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The Light Between Oceans: The heartrending Sunday Times bestseller and Richard and Judy pick

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It is also a story of how decisions we make today can shatter someone else’s life and eventually put us at a crossroads in the future. A lawyer and his wife—best give them a wide berth; some elderly couples, a pair of old spinsters (promising), but best of all, some toff’s daughter traveling on her own. Stedman skilfully weaves sensual descriptions of ocean sprays and fresh sea air to create a truly beautiful backdrop to the narrative. Anyway, please read this review knowing that I would not have written it exactly the same today, even though I still dislike the book. The final star was given to the realism so perfectly established and the ending that made this experience emotionally true.

But by the end, I had really warmed to Tom, the hero of the book, who although damaged by his experiences in the war, is such an essentially good and noble person that he lifts this novel into a whole other realm. I enjoyed this book, particularly towards the end, which was more subtle and unexpected than I'd predicted. He took her face in his hands and bent low as he said, “Then this is how you do it,” and kissed her slowly, letting time fade away. The story is full of pointless dialog and characters (and not even Jane Austin style with enjoyable pointless dialog. Every aspect of it served a purpose, and in dissecting the whole setup, a lot more pour out than just the emotionally-potent plot.The Light Between Oceans is one of those stories that perfects the whole, ‘what would I have done differently’ notion. When Isabel tries to get Tom to open up about his family, he responds: “I’ll tell you if you really want.

These were accusations Tom had heard before, when, wild with grief after her miscarriages, Isabel had let loose her rage against the only person there—the man who continued to do his duty, who comforted her as best he could, but kept his own grieving to himself. The small township of Partageuse was where he spent a week or so, before heading out to the island for his first look at Janus Rock, with the help of Ralph and Bluey. So Isabel floats further and further into her world of divine benevolence, where prayers are answered, where babies arrive by the will of God and the working of currents. It’s comforting to know that they’ll show up, however bad the day has been, however crook things get.

She and Tom quickly fell in love with the baby in spite of Tom's dilemma of doing the 'right' thing legally vs. But life dealt her three blows she hardly survived on Janus Rock island where she and Tom were stationed at the remote and isolated lighthouse. The Light Between Oceans won the 2013 Indie Book Awards Book of the Year and Debut Fiction Awards, [9] [10] made the 2013 longlist for the Miles Franklin Award, [11] and the 2014 longlist of the International Dublin Literary Award.

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