Tom Sherbourne is the keeper of the lighthouse on Janus Rock. The island is miles away from civilization, and when Tom marries Isabel, their future revolves around the family they hope to raise in the shadow of the lighthouse.
Dreams of motherhood slip further and further away from Isabel as she buries three stillborns. In the moment of her deepest despair, a boat washes onto the shores of Janus rock carrying a dead man and beautiful healthy baby girl.
Who is the man? How did he die? Where did the boat come from? Only one question matters to Isabel: What will happen to the baby? Little Lucy becomes a part of the Sherbourne family, but as the year’s go by the other three questions are answered and the Sherbournes are again faced with “What will happen to the baby?”
This book is both beautiful and heartbreaking. I have never cried while reading a book, but The Light Between Oceans had me sobbing multiple times. The torment faced by Tom and Isabel Sherbourne is devastating. What would I do if I were told to give up the child I raised, even if I raised her under a lie?
The unfathomable struggle is what made this story so gripping, but the craftsmanship of writing is what makes this book a standout. Stedman is as much a poet as an author. The life she paints on Janus Rock is mesmerizing. Her ability turned a small island into its own world of beauty and turmoil and character.
And I know you’re not supposed to compare the book to the movie…but the movie had me bawling in the I-can’t-breathe kind of way.
Title: The Light Between Oceans
Author: M.L. Stedman
Published: April 2, 2013
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