The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

This is a novel that is quite different from my usual choice. I heard that it was going to be made into a movie and it also received a great review from Oprah so I would have to be foolish to ignore it. I’ve waited for quite a while to get my hands on a copy of this book. It started off slow at first but I was soon hooked and I finished it in one sitting. I still feel like I’m stuck in the pages of this book, it was that enthralling. But anyways, here is my review:

Tom Sherbourne is done with the War and all he wants to do now is return to Australia. So when he is offered a posting as a lighthouse keeper at Janus Rock, he jumps at the chance for peace and solitude. Not only is this lighthouse a sight to behold but it is also connected to a quaint town, where Tom meets Isabel and falls deeply in love with her. They return to the lighthouse to begin a life of happiness. But after two miscarriages and a stillborn, Isabel is at her wits end. When she hears the wails of a baby, she dismisses it as her own delusions. But when Tom goes to investigate and finds a boat with a dead man and a living baby girl, Isabel knows that this is a “sign from God” and begs Tom to let her keep the child. Unable to deny his loving wife this request, Tom hides all evidence of the child’s Β discovery. What neither of them know is that this decision will change their lives forever.

This novel spent a great deal of time creating a backstory in the first few chapters. However, it was really useful in building the characters. As I kept reading, the story become more engrossing and heart-wrenching. By the end of the novel, I didn’t even know who I was crying for. Every angle was explored with so much detail and Β the pain of every character was so vividly described that I truly felt it in my own heart. This novel asks the million dollar question: how far would a mother go for her child? And the author does a fantastic job answering this through this story. I hated, and loved, and pitied every single mother in this book and their struggles were so realistically portrayed. This novel is definitely worth reading and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good heart-wrenching realistic fiction.

Happy reading ~


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