New York : Scribner, c2012
First Scribner hardcover edDescription:
345 p. : map ; 24 cm ISBN/ISSN:
9781451681734 (hardback), 1451681739 (hardback), 9781451681758 (trade paper), 1451681755 (trade paper), Language:
"A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore"--
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This book is addicting to read. I was intrigued by the life of Tom Sherbourne, a World War I veteran who now is a lightkeeper. He marries and his wife has several miscarriages and so when an abandoned baby comes their way, it is impossible for Tom's wife to send the baby to an orphanage. The rest of the story is the moral dilemma of what Tom should do about the baby. This story was well written and I definitely felt it was so realistic. Real life isn't always sunshine and roses and I enjoyed reading a story with characters that I could relate to. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a realistic story set in the past.
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.
A young couple become light house keepers......three unsuccessful births......lead to despertion and when a baby and dead father's boat driffs ashore they keep the baby and raise her for years......even after they learn the birth mother is alive and desperate to find the baby.....interesting study in human nature ....... we can all "talk" ourselves into believing what we are doing if okay, because it works for us........the book makes you wonder just how you would handle it all.......you like to think you would do the right thing..........and yet.......
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