Review: The Light Between Oceans
Tom Sherbourne and his wife Isabel live on Janus Rock, where he tends the lighthouse. It’s isolated and lonely there, but the two of them are happy. Isabel desperately wants a child, though, so when a boat washes ashore with a corpse and a baby, Isabel thinks it might be the answer to her prayers. Tom feels he must record the baby’s appearance in his records and report it immediately. The decision they make changes their lives forever.
The Light Between Oceans, by M. L. Stedman, is a tragic love story that is beautifully written. It’s obvious Isabel and Tom are deeply in love – you’d have to be to face the isolation and strenuous work their relationship seems to thrive on – but Isabel’s latest miscarriage has really affected her and Tom doesn’t know what to do to help her. He’s so thankful for all that she’s done to help him, though, that he’s willing to try just about anything, but claiming a lost baby as theirs might be taking it too far for him. This book is so well written, I felt for both Isabel and Tom and could see both their points of view.
In case you can’t tell, I thoroughly enjoyed The Light Between Oceans. I found it to be compelling and heartbreaking even though it did drag for me in a few places. The pace picked back up very quickly, though, so I was always anxious to get back to the book. I read this book for my book club and look forward to our discussion – I think we’ll find a lot to talk about when we meet. I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys thought provoking historical fiction or women’s fiction.