Monday, November 5, 2012

Book Recommendation

I go though reading phases where I won't read at all, will read one book, or be reading 5 different books at the same time. I'm currently engrossed in a handful of books at the moment but just recently completed The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.  Amazing book. If you're a reader, I'd highly recommend taking the time to curl up with a blanket and get engrossed in this novel which happens to be the author's debut. It's both captivating and heart breaking and it left me in tears with the unsurety of whether they were tears of sadness or happiness. The story is quite transcendent and what I consider to be an "easy read". 

"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 a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom’s judgment, 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.

M. L. Stedman’s mesmerizing, beautifully written novel seduces us into accommodating Isabel’s decision to keep this “gift from God.” And we are swept into a story about extraordinarily compelling characters seeking to find their North Star in a world where there is no right answer, where justice for one person is another’s tragic loss.
The Light Between Oceans is exquisite and unforgettable, a deeply moving novel."

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