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In Stedman's deftly crafted debut, Tom Sherbourne, seeking constancy after the horrors of WWI, takes a lighthouse keeper's post on an. The Light Between Oceans: A Novel [M.L. Stedman] on "An extraordinary and heart-rending book about good people, tragic decisions and the. Editorial Reviews. Review. site Best Books of the Month, August Tom Sherbourne is a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, a tiny island a.

The audiobook is terrible. So bad that I will never listen to another book by this reader Noah Taylor. Hi The book - 4 stars The audiobook - negative stars! His odd inflections, weird and frequent pauses, poor enunciation, and whispering made this painful to listen to. As much as I did enjoy the book, I was thankful when it was over. View all 77 comments.

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Jan 27, Jeanette "Astute Crabbist" rated it really liked it Shelves: Sometimes it just bites right through you. And sometimes, just when you think it's done its worst, it comes back and takes another chunk.

If you can remember that long-ago feeling of attachment to a parent, or if you have a child, or if you have longed for a child of your own, your heart will break for little Lucy. And it will break for all the grown-ups who loved her, "Sometimes life turns out hard, Isabel. And it will break for all the grown-ups who loved her, whether they had a right to or not.

This story can feel so slow that you might be tempted to give up. It's gorgeously written, but slooooow. Much of it takes place on a lighthouse rock miles off the tip of Western Australia. The setting accounts in part for the pokey pace, but it's also a big part of the novel's charm. Somewhere in the last third of the book you'll begin to appreciate the mastery in the careful build-up. The pace will pick up a bit and you'll be glad you stayed with it. View all 26 comments.

Nov 03, Mischenko rated it really liked it. Please visit www. Stedman is a heart-wrenching story about a relationship between two people and the risks they're willing to take for each other. I'm going to say that for me, the story was heart-wrenching. You can feel the love that Tom and Isabel have for each other.

Tom, who would do anything for Isabel, is a special character I fell in love with from the start. Is what they do right or wrong? The story i Please visit www.

The story is sure to test your moral judgement. I still want to spend my life with you. Izz, I've learned the hard way that to have any kind of a future you've got to give up hope of ever changing your past. However, I do wish it would've ended differently. The conclusion I was looking for wasn't the one I received, but that's the way the author wrote it, and it's still good. It's worth reading and I'd recommend it to anyone. I'm really looking forward to reading more by this author and hope she writes more in the future View all 16 comments.

What a wonderfully complex and morally riveting story! I literally could not put this down, and read for a solid 3 hours last night, until 1am, when I finished this book! So he became a lighthouse keeper, and over the next few years, he did his job, and learned his trade, until he accepted the What a wonderfully complex and morally riveting story!

So he became a lighthouse keeper, and over the next few years, he did his job, and learned his trade, until he accepted the job of lighthouse keeper on the small island of Janus Rock, an extremely remote location off the coast of Western Australia.

The small township of Partageuse was where he spent a week or so, before heading out to the island for his first look at Janus Rock, with the help of Ralph and Bluey. They would come out in The Windward Spirit every three months with his supplies, any mail, anything that was needed. But in the time he spent in Partageuse, he met up with the lovely Isabel Graysmark, and over the next months, a quiet courtship occurred, with letters going back and forth on The Windward Spirit with Ralph and Bluey.

On their marriage, in , Isabel joined Tom on Janus Rock, and the two of them lived their lives happy, content, and isolated from the rest of the world. Their happiness was not complete however, as Isabel endured miscarriages and depression, with Tom struggling to comfort her. One April morning, with the wind blowing strongly, a boat was washed ashore, with a dead man, and a crying baby onboard.

The consequences of the choices they made that fateful day would live with them forever. As the years unfolded, their decision would see many lives affected, with an extremely devastating result. The continuing heartbreaking story will tear you apart, as you grapple with the right and wrong of love and loyalty. This debut novel by Aussie author M. Stedman is gripping in its intensity. I highly recommend this book. View all 35 comments. Feb 02, Suzanne rated it it was ok Shelves: Halfway through, but cannot go on.

