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Preview — The Ocean Between Us by Susan Wiggs
The Ocean Between Us (Us)
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...more
On the eve of Steve’s deployment, the family finds out some shocking news, so the relationship between Steve and ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The main thi ...more
Excellent read for those married forever and a day!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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, ...more