'I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.' L.M. Montgomery

'There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.' Irving Stone



Monday, December 12, 2016

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day's journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, 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 onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a 'gift from God' and 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.

A haunting, heartbreaking tale. Set on an isolated lighthouse station where two oceans meet. I've read so many lovely reviews about this book and they are so right, a wonderful story that will bring tears to your eyes.

A couple quotes I like from the book...
'The rain is falling more heavily and in the distance, thunder grumbles at being left behind by the lightening.'

and when Frank's wife responds 'But it's not that easy.' when they are discussing forgiving and forgetting he tells her...
'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. I would have to make a list, a very, very long list and make sure I hated the people on it the right amount. That I did a very proper job of hating, too: very Teutonic! No - we always have a choice. All of us.'

(I used Blogo on my iPad to post this while in FL. It didn't work :( What do you use on a device when away to post?)

Peggy Ann

1 comment:

  1. I've just reserved this one from the library. Thanks.

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