There are people waiting for this library copy, and the library is calling it back in, so I am going to relinquish it to someone who actually wants to read it. Given the moral choices that form the heart of the plot, this could have been a much better book, if it were, you know, well-written. Apart from the fairly good initial characterization of Tom Sherbourne as a WWI vet suffering from memories of a troubled childhood and PTSD from war time experiences, and some alright landscape descriptions, this book was, on the whole, filled with sappy, simplistic and sentimental writing than rendered the whole thing fairly bad.

And the longer it went on, the more the badness grated on me.

I had to give up at page because I no longer cared about the consequences of the moral choices the characters had made, even though the intrinsic complexity of the questions at the core of the story remained an interesting dilemma. Getting to any possible answers if there were any or even seeing how it played out was just too painful. Thank you, Kerry, for your review that released me and saved me from a few more hours of this. My Recommendation: View all 49 comments.

Isabel Graysmark es joven, extrovertida, hermosa y sabe lo que quiere: Cuando lo logra vive una vida feliz con Tom en la solitaria isla. Aunque esta tercera parte del libro se alarga mucho, es muy emotiva.

Yes, very well written. Thomas Tom Sherbourne after finishing World War I and wanting to leave behind all the bad memories of his childhood and the death of soldiers, decides to opt for the position of lighthouseman, farther and lonely the better.

But when he arrives at the port of Partageuse and then leaves for his final destination, Janus Rock, the first person he sees when disembark is Isabel Graysmark. Isabel Graysmark is young, extroverted, beautiful and knows what she wants: Where she manages to live a happy life with Tom on the lonely island. Tom is everything a wife could wish for: All this happiness is marred by two abortions and a premature birth where the baby is born dead.

Although this is the main root of the subject of the book, I think it is not well explained, I did not feel the suffering of Isabel before her inability to have children. One day a ship with a dead man and a baby appears on the coast. Isabel persuades an undecided Tom not to give the authorities of the find and keep the baby for them. When they visit Isabel's parents in Partageuse they learn that the mother of the baby is alive.

Isabel refuses to surrender Lucy, but Tom regrets his conscience and decides to do something and hide it from his wife. This is the point at which the line between good and evil is sharpened.

Although this third part of the book is very long, it is very emotional. The end seemed appropriate because, from my point of view, everything was as it should have remained.

View all 13 comments. Sep 21, Chaitra rated it did not like it Shelves: Sep 20, Oh, this review. First, I read this book way back in I don't know that I would write such a review now, whether or not I hate a book. I've had an attitude shift, if not in life, then in review writing.

I've wanted to change it for a while now, but I don't remember most of the book. I also can't make any defense against specific arguments from commenters who liked the book, because of the same.

I read this when I had no baby. At some point after I had my own bundle of joy, ETA: At some point after I had my own bundle of joy, I considered reading this book again, especially since a number of people I trust mentioned that it was a much better reading experience for them. But the difference was this, they sympathized with Isabelle more than Hannah. I did the opposite. And having my baby wasn't going to change that, if anything I would feel Hannah's pain more keenly.

But the main reason I haven't read this book up again is because I couldn't remember the actual language being any good. I might be misremembering all of the above, but I don't care enough to read it again to confirm one way or another. I will watch the movie at some point, because the director made Blue Valentine - with two unlikable characters - and I loved it and understood both of them.

Maybe he will bring something to the table that the book, for me, didn't. Anyway, please read this review knowing that I would not have written it exactly the same today, even though I still dislike the book. I welcome comments from everyone, especially people who liked the book, because maybe enough of those will convince me to read it back - I'm big on second guessing myself.

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How much did I dislike this book? Let me count the ways. First and foremost, the characterization. They're all fairly unlikable. They are absolutely unlikable. Tom Sherbourne and his wife Isabel have had three miscarriages. They find a baby in a boat along with a dead man, and decide that the baby is God's gift to them, and keep it.

This is easy to do, because they're in a lighthouse in the middle of nowhere. All they have to do is hide the dead body of the father somewhere. They do this without turning a hair. They never ever think to at least make discreet enquiries if the baby had a family. They don't ever think that the father might be missed, that someone might be mourning for the pair of them.

