The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

From the 2013 archives – The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman is a great love story with lots of moral conflict. And it’s a also a terrific movie – I love when that works out!

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the light between oceans picThe Light Between Oceans
M. L. Stedman

I thoroughly enjoyed this story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife, who live alone on an island off Western Australia. They discover a boat that has washed ashore, carrying a dead man and a crying baby and their decisions on that day shape the rest of their lives. Despite being isolated from the world, it’s no surprise that Tom and Isabel Sherbourne’s choices ultimately affect a great many people and a complicated story emerges. But simply put, this is mostly a story of marriage and family.

I think Stedman presents a terrific plot with great metaphors and believable characters. I liked reading about the town of Partageuse and of light houses and the Sherbournes’ solitary life. I also did not know much about Australia’s involvement in World War I and the losses they suffered. I like the way she tells…

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7 thoughts on “The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

  1. I heard about this book and saw the previews for the movie, but I worried it would be too sad and gut-wrenching for me. Did you find that to be the case for you, or wasn’t it as sad as I worry it might be?

    1. Oh, no. I don’t think it falls into the super sad category. The author puts the characters in an interesting dilemma and then we get to see what happens. You might give it a go! Thanks for reading, Carrie. Hope you are well.

  2. My sister-in-law recently lent this book to me. I’m about a third of the way through, and loving it. I’m reading it slowly because I want to remain on the island with the characters. Thank you for not giving any spoilers. Can’t decide how I think it will end, but I wonder if the rattle might be significant…

    1. Hi Wendy! I’m glad you are enjoying it! No spoilers from me! I love reading the kind of book you don’t want to rush through. These days, everything is hurry hurry hurry and that takes away from what reading is all about. I took my time reading the last book I read, and I was so glad because of the enjoyment I got out of it. Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy the rest of The Light!

      1. Thanks. Yes, I think this is one of those books that gently requests the reader to slow down, and rewards us when we do. Just off to read a little bit more.

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