Title: The Light Between Oceans
Author: M.L. Stedman
Publication Year: 2012
Date Completed: December/2012
Rating: 4.5/5Recommend: yes
I've read many positive reviews on this debut novel, and final got a chance to experience it for myself -- I must say, I also enjoyed it a lot. It's the kind of story that engages the reader early on and doesn't disappoint.
On an isolated island off the coast of Australia, Tom Sherbourne takes a job as the lighthouse keeper after he returns from the from war in 1918. For Tom, the solitude on the island is just what he craves after seeing the horrors of war. The only time he sees other people is every (3) months when supplies are delivered from the mainland. When he meets and marries Isabel (Izzy), the two return to the island and life seems happy and less lonely for Tom. Disappointments soon face the couple as Izzy suffers several miscarriages and desperately longs for a baby of their own.
One day in 1926, a boat washes up on shore with a dead man on board. A crying baby is found nearby. Who is the dead man and, where is the baby's mother? Could this mysterious baby be the answer to the couple's prayers, or will a decision of the heart lead to more sadness in their lives?
The Light Between Oceans was such a compelling read. Written in (3) parts with Tom as the main character, although the reader gets to know Izzy and other characters through their POV as well. The story will have readers quickly invested in the story and anxious to learn the outcome. It's one of the books that will have readers talking about the book to others. It's also the type of book that would seem to make for a good movie as well.