an airplane crash after the plane went down in the ocean. Max who is 7 years old is left without a mother and he never knew his father. Marv Ogle who was Kiahana's attorney contacts Conner about Max R...more
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USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America’s #1 inspirational novelist. There are more than 15 million copies of her award-winning books in print, including several million copies sold in the past year. Karen has written more than 40 novels, ten of which have hit #1 on national lists.

Karen has a true love for her readers, and she has nearly 1...more
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“I tell of hearts and souls and dances...
Butterflies and second chances;
Desperate ones and dreamers bound,
Seeking life from barren ground,
Who suffer on in earthly fate
The bitter pain of agony hate,
Might but they stop and here forgive
Would break the bonds to breathe and live
And find that God in goodness brings
A chance for change, the hope of wings
To rest in Him, and self to die
And so become a butterfly.”
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