Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman









Blurb


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.
 








4.5 Stars

A silent man, scared by war is starting over. He volunteers to be a light keep, so he can live a solitary life. But then Tom meets Isabelle. Together they forge a life of happiness and sadness on Janus Island. He is the keeper of the light and she is the keeper of the rosemary. On a fateful day, the wind blows a boat ashore. One dead, one alive. It must be a sign. Surely God is sending them a gift. A gift they can not refuse. For God sent it to them. What about who God took it from? What about the gift? What about the dead one?

This is a heartbreaking tale of love and loss. OMG! I read this book so I can go see the movie and then complain about the movie not being EXACTLY like the book! Yes I do that. I loved this book. I love that Tom loves his wife and no matter what, he will take the fall. He is the brave man who must pay for their sins. Because it all started with him, not taking down the proper notes and doing the right thing as he should have. The blame lays with him and him alone, not Izzy. She is innocent. His love for Izzy never waivers, there is never any doubt, just love. 

Sad, yet beautiful. 
This book is on my summer read list, I'm glad I get to cross it off. Really worth it.



; color: #181818; font-family: "merriweather" , "georgia" , serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left;">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. 








4.5 Stars

A silent man, scared by war is starting over. He volunteers to be a light keep, so he can live a solitary life. But then Tom meets Isabelle. Together they forge a life of happiness and sadness on Janus Island. He is the keeper of the light and she is the keeper of the rosemary. On a fateful day, the wind blows a boat ashore. One dead, one alive. It must be a sign. Surely God is sending them a gift. A gift they can not refuse. For God sent it to them. What about who God took it from? What about the gift? What about the dead one?

This is a heartbreaking tale of love and loss. OMG! I read this book so I can go see the movie and then complain about the movie not being EXACTLY like the book! Yes I do that. I loved this book. I love that Tom loves his wife and no matter what, he will take the fall. He is the brave man who must pay for their sins. Because it all started with him, not taking down the proper notes and doing the right thing as he should have. The blame lays with him and him alone, not Izzy. She is innocent. His love for Izzy never waivers, there is never any doubt, just love. 

Sad, yet beautiful. 
This book is on my summer read list, I'm glad I get to cross it off. Really worth it.



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