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The Light Between Oceans: A Novel (original 2012; edition 2012)

by M.L. Stedman

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Title:The Light Between Oceans: A Novel
Authors:M.L. Stedman
Info:Scribner (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 352 pages
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The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman (2012)

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Mijn volledige recensie is terug te vinden op:
https://www.linda-linea-recta.nl/the-light-between-oceans-het-licht-van-de-zee-door-m-l-stedman/

Ik vind het een ontzettend emotioneel verhaal, met veel verdriet.
Het is een verhaal over keuzes, goed of slecht, en over de gevolgen daarvan.
Met een prachtig, redelijk onverwacht einde.
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  LindaKwakernaat | Nov 29, 2018 |
This book explores a lot of interesting moral questions. ( )
  3njennn | Nov 25, 2018 |
Tom Sherbourne becomes a lighthouse keeper in Australia during the early part of the 1920's following his release from serving four years in the war. He meets and marries Isabel who accompanies him to the lighthouse on Janus Rock. It is a lonely and isolated existence. Unfortunately, Isabel suffers three miscarriages and the couple seems doomed to be childless until April 27, 1926 when a small boat washes up on the shore carrying a dead man and a baby. Isabel's mothering instincts take over and the baby becomes Lucy Sherbourne until the day they get some news that changes everything.

The book is about the choices we make and how they can affect not only ourselves but many others. As I read about the events as they unfolded, I found myself wishing for the characters to look beyond themselves in their quest to be happy with what they were given. First time novelist, M. L. Stedman, has given us a book where the keepers of the lighthouse help guide travelers safely on the water but those same keepers have difficulty finding a light to help them see their way through the fog of their decisions. ( )
  Rdglady | Nov 20, 2018 |
This book isn't bad, but if you are looking for a lighthearted read, this isn't the book for you. The storyline filled me with so much anxiety that I can't really say I enjoyed reading it. ( )
  Katie80 | Oct 8, 2018 |
two stars is:"it was ok, won't dissuade you" one star is: "didn't like it, don't recommend"

I have yet to attempt pregnancy, and can't really empathize with the extreme need for a child that I hear about from a couple women and many many tv shows, movies, and books. I realize miscarriages are very very very difficult on people... but... not sure that makes up for the decisions in this story. I appreciate the horribleness of miscarriage and stillbirth, but, as another reviewer noted, there were so many better decisions. It's like she knew she was stealing a baby, and her primary thought was to hide the fact that she had had miscarriages. It's sad how poorly women were educated and treated... which is fine, but not an excuse for not returning a baby to its mother. I also don't like plots driven by people making bad decisions. Thus, the 90 pages I read of this book were a little tortuous.

The first ten percent was ok. Theres a light house, its keeper and an interesting setting. There's budding romance... but then it all goes horribly wrong. Firstly, the romance is cheesy. The writing about the lighthouse was more romantic! The wife absolutely refuses to see a doctor or admit her miscarriages and the husband is helpless. the wife steals a baby in her crazy (traumatized and alone) self centeredness.... the husband goes along despite knowing it's wrong... that's as far as I got before reading a book summary and returning this to the library. ( )
  CassandraT | Sep 23, 2018 |
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Light" is a story you want to finish, despite some predictability problems. I cared about Tom and Isabel, and cheered for them even as they betrayed each other. And I was charmed by the supporting cast of characters (Bluey and Ralph in particular).

Stedman's grasp of the dialect of the region's inhabitants and dialogue fitting for the era are admirable. Her writing is sound, if sometimes uninspiring, but every so often she throws out a gorgeous line that you have to stop and read twice to appreciate, like this one: "A goblin thought jumps onto her shoulder: what's the point of tomorrow?" Or, "The rain is falling more heavily, and in the distance, thunder grumbles at being left behind by the lightning." Nice.

First-time novelist Stedman did what all good writers should do: She got her readers emotionally invested in her story.

As if you needed it, here's more proof that this novel is worth your time: The film rights have already been picked up.

 
The miraculous arrival of a child in the life of a barren couple delivers profound love but also the seeds of destruction.......A polished, cleverly constructed and very precisely calculated first novel
 
As time passes, the harder the decision becomes to undo and the more towering is its impact. This is the story of its terrible consequences.

But it is also a description of the extraordinary, sustaining power of a marriage to bind two people together in love, through the most emotionally harrowing circumstances.

 
Light Between Oceans' is tough to shake off....And to the author's credit, Light's resolution is neither sensationalistic nor overly tidy. Everyone in this book has to make tough choices, including the little girl. By letting neither her readers nor her characters off the hook easily, Stedman creates a bond that makes her book tough to shake off.

 

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On the day of the miracle, Isabel was kneeling at the cliff's edge, tending the small, newly made driftwood cross.
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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.

1926. Tom Sherbourne is a young lighthouse keeper on a remote island off Western Australia. The only inhabitants of Janus Rock, he and his wife, Isabel, live a quiet life, cocooned from the rest of the world.
The one April morning a boat washes ashore carrying a dead man and a crying infant - and the path of the couple's lives hits an unthinkable crossroads.
Only years later do they discover the devastating consequences of the decision they made that day - as the baby's real story unfolds...
M.L.STEDMAN'S debut is the mesmerising novel of loyalty, love and unbearable choices.
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