If they wanted a baby so much, why could they not have adopted one? There are plenty of war orphans around. Tom half-heartedly brings it up, and Isabel pooh-poohs the notion. The truth is, they do not try. At all. Cut to two years later, they find that the baby has a living breathing mother.

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She's still mourning for the loss of her baby and husband, she's gaunt with it. What do our protagonists do yes, they are protagonists not villains, surprise! Do they admit it? They take the baby and go back to the lighthouse. Isabel even dishes out a platitude to Tom - whose conscience has woken up - life is hard sometimes. What the? In any case, Tom decides to do something even more cruel to everyone concerned. He sends an anonymous letter to the mother that her baby is safe.

Never once does anyone say that this was a bad thing. I mean, Isabel does, but only because it leads to circumstances where they have to give up the baby.

But never do they even address the fact that Tom was being a bastard cruelly raising the hopes of a grieving person. Then they do have to give up the baby. Tom takes it all on himself, and Isabel plots revenge! She lets people assume that Tom indeed was the person to blame, and also that he killed the father. She plays grieving mother and put upon wife to the hilt.

The baby doesn't take so easily to its birth mother, and everyone around the birth mother to return the baby to these baby stealers! And she agrees! Then she changes her mind, but she doesn't press charges against these monsters. What the again? No one, not a single person except for a fringe character takes Isabel to task. The reason is that she had three miscarriages. That she never tried to at least find out if the baby had any family? That she never stepped into an orphanage to at least try to adopt one of the poor for-real orphans she was so upset about?

When faced with the fact that the baby has a mother who's grieving, the lady has the audacity to think that the only reason she doesn't want to part with the baby is because she's thinking of the best for the baby. She never changes this opinion. All that she did was for the baby.

Well, kill me dead. She calls the birth mother selfish for wanting her baby back. She calls Tom selfish because he thinks of the birth mother though he is a moron. But is she selfish? Nope, not her - the most selfless person on earth, the only one that's thinking of the baby. Who is two. I doubt it would be very traumatized if it changed hands at that point in life. The tug of war which is ridiculous that ensues is so much more damaging to the child.

Yet, we're meant to sympathize with and excuse this lady who carries on about how life has been more unfair to her than to the birth mother, than everyone else on this planet. I hated this so much.

Stick to one tense lady! It's 'he did this and he did that' in one paragraph and 'he does this and he does that' in the very next. I get it. It's to distinguish between the specific and the general parts of the plot, but believe me, that can be done and understood by us poor readers with one freaking tense.

I won't be reading anything by this author again. She was right, it did sound terrible, when it was not my intention. My reason for bringing up the miscarriages was not because I didn't sympathize with Isabelle for having had them, but because it was not reason enough for the rest of them to support her in her madness.

View all 33 comments. Dec 04, Starjustin rated it really liked it. Apr 05, Kristalia rated it it was amazing Shelves: Final rating: Oh, but my treasure, it is so much less exhausting.

You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day. You have to keep remembering all the bad things And also beautiful. I cannot even begin the review properly. This book crushed my feelings, brought them back together and did it all over and over again. I smiled and i cried. B Final rating: But it was worth it. The writing style was beautiful. It followed multiply POVs and without them, this story wouldn't have such an impact on me. Everyone in this story is important.

The story happens in Australia And by reading this i kind of fell in love with it ;D i did before as well, but now, even more. And it was just wonderful and i loved it to bits.

Of making difference between right and wrong. Learning from your mistakes. But it is also a story of a couple. Two people who met one day and fell in love.

Tom and Isabel. And I want to find out about yours. He decided the best way to live his life would be to be a lighthouse keeper. But then he met Isabel and all things changed.

Before he knew what was happening he was being kissed, inexpertly but with great force. He pulled away from her. Not unless you mean it. Once he crossed that line, who knew where he would end up?

Oh, bugger it. To hell with good behavior. To hell with doing the right thing. They married. And they wanted children. Lots and lots of children. Isabel miscarried three times. They were growing desperate. Until the day when the boat came near the shore. With a dead man and a crying baby. Isabel and Tom are surprised No one knew Iz miscarried third child Dear Mum and Dad, Well, God has sent us an angel to keep us company.

