Read “The Light Between Oceans” Before the Movie Comes Out
If you are looking for an irresistible novel that showcases the power of a parents’ love for a child and also takes readers through a journey inside the main characters’ psyches, the critically acclaimed work The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman will have you frantically turning the page to find out what happens next.
The story begins when Tom Sherbourne, the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, who has recently returned from World War I, finds the body of a deceased man and a living baby girl in a small rowboat. Since his young wife Isabel has suffered many miscarriages and stillbirths, against his better judgment Tom decides to keep the baby girl. They name her Lucy, and while Isabel is thrilled, calling her a “gift from God,” her husband still has his reservations. After all, if it was up to him, he would’ve reported the deceased man and the little girl to the proper authorities. And his sense of foreboding is correct, for when they leave the isolated little island and return to the mainland when Lucy is two years old they are confronted with the reminder that yes, there are other people in the world and heir choice to illegally adopt the little girl will have consequences.
Although Stedman’s debut novel can get a little clunky at times, it’s still a mesmerizing tale that allows readers to ponder the characters and their desire to live according to their morals. It’s also a heavy reminder that sometimes there is no easy “right or wrong” answer and that sometimes one person’s desire for justice can bring about one person’s greatest loss. For readers looking for a novel that will seduce them into not putting the book down until the end, Stedman’s The Light Between the Oceans will take them on a thrilling ride through the human psyche.