The Light Between Oceans – If you loved a book

March 31, 2015 Tell a friend 1

The Light Between Oceans – If you loved a book

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.

The Light Between Oceans is exquisite and unforgettable, a deeply moving novel.

About the author

M.L. Stedman was born and raised in Western Australia and now lives in London. The Light Between Oceans is her first novel.

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One Response to “The Light Between Oceans – If you loved a book”



    Sorry to say that I didn’t like this book. Not that it wasn’t well written, but the content was not to my liking. It was almost a horror story to me when the man in the boat with the baby was buried and the wife never told what had happened.

    I understand that they didn’t, or couldn’t, have children of their own but that didn’t give them the right to do what they did. It was unthinkable.

    Sorry to disagree with everyone. With so many people loving the book and it winning the best goodreads award, I have wondered (since I read the book), about ethics and people obeying the rules set out by society.

    On the other hand, it was just a story.

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