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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA (1 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778320359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778320357
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 877,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A human and multilayered story exploring duty to both country and family."

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Mar. 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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 forgotten secret resurfaces, her discontent comes into sharp focus. Something needs to change. She needs to change.
Then duty calls. Now, separated by an ocean of regrets and longing, Grace and Steve are forced to take a hard look at their faltering marriage. But when the unthinkable happens, Grace is left to face a Navy wife's worst nightmare-the cold truth that life's biggest chances can slip away while you're looking for guarantees.
I have been an avid reader of books for a number of years. I have read a great many books and have always enjoyed the pleasure i get from falling into a great story - there is nothing better than that for me!.
"The ocean between us", is the first book that i have ever read, where i have skipped to the last couple of pages, before coming to the end of the story.
Grace and Steve, are at a crossroads in their marriage, Steve is eager to gain his promotion and so works harder, oblivious to the needs of his wife of more than 20 years.
Grace, nearly 40 years old, is about to lose her twin children to college, with only one child left at home, she takes a hard look at her life and she's not happy with what she see's.
Her recluctance to carry on this path and with a forgotten secret from Steve's past, it fracture's their marriage and as Steve leaves for another deployment he wonders if he has a marriage to come home to.
Grace meanwhile has hard choices to make.
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Susan Wiggs is one of those authors I've stumbled across who seems very at home in many different genres and settings. I've read books of her set in different centuries and with very different stories/angles. "The Ocean Between Us" is set in modern times and it focuses on a husband and wife, Steve and Grace Bennett, and a time of learning and trouble in their relationship.

This sounds rather gloomy and in fact I was a little worried when I started the book that it would be depressing. There are some aspects of this book that are sad but the overall feeling is definitely uplifting. Steve is a Navy Captain who is away on an Aircraft Carrier for six months at a time; Grace has been a brilliant Navy wife, bringing up their three children well despite Steve's long absences. But now that Grace is turning forty she finds herself looking again at aspects of her life and wondering if it is worth carrying on with her marriage. A secret from Steve's past threatens her sense of security and with him away and her changing her life she wonders if there's room for him. There are some side-plots involving a friend of Grace's with her new Navy boyfriend, Grace's children and of course Steve's view of the situation from at sea.

I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of life at sea - and on land - for a Navy couple. There was a lot of detail about the Aircraft Carrier and flying a Prowler which was fascinating - and rather unusual for a book authored by a woman and aimed at women. I also thought that the way that Susan Wiggs described the sort of marriage that Navy personnel have - requiring long separations - was excellent.

Once again Susan Wiggs has provided an excellent book which explores human emotions, family and individuality and it's a book I can very much recommend.
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Susan Wiggs is one of those authors I've stumbled across who seems very at home in many different genres and settings. I've read books of her set in different centuries and with very different stories/angles. "The Ocean Between Us" is set in modern times and it focuses on a husband and wife, Steve and Grace Bennett, and a time of learning and trouble in their relationship.

This sounds rather gloomy and in fact I was a little worried when I started the book that it would be depressing. There are some aspects of this book that are sad but the overall feeling is definitely uplifting. Steve is a Navy Captain who is away on an Aircraft Carrier for six months at a time; Grace has been a brilliant Navy wife, bringing up their three children well despite Steve's long absences. But now that Grace is turning forty she finds herself looking again at aspects of her life and wondering if it is worth carrying on with her marriage. A secret from Steve's past threatens her sense of security and with him away and her changing her life she wonders if there's room for him. There are some side-plots involving a friend of Grace's with her new Navy boyfriend, Grace's children and of course Steve's view of the situation from at sea.

I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of life at sea - and on land - for a Navy couple. There was a lot of detail about the Aircraft Carrier and flying a Prowler which was fascinating - and rather unusual for a book authored by a woman and aimed at women. I also thought that the way that Susan Wiggs described the sort of marriage that Navy personnel have - requiring long separations - was excellent.

Once again Susan Wiggs has provided an excellent book which explores human emotions, family and individuality and it's a book I can very much recommend.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful, engrossing story 7 May 2005
By Patricia Kay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's always amazing to me that readers can have such different reactions to books. I confess, I'm mystified by those readers who didn't like this book, because I loved it. The depiction of Navy life was incredibly realistic and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about what it's like to serve on a carrier and/or land a plane on a carrier. I also loved the Pacific Northwest setting, which Ms. Wiggs brought alive so beautifully. But what I enjoyed most about this book were the characters. For me, it's ALWAYS about the characters, and Steve, Grace, Brian, Emma, Katie, Josh, and Lauren crept into my heart and stayed there till the very end, with me rooting for them all the way. This book is beautifully written and a real page-turner. Bravo, Ms. Wiggs! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Her best book yet 30 Mar. 2004
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
For two decades Grace Bennett has been the perfect navy wife to her beloved Steve while traveling the globe when her husband gets restationed and raising their three delightful children. So why is the devoted family matriarch feeling worthless and dissatisfied? Perhaps it is simply that her youngest is in ninth grade and like her older siblings needs mom less, but Grace thinks it goes deeper as she believes it is her identity that she lost.
Steve is bewildered by Grace's sudden change of heart towards him, as he believes that his career proves how much he cares for his family. Now deployed, he knows his marriage is in jeopardy especially since Grace has established a communication black out. He refuses to accept that he lost her without going down fighting as he loves his wife and children, but panics that Grace will not be there when he redeploys. When Stephen's ship is in troubled waters, Grace may not have a choice whether to remain a sailor's spouse with the overseas danger to her husband and the rest of the sailors on board.
THE OCEAN BETWEEN US excitingly plays out on two levels. There is the conflict between Grace and Stephen that serves as a reminder of how much family members sacrifice so that their loved ones can serve in a military that constantly ships out to hot spots (whom else but the military and their family have really sacrificed anything for the Global War on Terrorism?). The second theme is an action subplot that shows how dangerous the world is. Both the relationship drama and the naval suspense thriller combine to make a terrific thought provoking tale.
Harriet Klausner
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Hoping for more 16 April 2005
By need to read - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I just spent an hour writing a great review only to lose it!! So this will be short and sweet! It was a wonderful story. I loved it and want to hear from these charming and very real people again in a second or maybe third book Ms Wiggs!!!!

My husband was in the military for the first ten yrs of our marriage and I was quickly taken back to that period where I experienced many of the things Grace went through. She captures the heart and minds of the military people with excellence and detail. I especially appreciated her recognition of the sacrifice and endurance of our amazing military personnel and their loved ones at the end of the book. It's a good story for corporate families who face moves and any family who faces scruitiny and sacrifice for their jobs. Keep writing contemporary novels Ms Wiggs! You're great at it!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The ocean between us 21 Feb. 2007
By C. Sutherland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I read this book, my husband was in the Navy and on a 6 month deployment. While I found the book slow throughout, the author does an excellent job of depicting military life, and the sacrifices that every man and woman in uniform, and their families make on a daily basis. Freedom really is not free.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Readable, if a bit contrived 6 July 2010
By Sarah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I did like this book enough to finish reading it. I liked the basic premise and message of the book... I just felt like some of the writing was a bit contrived. The characters are a little too perfect to be believable. It's a quick and pretty mindless summer beach read, but there's nothing too memorable about this book to me.
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