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)
I felt so many emotions listening to this book. The author made you really see and understand the heart if each of the characters. This is one of the very best books I have ever read.
I loved this book! The setting, the characters and this story of love. Noah Taylor's voice was a perfect choice as it blended Tom's kindness, persistence and devotion to Isabelle, and helped us to love & understand her too. Thanks to all involved for this gift. It was my first audible book, and now I'm hooked.
Sad, thought provoking, detailed
The way Lucy brought Tom and Isabelle's relationship alive.
When Lucy gives Tom his birthday present and writes in the atlas "I love you forever forever forever forever!
The last chapter made me cry, it was all so sad about not being able to have a child of their own and what Isabelle had resorted too to achieve that dream. It could have all been avoided if they had done the right thing in the first place. Their lives were forever dramatically changed😢 But on the flip side I could understand their reasons for keeping Lucy!
I love this book and have recommended it to many people, but not on audio. This is one of the very few times I've had trouble understanding the narrator and I've heard the same comment from other avid audiobooks listeners. This is a beautiful book, well written and full of hear-breaking moral decisions, but one that is better read from the book.
Mesmerizing story and the best narration performance ever. I'm so glad I read this book it was an unforgettable story of love and heartache and a fabulous performance.
I liked the book, but the narrator is awful! He pauses in between his sentences which is quite annoying. I also think this book would have been better if read by a female narrator. I would have related more to the women in the novel.
From the author, yes, from the performer, hell no.
Imagine filling your mouth with cotton then reciting the book. That's what listening to it was like. I had to keep all my car windows up and put the volume almost to max to comprehend what I was hearing, and no, I don't have hearing loss!
Yes. The story is well written and thought provoking.
In no time at all you are hopelessly caught up in this story about choices.
Sometimes it might seem best to leave the past be, but for our main character he just couldn't get right with it. It 's a bit of a roller coaster but worth the ride. Keep the kleenex nearby for the end.
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