The Light Between Oceans (My thoughts on the book)

BOOK: The Light Between Oceans
AUTHOR: M.L. Stedman

Filled with historical dates and places, much of this book read like a historical novel. However, there wasn’t a page that wasn’t overflowing with real, HEAVY and heartbreaking emotion.

It’s a story of a light-house keeper and his new wife who is eager to start a family. After several miscarriages, a lifeboat washes onto their island with a surprise inside. The story unfolds as they make decisions that change, for the good and bad, the world around them.

If miscarriages, infant loss or heartache within foster care are areas that hit close to home, do not pick-up this book.

Faith-based? No
Easy read? No, yet it only took me a few days to read it because I could NOT put it down.
Age group: Adult, based on the complexity of the characters and ‘historical-novel type’ description of events and places

A beautiful MOVIE was made:


  • “She lifted the baby from the bath like a sacred offering, laid her on a soft, white towel, and began to dab her dry, like blotting ink so as not to smudge it- as though if she were not careful she could erase it altogether.”
  • “But as he held her, he was for the first time in years acutely aware that the hands that now touched her were the hands that had heaved her father into the grave. Eyes closed, he recalled the sensation in his muscles, the weight of the man, and contrasted it with the weight of the daughter. Lucy seemed the heavier of the two.”
  • ” “Oh, my poor, poor sweetheart!” Isabel was squeezing the girl to her, sobbing at the touch of her, the legs fitting snugly around her waist and the head slotting automatically into the space beneath the chin, like the final piece of a jigsaw.”
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