Baby Lucy has captured our hearts! She sleeps well and feeds well. But Guilt is slowly eating Tom up What if the mother of the little girl is still alive? How does she feel? But he can't help it And Isabel has never been happier And then One will do anything for the one he loves. One will betray them. One will be their friend till the end. One will face "betrayal" and want revenge.

Some i utterly and totally loved. Some i hated with passion. For some i felt sad and in some i was disappointed. And the end of the book D i noticed i used too much the word "beautiful", but i just can't help it: Its a beautiful love story Story about a husband who only wanted to make his wife shine like she did before Until the moment when everything went wrong.

Beautiful book. And he knows that the man who makes the journey has been shaped by every day and every person along the way. Scars are just another kind of memory Soon enough the days will close over their lives, the grass will grow over their graves, until their story is just an unvisited headstone.

View all 34 comments. This book is very good but I'm giving it 3 stars because I'm being severe with the story and not get carried away by emotion. It is a 'rocambolesque' topsy turvy tale, narrated by the all knowing author. See, I can't decide whether the drama in the book has crossed the line and become melodrama. I know that there are worse books out there, and that many classics are not as good as this book.

Despite that, I need an honest view of the book.

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I need to look at this rating in years and say I rat This book is very good but I'm giving it 3 stars because I'm being severe with the story and not get carried away by emotion. I need to look at this rating in years and say I rated with justice. The story is about Tom and Isabel Sherbourne who cannot have a child and adopt one baby that had washed up in a boat near their house. It's not an original story. But it's worth reading. Even I don't regret reading it. View all 21 comments. They know no beginning or ending.

The wind never finishes. Sometimes it disappears, but only to gather momentum from somewhere else What a book What a lovely story.. Their unconditional love leads them to the wrong decision.

And then there's no going back It '' The oceans never stop. Its been a while since I read something this good And the ending So powerful and admittedly not what I expected. I am devastated right now. I havent cried so much since '' The Fault in our Stars''.

In a nutshell, I just loooooved The light between Oceans. Highly recommended my fellow readers! View all 11 comments. This is an odd book. It is, in a large way, quite boring not to mention depressing. Maybe it was the writing style: The lighthouse stuff was interesting and a This is an odd book. The lighthouse stuff was interesting and as a reader you really get a sense of the desolation on Janus. Other than that — just not into it. Everyone lives bleakily ever after.

I did finish it though, which says something.

View all 9 comments. May 28, Yellowdreamer rated it it was amazing Shelves: My very first book for , and one I spent the latter half of last year just longing to get my hands on.

And this novel - a heartbreaking exploration of right and wrong, and the lonely windswept grey island which lies between the two - has completely wrung me out on only Day One of a brand new reading year. How I wept. I mean absolutely WEPT.

No parent could bear such sorrow, on either side of the swirling misery My very first book for , and one I spent the latter half of last year just longing to get my hands on. No parent could bear such sorrow, on either side of the swirling misery that is conjured up and thrashed around here in Stedman's threnody to love and loss. A complex, haunting, disturbing moral dilemma rendered so powerfully, in such an exquisitely evocative setting.

No one here is truly able to judge the actions of two hearts so utterly broken in the wake of such trauma as the battlefields of World War One and the bitter, fruitless bed of perpetual miscarriage. There is no clear position for me to take at the end of this novel on what was right and what was wrong. Instead, I am left to treasure an unforgettably poignant image of human resilience in the face of love lost.

A shifting, beautiful glimpse of the light that pervades even the deepest reaches of the human psyche, and the darkest waters of human morality. View all 7 comments.

If you want to cry and see your tears falling in your book read this , it's just heartbroken. View all 3 comments. May 09, Jennie Walters rated it liked it. I enjoyed this book, particularly towards the end, which was more subtle and unexpected than I'd predicted. My reservations were largely that some of the dialogue seemed a bit clunky, and at first the relationship between Tom and Isabel, the main protagonists, didn't quite convince - the scene where Isabel imitates the other dinner guests, for example, didn't succeed for me.

