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"Light Between the Oceans" M.L. Stedman

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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  • Debbie D.

    Thoroughly enjoyed last night's meeting... the discussion & the people! Excited for our next get together! Thanks Wendy for hosting!

    January 24, 2013

    • Mary B.

      I enjoyed debating the gray areas of the book

      January 25, 2013

  • Ingrid S.

    it sounds a very interesting book, in a controversial "right from wrong" way.

    January 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed listening to all the different opinions from everyone. It was nice to see such a large group. Looking forward to next month!

    1 · January 24, 2013

  • Sandra E.

    It was wonderful to hear other people's insights and opinions about this thought provoking and emotionally charged book.

    1 · January 24, 2013

  • Theresa L.

    it was the type of book that brings out lots of thought about moral issues .it isn't one of my favorite books that i've read but it did stick with me because of its subject matter..the discussion was amazing..the group brought lots of food for thought...

    1 · January 24, 2013

  • Henna B.

    Sorry I am missing the meeting. Fell asleep during a webinar. Since it is now after 630, will have to look forward to the next one instead. Henna

    January 23, 2013

    • Wendy

      Sorry you missed it, Henna. Glad to know your ok.

      January 23, 2013

  • Katye S.

    I can't make it - I couldn't get a copy of the book from the public library. :(

    January 23, 2013

    • Wendy

      I'm sorry katye ... You are always welcomed even if you don't get the book finished or started :)

      January 23, 2013

  • Rosemary H.

    Great book. I plan to be there Wed. if all goes well...would like to hear what others are saying about some of the decisions made by various characters in the book.

    January 21, 2013

  • Theresa L.

    I would love to join..I read the book a while back but it does stick with you..there will be many opinions I'm sure...can't wait...

    January 18, 2013

  • Kathy A.

    Sorry if replied yes twice

    January 18, 2013

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