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In The Ocean Between Us Susan Wiggs deftly portrays the struggles and triumphs of an American family facing life's greatest challenges as they come to understand the timeless lessons of the heart.

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

Hardcover, Large Print, 605 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Thorndike Press (first published January 1st 2004)
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Kathy (Bermudaonion)
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 roots and begins to question all the sacrifices the family has made for Steve’s career.

On the eve of Steve’s deployment, the family finds out some shocking news, so the relationship between Steve and
I almost didn't read this one because I didn't think I'd finish it in time since I didn't get to start it until Friday night. I had also just finished another book in the similar genre and thought I might need a change. But I'm so so glad I decided to read it because I really really enjoyed it (and finished it in plenty of time)!

The Ocean Between Us takes place over the course of one year in the Bennett family as they experience yet another year as a Navy family. Grace Bennett has always stuck b
RATING = 3.75 stars

Susan Wiggs' The Ocean Between Us has been in my to-read pile for a while now, so I finally decided to try it out. I'm not a huge reader of chick lit and I've never read a book by this author before, so I wasn't really sure what to expect going into it. I was pretty surprised by how much I ended up liking it!

The Ocean Between Us revolves around a few US Navy families, and the hardships that come with living that kind of lifestyle. Grace's husband Steve has been in the Navy eve
I didn’t expect this book to be as appealing and entertaining; it surprised me because it’s been a while since I read anything outstanding by this author. I liked the aspect of the Navy “wives”, who have to cope with every aspect of family life while their husbands are away on long-time deployment. I enjoyed the Bennett family dynamics very much. The three teenage kids were simply great. They had personality, I loved that. Actually all the characters were all balanced out perfectly.
The main thi
Denise Gianelli
Nora Roberts describes this book, The Ocean Between Us by Susan Wiggs as " A human and multi- layered story exploring duty to both country and family". After reading The Story of Us, a under 100 page short story, I wanted to read the sequel! Lovely read about a naval family and how the wife evolves into a strong, independent woman, while still remaining true to her husband and children. Nora Roberts' description is accurate......I recommend this book, but the short story first.
Wow! Another great book by Susan Wiggs!! I am absolutely loving this author. Here is a book that a lot of people, especially women, can relate too. Even if you have never experienced military life, you can find yourself relating to a lot of these characters. She really did her homework when it comes to this way of life. Highly recommended!!
I had a real hard time getting into this one. I usually enjoy all of Ms. Wigg's books, so I don't really understand why I had such a hard time with this one. The characters seemed very real to me, but maybe I just didn't like how long it took to get to the point of everything. Not my favorite story, unfortunetly.
Lovely story of changes in relationships overtime...and how emotions are so different for individual people. Truly makes you take a minute to sit and think if you still appreciate the relationship you are in and what direction you want it to go in.

Excellent read for those married forever and a day!
"The Ocean Between Us", by Susan Wiggs is an interesting look at military life, from the wife's viewpoint. Grace and Steve have spent their whole married life going wherever the Navy sends them. They have raised their three children in this nomadic lifestyle, moving every few years, before the kids can make any real friends. Now that all of their children are in high school, and Grace is nearing 40 years old, she begins to question the lifestyle of the Navy and her role as wife and mother. Steve ...more
Look forward to reading more of this author
Allison L
One of the things that I’ve always enjoyed about reading books is the way that they can take you away from reality while often still educating you in a way that is unexpected and rewarding. The Ocean Between Us by Susan Wiggs did just that for me. While on the surface it may seem to be a simple story about the sacrifices of love and marriage, it is sensitive tale makes you think about the things that military spouses have to deal with when their loved one is on active duty. Personally, the close ...more
When I first started this book I thought to myself " Oh no! I am not going to like this as much as I had hoped to!" The first chapter had a lot of Navy jargon, and I was just not interested in it. But, I kept at it, and I am glad I did!

Grace and Steve Bennett have been married nearly twenty years, and have three children in their teens. Steve is a career Navy Officer. Grace is a Navy wife, and mother. Grace has always been very supportive of Steve's career, moving herself and her family, whenev
This was a great story about families, what they mean to each other, what happens when you don't work hard at keeping them strong, along with beginnings and endings.

Grace and Steve have been married for over 20 years, raised 3 kids together, and lived the normal nomadic life. Along that way Grace and Steve find themselves doing what so many married couples do, not really listening to each other, to the point where their marriage is in trouble. The spark that seems to flame this point is a youth
*sigh* I guess there was a reason I kept putting this book off.
The book is very disjointed. There's a reason 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 book.
I also didn't like the little clues that were meant to mislead you assume incorrect conclusions.
Grace, at almost-forty, has a revelation that her life is not her o

Though a naval setting you don’t have to be a serviceman’s wife to relate to the fundamental questions Grace is now faced with.

