The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
A Novel

97%

6 Critic Reviews

Ms. Stedman builds a solid case for all sides — or, at least, makes everyone’s motives understandable.
-NY Times

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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.
 

About M. L. Stedman

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M.L. Stedman was born and raised in Western Australia and now lives in London. The Light Between Oceans is her first novel.
 
Published July 31, 2012 by Scribner. 356 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Other, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Education & Reference. Fiction
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All: 6 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 0

NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Susannah Meadows on Jul 25 2012

Ms. Stedman builds a solid case for all sides — or, at least, makes everyone’s motives understandable.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Jun 04 2012

Stedman grounds what could be a far-fetched premise, setting the stage beautifully to allow for a heart-wrenching moral dilemma to play out

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon on Aug 02 2012

THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS is a rare melding of lyrical prose and a truly gripping read, the kind that leads one to stay up all night in order to finish the book.

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Elysa Gardner on Aug 12 2012

By letting neither her readers nor her characters off the hook easily, Stedman creates a bond that makes her book tough to shake off.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Excellent
Reviewed by Patricia Maunder on Apr 15 2012

The author's greatest achievement, however, is the validation given to their disparate views, despite the fact they are largely determined by personal interest. Moral ambiguity is rarely so compelling.

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Novelicious

Good
Reviewed by Cesca Martin on May 03 2012

Tom Sherbourne was a rounded character with a good heart and the book is all the more harrowing because of this.

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