Thursday, July 10, 2014
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
"On the day of the miracle, Isabel was kneeling at the cliff's edge, tending the small, newly made driftwood cross."
"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." -- from the inside flap
This is a beautifully poignant book about hope and loss, good and bad decisions, and how people's choices affect people they don't know.
Date read: 7/9/2014
Book #: 23
Rating: 4*/5 = great
# of pages: 345