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)
Semi-retired labor and delivery nurse, wife, mother and grandmother of 10. Love to read for pleasure. B&B owner in the Texas Hill Country.
The characters were well developed.
I definitely enjoyed this book. Good, not great. The ending was ok but could've been better.
This book was enjoyable and gave me something to think about. If I were in this situation, what would I do, how would I feel, would I have made the choice to be in this situation being desperate as this couple was?
I am American -all the way- I can understand a lot of British but that being said, it took me a little while to get into the narration by Noah Taylor. I found some words just hard to understand.
Yes...the NARRATOR! He was just the worst I've heard and I will never buy another book that he narrates. It was really too bad because your thoughts were foremost on the poor narration and not the content of the story.
Since I am from Maine and grew up around lighthouses, I envisioned the story taking place right here at one of our lighthouses. The story itself was pretty good and it made me wonder what I would do in the same circumstance...would I keep the child and the secret or give up the child and my heart?
He started his sentences with an okay volume, then just droned down into a mumble at the end of almost every sentence. I thought I could get use to his voice, but it was just awful. Many times I replayed sections because he was so mumbly...sounded like he had just woken from sleep!
Probably not. It's difficult to conceive how this book could have appealed to me, simply because I don't think I fit in the demographic to which it's marketed. Perhaps, more precise information regarding the main male protagonist's wartime experience. Or some other level of intrigue other than that which was provided by the core story.
There was no particularly memorable moment except for my few inner outbursts of frustration at the book slamming me in the brain with it's main emotional theme - i.e. that special sense of loss only a mother can feel when she loses a child, at birth or otherwise. It seemed much or even most of the book was simply attempting to recreate that emotion... for hours... in whoever the book had managed to corner. Ok, if you're inclined to relate, but some audiences, once they get the idea has been satisfactorily conveyed once, will not feel inclined to have the concept reiterated in various forms for 100's of pages on end.
An accent. Though at times I found him somewhat repetitive, unfortunately.
Become a loving mother? Alas this dream has ended before it began, being male and all...
If you just don't care that much about babies and mommy issues, don't read this book. It's more or less all you're going to get. The story itself is simplistic and relatively quickly presumed by the reader, which limits the books ability to truly surprise, resulting it in being somewhat grinding, especially if you find yourself unable or unwilling to appreciate the book's core theme. Otherwise, very well written - hence my giving it 3 stars as opposed to 0.
I would be careful about another from this author, but never again from this narrator.
Overwhelming and hopeless sadness. Not really likeable characters, thought somewhat sympathetic.
Tone of voice - sad throughout. Every sentence meant to be a tear jerker. Could not wait for this book to end. If it weren't a book club choice, I never would have finished.
Yes. Loved the way the book was written. A story about morals and true love.
How the love of a child and the struggle of doing what is right clash.
Tom, the father, shows his deep love for both his wife and his daughter, yet his underlying truth for right and wrong is shown
Although Isabelle, the wife, feels she must choose between her daughter and her husband, she finds the answer she can live with.
Best book I have read this year. Although at times the narrators voice is difficult to hear, I quickly became accustomed to his keen storytelling voice..
did not finish teh audio book could notlisted to it
sounded like he was ahalf asleep
finished book by reading storyline is good
I'm halfway through the first half of the narration. The story is lovely. The narrator sounds like he's in a hurry to get to an appointment, he couldn't be more bored with the story, and he just wants to get through it before the football game starts. I'm going to have to give up on the narration and go read the Kindle version.
Audible should have known that this narrator just is not skilled. There is not a lot of characterization available in the reading, but Mr. Taylor seems to think his job is just to read all the words in a monotone, quickly, then get on with something else.
NA...I could not and did not listen past the first chapter
NA- I did not finish listening to this book
Although I enjoyed the Noah Taylor's accent. I found his reading style breathless, boring, and without emotion.
I was disappointed that I ordered this as an audio book. I have heard many good reviews of this book
I have ordered this book on Kindle and am thoroughly enjoying if.
Excellent story. Did not want to put it down.
Tom - his turmoil between doing the right thing and his family.
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