The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 31, 2012 - Fiction - 352 pages
63 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
Also, I had some plot / moral issues with the story. - Goodreads
Other than that, flawless storytelling! - Goodreads
Here's the thing: this book is entirely about plot. - Goodreads
It is pretty much a 'family love story'. - Goodreads
I found the writing style to be somewhat bland. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Forrest - Goodreads

I would have given this book three stars, but the two star description of "it was ok" seemed more apt. Here's the thing: this book is entirely about plot. The writing is, simply put, technically ... Read full review

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User Review  - Didi - Goodreads

Finished this one in three sittings but wasn't at all impressed by the story. It's high improbable that the things in this novel could happen. The saving grace of this novel is the beautiful writing ... 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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