Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Light Between Oceans

This week I am reading The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. It is the story of a four year  WW I veteran, Tom, who becomes a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock off the shores of Australia.  I'll give you a little bit of the blurb on the inside front cover.

"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 on shore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

"Against Tom's judgement, 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."

At this point I am almost half through the book where they have decided to keep the baby as their own.  In the beginning of the book there are little vignettes that make me wonder why they are included but I'm told, by a friend who loaned the book to me, that these are important to the rest of the book.  From what I understand, it is the author's first novel.  So far, I am loving this book.  A nice read at 343 pages. 

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