The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Released: 31 July 2012
My Rating: 4.75 of 5 stars
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.
Wow it’s been a while since I wrote one of these!
Full disclosure! This was I book I picked up because I had watched all the movie trailers (🙈) and was really intrigued and honestly I’m glad I picked it up. This is one of the most touching stories I’ve ever read.
So the book is set right after world war one and right off the bat we’re introduced to this couple that lives isolated from the rest of the world on this beautiful light house island Janus. The story begins there and you fall in love with couple and as the story progresses life happens and then this book becomes such an emotional rollercoaster!
I know this book and its movie adaptation are marketed as “when good people make bad decisons” and I think that is such a gross understatement of what this story actually is. This is a book about so much more; its about love, loss, acceptance, heartbreak, PTSD, decisions and consequences and most importantly learning to love and also learning to let go.
I know this book has gotten a lot of mixed reviews but that didn’t stop me from loving it! I learnt so much from it and it made me kind of look deep into myself and ask myself questions about the nature of human beings and it also posed the important question; How far should a person go for the people they love?
I started reading this not knowing anything except the little tidbits I had gleaned from the movie trailer and watching this story unfold before my eyes was something special. This is definitely now one of my favorites.
Yes I did cry during those last bitter-sweet chapter. At the end of it all, the characters that M. L. Stedman created were people, they were real, they made mistakes, they loved, they lost and all the other messiness of life. Reading this book was so fullfilling, its like going on a journey with these characters and reaching the end of the story just hits hard. M. L. Stedman is definitely an incredible storyteller
The Light Between Oceans is truely a magnificent book, I really recommend this one! Thanks for reading!