The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 31, 2012 - Fiction - 352 pages
42 Reviews
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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Very well written and a page turner. - Goodreads
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It is pretty much a 'family love story'. - Goodreads
Cut a first-time writer some slack. - Goodreads
A page turner from the very beginning. - Goodreads

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This story is really heart-wrenching. The characters make difficult decisions in difficult situations with tragic consequences. I like that it was realistic in the sense that nobody is the "bad guy ... Read full review

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The Light Between OceansI was completely drawn in to this tale set on an island off of Australia's coast during the aftermath of WW I (with many fascinating facts that I did not know about Australians ... 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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