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The dilemma of right and wrong,
This review is from: The Light Between Oceans (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)Tom Sherbourne has endured great tragedy during the Great War. It has changed him and made him a different person. Always a loner, Tom becomes a lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock on the west coast of Australia, a job not normally given to single men....it is a lonely enough existence without having a wife and family for company.
Isabel Graysmark has taken a fancy to Tom. She sees passed his shyness and is determined to marry him and join him at the lighthouse. She gets her way and they both settle down to wedded bliss. Sadly, Isabel miscarries three babies and is truly heartbroken by their loss.
One day, a small boat drifts in to the bay, and the couple are shocked to find a dead man aboard, together with a small baby girl who is very much alive. Assuming that both parents are dead, Isabel believes this baby is a gift from God and despite Tom's obvious misgivings, she is set on keeping the infant and raising her as their own. Baby Lucy becomes the centre of their lives and she thrives under their care.
How do you reconcile the doubts that Tom has every day? What if the baby's mother is still alive? Isabel refuses to listen to Tom's protestations, but things begin to go badly wrong.
At the heart of this book is the dilemma of right and wrong. The couple have saved this baby's life and she has brought them great joy. What can be wrong about that?
I found M L Stedman's writing very effective and her characterisation is wonderful. It is a heartbreaking story, told with empathy and skill. She leaves the reader wondering what they would do under similar circumstances.