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The Light Between Oceans [Kindle Edition]

M L Stedman
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,250 customer reviews)

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'Extraordinary and heartrending' MARKUS ZUSAK, author of The Book Thief



A boat washes up on the shore of a remote lighthouse keeper's island. It holds a dead man - and a crying baby. The only two islanders, Tom and his wife Izzy, are about to make a devastating decision.


They break the rules and follow their hearts. What happens next will break yours.


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"An extraordinary and heart-rending book about good people, tragic decisions and the beauty found in each of them." (MARKUS ZUSAK, author of THE BOOK THIEF)

"Irresistible... seductive... a high concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page" (Oprah Magazine)

"A love story that is both persuasive and tender" (The Sunday Times)

"A moving tale. One of this year's must-reads" (Stylist Magazine)

"An extraordinary book... as inevitable as Hardy at his most doom-laden. And as unforgettable" (Guardian)

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Richard and Judy summer bookclub read 2013, Goodreads category winner, and longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2013, stunning story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who face a life-changing moral dilemma.

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345 of 354 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptionally moving and well written debut 9 Jun. 2012
By R. A. Davison TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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The Light Between Oceans is a post WW1 Australian set novel about Tom Sherbourne who having been demobbed gets a job as a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock. Soon after he marries and he and his wife come to love their isolated idyll. Their paradise becomes tainted by their inability to have children and following her third miscarriage Isabel is cracking under the strain of the grief, when one night a boat is shipwrecked on their shores..... it contains a dead man and a newborn baby. Believing God has answered their prayers Isabel persuades Tom not to report the wreck and they pass the child off as their own.

But though he loves the child, the actions wrack Tom with guilt for years to come.....

This novel is a stunning debut on the part of M.L Steadman and covers such a range of emotions and reactions. Guilt, grief, sacrifice, morality, love, marriage, parenthood, loss, time, change, duty, truth. Above all it is achingly human, and provokes the same dilemma in its reader as in its protagonist.

I am quite a cynic these days, and on top of that a well read one, so it isn't that often these days that I find a novel with the capacity to move me to tears, but this novel did. Its location is atmospheric and beautifully drawn, the sea and the windswept isolation of the island; even with the unusual parameters of the storyline the novel feels gutwrenchingly real, of a place and time and characters who existed as opposed to an entirely fictitious prospect.

Enormously moving and brilliantly told. I won't forget this book in a hurry nor the emotions that rose within me as I read it. A quality piece of writing and a quality novel, I hugely recommend you purchase this book. 10/10
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Fragile Territory of Morals 11 Nov. 2012
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I bought this book because it had good write-ups and I liked the first couple of pages I sampled. the beginning is a really good example of how to start a book and hook the reader in. The descriptions of the remote island off the coast of Australia, the sea and the lighthouse were to die for - it really tapped into that romantic childhood fantasy about living on a lighthouse and being a lighthouse keeper (yes, I know I'm a girl!!!)

But it was the reading on that I found difficult. I found it quite an upsetting book to read and found myself skipping chunks - big chunks - because I needed to know what happened but I couldn't bear to read about it. There are some books that just tap into deep emotions and they're not always ones you want to experience. I'm not going to say more because I don't want to spoil the story for anyone who hasn't yet read it.

Briefly - Tom, a returning hero from World War One, becomes a lighthouse keeper and meets his wife Isobel, a small town girl, and takes her out to Janus Island where things don't exactly go to plan. Then, one day, a boat washes up onshore containing a dead man and a live baby..... The moral and ethical decisions that the couple make have repercussions no one anticipates.

The novel is beautifully written, but is also somewhat uneven, as you'd expect from a first book, and I found some of the plot elements stretched my credibility at times. But it's a very clever and impressive piece of writing - that's why I gave it four stars rather than three, though my instinct was to award three and three-quarters!
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating story 15 Sept. 2012
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I ordered this book based on the reviews on Amazon and wasn't disappointed. The plot is fascinating; the dilemma when the boat with a baby and a dead man is found. The reader knows instinctively what will happen but we don't have a clue what will be the outcome of the decision. This is a love story, a mystery and is just so poignant throughout. the story stays with you for some time after you've read it. It is beautifully written and a good piece of literature. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and engrossing 16 Aug. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Wonderful, evocative writing - particularly when describing places - truly fantastic. The weak point for me was that the characterisation, while good, in places just did not ring true. I don't want to give any plot details away because it will spoil the story, but the central decision (the disposal of a body and the 'adoption' of the baby) just did not quite chime fully with the development of the two main characters. Similarly during the investigation of the 'crime', I just didn't quite buy either characters' behaviour completely. That's not to say that you can't (as a reader) understand why they made the choices they did, you can, but it just seemed slightly 'out', moreso the second circumstance rather than the first. What the writer seemed to have been driving towards was an apparently insoluble problem in order to increase the satisfaction of the eventual resolution - and the resolution was extremely satisfying - but I found it just a bit incredible in places - just enough to make me feel slightly irritated with all the characters (but not enough to put me off!)

But a great read - completely engrossing and the unravelling towards the end was, while not totally surprising, also not totally predictable. A horrible situation resolved completely appropriately - in a way, I wish there had been one more page about this resolution, because it was so entirely appropriate.

I'm sorry if this sounds really cryptic, but too much plot will really spoil it. I didn't read any reviews before I bought it and I'm really glad I didn't.
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