Tom Sherbourne is a man of high moral standards after having been awarded the Medal of Honor after surviving 4 horrific years in combat during World War I. After the war, Tom returned to Australia, takes a wife and becomes the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, a square mile piece of green set off the coast of Western Australia between two oceans - one peaceful and calm, one violent. It was there that he and his wife, after having suffered three miscarriages, discover a boat washed up on the shore. Inside the boat they find the body of a dead man, a woman's sweater, and a baby - alive.
I'm amazed at the number of excellent books that I've read this year that are debut novels. The Light Between Oceans
, M. L. Stedman's first literary effort, is the story of a heartbreaking moral dilemma. It's been a very long time since I read a book that moved me to tears. This book is that moving, as well as beautifully descriptive with well-developed characters.