Book Review: ” The Light Between Oceans”


This is my 1st book review. After reading “The Light Between Oceans”, by M.L. Stedman, I felt compelled to do one.

My mother-in-law gave me this book for Christmas last year and I just started reading it 2 days ago(I don’t have a lot of time to read with 2 little girls). And I finished it today. I would’ve finished it sooner but couldn’t seem to go on reading with out bawling my eyes out. (Yes, I’m definitely a little…..ok…. very sensitive when it comes to sad books and movies. Probably more than most people.)  But it took me 4 times to read through the last chapter because every time I did I started crying.

It was the first thing I thought about this morning and continued to think about on and off all day.

If you have children, I think you’ll find this book even more heartbreaking then someone who does not.

This book was entrancing, moving, sad, and heartrending.

The book is centered around a man and woman. Throughout the book they make different choices and you find yourself hoping they would’ve made different ones at times. Each choice has a consequence and you become engrossed in the story, wishing they would’ve made different ones, having to keep on reading to see what happens next, to see what consequences come about. I couldn’t put the book down until my tears kept pouring out that I had to stop.

Here is What the Book is About:

” 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 judgement, 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.S. 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.”

I definitely recommend this book to anyone.

5 stars from me.

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