The Light Between Oceans

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The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Pages: 343
Released: 31 July 2012
Publisher: Scribner

My Rating: 4.75 of 5 stars

synopsis

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.

review

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!

 

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Book Review: My Lady Jane

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My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Historical, Comedy
Pages: 491
Released: 7th June 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis*

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England.

Review*

What an amazing book! In the sea of bleak fantasy novels these days its so refreshing to finally read one that’s all about the humor, sass and romance. Continue reading “Book Review: My Lady Jane”

Book Review – Salt to the Sea

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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
Pages: 391
Released: 2nd February 2016
Publisher: Philomel Books

My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Synopsis

Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.

Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.

As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.

Yet not all promises can be kept.

Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope.

Review

I know almost everyone has read and reviewed this book by now but I figured its never too late to get my own opinions and feels in there some where!

Alright so going in I knew how emotionally exhausting historical fiction books are (and I mean that in the  best way possible) but this just blew my mind. Plus I know books with many points of view are sometime hard to get into but this one was perfect it simply couldn’t have been done any other way.

The reason this book surpassed all my expectations is mostly because the few historical books I’ve read were from the point of view of either Russians or Americans so catching a glimpse of all these other countries during this period of time was mind blowing (I’m going to say that a lot). I mean I just can’t wrap my head around all the devastation, I had honestly never even heard about the Wilhelm Gustloff before this and it holds the record for the greatest loss of life for a ship.

I’m truly really impressed by the detail and research that went into this. I mean we get small glimpses of how people suffered so much because of two people who were given an unnecessary amount of power.

So to the one person who hasn’t read this, what are you waiting for?

 

May
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