Oceans Apart

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A riveting story of secret sin and the healing power of forgiveness

Airline pilot Connor Evans and his wife, Michele, seem to be the perfect couple living what looks like a perfect life. Then a plane goes down in the Pacific Ocean. One of the casualties is Kiahna Siefert, a flight attendant Connor knew well. Too well. Kiahna’s will is very clear: before her seven-year-old son, Max, can be turned over to the state, he must spend the summer with ...

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Overview

A riveting story of secret sin and the healing power of forgiveness

Airline pilot Connor Evans and his wife, Michele, seem to be the perfect couple living what looks like a perfect life. Then a plane goes down in the Pacific Ocean. One of the casualties is Kiahna Siefert, a flight attendant Connor knew well. Too well. Kiahna’s will is very clear: 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.

Now will the presence of one lonely child and the truth he represents destroy Connor’s family? Or is it possible that healing and hope might come in the shape of a seven-year-old boy?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061456718
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/25/2008
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 115,412
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Kingsbury

New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury is America’s favorite inspirational novelist with over 20 million books in print. Her Life-Changing Fiction™ has produced multiple best sellers including Unlocked, Leaving, Take One, Between Sundays, Even Now, One Tuesday Morning, Beyond Tuesday Morning, and Ever After, which was named the 2007 Christian Book of the Year. An award-winning author and newly published songwriter, Karen has several movies optioned for production, and her novel Like Dandelion Dust was made into a major motion picture and is now available on DVD. Karen is also a nationally known speaker with several women’s groups including Women of Faith. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Don, and their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their daughter Kelsey is married to Christian artist Kyle Kupecky.

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Oceans Apart Copyright © 2004 by Karen Kingsbury

This title is also available as a Zondervan audio product. Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Kingsbury, Karen. Oceans apart / Karen Kingsbury. P. cm. ISBN 0-310-24749-7 1. Air pilots - Fiction. 2. Air pilots spouse - Fiction. 3. Illegitimate children - Fiction. 4. Fathers and sons - Fiction. 5. Mothers - Death - Ficiton 6. Birthfathers - Fiction I. Title. PS3561.I4873O28 2004 813'.54 - dc22 2003025491

All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version®. NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.

Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means - electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other - except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher.

Published in association with the literary agency of Alive Communications, Inc., 7680 Goddard St., Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Interior design by Michelle Espinoza Printed in the United States of America

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Fear was an owl that rarely lighted on the branches of Kiahna Siefert's heart.
Especially in the light of day.
But it was nine o'clock on the sunniest morning of spring, and Kiahna couldn't shake the feeling - the strange gnawing in her soul, the way the skin around herneck and chest felt two sizes too small.
"What is it, God . . . what are You trying to tell me?"
No answer echoed back at her, so Kiahna kept busy. The passenger briefing was nearly finished, and the pilots were in their seats. She anchored herself against the service wall and found her smile, the one she used every time she flew.
Flight 45, Honolulu to Tokyo, was a nine-hour flight. With a layover in Tokyo, the roundtrip gave Kiahna eighteen flight hours. Five times a month she made the two-day turnaround, and after a decade with the airline, her pay was better than any she could get anywhere else. Out the door at seven and, with the time change, home before dinner the next day. Kiahna had earned the route after ten years with the airline, and it was perfect for one reason.
It allowed her most days to be home with Max.
"Movie today?" The man was a light traveler, briefcase and a carry-on, a regular in first class. Whatever his worn leather bag held, it took him to Japan at least once a month.
"Yes, sir. Mel Gibson's latest."
"Good." He smiled and kept moving. "Gets me over the ocean quicker."
One by one the passengers filed in, same as always. But still she couldn't shake the feeling.
It took fourteen minutes to seat the cabin, and Kiahna worked the routine. The flight was nearly full, which meant the usual readjusting to make people and bags fit comfortably in the cramped quarters. She greeted passengers, sorted out seat assignments for confused travelers, and poured a drink tray for first class.
A family with four children was seated over the wing, and already their baby was crying. Kiahna found a package of crackers and coloring books for the couple's older children. With every motion she tried to sort out her feelings.
"Kiahna?"
She jumped and turned to face her partner. Stephanie was working the back part of the cabin. "We're waiting."
The announcement. She'd completely forgotten. A quick breath. "They're all in?"
"For two minutes now."
Kiahna snapped the drink tray into place on the small service counter and edged past the other woman. The announcement was hers that morning; she should have remembered. She took hold of the microphone and began the routine.
"Welcome aboard Flight 45. We're expecting a full cabin this morning, so if you have two carry-ons with you today, please store one of them in the space beneath the seat in front of you." She paused, her mouth still open.
What came next? There was more to say, something about oxygen and masks, but the words scrambled in her mind and refused to come. She stood unmoving, her heart slamming against her chest.
"Here" - Steph took hold of the microphone - "I've got it." Kiahna's arms shook as she backed away, up against the closed front cabin door. What was wrong with her? She'd given that announcement a thousand times; she could be in a coma and say it.
Steph finished, and the copilot came on. "Flight attendants, prepare for takeoff."
They pushed their jump seats down and buckled in. Usually this was Kiahna's favorite part. A few minutes of power and thrust while the airplane barreled down the runway and lifted into the air, minutes where she wasn't needed by anyone for anything, when she could think about the day and all that lay ahead.
This time, though, was different.
All Kiahna could think about was the part of her day that lay behind, the part with Max.
At seven years old, Max was both brilliant and beautiful, a wonder boy streaking through her life like a comet at breakneck speeds. He wore red tennis shoes, and his best friend was his yellow Labrador retriever, Buddy. At school, Max had a reputation for being the fastest - and sometimes the silliest - boy on the playground. And his mouth ran faster than his legs. Kiahna liked to hold court with Max on dozens of adult topics. The death penalty - Max was against it; more money for public schools - he was for it. Max was fiercely patriotic, and at school he sometimes organized red, white, and blue days in honor of the U.S. troops in the Middle East.
But this morning he'd been quiet.
"When do you finish working?" They lived in a two-bedroom apartment, and he slipped into her room while she was still pressing her standard-issue airline navy blazer.
Kiahna studied him. "Dinnertime tomorrow, same as always."
"No, not that way." He hopped up on her bed and sat crosslegged. "When will you stay home in the daytime? Like Devon's mom or Kody's mom?"
"Max." She turned from the ironing board and leveled her gaze at him. "You know I can't do that."
"Why?" He anchored his elbows on his knees.
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First Chapter

