Advance reader reviews of The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.

The Light Between Oceans

A Novel

By M.L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans
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  • Published in USA  Jul 2012,
    384 pages.

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  • Lisa M. (Fullerton, CA)

    An Incredible Debut Novel
    This story drew me in from the first page. Compelling and provocative, it raises many questions about right and wrong, and the human heart's capacity for love and forgiveness. Gorgeously written - the people and settings sprang to life from the pages - it's really an amazing first novel from this author. I hope to see more from her in the future.
  • Philip K. (San Anselmo, Ca)

    Bright Lights
    What a wonderful book. It takes place at the end if the land where two oceans meet in Western Australia.The key protagonists are to very wounded light house keepers, living in isolation 100 miles from land.Tom is a WW 1 veteran and Isabel has miscarried 3 children. Into their life comes a lifeboat with a dead man and a baby girl. They keep the child and do not mention the incident to anyone . In a small village a woman believes her husband and child have disappeared. The consequences from these actions affect all these protagonists through the the end of the book I was in tears for all the characters.
  • Marjorie W. (Bonita Springs, FL)

    The Light Between Oceans
    Couldn't put it down! From the first chapter to the final words, this book held my attention. The moral dilemma that Tom faces mixed with his love for his wife and commitment to honesty and duty is devastating to him.
    I think this would be an excellent book for discussion and will recommend it to my book club.
  • Nikki M. (Fort Wayne, IN)

    Perfect novel--not to be missed!
    This novel had it all--characters you felt you knew and cared about, beautiful writing, compelling story! Very satisfying read--highly recommended...
  • Barbara E. (rockville, MD)

    The Light Between Oceans
    This is a wonderful debut novel. The book is a morally complex tale, filled with flawed characters whom you nevertheless end up routing for. From its opening pages to its final ones, I was enthralled. This is a wonderful exploration of life, love and responsibility. I would highly recommend this book.
  • Rebecca E. (Bala Cynwyd, PA)

    Love and Loss, Light and Dark
    The Light Between Oceans is a promising debut from Australian author M. L. Stedman. As good historical fiction is supposed to do, this book introduced me to several new topics, namely, everything I ever wanted to know about lighthouses, and also the deeply felt impact of far-away World War I on the citizens of a small coastal Australian town.

    At the heart of the well-drawn plot and characters is a terrible moral dilemma, and the ramifications and heartbreak of the solution to the problem. As a mother who knows the pain of pregnancy loss and miscarriage, Isabel and Tom’s story resonated with me and kept me up late at night reading until I had finished the novel. Stedman’s writing and use of metaphor is skillful, and the reader can feel the emptiness and solitude of life alone at the edge of the world, the profound darkness of the ocean relieved by the lighthouse, and the tremendous longing and loss that can only be relieved by hope eternal.

    I look forward to Stedman’s next novel, and highly recommend The Light Between Oceans.
  • Sue P. (Richardson, TX)

    The Light Between Oceans
    The choices we make not only shape us, they affect those whose life we touch. This is a novel about choices and how there really can be times when wrong is right and right is wrong. The author's telling of this tale made it so that I could empathize with all of the three principal characters, thus giving me choices to make, also. This is a very good book.
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