Kiahna and her son live in the beautiful tropical paradise of Hawaii. Kiahnaís job as a flight attendant gives her the opportunity to travel to other exotic places and still be at home with her son for much of the time. To many, this might seem like the perfect life, but it is far from perfect for Kiahna and Max. Kiahna is a single mom, raising seven-year-old Max without the benefit of a husband or grandparents. She has put her dreams of being a doctor on hold to be both mother and father to Max, a child with a special gift for seeing right through to a personís soul. His mother taught him that, and that butterflies are a reminder of a God that gives second chances. Kiahna has bonded with Ramey, the elderly sitter who lives in her neighborhood, but it is her heavenly Father that Kiahna relies on and teaches Max to trust.
Connor and Michele are the perfect couple. Everyone can see how happy they are, and how much they love each other and their two girls. Their marriage is unshakeable, or so they believe. When Micheleís friend confides in her about her failing marriage, Michele begins to have doubts about her own husband and his faithfulness. His reassurance to her belies the secret that he has kept for eight years, of one stormy night in an airport terminal and the young woman who crossed his path. An unexpected call from Hawaii will test their marriage vows and their faith.
Loren Evans has been a pilot all of his life. He is proud of his performance in the air and his ability to handle every situation that occurs within that cockpit. He is a happy father when his young son decides to follow in his footsteps and become every bit as good at piloting an aircraft as his father. However, both of them will make some serious errors in judgment when it comes to their personal relationship. The existence of seven-year-old Max will offer them a second chance to be the father and son they always wanted to be.
This is a book about forgiveness. A son needs to forgive a father; a wife needs to forgive a husband; a young son needs to forgive his mother for leaving him too soon. This is also a story about trust in each other and in a higher power. Author Karen Kingsbury again gives readers a story that pulls at the heartstrings. Although she addresses the need for faith and a trust in God, she does not preach. Oceans Apart speaks to us of innocence, abundant love, imagination, forgiveness and trust through the words of seven-year-old Max. Readers can only hope that this author will continue to write honest, encouraging stories such as this.