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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.

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

Critic Reviews

“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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The narrator's voice was too flat, couldn't listen

What disappointed you about The Light Between Oceans?

The narrator's voice was flat, and sleep inducing. I just couldn't get into the story.<br/>

Has The Light Between Oceans turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator's voice was flat, and sleep inducing.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. By the fact that it was made into a movie, and all the stars it had, I thought it would be good.

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Amazing story and magical writing!!!

The story started out a little slow for me but soon I was unable to set down my listening device - I cleaned most of my house while being entertained with this incredible story. I highly recommend this book!!

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The Light Between Oceans

It was way too slow...we lost interest and stopped listening after 1 hour. Would not recommend this book

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Sad story but worth reading

The story was very good but sad.

I did have some problems understanding the performance due to the strong accents.

Would recommend the book

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depressing

With a movie made based on the novel, I expected it to have a better story, but basically the entire book is one terrible tragedy after another with no relief.

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Captivating Story

This story was touching and heartbreaking at the same time. It challenged the human soul and greys the lines between right and wrong.

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Accent difficult at times

My American ear had trouble understanding the Australian accent at times; however, the story was beautiful and engaging.

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most memorable part

favorite quote: "[About honeysuckle, Tom to Isabelle] You only taste it for a second, but it's worth it. "

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Do you really know the people you live with?

Stegman makes you think about your decisions and how they affect those around you. Go with your gut and do what you know is tight.

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The narrator was hard to understand

I did enjoy the story but the narrator was difficult to understand at times and spoke too fast.