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)
Beautiful words and so wonderfully read. I highly recommend listening to this. It will stay with you for a long time.
No. Unfortunately, due to the sound quality and the narrator's Australian accent I was constantly tuning up and down (I mean up to MAX!) to hear 65% of this book. It was more than frustrating. The parts where the sound was consistent, I really enjoyed having the narrator adding the authenticity of his accent to the Australian story line.
How so many people involved suffered from the actions of 2 lonely adults.
I felt so strongly for Lucy Grace, as well as the adults in her life.
I expected so much from this book after hearing people talk about it and what a tear-jerker it was. Maybe I should have read it instead of listening to it - in the slower paced audio format I had time to think about how underdeveloped and one dimensional the characters were. My experience was certainly affected by the poor narration - I almost gave up because of the Noah Taylor's low voice and tendency to drop the ends of his sentences.
It was difficult to understand everything that the narrator was saying, his enunciation tends to drop off before the words end. It's very frustrating. It sounds like he's mumbling. Also, some of his narration seemed a little lackluster.
The story was good. A little slow. The concept is very interesting and emotional, but the characters didn't have enough to really hold my attention.
Would I recommend it to friends? Eh. Maybe, maybe not.
Before I ever read any reviews I had already decided the narrator drops his voice at the end of a sentence and I would lose the last several words. I'm very frustrated at this point because I want to listen to the book but fear I will have to start over
For a book that is on the best seller list and that has been made into a movie I'm surprised. What a sad depressing book. You keep hoping and rooting for the characters and then it gets worse. There has to be something to make it seem worth it, but there isn't. It doesn't focus on anything truly positive. Just the poor decisions and unfortunate circumstances. This book denies hope and mocks prayers. If you want to spend days fretting and worry about the characters of a book only to feel more depressed, then have a listen.
This book was recommended to me by a friend, and since it's coming out as a movie I thought I'd give it a try. The book was sad all the way to the end. I won't be watching the movie!
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