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)
Wow! What a story! I switched back n' forth between the Kindle version and the audio. I found that it was sometimes difficult to understand the narrator and went to the Kindle version for clarity. However, the narrator gives a stellar performance.
This story is sweet and tragic, but listening to the book was equally painful as the story moved. so. slowly. Definitely got to know each character and live in their shoes.
I don't have time to read, I travel a lot, so the audiobook is best for me.
The book was ready to listen to. the narration was lovely, but there wasn't a whole lot of substance to the story.
Loved the story once I labored through the beginning. The narrator, although he has a lovely voice, talked low and mumbly, off and on, throughout the reading. I'm sure I missed a lot.
Liked the book and the sequence of events.
Lighthouse workings and history of the wars from downunder interesting.
Narrator was poor, occasionally unintelligible due to speed of reading and tonelessness but improved as he went along.
While well written structurally, I found it to be very depressing and almost unpleasant to read. It wasn't violent just full of sad, flawed characters. The reader never really knows why or how the dingy ends up at the lighthouse island or how the father died. I really did not enjoy it at all.
the language of the writing was rich and thoughtful. there were many great moments but I couldn't rate it higher due to at least one very shallow character.
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