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The Light Between Oceans
by M.L. Stedman
From The Jacket:The debut of a stunning new voice in fiction— a novel both heartbreaking and transcendent After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them. M. L. Stedman’s mesmerizing, beautifully written novel seduces us into accommodating Isabel’s decision to keep this “gift from God.” And we are swept into a story about extraordinarily compelling characters seeking to find their North Star in a world where there is no right answer, where justice for one person is another’s tragic loss.
It has been a long time that a book moved me as much as Light Between Oceans. I was afraid to read the end, trying to guess all along the way its outcomes. Upon reading the final chapter, I cried tears for the love that Tom and Isabel shared. In our world today, very few relationships are as strong as theirs. Thank You for writing a modern day Romeo and Juliet! I LOVED the book!
by-Kim Todd 2016/06/21, 03:54 PM
Although I enjoyed this book, I found it to be a bit dark and I had a hard time relating to the characters. It reminded me of A Reliable Wife, by Robert Goolrick, which most people enjoyed more than me.
by-Andrea-PBR 2013/09/22, 06:29 AM
A perfect light read and an excellent book club choice. The storyline is engrossing and the characters are well developed and real.
by-Linda-PBR 2012/08/19, 05:10 PM
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