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The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Alright Folks, after a few months with "The Masters" we are going to take a hard right into new, and somewhat popular, fiction.

The recent discussion, during Tender is the Night, concerning how folks circa 1930 looked at World War 1 brought this too mind.

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.

It spent some time on the New York Times Bestsellers list in 2012, won Goodreads user voted Best Historical Fiction of 2012 award, and just got a silly amount of good reviews.

My somewhat Elitist Tendencies have a knee jerk reaction to books that Oprah and Martha Stewart's magazines gush over, seems somewhat overwrought in its description and just seems somewhat too, I dont know-Mainstream?

But tones of good reviews from a lot of publications I respect-so what the hell.

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  • Karen

    Agree with Shannon! Maybe come Spring...

    1 · February 4, 2014

  • shannon

    Roads are terrible by me so I can't make it. Sadly I read both this book and pale fire, but the weather keeps ruining everything! See you all next month with hopefully more favorable weather!

    February 4, 2014

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