Rated Reads

The Light Between Oceans

by M.L. Stedman

Rated: Mild

Dust Jacket Summary:
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 and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, 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, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. 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.

My Review:
I can’t remember a novel that made my heart ache more than this one. Author M.L. Stedman’s exquisite story of desperate choices and tragic consequences immediately grips your emotions and holds on to the perfect ending.  So gorgeously and expertly written, I’ll never forget the sorrow, joy, love, struggle and everything in between contained in these pages.

Not only is the characters’ conflict gripping and touching, but the settings mystical and enchanting. This book is an extraordinary and rare reading experience. Do not miss it!

Rated: Mild for occasional use of bad language

— Reviewed by Teri Harman

Teri Harman is an author, reader and book enthusiast. Her young adult novel, Blood Moon, was published by Jolly Fish Press in summer 2013. She writes a biweekly column, Book Matters, for ksl.com and also contributes a monthly book segment to KSL’s #1 lifestyle show, Studio 5.

One Response to The Light Between Oceans

  1. Julie Ann Mefford says:

    It seems to me if a book uses the f word even one time that book should not be rated mild “for occasional use of bad language” it should be rated moderate “for occasional use of strong language.”

  • The Light Between Oceans
  • by M.L. Stedman
  • Rated: Mild
  • Genre: Fiction
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