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)
loved the story
the narrator had inflections in his voice where he dropped words and vowels and droned on in parts. made it difficult to understand. he did not sound like he was interested in the book..
Tom - his honesty and high moral code, caring nature, and gentle sense of humor
The story was well written with an interesting plot and characters. However, the author had a pronounced Australian accent that made the story difficult to follow. At times, it affected my overall enjoyment of the text.
Stedman yes--though I have not been able to get beyond the first chapter, because Taylor is UNLISTENABLE.
Well, finding the baby is only one I got to. So I will go with that.
Taylor's voice trails off at the end of each sentence. When you can hear him, he is using a lilting sing-song, as if he is not reading the meaning of what he is saying. It is impossible to follow.
I will not get another book narrated by Taylor. I am going to find another medium to read Stedman's book--I have heard it is outstanding.
No. I couldn't understand the performer at all. I ended up buying the physical book so I could make sense of the story, which turns out was an amazing story.
His sentences fell off at the end which made it difficult to listen to. Very disappointing.
Wonderful read and beautifully written
So many layers
Great for book clubs
Loved this story
Will read more books by this author
I loved this book. I could relate to all the characters and my heart ached for each of them. I have recommended it to many people. The narrator was great too.
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