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The Light Between Oceans - M.L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans

Author M.L. Stedman

  • Published: 2012-07-31
  • Category: Historical
4.5 Stars
From 397 Customers Review
Price: $11.99


The years-long New York Times bestseller and major motion picture from Spielberg’s Dreamworks is “irresistible…seductive…with a high concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page” (O, The Oprah Magazine).

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, 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, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and 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.

Top Customer Reviews

  • Must read!

    From Supastarr25
    Amazingly told story. I often wonder what I would have done in that situation.
  • The Light from Oceans

    From jjock77
    A most amazing story of love loss, betrayal and redemption; beautifully written as to bring vivid images to the mind. So hard to put down!
  • Heart wrenching!

    From Zjorser
    Wow, never have I read a book that made me sob, heart wrenching sobs!! This book touched me like never before. Having a child same age as Lucy just made it all too real for me. Very well written, I could not put it down. It can be hard to read at times because it is so tragic but if you want a story that draws you right in, this is it!
  • The Light Between Oceans

    From Ally Alarakhia
    This book was an amazing read and had me feeling so many different emotions. I am a father to a beautiful little girl, which definitely played on my emotions. The story had me rooting for both sides and questioning what was best for baby Lucy. I can't wait for more releases from this author.
  • The Light Between Oceans

    From Lukeyy4777
    5 stars in my opinion! It made me feel what the Characters in the book were feeling. Very well written.
  • Beloved

    From JulesANMo
    I loved loved loved this novel. It is beautifully written.
  • Beautifully written

    From Aprillej2
    The poignant story is unforgettable. Well crafted and believable characters. Compelling storyline. But it's that language that takes this beyond ordinary. This is one of the most beautifully written books I've come across in a long time. And to's a first novel! Looking forward to more from this author.
  • Amazing book

    From Canadachickadee
    One of the best books I've read- ever. You name the emotion, it is felt in the pages of this story. I'm touched.
  • The light in between oceans

    From Yukonsgold
    Loved it!
  • The Light Between Oceans

    From Paddle home
    My intent here is not to write a book review of ‘The Light Between Oceans’ but more so to capture and reflect on some of my personal thoughts while reading and enjoying this powerful novel by ML Stedman. · The author reminds us that our journey in this life and our choices of paths to take are often guided by our hearts and that we must be prepared to accept the consequences of these choices. · In reading the first section of this book, I reflected on my own Christian faith and values when Tom is struggling with his own anguish and desire to do the right thing. I could not help but to muse about my cradle of faith and the Catholic ‘guilt’ that I read on every page during Tom’s distress to keep the peace with Isabel. ML Stedman explores the grey, murky waters between the absolutes of right and wrong with remarkable sensitively. Decisions made with good intentions, with love, prove ultimately to have consequences that cause irreparable harm. This is a heartbreaking tale that has strong emotional impact I found myself equally torn as the story unfolds, my sympathies lay with all the protagonists, two grieving women and a man who wants to do right by both of them. · I have been trying to understand and learn more about the value of forgiveness: this book helped me a great deal in this search as Hannah reflects on her pain and remembers the words of her husband - “You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day.” Frank (Hannah’s late husband) reminds us that we do have a choice - “But how? How can you just get over these things, darling?...You've had so much strife but you're always happy. How do you do it?''I choose to...I can leave myself to rot in the past, spend my time hating people for what happened, like my father did, or I can forgive and forget. 'But it's not that easy. 'He smiled that Frank smile. 'Oh, but my treasure, it is so much less exhausting. 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...I would have to make a list, a very, very long list and make sure I hated the people on it the right amount. That I did a proper job of hating, too: very Teutonic! No' - his voice became sober- 'we always have a choice. All of us.'" (p.323”) · This story reinforces our faith that working at doing the right thing can work out and knowing that even when we are surrounded by oceans of despair and darkness, the light will reappear.