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The Light Between Oceans

After finishing two consecutive books that left much to be desired, and feeling like a victim of the hype machine, I knew it was only a matter of time until my luck would change.

I did not have to wait long for my next great read, and fortunately the hype is well deserved in M.L. Stedman’s stunning debut novel “The Light Between Oceans”

The book tells the story of a lighthouse keeper named Tom Sherbourne, who is stationed a few miles off the southwest coast of Australia on Janus Rock, with his beautiful wife Isabel to keep him company.  After suffering through two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the couple stumbled upon a dinghy that washed onshore with a dead man on board, and a live baby.  Thinking that the baby was sent by divine intervention, Isabel convinced Tom that they should keep the baby as their own.

Living in total isolation, the baby brought much joy to the couple.  That is until two years later, and on one of their mainland trips that the ramifications of their actions has dire consequences to the world at large.  And this decision has devastated one of them.

Immensely readable and beautifully written, this book will hook you in from the very first page up until the somber conclusion.

Even now as I write this blog entry, I feel an urge to pick it up and read it all over again.