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Oceans Apart | [Karen Kingsbury]

Oceans Apart

Airline Captain Connor Evans has nearly forgotten that stormy weekend in Hawaii nearly ten years ago when he broke the greatest promise of all. Now Connor has the perfect life with his wife, Michele, and their two daughters, and the secret of that long-ago time is his own. But an ocean away, a flight attendant is raising her young son by herself when the plane she's working on crashes into the Pacific. Her will is very clear about one thing.
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Airline Captain Connor Evans has nearly forgotten that stormy weekend in Hawaii nearly ten years ago when he broke the greatest promise of all. Now Connor has the perfect life with his wife, Michele, and their two daughters, and the secret of that long-ago time is his own. But an ocean away, a flight attendant is raising her young son by herself when the plane she's working on crashes into the Pacific. Her will is very clear about one thing: before her seven-year-old son, Max, can be turned over to the state, he must spend the summer with the father he's never met, the father who doesn't know he exists, Connor Evans.

The news rocks Captain Evans' life, and in the process he is presented with a choice: refuse the child and never hear from him again, or take him for two weeks and decide whether to claim the boy as his own. Now the family is on the brink of destruction. Can Michele and their daughters ever forgive Connor for what went wrong all those years ago? Or will the presence of one lonely child destroy everything?

©2004 Karen Kingsbury; (P)2004 The Zondervan Corporation

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    Rachelle Gladstone, OR, USA 09-26-05
    Rachelle Gladstone, OR, USA 09-26-05
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    "You think you hit the bottom in life? Now what?"

    If you have ever done something that you think is too horrible that you could never forgive yourself..than you need to listen to this book! This book has an incredible plot and story line that draws you into every detail. I couldn't stop listening to it! The characters are described with such accuracy that you feel as though you know them personally. The plot of this story is so relevant to our society, because many are facing some of the same issues..SEXUAL DESIRE..the need for ACCEPTANCE..ADULTRY..FORGIVENESS.. This story covers all these topics plus more. But most of all it gives you a reason to hope. You might think that the situation you are in is too horrible and complex to get fixed. But if the characters in this book can have hope through their unreal circumstances, so can you!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Brandi Fenton, MI, USA 01-21-08
    Brandi Fenton, MI, USA 01-21-08
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    "Fell in love with this book"

    I stumbled upon this book trying to find something encouraging to read(listen to). I enjoyed the outcome of the book a great deal. I would recommend this book to all I meet who are wanting something to curl up and listen to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Nacogdoches, TX, USA 10-01-12
    Anne Nacogdoches, TX, USA 10-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful story, but the saddest I've ever read!"

    This great story had me crying most of the way through the book. It is very touching and deals with the emotions of a young boy orphaned and hoping to find a home.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Gooseberry Hill, Australia 09-17-10
    Janet Gooseberry Hill, Australia 09-17-10
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    "Great Christian novel"

    This is a great novel for Christian listeners who like God-centred fiction with a well thought-out storyline and true to life characters. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this novel and having been close to someone who went through a similar situation, I thought Karen Kingsbury captured the emotions in a very realistic way. It was beautifully narrated and I was sad to finish the story.
    Non-Christians would probably find the emphasis on a relationship with God rather heavy going and even confusing at times but I enjoyed every minute of it.

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    Amy Saltsburg, PA, USA 11-16-06
    Amy Saltsburg, PA, USA 11-16-06
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    "Oceans Apart"

    Like every other Karen Kingsbury book I have read or listened too, this one far exceeded my expectations. Excellent book and I highly recommend!

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    Noreen Oakville, Ontario, Canada 10-29-10
    Noreen Oakville, Ontario, Canada 10-29-10
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    "Beautifully written and superbly narrated"


    I am reminded of the fruit of the Spirit. It is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, All of these in this story so beautifully portrayed in the characters.

    The author draws your heart so close to the little boy who struggles with sorrow, holding on to his mother's love, patiently waiting, trusting her that what she has told him about God is true. That He is faithfull no matter what.

    This story brought out emotions in my soul that I know will remind of the importance of forgiveness, for without it love is hidden and unable to allow us to fly in the way God intented.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Constance Moncton, NB, Canada 08-08-07
    Constance Moncton, NB, Canada 08-08-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Hppefull"

    Excellent books. You can hope for forgivness from God as well as human beings. Excellent story with a touch of faith. Also a tear jerker.

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    Kfcarter Graham, WA 10-09-04
    Kfcarter Graham, WA 10-09-04 Member Since 2002

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    "Couldn't put it down"

    This is one of those books that you just can't put down and when it is done, you want it to go on. It is a wonderful story of forgiveness and love.

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    Sarah Tyler, TX, USA 12-25-04
    Sarah Tyler, TX, USA 12-25-04
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    "Excellent"

    A very intense story....stayed up all night to finish this one. Have read everything she has written.

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    Valerie Tampa, FL, USA 12-06-04
    Valerie Tampa, FL, USA 12-06-04
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    "The reader ruins this story.!"

    I don't know that I can stand another 5 hours. This is easily the worst book I have ever listened to. It sounds like a family of munchkins recorded it.If you enjoy breathless baby-talk (even by the adult characters), you might enjoy this book. Another thing to know is that this novel has a incongruous religious thread running through it. If that bothers you in a novel, don't bother with this one. It's a real stinker. After 6 hours, the characters are still shallow and poorly developed. I tried to give it zero stars, but Audible doesn't recognize it.

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    "Easy listening"

    First experience of Karen Kingsbury.

    The story has minimum plot expansion, the characters are wholly predictable and rather one dimensional, the narrators voice grated on me to a degree...however..if you don't particularly want to think, just listen to words that are not taxing to the brain at all, (which was exactly what I needed when I listened to this title) it does the job. Pleasant enough, which is why I have rated it a three star..if I could have given it a 2 1/2 I would. Infact I am going to try another of her books just to see whether her plots/characters have more depth.

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