Mount Dora Chick Lit Book Club: July "The Light Between Oceans: A Novel"

The Light Between Oceans: A Novel by 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, 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, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and 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.


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  • Leslie

    Lots of very good discussion with variety of opinions. Great to welcome new members. Missing some regular members! Hope to see everyone soon.

    July 24

  • w7ndy

    It was lovely to meet such a classy bunch of ladies! Glad to see you all! Xx

    2 · July 23

  • Lucinda M.

    Lively conversations tonight and nice food!

    July 23

  • Karen C.

    Sorry to miss tonight, but I'm caught in the middle of writing a contract for a house, for a customer.

    July 23

  • Susan M.

    Enjoyed the book, but felt much more empathy for Tom. I could understand that Isabel was blinded by grief when the baby first washed ashore, but once she knew another mother was suffering I lost my sympathy for her. A heartbreaking set of circumstances on many levels.

    1 · July 23

  • Ambar

    Very sad to inform everyone that I will not be going. My grandfather is in the process of dying and my mother is heading out of the country to be by his side. Since she will be gone it is just my father and I alone and I will be his primary caregiver so I cannot leave him alone for very long. Hope everyone has fun tomorrow! Hope to see you lovely ladies next month.

    July 22

  • KristyH

    Would anyone happen to have a copy of this book they'd be willing to let me borrow a couple of days to read before this meeting? I'm a FAST reader and take VERY good care of books! This book sounds like a great read! I'm embarrassed to ask, but I'm just a little short on funds to buy it at this time.

    July 10

    • Marcella

      KristyH - If you want, I will give you my copy when I see you on the 19th. :)

      1 · July 10

    • KristyH

      Aww Thank you Marcella! That's fantastic! You are so kind!! I can't wait to meet you!! ☺️

      1 · July 11

  • Sue S.

    Even my husband read and liked this one! We usually read entirely different books but this one we both liked! :)

    1 · June 24

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