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.
©2012 Grasshill Communications. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
“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)
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.
Tom. He was a wonderful, honest person and so loving to his wife and "daughter".
I liked his acting and made the story quite entertaining.
Tom, again. He was just a wonderful man
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.
Don't know other narrators.
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.
How well the details were explained...
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.
So real...and the narrator was wonderful...brought everything to life in the australian accent. Provided a certain authenticity!
Interesting story. Kept you interested.
Human interest story.
The early parts of the book.
Interesting light read.
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.
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.
I would not rename the book, I thought the name was perfect.
I highly recommend this book because it is a complex stroy with a very unexpected ending.
Consequence of choices we make for love.
The wife of the lighthouse keeper
Anyone else who speaks clear English
The shipwreck and then finding the baby
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.
The main character is the most interesting because his sense of morality was the turning point of the plot.
The audio quality was poor. The Australian accent was ok, and actually made the story more interesting.
The ending was a tear jerker.
The book makes me want to go on a light house tour.
I wish there could have been a happier ending for all the main characters.
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.
The scene when the baby was found.
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.
Be warned that this story could depress a person.
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