The Light Between Oceans

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The Light Between Oceans

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.

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Title: The Light Between Oceans
Author: M.L. Stedman
Publisher: Scribner 
Published: April 2, 2013
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The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers

The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers
When you use the word “exquisite” in your title, you’re setting the bar for your book pretty high. The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers delivered!!!! Not only are the flowers exquisite, but the instructions are clear and easy-to-follow and there are templates for each project in the back of the book. Let’s just say that thanks to this book, paper flowers are officially my new favorite hobby.
I first found paper flower crafts on Pinterest (surprise, surprise). While the step-by-step photo instructions seemed clear, my flowers never turned out like the ones in the Pinterest pictures (surprise, surprise). I looked at a few paper flower books and after flipping through their pages at Barnes & Noble decided that The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers looked like I was getting the most bang for my buck.
You can see from the pictures on this post that, while I am not going to be opening an Etsy paper flower shop anytime soon, the flowers actually look like flowers! There are 27 different types of flowers featured in the book. Each one comes with a template, a list of materials needed, step-by-step instructions, photos, and tips so that you can learn how to make poppies, roses, and sweat peas (to name a few).
I can’t say enough good things about this book! Instead, head over to my Instagram account @bookfaire to win a copy for yourself!
Title: The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers
Author: Livia Cetti
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang
Published: April 8, 2014