The Light Between Oceans
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The Light Between Oceans


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.

Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

M. L. Stedman’s mesmerizing, beautifully written novel seduces us into accommodating Isabel’s decision to keep this “gift from God.” And we are swept into a story about extraordinarily compelling characters seeking to find their North Star in a world where there is no right answer, where justice for one person is another’s tragic loss.

The Light Between Oceans is exquisite and unforgettable, a deeply moving novel.

Title:The Light Between Oceans
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:343 pages

    The Light Between Oceans Reviews

  • Barbara Williams
    Aug 21, 2012

    I am going to start with review with a disclaimer. This review is subjective, from my point of view etc. I thought this book was terrible, bad, no good. You don’t have to agree with me, and you coul...

  • Gabe
    Sep 05, 2012

    The Light Between Oceans is an incredibly moving novel about what happens when good people make bad decisions. The story takes place in the town of Point Partageuse, Australia during the 1920s. The st...

  • Khanh (the meanie)
    May 28, 2014

    On the Offshore Lights you can live any story you want to tell yourself, and no one will say you’re wrong: not the seagulls, not the prisms, not the wind.So Isabel floats further and further into h...

  • Jeanette
    Jan 27, 2012

    "Sometimes life turns out hard, Isabel. Sometimes it just bites right through you. And sometimes, just when you think it's done its worst, it comes back and takes another chunk."Remember when you were...

  • Suzanne
    Feb 02, 2013

    I just can’t do this. Halfway through, but cannot go on. There are people waiting for this library copy, and the library is calling it back in, so I am going to relinquish it to someone who actually...

  • Brenda
    Apr 13, 2012

    What a wonderfully complex and morally riveting story! I literally could not put this down, and read for a solid 3 hours last night, until 1am, when I finished this book!When Tom Sherbourne returned f...

  • Chaitra
    Sep 21, 2012

    ETA: Sep 20, 2015Oh, this review. First, I read this book way back in 2012. I don't know that I would write such a review now, whether or not I hate a book. I've had an attitude shift, if not in life,...

  • Matthew
    May 09, 2016

    The book - 4 starsThe audiobook - negative 1000 stars! (more on that later)This book was a soul crushing catch-22. The decisions the characters had to make and the options they are presented with rang...

  • Kristalia
    Apr 05, 2013

    Final rating: 5/5 stars “...or I can forgive and forget...Oh, but my treasure, it is so much less exhausting. You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day. You ha...

  • Mischenko
    Nov 03, 2016

    Please visit to see this review and others...The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman is a heart-wrenching story about a relationship between two people and the risks they'...