The Light Between Oceans

The Light Between Oceans

eBook - 2012
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It is the winner of three prestigious ABIA awards, including their 'Book of the Year', and also won the Indie Awards' 'Book of the Year'. They break the rules and follow their hearts. What happens next will break yours. 1926. Tom Sherbourne is a young lighthouse keeper on a remote island off Western Australia. The only inhabitants of Janus Rock, he and his wife Isabel live a quiet life, cocooned from the rest of the world. Then one April morning a boat washes ashore carrying a dead man and a crying infant - and the path of the couple's lives hits an unthinkable crossroads. Only years later do they discover the devastating consequences of the decision they made that day - as the baby's real story unfolds ... Winner of three ABIA awards for Best Literary Novel, Best Newcomer and Book of the Year Winner of two India Awards for Best Debut and Book of the Year Recently voted Historical Novel of 2012 by GoodReads' reading community.
Publisher: [North Sydney, N.S.W.] : RHA eBooks Adult, 2012.
ISBN: 9781742755724


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Jun 22, 2017

Couldn't put this book down! It really made me think about the thin silver thread between right and wrong. If you want a stirring, thought-provoking and beautifully crafted novel that stays with you long after you've read it, then this is the book for you. And so good to support an Australian author too.

Apr 17, 2017

A very beautiful book. I first saw the movie and wanted 'more' so I borrowed the book. I was not let down, the details provided a more complete story and really complimented the movie. The writing is incredible as well; a real treat. I suggest watching the film and then reading the book as it is fun to discover more rather than wonder why they did not include certain details.

AL_SARAH Apr 13, 2017

This is one of the most heart-wrenching and thought-provoking books I have ever read; it had me pondering big issues regarding morality and ethics. The setting is so atmospheric and beautiful that I could practically taste the sea-salt in the air. The story is both incredibly descriptive and emotionally intense.

lt_bibliosara Apr 07, 2017

In Stedman's emotionally wrought novel, a young couple struggles to find peace amidst the greatest lie they have ever been a part of. In the years following World War I, veteran Tom Sherbourne finds the quiet he desperately seeks as the light-keeper of a remote island of the coast of western Australia. Soon, he is joined by his new young wife, Isabel, whose passion and vitality for life reignite his own. Both believe they have outrun the tragedies that lie in their past, but fate has another hand in store for them. After several horrible miscarriages, Isabel and Tom find an infant washed ashore. The decision they make that day will change their lives-and the lives of people they have yet to meet. Stedman's novel is heart-wrenching and powerful, a story whose characters make you feel hope, joy, heartbreak, and anger in intense waves of emotion. The story will hold you captive from cover to cover. The power of one decision is rarely seen in such vivid and complex experiences. There were a lot of tears as I read this book. Although the plot can be a bit slow, the characters, the events, the daily life; it all weaves itself around your heart until you realize that you have fallen in love with the book as much as the characters have fallen in love with one another. At once a love story, a mystery, a parable, and a historical novel, this book will capture your heart and leave you wondering which day it is when you finally pull yourself out of the pages.

Mar 18, 2017

I couldn't put the book down . I needed to find what happened next

Mar 09, 2017

Sad all way through. Too much drama for me.

Feb 25, 2017

This started a bit slow for me, but just a few chapters in I couldn't put it down. Towards the end, this book was responsible for many late nights when I played the "just one more chapter..." game. Really enjoyed it!

Marlowe Feb 08, 2017

"Sad all the way through," that's how I described this novel to a co-worker. Certainly there are happy moments, but when I finished the book, all I could think about was how much suffering all the characters endured. Stedman seems to suggest that the pursuit of happiness is often at the expense of someone else. The reader certainly appreciates how the actions of one can affect many others. This is also certainly a novel that begs the question, "what would I have done in that situation." Overall, I did enjoy the novel, and look forward to seeing the film adaptation.

Feb 07, 2017

One of the best books I have ever read - beautifully written.

Jan 19, 2017

What an incredible book! Couldn't put it down!!! Tragic in many ways, but worth reading!!!

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Aug 13, 2016

"She's a beauty all right" said Tom, taking in the giant lens, far taller than himself, atop the rotating pedestal: a palace of prisms like a beehive made from glass. It was the very heart of Janus, all light and clarity and silence."

Nov 03, 2012

“You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day.”

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Dec 03, 2015

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