Thursday, August 23, 2012

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

I am so sad to be writing this review and only because that means that the last page has been turned on this mesmerizing novel by M.L. Stedman.  This book is impossible to put down until the last page is read, and even then you want to hold on to the characters just a little bit longer. 

The author did a stunning job with the characterization and you feel so connected to each of them that you become encased in this story of black & white, (right and wrong), and the many shades of grey.  

Needless to say, I loved this novel and would recommend to all and would make for an excellent book club choice.

SYNOPSIS by Barnes & Noble
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.
RATING - 5 STARS  - I Loved It

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