What I’m Reading: The Light Between Two Oceans

I just finished up reading The Light Between Oceans: A Novel by  M.L. Stedman.  This one came to me via recommendation and I was so anxious to listen.

The Light Between Oceans: A Novel by [Stedman, M.L.]

Sadly, that sometimes poisons books for me.  I have such high expectations that I think the book is going to be the best ever…but sometimes it isn’t.

I don’t want you to think it’s a bad book…it’s not.  In fact it’s good.  It’s an interesting story.  The story at times though, is told a little bit clinically.  I felt like I was told the story rather than be swept up into it and made a part of it.  Those kind of books are my favorite.  I do think I want to see the movie though as the story has been made into a movie.

Here’s what Amazon had to say, 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, 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, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and 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.

Amazon readers give the book 4.5 stars.  I’d have to say 4.3 stars.  It was a good book but it’s really hard when reading a book to find that nobody wins and everyone suffers loss.

Thanks so much to the blog readers who gifted this book to me.  I am so happy I got a chance to listen.

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2 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: The Light Between Two Oceans

  1. Lisa B

    I agree with your comment ” It was a good book but it’s really hard when reading a book to find that nobody wins and everyone suffers loss.” I liked the Australian history written in the book.

  2. Nell

    This book ripped my heart out for that very reason-everyone suffered so much pain.

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