Fear was an owl that rarely lighted on the branches of Kiahna Siefert's heart.
Especially in the light of day.
But it was nine o'clock on the sunniest morning of spring, and Kiahna couldn't shake the feeling---the strange gnawing in her soul, the way the skin around her neck and chest felt two sizes too small.
'What is it, God . . . what are You trying to tell me?'
No answer echoed back at her, so Kiahna kept busy. The passenger briefing was nearly finished, and the pilots were in their seats. She anchored herself against the service wall and found her smile, the one she used every time she flew.
Flight 45, Honolulu to Tokyo, was a nine-hour flight. With a layover in Tokyo, the roundtrip gave Kiahna eighteen flight hours. Five times a month she made the two-day turnaround, and after a decade with the airline, her pay was better than any she could get anywhere else. Out the door at seven and, with the time change, home before dinner the next day. Kiahna had earned the route after ten years with the airline, and it was perfect for one reason.
It allowed her most days to be home with Max.
'Movie today?' The man was a light traveler, briefcase and a carry-on, a regular in first class. Whatever his worn leather bag held, it took him to Japan at least once a month.
'Yes, sir. Mel Gibson's latest.'
'Good.' He smiled and kept moving. 'Gets me over the ocean quicker.'
One by one the passengers filed in, same as always. But still she couldn't shake the feeling.
It took fourteen minutes to seat the cabin, and Kiahna worked the routine. The flight was nearly full, which meant the usual readjusting to make people and bags fit comfortably in the cramped quarters. She greeted passengers, sorted out seat assignments for confused travelers, and poured a drink tray for first class.
A family with four children was seated over the wing, and already their baby was crying. Kiahna found a package of crackers and coloring books for the couple's older children. With every motion she tried to sort out her feelings.
'Kiahna?'
She jumped and turned to face her partner. Stephanie was working the back part of the cabin. 'We're waiting.'
The announcement. She'd completely forgotten. A quick breath. 'They're all in?'
'For two minutes now.'
Kiahna snapped the drink tray into place on the small service counter and edged past the other woman. The announcement was hers that morning; she should have remembered. She took hold of the microphone and began the routine.
'Welcome aboard Flight 45. We're expecting a full cabin this morning, so if you have two carry-ons with you today, please store one of them in the space beneath the seat in front of you.' She paused, her mouth still open.
What came next? There was more to say, something about oxygen and masks, but the words scrambled in her mind and refused to come. She stood unmoving, her heart slamming against her chest.
'Here'---Steph took hold of the microphone---'I've got it.' Kiahna's arms shook as she backed away, up against the closed front cabin door. What was wrong with her? She'd given that announcement a thousand times; she could be in a coma and say it.
Steph finished, and the copilot came on. 'Flight attendants, prepare for takeoff.'
They pushed their jump seats down and buckled in. Usually this was Kiahna's favorite part. A few minutes of power and thrust while the airplane barreled down the runway and lifted into the air, minutes where she wasn't needed by anyone for anything, when she could think about the day and all that lay ahead.
This time, though, was different.
All Kiahna could think about was the part of her day that lay behind, the part with Max.
At seven years old, Max was both brilliant and beautiful, a wonder boy streaking through her life like a comet at breakneck speeds. He wore red tennis shoes, and his best friend was his yellow Labrador retriever, Buddy. At school, Max had a reputation for being the fastest---and sometimes the silliest---boy on the playground. And his mouth ran faster than his legs. Kiahna liked to hold court with Max on dozens of adult topics. The death penalty---Max was against it; more money for public schools---he was for it. Max was fiercely patriotic, and at school he sometimes organized red, white, and blue days in honor of the U.S. troops in the Middle East.
But this morning he'd been quiet.
'When do you finish working?' They lived in a two-bedroom apartment, and he slipped into her room while she was still pressing her standard-issue airline navy blazer.
Kiahna studied him. 'Dinnertime tomorrow, same as always.'
'No, not that way.' He hopped up on her bed and sat crosslegged. 'When will you stay home in the daytime? Like Devon's mom or Kody's mom?'
'Max.' She turned from the ironing board and leveled her gaze at him. 'You know I can't do that.'
'Why?' He anchored his elbows on his knees.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2010

