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The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.
Avid Reader’s thoughts
I chose to read this book for the setting -The extreme edge of Australia, not because it was the 2012 Goodreads choice winner, nor it’s high ranking Amazon place, nor the fact it’s turning or turned into a movie. It’s a part of the World I knew nothing about. I was really impressed and thought the story couldn’t be improved upon. What would you do in the same circumstances? Desperate for a child to love when ones turns up as if a gift from God. Is the Law the right way to go on? Definitely a book to make me think.
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.
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