But by the end, I had really warmed to Tom, the hero of the book, who although damaged by his experiences in the war, is s I enjoyed this book, particularly towards the end, which was more subtle and unexpected than I'd predicted.

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But by the end, I had really warmed to Tom, the hero of the book, who although damaged by his experiences in the war, is such an essentially good and noble person that he lifts this novel into a whole other realm. Unlike other reviewers here, I thought you could tell it was a first novel - eg great chunks of information about how a lighthouse works plopped down into the story - but it had some really interesting things to say about the moral dilemma at the heart of the story the relative rights of parents and children and a very tender portrayal of a marriage.

Keeps you reading right till the last page! View all 5 comments. Where do right and wrong stop? In what way is each of these notions perceived by every individual? Do we have the right to play God and presume we will be able to correct the injustice that may have inflicted our lives?

Tom and Isabel's course in the story is determined by their own answers to these questions. Once it knocked on my door, I started reading it more than eagerly, my expectations were high. Now th Where do right and wrong stop?

Now that I have finished it, I can say that it was an average book, maybe good, perhaps very good for most people, but not for me.

I didn't find it earth-shattering,it didn't touch me, it did not do much for me. The story goes back and forth, initially, between the years of and The opening scenes definitely picked my interest, they were a perfect introduction to the characters and the setting.

I won't bore you with plot details, but I must say that I am a completely biased person when it comes to lighthouses. I am obsessed with them, I can browse pictures of those magnificent structures for hours. Therefore, the main reason I wanted to read this book was the setting, it is not often that we get to experience a story taking place in a remote island where the lighthouse is the real sovereign of the land.

Another feature I appreciated was the inclusion of all those Australian colloquialisms.

It was really interesting to read and discover the meaning of the phrases, some of which were really beautiful. This brings me to my main point of complaint: Many of the descriptions are beautiful and vivid, and convey the isolation of the setting well, but the dialogue did nothing for me. I found the majority of the interactions too dramatic, a bit unrealistic, too much soap-opera territory.

Also, repetition was another issue I had to fight with while I was reading. I don't need to read twice about a christening, I know how it's done.

Well, even if I didn't, I do now. The writer uses almost the same words on both occassions. How many times should I read about lens?

Or about a guilty conscience? Too many words in pages over pages over pages I don't know whether this is a trope of romantic novels. To be fair, I didn't think I was holding a romantic novel when I started reading this book. I wanted a historical fiction with a controversial, dark story, not a reading that would- almost forcefully- try to make me cry.

Well, it didn't work. Actually, it never works. It is very seldom that I cry in books or films, but that's another story Was all dialogue bad? No, Tom was a bright ray of light. He is a very interesting character, his thoughts are coming through clearly, his feelings were conveyed in a beautiful manner. His trauma of being a survivor of the First World War is everywhere in the narration, and it provides a very interesting insight to his actions, his fears and hesitations.

And Isabel? Well, I tried to understand the motives of her actions. I did, this was no problem. My problem with her comes from her words.

There was something in her interactions that made her appear aloof and ignorant and vain, and in many times plainly stupid and evil. Unwilling to see what's in front of her eyes, her only capacity to hide the problems under the carpet. Hannah was indifferent, the other secondary characters laughably bad. I felt anger and sadness at a point, but not for the reason I expected. I was sad over the way the community treated Frank. Should innocent people pay for the faults and the sins of the heads of their countries?

This is a question that we will ask forever, to the end of time, and there will never be an answer. Or rather, there is an answer, an immediate NO, but it is a voice crying into the wilderness. And that was the only thing in the book I felt strongly about.

The Light Between Oceans should be interesting and appealing to many of us. It has a strong protagonist, it provides a view to a place unknown, isolated, wild. I wouldn't say that I regretted reading it, but it didn't move me, it won't stay with me, I don't consider it ''unforgettable''. Far, far from it. For me, it was just average, and nothing more. I enjoy dark and controversial stories, and that is why I had problems with all the melodrama here.

