The Light Between Oceans

The Light Between Oceans

Book - 2012
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This is a story of right and wrong, and how sometimes they look the same ... 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. 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 make that day - as the baby's real story unfolds ...
Publisher: North Sydney, N.S.W. : Vintage, 2012.
ISBN: 9781742755700
9780857521002
9781742755717
9780857989888
Characteristics: 362 p. : 1 map ; 24 cm.

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orange_lobster_23
Apr 18, 2018

Newly-wed WWII veteran Tom Sherburne takes the position of lighthouse keeper on a remote coastal Australian island with his wife in order to regain a sense of peace and stability.
After wife Isabel suffers two miscarriages and a still-birth; the couple's life together is set in turmoil as Isabel discovers a yawl containing a dead man and a crying infant washed on shore after a gale. Moral and ethical decisions, individually, and as a couple, confront them as a decision is made to keep the baby as their own. They are faced with the implications of their choices upon returning to the main-land to visit family two years later and coming into contact with the infant's biological mother. This is a heart-breaking, soul-searching read in which the reader empathizes with all the main characters.

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smiliesar
Nov 20, 2017

loved the beginning of this book but it was such a frustrating ending and so much heartache I wish I's never read it

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dlh1
Oct 25, 2017

I found this book to be very thought provoking, regarding the choices we make in life. Sometimes our instincts lead us off the path of what is "right". The author chose to let the characters face the consequences and grow (from not keeping the secret any longer). Too bad that most people in real life wouldn't chose this path willingly.

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kathybibus
Sep 11, 2017

My heart hurt and was joyful after reading this book. It was brilliant.

CatherineG_1 Sep 09, 2017

Thornhill Village Evening Book Club, Thursday, September 14th at 6:30 p.m.

Come out and share your thoughts about this book and the movie!

Everyone is welcome!

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trudge
Aug 22, 2017

Absolutely beautiful writing. Highly recommended for both the use of language and the story.

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wmtlady
Aug 17, 2017

I wanted to put M.L. Stedman on my favorite author list but it looks like this is a debut novel.
Definitely a 5-Star novel. I considered watching the movie made of it but didn't request it because (from reviews) the depth of the characters and their emotional experiences couldn't be brought out in the film; the film tried to cover all the time of the book--to the boredom of many and yet didn't do it justice. So---READ this book instead of viewing the movie; so worth the poetic description and the pace is not boring. 10-Star concluding chapter.

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finsikins
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.

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Olivy
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.

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Jun 14, 2017

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yehafr
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."

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becker
Nov 03, 2012

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

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