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)
Sad, slow moving, slightly predictable story about how mama hormones make women crazy and obsessive. Thank goodness for patient and noble husbands.
I’m being a bit flippant here. Obviously, there are deeper subtexts of loss, grief, loyalty and regret. And the prose is pretty, especially when being read by a handsome Aussie voice on Audible. But still, not my cup of tea.
Unlike others, I thought the voice of the narrator added to the feel of the story. Glad I didn't see the movie before~~
In the new era of fantasy after fantasy it was good to read a book full of real human everyday emotions. You could put yourself in every characters shoes & understand everyone's point of view. I did also enjoy the narration because that is exactly how Tom comes across to in the book: soft spoken man always trying to keep himself steady.
The author does a good job capturing the heart ache that comes from losing a baby, even babies. She also shows the joy that a baby can bring to a family. This story delves into the morality of the situation. It's hard sometimes to know who you are cheering for. It's an adult book, but sex is only barely mentioned with no graphic scenes. No awful violence either. Lack of both of these things made me appreciate this book even more.
You think this is going to go one way, and the entire things just whirls around. I really don't see why this was turned into a movie when it wasn't as interesting or suspenseful as many other novels.
A must read for any parent Loved their setting of Western Australia. I was fortunate enough to visit the two oceans, including Fremantle prison, making
the story come alive.
Great book. Terrible narration. Please get this thing recorded again by a different voice. I found myself wondering so many times because it was so hard to listen to.
i really liked this story. the narrator, however, was difficult to follow. his voice is very low. there are times in the story where hes completely inaudible. i considered buying a hardcopy just to read along. despite the narrators monotony and the missed bits, i was able to follow the plot and really love this book. overall, id say good listen...much better read.
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