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The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

  • Jun 1, 2013 · 10:30 AM
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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.

 

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13158800-the-light-between-oceans

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  • A former member
    A former member

    This was my first time attending and I enjoyed the book and the conversation.

    1 · June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The more I think about the book , the more I like it, so....I take it all back. Well, maybe not all; just joking; anyway thoroughly enjoyed meeting you all and hearing all perspectives

    1 · June 1, 2013

  • Gail Van B.

    Nice to see new members today - I think I enjoyed reading the book a little more than most though.

    2 · June 1, 2013

  • Katrina

    The book definitely left me with a lasting impression and posed situations that made for excellent discussion.

    June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good, although I wanted to know more about the characters. The lack of development made them unlikeable people.

    June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good, but not great. Posed interesting questions.

    1 · June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great conversation and a fun bunch

    2 · June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Didn't love the book, but did love the discussion!

    2 · June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am being kidnapped and taken to the beach.

    1 · May 28, 2013

  • Sigrid F.

    Sorry, I have a conflict. I'll see you all next month.

    May 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am bummed I can't make it. I have a class to go to:(

    May 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have to go to Baltimore for the weekend. :-(

    May 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi. I thought I was confirmed? but will get on waitlist anyway

    May 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was riveted to this book. Finished it in 2 days. Haunting. What would you do!?

    2 · May 10, 2013

  • Katrina

    Hey Goodreads members:


    M.L. Stedman will be answering questions from Goodreads members in a special one day only discussion group in celebration of her novel The Light Between Oceans. M.L. Stedman will answer questions throughout the day Friday, May 10th, but you can ask your question right now!

    To ask a question or simply read the discussion, join the group! Enjoy!
    Margo and the rest of the Goodreads team

    May 2, 2013

  • Leslie

    Sorry, can't make this one, I have a conflict.

    April 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Change of plans I will be there . Yeah!

    March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wish I could be there since I am the one who recommended this book but unfortunately I'm out of town that week

    March 3, 2013

  • Sherry

    Great book-OOT

    February 25, 2013

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