I don't want a tearjerker just for the sake of it. Perhaps, I was still too engrossed in the magic of The Snow Child Ah, there's a nice way to write about feelings of love and loss without constant hysterics and evokings to God to come and save you Sep 26, Margitte rated it it was amazing Shelves: This story is so multifaceted it is a tough one to review.

I slept over this book, mulling around, wondering what to take from it. It was haunting me! I was waking up several times during the night, thinking about yet another angle to it. The most important question was: Where did this tragedy really begin? He witnessed his friends being shot; he shot people himself. He was a decorated war hero, yet never wante This story is so multifaceted it is a tough one to review.

He was a decorated war hero, yet never wanted to harm anybody in his life ever again; Isobel Sherbourne: Both her beloved brothers died in the war. She was young, bold and happy tempered. But life dealt her three blows she hardly survived on Janus Rock island where she and Tom were stationed at the remote and isolated lighthouse. When a little baby washed up in a boat, she immediately put her to her breast and called her Lucy, "A Gift of God".

Anzac day, April 25, , in Port Partageuse, on the south-western corner of the Australian continent. A spot where two oceans met and little businesses sprang up and clung on like lichen on a rock face.

Frank Roennfeldt was an Austrain-born shopowner who was interned in the war. A decent man, who married Hannah, the daughter of Septimus Potts, the wealthiest man around. On this day of commemoration, the men in town needed a culprit to pay for the sins against the town's fallen sons in the war. Frank was the perfect candidate for their revenge. A Hun. The town draws a veil over certain events. This is a small community, where everyone knows that sometimes the contract to forget is as important as any promise to remember.

Children can grow up having no knowledge of the indiscretion of their father in his youth, or of the illegitimate sibling who lives fifty miles away and bears another man's name. History is that which is agreed upon by mutual consent. That's how life goes on--protected by the silence that anesthetizes shame Who was to blame for the events at the Lighthouse? If there was a crime committed, who were the real criminals.

And was it a crime to begin with? A single fat cloud snailed across the late-April sky, which stretched above the island in a mirror of the ocean below.

Isabel sprinkled more water and patted down the soil around the rosemary bush she had just planted. They informally adopt her, and name her Lucy. Raising a child causes a transformation in Isabel, and she quickly becomes the caring mother she has long wanted to be.

Lucy also uncovers a loving side of Tom that had been buried by the war and an abusive childhood. When the Sherbourne family returns to Partageuse for the first time since Lucy's arrival, they introduce her to friends and family, and take her to be christened.

Just before, they hear the story of Hannah Potts, a woman from a well-off local family, who married an Austrian, Frank Roennfeldt, which caused them to be ostracized by the town.

On Anzac Day in , a drunken mob harassed and chased them, causing Frank to flee on a boat with their infant daughter Grace, and they were never heard from again. Isabel persuades Tom that they should still keep their secret in the interest of the child. Tom, however, secretly leaves Hannah an anonymous note saying that her daughter is alive and safe. Lucy continues to grow under the love of Isabel and Tom, although he still harbors reservations about the morality of what they have done.

Several years later, on another shore leave, he sends another anonymous package to Hannah, this one containing the rattle that Lucy had when she washed up. With this proof, Hannah's father increases the already-substantial reward he has offered for information about his granddaughter's whereabouts. Bluey recognizes the rattle from the lighthouse, and the reward money convinces him to report this to the police.

Tom is taken into custody and Lucy is returned to Hannah, leaving Isabel stricken with grief. Tom vows to protect his wife by claiming that he was the one that insisted on keeping Lucy, because he believes he is responsible for her being taken away. Hannah had long fantasized about the loving reunion of mother and child, so she is devastated that her daughter—whom she continues to call Grace—completely rejects her and sees only Isabel as her mother. Isabel at first is furious at what she sees as Tom betraying her and refuses to cooperate with investigators, leading to some suspicion that he killed Frank and threatened Isabel into silence.

She has a change of heart and realizes that Tom was acting in her best interests, and they tell the true story.Deadline Hollywood. And she agrees! Batshit wants a child. The town draws a veil over certain events. He is the god of beginnings and endings, of contrast. Totally whipped. Book Series.

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What do our protagonists do yes, they are protagonists not villains, surprise!