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5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptionally moving and well written debut, 9 Jun. 2012
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This review is from: The Light Between Oceans (Kindle Edition)
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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Initial post: 21 Jun 2013 18:27:37 BDT
V. Mills says:
I quite agree with this review. It is one of those books that will stay with me, and having just finished it, I am very reluctant to pick up my next book.
I do so hope that R.A. Davison writes another novel very soon - I shall be looking out for it.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2013 17:43:19 BDT
Er, it wasn't written by R.A. Davison - I thought the writer's name was Steaman??

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2013 17:43:56 BDT
Sorry, that was meant to say Stedman.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2013 22:17:15 BDT
Yes, I think V.Mills made an error here, I'm R.A Davison and I wrote this review, ML Stedman wrote this novel. Wish I'd written it though!

Posted on 16 Jul 2013 18:17:37 BDT
pattacakes says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jul 2013 21:32:46 BDT
I stand by my opinion that this is a great book, shame you did not like it
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