A captivating, beautiful, and stunningly accomplished debut novel - the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who make one devastating choice that forever changes two worlds.
In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Three years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel is tending the grave of her newly lost infant when she hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up on shore 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 dead man and the infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim the child as their own and name her Lucy, but a rift begins to grow between them. When Lucy is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world…and one of them is desperate to find her lost baby.
M.L. Stedman’s extraordinarily compelling characters, still trying to make sense of life in the wake of so much death in the war, are imperfect people seeking to find their north star in a world of incomprehensible complexity.
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“M.L. Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans is a beautiful novel about isolation and courage in the face of enormous loss. It gets into your heart stealthily, until you stop hoping the characters will make different choices and find you can only watch, transfixed, as every conceivable choice becomes an impossible one. I couldn’t look away from the page and then I couldn’t see it, through tears. It’s a stunning debut.” (Maile Meloy, author of Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It)
What a touching story about two people who fall in love and live on an island. The twists and turns of their lives will take you on am emotional journey. Couldn't stop listening.
This audio book was one of the best ones I've listened to thusfar. The accent of the narrator gives it a foreign quality for a book that takes place half way around the world from where I am.
I don't read a lot of love-type stories. This book was recommended to me and I am glad I listened. It has a moral/ethical dilemma, lying, truth, and life situations. I thought it was really good.
No. This was my first. He has a strong accent in this book. I don't know if that is his natural speaking voice or if he was "putting on airs" (I think that's how the saying goes)...
The child. I would love to see from her side of the story.
Although I enjoyed the Australian accent, the way his voice dropped off at the end of each sentence just put me to sleep. Incredibly dull to listen to, but I wanted to finish the book....so I ended up just reading a synopsis online. I see it's going to be a movie...looking forward to that!
This is a really great story, but the reader was so difficult to understand I felt that I missed parts of it. I had to turn the volume up so loud because the reader drops his voice at the end of his sentences. He has a great accent and that added to the story but it was so difficult to understand it was WORK to listen to. Buy the print version!
The story started out slowly but by end of book I could hardly wait to get back to story. So much sadness and so much joy. I had the Audible version and found it difficult to hear/understand. For an American listener, the accent of the reader was very strong. I am accustomed to listening while I am cooking or doing other chores around the house. With this reader, I had to listen intently to understand him well. When I did this, the reading was excellent and lent a great deal to the story.
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