The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 31, 2012 - Fiction - 352 pages
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The years-long New York Times bestseller soon to be a major motion picture from Spielberg’s Dreamworks that is “irresistible…seductive…with a high concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page” (O, The Oprah Magazine).

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.
  

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Amazing writing, gripping story and characters. - LibraryThing
Terrible, terrible writing. - LibraryThing
good story and character development. - LibraryThing
No spoilers--I was satisfied with the ending. - LibraryThing
This was a good book group selection. - LibraryThing
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User Review  - Nancy_Archdekin - LibraryThing

I found this book nearly impossible to put down and my heart ached for each and every one of the characters. I hope this will be the beginning of a long and successful career for M. L. Stedman and I look forward to reading more books by her in the future. Read full review

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User Review  - LadyLiz - LibraryThing

This is not one of my favorites, although it does raise some interesting ethical questions. My experience with this book goes as follows: Intrigued, bored, confused, curious, pissed at the characters ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
9
Section 3
16
Section 4
27
Section 5
35
Section 6
39
Section 7
56
Section 8
64
Section 20
172
Section 21
186
Section 22
195
Section 23
202
Section 24
208
Section 25
217
Section 26
228
Section 27
241

Section 9
73
Section 10
85
Section 11
100
Section 12
106
Section 13
113
Section 14
118
Section 15
129
Section 16
137
Section 17
147
Section 18
158
Section 19
167
Section 28
251
Section 29
264
Section 30
272
Section 31
279
Section 32
291
Section 33
300
Section 34
308
Section 35
316
Section 36
327
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About the author (2012)

M.L. Stedman was born and raised in Western Australia and now lives in London. The Light Between Oceans is her first novel.

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