If you haven’t heard of this book before it was originally released in 2012 and was a New York Times Bestseller. The novel is historical fiction set in 1926 about a lighthouse operator and his wife who suffer a great tragedy and by serendipity find a baby floating in the waves.
Here’s the synopsis for more details:
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 and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, 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, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. 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.
M. L. Stedman’s mesmerizing, beautifully written novel seduces us into accommodating Isabel’s decision to keep this “gift from God.” And we are swept into a story about extraordinarily compelling characters seeking to find their North Star in a world where there is no right answer, where justice for one person is another’s tragic loss.
The Light Between Oceans is exquisite and unforgettable, a deeply moving novel.
Without realizing it, this book seems to parallel nicely with Criminals by Margot Livesey, which I read earlier this year.
In Criminals, a man finds a baby in a rest stop while a bus trip and brings the baby with him to his sister’s house. If this book is anything like that one, I am sure I am in for a wild ride.
Some of you may have noticed this book is not a book on my Summer TBR Wipeout 2016 List, but as I started things were bound to get bumped up along that list of 20 books.
And honestly if any book qualifies to be bumped onto this list, it’s The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.
Why, you ask? Well, I got this book about a year ago and I’ve been meaning to read it forever. I never got around to it though and this is the perfect kick in the pants for me to finally sit down and read it.
I’ve honestly never done one of these before save for school when we were required to read books as a group. On my own I always found it hard to pace myself.
I always read the book too fast or too slowly. This looks like a manageable schedule though and I think I can make this work.
If anyone else is thinking about participating you can find out more by joining the Goodreads group here.
Want to join in but need a copy of The Light Between Oceans? Order your copy now and you can get it in time for July 8th. Purchase a copy from your local independent bookseller, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.