February Book Club

  • February 18, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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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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  • Janice T.

    Is there a May selection?

    February 22, 2014

  • Dianne J.

    Since there were only ten of us, why are there 14 listed? Does the error reflect no shows?

    February 21, 2014

    • Kathie

      Yes. Eleven attended and three no-shows.

      February 21, 2014

  • Amy M.

    I enjoyed it as always!

    February 19, 2014

  • Penelope

    Fabulous interaction

    February 19, 2014

  • Sue D.

    Good - enjoyed meeting everyone!

    February 19, 2014

  • CherylAnn P.

    great time as always

    February 18, 2014

  • Casandra W.

    It was great !

    February 18, 2014

  • Allison

    I'm going to have to work late

    February 18, 2014

  • Kevin M.

    Sorry folks.. Once again work will be getting in the way of a good time! Will miss everyone!

    February 18, 2014

  • Meg

    Sorry I have to cancel...lots of work to do. I only made it to page 57...I read March's book first based on library availability. See you in March!

    February 18, 2014

  • Kathie

    Kristi will be our questioner this month. :)

    February 16, 2014

    • CherylAnn P.

      I was just wondering who was going to do it!

      February 16, 2014

  • Kimber P.

    I cannot sign up for this, because it is closed on Meetup, but my sister Sue DeJarnette is attending, and I have read the book thinking I could attend also. Is there room for me?

    February 14, 2014

    • Sue D.

      sorry - can't figure out how to do this?

      February 14, 2014

    • CherylAnn P.

      when you hit RSVP I think the wait list should come up.

      February 15, 2014

  • Penelope

    I hope you have room for me

    February 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Room for you now Penelope…I'm in two book groups reading this book, so please take my spot, Cheers all, see you next month.

      February 14, 2014

    • Penelope

      Thank you so much

      February 14, 2014

  • Kristi

    The book for February is: Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

    1 · November 19, 2013

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