Thursday, December 12, 2013

Light Between Oceans

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman is the story of a young couple, Tom and Isabel, but it is also a story of Australia and of life lived immediately following World War I.  Tom, recently back from the war, lives an isolated life as the lighthouse keeper of Janus Rock off the shore of Australia.  After marrying Isabel they try for years to have children with several miscarriages and stillbirths.  One day a boat washes ashore, carrying a dead man and a living baby.  How Tom and Isabel deal with the arrival of this child and the repercussions of their actions make this novel a great story and highly recommended for book groups.  In addition to the story, reading about the geography of Australia and the history of that time, gives this book an added dimension.  SG

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