The Ocean Between Us is a rich story with understandable conflict and intelligent characters. I also liked the fact that this novel was a lot more about Grace re-discovering herself than it was about a romance — although, obviously, her relationship with her husband was an important part of the story. I too had long, beautiful braids, and I too had a naughty sister. Her children have needs that accompany military children moving so much. White was the first book I remember finishing, then turning back to the first page and re-reading.
Grace Bennett signed on willingly for her role as the wife of a Navy officer, but when she realizes she's given too much of herself, she also concludes she has to do something or she will have lost who she really is. But all that changed one day when a gorgeous stranger with ocean blue eyes rode into tiny Edenville, Texas, on a Harley. They lead a typical military life style and it seems that will change in the next book. He was having trouble with his plane and saw the fire on the carrier deck as he was about to land. To view it, I loved loved this book, It reminded me of what it must have been like for my many freinds as well as my Mother being a military wife. A big part of the book was the secret that came out in Grace and Steve's relationship at the beginning of the book. Grace began to realize that he was a nice person and no longer resented the fact that she was never told about Steve's first marriage.
Now, with plenty of space to ponder the true distance between them, Grace begins to reinvent herself. He had asked her to marry him before he was deployed and she had not yet agreed. Grace and Steve Bennett have been married for twenty years and they have three children in high school. And Steve refuses to see why she has to make those changes or why they are so important to her. You kind of need that if you plan to pursue a writing career, or some other path that requires tenacity, hope and magic. Lauren was afraid to say yes because Josh wanted children that she had found out that she couldn't have. They saw him blown off the ship without his float coat because he had used it on Michael Rivera.
This story is about a woman who reinvents herself after a life altering man walks into her husbands life and tells them he is this mans son. Steve was found but was extremely week and his left arm was burned in the explosion. Of course he loves Grace immensily, but still he didn't really listen to her. This is particularly done just before a major event and feels as if the edito Very mixed feelings about this book. Steve was already an officer in the Navy and Grace was a disappointment to her parents. But the experience of knowing her without knowing how she ended up only happened once. I have a vivid recollection of writing a scene in The Ocean Between Us in which Grace and Steve say goodbye just before he boards the aircraft carrier for a six-month deployment.
I like the subject of Navy families and a captain's family in particular. Several of her books have been listed as top Booksense picks and optioned as feature films. As a good girl waiting for her chance to be bad, Grace McAllen felt lost and discontented. They had personality, I loved that. Steve quickly threw his float coat over Michael Rivera to put out the flames and was blown off the ship in an explosion of the flares that Rivera was also trying to throw off the ship. This book was an emotional read for me — it made me cry several times, especially at the end.
Yet, nobody else really was. Steve, the husband, doesn't realize what effect his expectations and absences have on his family; he wants his son, Brian, to join the Navy as well and isn't pleased that Brian would prefer art school. Books are magic, something I found out at an early age. I enjoy taking pictures and getting crafty. Grace kept her business running out of their new home. This book chronicles the early years of Grace McAllen's romance and marriage to Steve Bennett, a Navy pilot.
Reading significant portions of one's own life in a book other than one's own autobiography is an intriguing experience. The characters seemed very real to me, but maybe I just didn't like how long it took to get to the point of everything. After all, he's being deployed yet again and why don't they just wait before changing anything, but Grace is tired of waiting. Just accept that life is tough for navy families, which is the only point to this book, and save yourself the cheesy and predictable awfulness, complete with stereotypical broad-shouldered, white-toothed, naval-hero style male characters with all the sensitivity of a fleet of snails. Dedicated navy officers can be away for 6 months at a time and then they come home having missed 6mths of the children growing up each time. And when a nearly forgotten secret resurfaces, her discontent comes into sharp focus.
She holds the fort down as her Navy husband is deployed. Then the story rewinds 9 months and shows all the events that led to where they were at the beginning of the book. I was pretty surprised by how much I ended up liking it! You Were Princess Last Time by Laura Fisher is probably out of print, but the book resonated with me. Sometimes, no matter how much, or how little, time you spend reading, you find a book that touches you in a way you didn't expect. In the scene, they've just had a huge falling-out, and they're estranged. I'm mystified why any book club would want to discuss this melodramatic mess. I can recommend it to people who like to learn about different careers and lifestyles.