Merriam Press Historical Fiction Series Number 16. First Edition 2016. An Ocean Apart was inspired by the hundreds of letters the author's parents wrote to one another during World War II. An Ocean Apart is a story of enduring love. It is a story of ambition, religious intolerance, long separations and adversities, of rationing and persistent shortages. Deeply infused in history, it is one war bride's story out of thousands who made the journey across the Atlantic to begin a new life in America.