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)
Well, I tend to compare everything to Outlander, but it does rank high. I am sure I will see the movie. I have recommended this book to friends.
The intensity of the emotion the characters had in the story. The struggle with wanting to make things right after finding out the truth.
yes, but not able to. Found myself taking the long way home so I could listen while driving.
It was a riveting story, and I look forward to seeing the movie.
The narrator had a habit of dropping his voice - almost to a whisper, at the end of nearly every sentence. This made listening to the book very difficult. When in the car, I had to turn the volume up extremely loud just to catch the end of the sentences. I've never had this experience before with an Audible book, and it was very annoying.
This book sounds like it would be a pleasure if only you could understand the narrator. It's not the Aussie accent that is the problem, it's the lisp and the mumbling combined with an accent that makes this book terribly hard to understand.
Horrible narrator. The story is amazing and the narration truly took away from it. Incredibly hard to understand without out blasting the volume. Lots of mumbling. Would read this one ten times before listening to it.
Great story that kept my interest to the end. Not sure what's with all the negativity about the narrator. It's an Australian accent because it's set in Australia. Perfect!
I really enjoyed this book, but the ending seemed dull. The imagery of the lighthouse, the love story, the child...all exciting. But toward the end it was very predictable and I thought there could have been a little more suspense. The reader's voice was delightful
The book plot was very well written; unique story with good character development. Unfortunately the narration was extremely flawed. The narrator would trail off in volume nearly after each sentence. This made it quite difficult to understand while in the car listening to the book. Many nuances were lost due to this.
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