    Oceans Apart

    In my personal opinion, this book is amazing. It is a very touching book that can be very inspiring. This book is mainly about a family who is composed of a father named Connor, Michele the mother and their little girls who are Susan and Elizabeth that live in Florida. This family is having problems with the two week vacation of a little boy named Max who is seven years old. This perfect family had never met Max and did not know about his existence. This boy was a result of an affair that Connor had in the past with a Hawaiian girl named Kiahna who died in a plane crash. In her will she clearly stated that she wanted Max to meet his dad and spend two weeks with him. This book teaches a very important life lesson. You need to forgive in able to love someone. Throughout the story you fall in love with some of the characters because the author gives very good explanations about their feelings. It also has a great ending which I believe make the book better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

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    This book is a wonderful story about a little boy. Just when his life had looked so bleak he found love and acceptance.
    The author did a wonderful job of keeping the story alive and keep the reader wondering what was going to happen next. I could not put this book down until I knew this little boy was going to be ok. I loved all the characters, they all had such big hearts. I highly recommend this book. You are going to fall in love with this little boy!

    12 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2010

    get a box of tissues!

    Oceans Apart will have you weeping by the second chapter. the book is full of love, the mistakes that haunt us and Gods forgiveness and unending blessings. if you have not read any of her books this is a great place to start. i guarentee you wont want be able to put it down. karen kingsbury doesnt sugar coat anything...its all real. her other books are just as good so be sure to check them out.

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

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    Tears at the heart!

    Thank you for a most honest, reality read. What a miracle, no swearing!

    11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2010

    Touches the soul!

    This book is the best book I have ever read. It is gut wrenching and heart tearing, yet it touches your soul!. The love of a mother and the understanding of another is what true unconditional love is. This story embeds ideas to prepare for paths you may cross in your future.

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2009

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    An inspirational tear-jerker!

    This book was wonderful! It is heartfelt, emotional, inspirational and believable. You can't help but get wrapped up in the story and in the characters lives and find yourself wanting it all to turn out for the best. For anyone who thinks they've got things rough, just read this story and see how God works in our lives and that he truly does not give us more than we can handle. I would highly recommend reading this book, just be sure you have plenty of time because once you open the cover, you won't want to put it down until the last page. VERY GOOD READ!

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    Awesome number one author

    I read 12 kKarean Kingsburys books and this was my 13th. Anybody like the love and insparational books Karen Kingsbury is definately the number one authur!!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Great read

    The book is wonderful. I was drawn in by the turmoil that the wife in the story must go through. Sometimes I was frustrated by her and her husband. You will not be disappointed by the writing or the characters.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Excellent!

    I loved this book. The story line was believable and could have truly happened. As usual Karen another good one.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2009

    really good.

    I really enjoyed this book. Quick read and touching story.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    Loved it!!!

    This book is wonderful! It absolutely touched my heart!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Terrific

    This is my second book by Karen, but won't be my last. I love her writing style and love how she makes you fall in love with all the charaters. Karen is an amazing writer!! Looking forward to all her books! She is my new favorite author!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    An avid reader----

    I loved this book. You could feel their emotions and needed to hang on til the end.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    Highly recommended

    Very touching story. Keeps you reading to find out the end. I don't like to cheat & read the end first.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Oceans apart

    Amazing book. Never have been able to read it without a box of tissues near by. I highly recommend this book.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    Great book!!

    A must read....such a good book...strongly recommend.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    Awesome!

    Read it in one day!!


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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    Heart warming

    Really enjoyed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

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