Book Review: The Light Between Oceans M.L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

M.L. Stedman


“You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day. You have to keep remembering all the bad things.”
―     M.L. Stedman,    
The Light Between Oceans

The Light between Oceans is a sweet and memorable novel that asks the reader many times, what would you do?

Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, an isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season. Tom falls in love with young Isabel and together they begin to build a life as light keepers. They love each other deeply and love life on the island, but both dream of having a child. But two miscarriages and one stillbirth leave the couple driven mad with grief and Tom feeling helpless.

But a boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Now what is the couple to do?

I really enjoyed this book.  I found myself asking over and over if I would have made the same choices.  Would I have kept the child or looked for her family?

This is truly a heart-rending book that you really like all of the characters.  Not overly sexual, nothing to be embarrassed if your grandmother reads.  I enjoyed the plots and wanted it to keep going.

M.L. Stedman was born and raised in Western Australia, her descriptions of the
coast of Australia are beautiful and make me want to visit these quiet areas and step back in time.  But she also made me think more about how stereotypes deeply have affected everyone and one such consequence.

I really enjoyed this book and I hope you will too!

~ C. ~

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Did you read The Light between Oceans?  How did you feel about it?




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