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Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (464 votes)

Released: 2012-07-31

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The Light Between Oceans: A Novel by ML Stedman


The debut of a stunning new voice in fiction— a novel each heartbreaking and transcendent

After four harrowing years on the Western Entrance, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, virtually half a day’s experience from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted each different 12 months at perfect, Tom brings a younger, daring, and loving spouse, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A ship has washed up onshore carrying a lifeless man and a dwelling child.

Tom, whose information as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral rules have withstood a horrific conflict, desires to file the man and infant instantly. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. In opposition to Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their very own and identify her Lucy. When she is 2, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are people on the planet. Their option has devastated one in every of them.

M. L. Stedman’s enchanting, beautifully written novel seduces us into accommodating Isabel’s determination to keep this “reward from God.” And we are swept right into a story about terribly compelling characters in search of to seek out their North megaStar in a global the place there’s no proper answer, the place justice for one particular person is some other’s tragic loss.

The Light Between Oceans is exquisite and unforgettable, a deeply transferring novel.

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Amazon Absolute Best Books of the Month, August 2012: Tom Sherbourne is a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, a tiny island a half of day’s boat experience from the coast of Western Australia. When a child washes up in a rowboat, he and his younger wife Isabel decide to raise the baby as their very own. The infant seems like a gift from God, and the couple’s reasoning for holding her seduces the reader into getting into the waters of treacherous morality while Tom–whose moral code withstood the horrors of World Warfare I–begins to waver. M. L. Stedman’s vivid characters and lovely descriptions of the solitude of Janus Rock and of the unpredictable Australian frontier create a really perfect backdrop for the tale of longing, loss, and the overwhelming love for a child that is The Gentle Between Oceans. —Malissa Kent

Guide Details

Creator: ML Stedman Publisher: Scribner Binding: Hardcover Language: English Pages: 352

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