This is a story with four main sets of characters: a man, a wife, another woman, and some children. The man is a husband and father, who lives oceans apart from the truth; and therefore, he lives oceans apart from his loved ones. It's also a story of a betrayed wife who experientially learns that "love doesn't begin until you forgive." It's also a story of children who get reconciled to their father.
Oceans Apart haled my attention from the first page. I have already past the book along to my granddaughter, I know she will enjoy it as much as I did. I am looking forward to more books about Max and his new family. This book talks about real life stores in families, and how there is hope through our trials. I like the way Karen Kingsbury brings God, faith, family, and love together in her books. I am looking forward to reading many more books by Karen Kingsbury in the future.
I really felt offended by Karen's lack of compassion for the wife, Michelle. She made her out to be a dunce, fix all her hubby's sins, and fall girl. The husband, Conner walked away scott-free of any feelings of his sin by feeling sorry for himself. Where is the Christian marriage in this snapshot?
As a naval pilot my wife thought I might enjoy this story, as she's a Kingsbury fan. I guess it was okay, but frankly, if Christian writers have such little regard for adultery is it any wonder Christian marriages are falling by the hour.
I was angry by the time I closed this book. Grace is something none of us ever deserves; BUT there are consequences for our sin. Conner had none and Michelle did all the work. Where is God glorified in that?
As the child of an affair I can tell you this story line was way off the mark. Max was more like a college kid and the girls were too naive. Michelle was horrid as the walked on wife and liar who supported her husband being "in love for a brief time" with his one night fling. Conner was deplorable and got a free pass for everything just by pouting. Where is the victory in seeing a marriage stay together under these conditions? Really disappointing read.
I was genuinely disappointed in this story; a first from KK that hit me this way. There is no accountabilitiy and thus no way for grace to really take center stage. Conner gets a pass on his sin while Michelle does the cleanup. That is not how God's grace works and KK was completely wrong to present it as such. Furthermore, having Michelle tell her daughters their dad loved his mistress is a slam in every wife's face trying to justify lust. How sad!
My first Kingsbury read. Yes, it's well written. But, there is no solid Christian message. How does Kingsbury offer her readers such a jerk in the shell of a "man" who cheats, has his wife do all his clean-up because she's "30 pounds overweight", and get pouty like a little child when he doesn't get his way. Wow! I hope Mr. Kingsbury wasn't her model.
I really expected far more in Karen's character development - like real Christians addressing a fall from grace with honesty and maturity instead of a puffed up guy only irritated because he blew it. Serious disappointing. I went on Kingsbury's website to convey my concerns and all three e-mails were returned as "non-deliverable" - just like the message in this book.
Sadly disappointing accounting of a man who fell from grace and took no responsibility for his actions - not what real men should do. Adultery does occur and this kind of trivializing of it gives the impression it's okay!
Unusual to see so many honest comments, in the minus column about a Kingsbury book. I found it ironic that all she writes about, even back in 2004 when OA came out was sexual sins and those who got off far too easy. I have closed the door on trying her work out. It really is the same old thing. Beverly Lewis writes the same old thing, but she has a message and her characters never walk away with a smile on their face or never having avoided responsibility. Karen might try that in the future.
My wife said this was a "second chance" book and I should read it. But it was not what I expected. The second chances given the cheating husband were at the expense of his walked over wife. I'm not sure what my wife saw in this book, because I found nothing in it.