Grace is nearly forty and has been married to Steve Bennett for twenty years and raised their three teenage children virtually singlehanded while Steve’s navy career has seen him deployed at sea for months at a time. When Steve is close to the promotion he’s worked for all his career Grace is beginning to acknowledge and face the niggling feelings of discontent that hav
In The Ocean Between Us Susan Wiggs deftly portrays the struggles and triumphs of an American family facing life's greatest challenges as they come to understand the timeless lessons of the heart.

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, raising a family, the constant uprooting and the Navy's routine, Grace has lost her sense of self. And when a nearly forgot
I enjoyed this one...easy beach read but a great story. But one moral of the story for us moms...your husbands have jobs and the kids will grow up and have their own lives...take time for yourself and do some things that you enjoy instead of waiting until you have time because you never will have enough time. Some good quotes....

Listen, the way you spend each day adds up to the way you spend your life. - Ch 13
(Lady that sold house to Grace)

...she even loved to sink into the mindless pleasure of
When I read this book, my husband was in the Navy and on a 6 month deployment. While I found the book slow throughout, the author does an excellent job of depicting military life, and the sacrifices that every man and woman in uniform, and their families make on a daily basis. Freedom really is not free.
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 end.

But 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 edito
Mishap ~ unplanned or unexpected event causing personal injury, occupational illness, death, material loss or damage, or an explosion of any kind whether damage occurs or not. (Naval aviation safety program)

POE : Point of Embarkation : to make a start, to engage, enlist or invest in an enterprise.

The point of raising kids is to prepare them to be independent, so they can leave and find their own lives.

The way you spend each day adds up to the way you spend your life.

Don't let your work define yo
My husband just retired from the Navy after a 20-yr career. This book *got* the Navy lifestyle in ways most books don't. One huge exception to this is the friendship between an enlisted wife and an officer's wife. That is a huge no-no and wouldn't have happened. Also, I didn't like how independent the officer's wife was. Yes, when their husbands are deployed Navy wives have to make a lot of independent decisions. This wife, however, was reacting against her husband and intentionally making major ...more
I really enjoyed this book. It was a heartfelt story about military families and what they go through time and again when they are deployed and how it affects all aspects of their lives and the sacrifices they make.
My grade: A+. I really liked this book, which was my first Susan Wiggs. I could relate to Steve and Grace, the strain in their marriage and the people they were. Loved how thoroughly the children and Josh were portrayed. Loved the depiction of Navy life and life aboard an aircraft carrier. I would adore reading a book about Emma. Wiggs's style reminds me of Susan Elizabeth Phillips. They both tell a story with multiple well-developed characters. I even fell in love with Whidbey island. I'm plann ...more
I'm retired Navy, and was curious as to how Susan Wiggs would portray Navy life. Having been through many deployments leaving my wife and kids behind, I think that she did a great job putting together the roller coaster of emotions and struggles that accompany a career family in dealing with the constant separations and give and take required in order to keep a family together in spite of all the stresses. While all the events depicted in the story are realistic and happen at sea all to frequent ...more
Started Feb 6 2011
Finished Feb 18 2011

This was my fourth Susan Wiggs novel and while I have enjoyed the others...especially Table for Five this was the best so far. As Grace comes to grips with who she is and where she wants to go and the possible disintegration of her marriage, you couldn’t help but hope that both she and Steve could find their way back to what matters most. I liked how the first two chapters set the stage and then the ‘flashback’ gave you the background leading up to present.
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First time Susan Wiggs reader and i am kinda happy with this. I can see myself reading more of her books but i don't think this her best i picked. Maybe because i don't like military-themed stories much but i did enjoy parts of this book. More particularly the end, or 5th part, it got really emotional i didn't want to put the book down.

On the whole, Steve, Grace, Emma, Josh and Lauren, they got their character development. And if i got something spectacular from the writing style of Susan Wiggs,
Thoroughly enjoyed reading about military life from the wife's perspective since we live in an area with many military personnel. I worked as a civilian for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Army, but I never really appreciated what it must be like for the military families.

Naren Davies
I enjoyed this easy read and understood the problems that arise as children get older.
I liked the story and the interactions with the naval families. Exciting read.
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Susan Wiggs's life is all about family, friends...and fiction. She lives at the water's edge on an island in Puget Sound, and she commutes to her writers' group in a 17-foot motorboat. She serves as author liaison for Field's End, a literary community on Bainbridge Island, Washington, bringing inspiration and instruction from the world's top authors to her seaside community. (See ...more
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