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The Wideness of the Sea

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  2,049 ratings  ·  150 reviews
Anna Goodrich is a 28-year-old artist in New York City, out on a Friday night in the city when she gets the call that her uncle has suddenly died. When she returns home to mid-coast Maine for his funeral, she faces all that she left behind when she left seven years earlier. The pain of her own mothers death, the fractured relationships with her father, and her first love. ...more
Kindle Edition, 252 pages
Published June 18th 2017
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Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ok book, kinda cheesy and 100% predictable.
Jacquie South
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I didn't mind this book - the story was quite good and the writing nice, but once again, this book was let down by a lack of editing. It seems to be a real problem with these cheap (I'm assuming self-published) e-books, and I find it really quite off putting.
Other than that, not a bad little read.
Brittany | thebookishfiiasco
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
'But I believe that love is more powerful than death. It had to be. I hope you can picture, like I do, that way down deep inside your heart, there is a connection to another world. Love is a thread. A river. It connects those two worlds between your heart and heaven. Even though I am going to be somewhere else, our love will still bind us together.'

I am completely flabbergasted at how absorbed I became while reading this book. I read two chapters a day ago, and then completely flew through it
Annette Olsen
It should have been a sweet story. Instead it was just boring. The pace was plodding, the writing uninspired and the characters were flat. During dialogue one speaker couldn't be identified from another. The whole thing felt like I was reading someone's first draft.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Good story

It was good story and a nice clean read but it needs a little grammatical work... Still, I enjoyed reading it.
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love, hope, loss, second chances

When Anna lost her mother, she lost her father at the same time. His way of dealing with grief was forcing Anna to school where she did not want to go so she ran. Anna shared a love of painting with her mother. That talent did not go to waste but went dormant after her death. After her Uncle Charlie dies, she returns home and healing begins for her losses. Losses that include Andrew, her high school sweetheart, her mother, and uncle. Loved this book of family and
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Must visit Maine now!

Excellently well written story of overcoming grief, strengthening family bonds, understanding how to listen to your heart...and best of all...its about painting Plein air. Would love to go out painting in Maine now!
Leni Rayburn
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
A quick, light read. I liked the book and the storyline but where was the editor? So many errors - most memorably your instead of youre repeatedly. Shame on somebody! ...more
Marie Prendergast
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Easy read

Love story with usual happy ending, nicely told about family, romance and coming home and appreciating where you and your talents come from
Deborah aka Reading Mom
Not a bad book...nice story-line (typical lightweight chic lit I guess) and interesting many mis-used words....bad grammar, incorrect verb tense, spelling, unfinished words (such as understand when it should have read understanding), I spent a long time being mad at your rather than you, he sleeves rolled up rather than his, threw the slits of her eyes rather than through, insistence on capitalizing champagne, your rather than you're, strait hair rather than straight. ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Twentysomething artist Anna Goodrich lives and works in New York, putting distance between herself and her father, since their relationship has become complicated after her mother's death. She doesn't want to live her life bound by his expectations that she'll follow in her mother's footsteps as a famous artist. Her return to her Maine hometown for her uncle's funeral brings up old hurts, including an old romance; at the same time, she learns she's been invited to show her work at a prestigious ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
THE WIDENESS OF THE SEA - Three of My Favorite Things
A family death brings a young woman back to her hometown to face her past.

I voluntarily reviewed an audio review copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

Three of my favorite things: Art (painting in particular), Maine and Lobster. I loved everything about this story where, as ridiulous as it seems, two high school to
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book - not just because of the story, but because of the setting in Pemaquid. I read it with Google Maps on Pemaquid Point, marking familiar places, roads I'd biked on, places I'd camped, back when I was married without children. After that, we came up a few more years and stayed in a bed-and-breakfast. At one point, we considered moving up there, but it never happened. This book was a visit to a familiar and beautiful part of my past.

Anna Goodrich is living in New York, working as
Jennifer Lara
Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it
The Wideness of the Sea by Katie Curtis is a story of family, following your dreams and returning home. Anna Goodrich is a 28-year-old art gallery worker in New York City with friends and a handsome boyfriend. She rarely thinks about her family in her hometown of New Harbor, Maine. She left it all behind after the death of her beloved mother. One day she gets terrible news. Her uncle had passed away suddenly and Anna finds herself on the road back home for his funeral. While she is there, she ...more
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
E-Reader. Romance Novel/ Fiction

Anna Goodrich young her Mom, a famous artis, died from cancer.  She was the youngest daughter.

After her Mom died, her Dad wanted make all decisions for Anna.  But Anna did not want that to happen.  So moved from Maine to NYC.  Shared a small apartment with another young woman.

All that Anna wanted to paint pictures, as her Mom taught her. 

And left behind Andrew she loved high school.  They both went same college in Orono, Maine.

Anna applied for job in art gallery
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Loved it. Frustrated at it. Yelled at it. And finally loved it again.

Recommended by Book Bub and ordered because it said it was set in Midcoast Maine, possibly my favorite place in the world . Discovered midcoast meant New Harbor and i squealed in delight. Spent many a summer at my great aunt and uncle's cottage in New Harbor and the thought of slipping into a tale about a lobsterman and an artist who have beers at Shaw's made my heart melt.

