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The Light Between Oceans: A Novel - M.L. Stedman
The Light Between Oceans: A Novel
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The debut of a stunning new voice in fiction— a novel both heartbreaking and transcendent After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated... show more
The debut of a stunning new voice in fiction— a novel both heartbreaking and transcendent After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore 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 man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them. M. L. Stedman’s mesmerizing, beautifully written novel seduces us into accommodating Isabel’s decision to keep this “gift from God.” And we are swept into a story about extraordinarily compelling characters seeking to find their North Star in a world where there is no right answer, where justice for one person is another’s tragic loss. The Light Between Oceans is exquisite and unforgettable, a deeply moving novel.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781451681734 (1451681739)
ASIN: 1451681739
Publisher: Scribner
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
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Modern Reader
Modern Reader rated it
I was immediately attracted to this book, pulled in by the melancholy undertones promised via the cover and the fact that it's historical fiction. In my experience, I have found that stories of this genre have strong hearts at their center, and they invariably leave me struck with a sense of nostal...
Toni
Toni rated it
5.0 "The Light Between Oceans", by M. L. Stedman
This is at once an elegantly rendered and emotionally manipulative novel. What a tearjerker this turned out to be and I loved it from the get-go. I am not surprised the novel received positive reviews upon publication and a film adaptation was released later on.Set in Australia’s west coast during t...
theguywhoreads
theguywhoreads rated it
4.5 A Poignant Simplicity of a Fable of Found and Lost
You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day. You have to keep remembering all the bad things. It took a while to complete The Light Between Oceans. For one, there is much to read about in this book that drives a very poignant story that definitely guarantee tiss...
Carpe Librum
Carpe Librum rated it
3.5 The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman
This book was a Goodreads Choice award winner for 2012, so it was the sort of fluff that tends to be a money maker. The author constantly yanks at your emotions, so that you don't have much time to sit back and consider how implausible the entire thing really is. This is the story of a man who doe...
In Love of Books and Friendship
In Love of Books and Friendship rated it
4.0 The Light Between Oceans
Another exceptional debut novel, this time from M. L. Stedman. An absolutely satisfying read for me as it captured my attention from beginning and held me until the end. This story begins with the character of Tom Sherbourne who after the first World War takes a job on Janus Rock, Australia as a ...
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