BOOK OF THE DAY: The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

“An extraordinary and heart-rending book about good people, tragic decisions and the beauty found in each of them.”—Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief

M.L. Stedman’s debut, The Light Between Oceans is an unexpected gem we stumble over summers ago. We can proudly declare that it is one of the few novels you read for the sake of literature and for the purpose of engrossing yourself in a beautiful plot and prose. Having it in our bookshelf for a couple of years has made us extremely defensive about it. Honestly speaking, we keep it tightly secure away from questions or attention. If you happen to be a bibliophile like us, we know you understand our outrageous feelings, which seem borderline insane. But, The Light Between Oceans inspires sentiments of protection and sincerity, we just don’t want any ordinary person to read it. It deserves a rare and appreciative audience, which is why we are sharing with you today! We trust you and your emotional intelligence. It is one of the most deeply moving stories we have ever opened. It feeds the sentimental, empathetic and intelligent heart. 

After surviving four years at the Western front of WWI in Australia, Tom Sherbourne, becomes lighthouse keeper, marries the young and passionate Isabel, and resides with her on an island. Unexpectedly, one day an alive baby and a dead man wash up in a rowboat. After two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the barren and grieving Isabel convinces Tom to keep the baby under the assumption that both the child’s parents (the dead man on the boat) have passed away. With the intent of reporting the death and orphan to the authorities, against his better judgement and moral conduct, Tom agrees to please his beloved wife. Over the years Tom and Izzy keep Lucy, their adopted child, a secret. As the story progresses, Stedman gives us incredible insight and empathy for the beautiful and flawed characters she has written. 

Overall, The Light Between Oceans is a story about the mistakes good people make for love and the aftermath and damages they must endure. Although it does not unfold into a fairy tale ending, the story is superbly told. As one of our favorites, we keep quiet about it from people for the fear that they won’t understand the beauty and humanity contained inside 343 pages. Disregard our emotional attachment to it, without it doubt, It displays the complicated nature of life, Stedman exquisitely treads on the gray areas. 

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Great review and summary.  I truly enjoy when someone references emotional intelligence, and writes to an educated and broad mind.


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