And the winner is..... The Light Between Oceans.
Here are my 4 choices. I read and loved them all!
The Art of Hearing
Heartbeats Jan Phillip Sendker
successful NY lawyer of Burmese descent suddenly disappears, neither his wife or
daughter, Julia, has any idea where he might be until they find a love letter he
wrote in the 1950's to a Burmese woman they never heard of. Julia decides to go
to Burma to learn about her father and try to solve the mystery. She uncovers a
tale of hardship, resilience and passion. A beautiful love story involving
committment and perserverance.
The History of Love: A
Novel Nicole Krauss
-lost book reappears, mysteriously connecting an old man searching for his son
and a girl seeking a cure for her widowed mother's loneliness. Leo Gursky taps
his radiator nightly to let his upstairs neighbor know he's still alive. He had
fallen in love and written a book 60 years earlier in Poland and now 14 year old
Alma, who was named for a character in that book is trying to find her namesake
and save her family. Krauss gradually draws these stories together toward a climax of
"extraordinary depth and beauty". Heartbreaking, yet humerous at times.
The Light Between Oceans M L Stedman
After fighting in a devastating war, Tom returns to
Australia and takes a job as a lighthouse keeper on an isolated island. Some
time later, he brings his young, bold and loving wife, Isabel, to the
island where she suffers 2 miscarriages and a stillbirth. Then miraculously, a
boat washes ashore with a dead man and a baby. Tom wants to report this
immediately, but Isabel insists that the baby is a "gift from God". Against
Tom's judgment, they keep the baby and name her Lucy. When she is 2, they all
return to the mainland and see how their choice has impacted and devasted many
lives, including their own. A great discussion of morals and values, plus a
The Story of Beautiful Girl Rachel Simon
In 1968, Lynnie, a young white woman with a
developmental disability and Homan, an African American deaf man are locked away
in an institution, The School for the Incurable and Feebleminded. Deeply in
love, they escape and find refuge at Martha's farmhouse. She is a retired,
widowed teacher. Right before Lynnie is discovered and captured by the
authorities, she hands Martha a baby girl and asks her to hide her. Homer then
escapes. That begins the 40 year journey of Lynnie, Homan, Martha and baby Julia
as each tells the story from his/her perspective. This institution is based on
the old Pennhurst Institution and shows the treatment of the disabled in the
60's by a local author. Informative and amazing.