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The Light Between Oceans: A Novel by ML Stedman

The debut of a stunning new voice in fiction— a novel both heartbreaking and transcendent
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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  • Jacqueline B

    A good book. Very sad but this meetup group is always interesting and most enjoyable. I look forward to this meetup every month.

    February 28, 2013

  • Julie C.

    It was nice to meet everyone!

    February 20, 2013

    • Tina B

      Julie it was nice to meet you too. I'm looking forward to getting to know you better.

      February 22, 2013

  • Althea P.

    Fantastic group

    February 19, 2013

  • Shay

    Sorry, I have not finished the book. I wanted to finish it without spoilers.

    February 19, 2013

  • Althea P.

    I am half way thru reading this book and I so want to know what happens in th end...cannot wait to finish reading!!!

    February 3, 2013

  • Ellen Shin M.

    I just finished this book! Looking forward to talking about it with y'all! :)

    February 1, 2013

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