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Oceans Apart

4.24  ·  Rating Details ·  7,278 Ratings  ·  425 Reviews

A riveting story of secret sin and the healing power of forgiveness. Airline 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

Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published September 9th 2008 by Zondervan (first published 2002)
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Mar 18, 2010 Terra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-read
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
This was a little predictable at times, but I appreciated the lessons that were woven into it. I especially liked a saying of one of the characters in the story - that love happens when you forgive. I haven’t read a Karen Kingsbury before, but it won’t be the last of hers I read.
Jun 17, 2012 Georgie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 14, 2007 Cathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 13, 2012 M. Ables rated it it was ok
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
Mar 13, 2009 Amainary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Emily Brunswick
Mar 11, 2015 Emily Brunswick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book five out of five stars, because it is a really good book. It also is really easy to read, but I recommend it to all girls, teenagers and adults.
I liked this book, because it has a very good theme behind it, and it was really easy to read, like all of Karen Kingsbury's books. This book is about Conner and his wife Michael, and how they have to get through their struggles, while eight year old Conner has to live with out his dead mom. All Conner wants is a dad, and his dog, but al
Jan 09, 2012 Dianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 09, 2011 Maleah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a good book about sacrifice and what happens when life is full of its worst drama. It's a lot of real life which so far makes it a good read. I would recommend reading it, but know that I don't think I'll be buying it. For me, the subjects and characters angered me longer than the book had enough paper to cover. And while I must say its was a interesting read it still was upsetting and kinda emotional abusive to the reader.
Vikki Vaught
Loved the story, and this book is a wonderful redemption story. It kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the book. At one point, I greatly feared it would go a different way, but Ms. Kingsbury gave me a fantastic ending. I listened to the audio version and the narrator is fabulous. Happy reading!
Becky Thomasson
Mar 23, 2008 Becky Thomasson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 02, 2012 Tami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book. A great reminder to love others and forgive just how God loves and forgives us.
I think my problem with this book was the overwhelming perfection of a woman who slept with a married man... she was perfection 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
Bethany Phillips
This book was amazing. I did not know how much I was going to like this book, considering that this is the first book I have read of Karen Kingsbury.

But I loved this book.

This book is about a airplane captain Conner Evans finding out that his affair with a woman 8 years prior had a child. Its about what to do when the child has to come to live with the Evans family for two weeks.

I liked how the situation was handled and how the characters learned that there can be forgiveness in this kind of s
Jan 28, 2010 rjp316 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jill Twigg
Aug 10, 2014 Jill Twigg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 19, 2010 Meghan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclub
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.
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.
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.
Jul 01, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-read
God's plans are not our plans. Forgiveness. Those were the lessons here. This book packs an emotional punch though I think the time frame should have been spread out a bit. In real life humans are stubborn and prideful and it takes us awhile to forgive and know that God has good plans for us.
Rebecca "Rebaka" Lewis
Karen does not disappoint with this beautiful story of second chances. Love is tough but choosing it, with God's help, you can get through anything.
Jun 28, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story about forgiveness and family.
Oct 12, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love all of her books. This one was especially moving.
Cynthia Marcano
Nov 14, 2016 Cynthia Marcano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Karen Kingsbury is a master storyteller and I cried way too often while reading this story of forgiveness.

While it was a capturing tale. I was disappointed when, as a reader, we learned what happened in Connor's past. I found it wanting, especially on Kiahna's behalf. I felt that Kingsbury had truly developed her character and then blew it apart in a very non-believable way. Yes, we are humans and we all have flaws, but even character's mistakes usually have a reason no matter how crazy or emoti
Feb 23, 2017 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Connor Evans has the perfect life, perfect family, nice home, great job. Why would he tell his beloved wife of one little indiscretion that happened 8 years ago? All was wonderful until that one fateful day, when Max's mother died in a plane crash that Connor found out he had a son. It was time for truth, and hope beyond hope that it was also a time for forgiveness, acceptance and the true meaning of love.
Jan 04, 2017 Diann rated it it was ok
Very formulaic. Characters are not well developed. Would make a great Hallmark movie or a decent beach read.
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
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
Nola Redd
Mar 26, 2008 Nola Redd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a flight crashes in the Pacific Ocean, leaving no survivors, airline Captain Connor Evans has no clue that it will change his life. Only after one of the will of one stewardess is read does he learn that he has a son. The child’s mother wants him to take two weeks to get to know the boy, but will Connor’s family accept the proof of his infidelity?

As Connor learns the results of his indiscretion – an indiscretion he had long since put behind him – he struggles with the problems that it will
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Karen Kingsbury, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, is America’s favorite inspirational storyteller, with more than twenty-five million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen titles have topped bestseller lists and many of her novels are under development with Hallmark Films and as major motion pictures. In addition, it was recently announced that Roma Downey and MGM Studi ...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.”
“Love happens when people forgive.” 74 likes
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