My dream is to be like Anna and inherit a home on the
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I don't say that about many. This connected with me at many levels and was written in a way that was not over the top, nor had any fillers, but everything flowed well and had a purpose. Even though many of the supporting characters weren't very multi-dimensional, it was okay because the themes and scenery were characters all on their own. I certainly found myself rooting for Anne and felt oddly connected to her and happy with her own personal development ...more
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Emotional and compelling

I received this book free from one of the book sites. I do not remember which one! This is my honest and voluntary review.

I live in Maine, further up the coast near Acadia National Park. The sights, sounds, and scents of Maine are described in perfect detail. As I read this book, I found peace in my own losses from over the years. Grief will, at times, overwhelm & over take one. The choices made during grief can be either profound or emotionally crippling. Whatever
J. Florence
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a really good book. So there were a few errors. So what, it was great story about a young woman that was a talented artist. I wasn't looking for errors. I bought the book to read, and I am so glad I did.

At a young age, her mother, also an artist, died from cancer. Her father done his best to shove her to be an artist that would made a name for herself, but that isn't what she wanted, so she went to New York and started a life of her own. While there she does begin to paint
Jane Sloven
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. A good editor could have cleaned up some errors, but I cruised through the book without being thrown out of the story by any of those things. I found it to be a pleasurable fast read. Some of the characters called out for more development, but the author did a very good job portraying the myriad ways grief can toss lives into turmoil and create estrangement in family relationships. She was quite skillful in directing the reader to desire a particular ending, but I won't ...more
V.J. Allison
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I had to stop about 60% of the way in. Sorry, but there isn't anything happening. (view spoiler)

I had to stop reading it because it wasn't fast enough for me. It felt too slow by
Richda Mcnutt
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Can a small Maine fishing village and its inhabitants compete with the New York art scene? This is the nagging question that Anna Goodrich must figure out before she can really move on with her life. She's spent eight years suppressing grief over her mother's death, her fractured relationship with her father, and the loss of the person she thought completed her life - how much longer can she allow her life to be determined by what she isn't willing to face? I found this book to be very readable ...more
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
I enjoyed this book. Its a book that pulls you in.

Its quite predictable, but still worth going on the journey.
Ive been to that part of Maine, and felt like the area was captured well enough in the story.


The typos were a little annoying, and seemed to get worse near the end.

The character development suffered throughout. Poor Raphael, who we never really understood, but we knew he wouldnt last. Even Anna... acting younger, less self-aware, and more confused than her 28-year-old self
Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Sweet Read

This has been a fun charming read about a young woman making an impulsive decision to move to New City after her mother's death and a fight with her father. She realizes her roots when she returned home for a family funeral. I gave this book a three star review for a few reasons. Anna seemed pretty immature and not very reflective in her read on her family and friends as well as her choices. Also there were a number of times I had to re-read sentences as they needed editing. Great
Jan P
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
By chance I had just finished The Way Life Should Be by Christina Baker Cline when I picked up The Wideness of the Sea by Katie Curtis. The novels are similar in that both women retreat to Maine from NYC hoping to find a resolution to all that troubles them. The stories do differ but in both these women are questioning themselves and the choices they made early in their adult lives. The Wideness of the Sea is more probing and complex and I could feel the struggles that the main character was ...more
Bobbie Arsenault
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
A little of everything

Being from Maine and losing my mother like Anna, I had an instant attachment to this book and it didn't let me down. The story definitely pulled on my heart strings in all the right ways. It was a rich story with lots of details and nuances that I loved.

I wish the last six months of the story had as many pages as the first month but you have to reign that in some where I suppose. Good read and it reminded me of a hot cup of tea, good to the very end and comforting,
Janet Verville
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved This One

What a wonderful and well written story. It had everything--the interesting and, yet, complicated dynamics of a family dealing with grief, love, life and especially Anna, the main character. I was drawn to this because it takes place mostly in Maine and it's description offered all of that human interest I so enjoy. The writer weaves her tale so seamlessly that I was pulled in immediately and by the near end was an absolute page turner--not a thriller by any means, but I was so
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Choosing the right path.

I thought time characters in this book were well developed and really enjoyed following their story.
For me it was a good story about reconciling differences, learning others motivations for their actions. In recognizing that others as well as our self might be acting out of underlying issued that when they make a decision they may not be aware of.
All in all a very good book about how our choices not only can affect us, but our lives ones and friends as well.
I would
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing read

Where to start? The author paints such a wonderful picture of the little town near the ocean. You can almost smell the salty water and hear the waves crashing the shore. You get an accurate contrast of the rat race of life in New York. The characters are easy to relate to. The angst between father/daughter that eventually gets to a peaceful resolution, the sorrow of loss, the joy of life's great moments are all captured in this fantastic read. Can't wait to read more from this
Debbie Shoulders
Mar 23, 2020 rated it liked it
There's no place like home and if you are Anna Goodrich, the lesson can be learned while you play around in New York City with a handsome boyfriend from Argentina, keep your boss at a distance until you make some crucial decisions, not allow your closest friends and relatives to know you are selling your artwork, in other words being a really selfish person but getting everything you want in the end because you now - you deserve it.
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