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The Light Between Oceans: A Novel | [M. L. Stedman]

The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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©2012 Grasshill Communications. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    L. Blanz Fallbrook, CA 11-19-12
    L. Blanz Fallbrook, CA 11-19-12 Member Since 2014
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    "I loved the story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, most any person would love this story. Even though most people would like to have seen the story go in a different direction, it was life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tom. He was a wonderful, honest person and so loving to his wife and "daughter".


    What about Noah Taylor’s performance did you like?

    I liked his acting and made the story quite entertaining.


    If you could take any character from The Light Between Oceans out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Tom, again. He was just a wonderful man


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    Marsha Suter sacramento, ca 11-17-12
    Marsha Suter sacramento, ca 11-17-12 Member Since 2013

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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was hard for me to keep my attention on the story as the narrator was very boring and hard to hear at times even though I had volume to the max.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Not sure.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Noah Taylor?

    Don't know other narrators.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Juli PORTLAND, TX, United States 11-16-12
    Juli PORTLAND, TX, United States 11-16-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Loved it!!! Narrarator was great!!"
    Any additional comments?

    I almost didn't purchase this book because of the reviews of the narrarator, so thankful that I gave it a chance. I loved the book and Mr. Taylor was excellent in projecting the mood of the of the story and the personalities of the characters. Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pink lady 11-15-12
    Pink lady 11-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good but sad"
    What did you love best about The Light Between Oceans?

    How well the details were explained...


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Hated it


    Which character – as performed by Noah Taylor – was your favorite?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed listening to the book until the turning point. All the stress is not something I like to have anymore of even if it is in a book. Ending made sense even though I did not like it.

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    Kay Columbia, SC, United States 11-15-12
    Kay Columbia, SC, United States 11-15-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Light Between Oceans the most enjoyable?

    So real...and the narrator was wonderful...brought everything to life in the australian accent. Provided a certain authenticity!


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    Eileen Weston, CT, United States 11-12-12
    Eileen Weston, CT, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Very Good"
    What did you love best about The Light Between Oceans?

    Interesting story. Kept you interested.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Human interest story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The early parts of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting light read.

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    Kathy Chin Seattle, WA United States 11-12-12
    Kathy Chin Seattle, WA United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful story with well developed characters"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Light Between Oceans to be better than the print version?

    Since the book is set in Austraila, the narration with an Austrailian was particularly appreciated. It was easy to be transported to a different place and time.


    What does Noah Taylor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Noah Taylor brings a sence of being in another place and time. He also brings a gentle strength to the characters that enhances the written word.


    If you could rename The Light Between Oceans, what would you call it?

    I would not rename the book, I thought the name was perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book because it is a complex stroy with a very unexpected ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary L. Cyr RIDGEFIELD, CT United States 11-12-12
    Mary L. Cyr RIDGEFIELD, CT United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Beautiful story. Hard time understanding narrator"
    If you could sum up The Light Between Oceans in three words, what would they be?

    Consequence of choices we make for love.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The wife of the lighthouse keeper


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Noah Taylor?

    Anyone else who speaks clear English


    Who was the most memorable character of The Light Between Oceans and why?

    The shipwreck and then finding the baby


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Randall Portland, OR, United States 11-12-12
    Randall Portland, OR, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Absorbing and involving, front to back"
    What did you love best about The Light Between Oceans?

    1. The issues faced by the main character: love of wife, love of child, the desire to be morally upright on a grand scale as well as on a small scale, PTSD, geographic and social isolation, the dilemma of when and how to obey the law when private morality dictates unlawfulness.
    2. The setting of SW Australia in the years immediately following World War I is portrayed very well by Ms Stedman.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character is the most interesting because his sense of morality was the turning point of the plot.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The audio quality was poor. The Australian accent was ok, and actually made the story more interesting.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending was a tear jerker.


    Any additional comments?

    The book makes me want to go on a light house tour.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terri in AZ Mesa, AZ USA 11-11-12
    Terri in AZ Mesa, AZ USA 11-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Very sad story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wish there could have been a happier ending for all the main characters.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect was the description of taking care of the lighthouse and everything the keeper had to do. Also the facts about being exposed to the mercury vapors causing health problems.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene when the baby was found.


    Was The Light Between Oceans worth the listening time?

    If I would have known how sad it was I probably would not have purchased it. But once I was involved in the story I had to finish it to see what would happen it the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Be warned that this story could depress a person.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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