Sunday, August 25, 2013

Novel of the Week - The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

My aunt one day came to visit and told me she was reading this amazing novel that takes place on an island in the south of Australia. She was so excited about it and finished saying that I HAD TO READ IT....so, I read The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.  
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Here’s the plot:

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, 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, who desperately wants to keep the baby girl, persuades Tom not to. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own daughter 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. They find out there’s a woman in town, who’s desperate because two years earlier his husband and newborn daughter took a boat and never come back. 

After struggling with the sense of what’s fair for the poor woman and the love for his wife, Tom decided to accuse himself for the baby girl’s kidnap and claim that his wife was forced to maintain the segret. And that's only the start of a war between what's good and wrong....

M. L. Stedman’s mesmerizing, beautifully written novel makes us understand that the world is not always black or white, but that in some situations where there is no right answer.
I really loved this novel and, even if I’m not a mother, I can understand the pain for losing a child and the other kind of pain for not be able to having one.


My vote 9/10

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