Book Review: The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
This book has been on my list of books to read for quite a while, so last week I finally picked it up from my local library and finished it within a few days.
I read the large print version, which was over 550 pages.
I'm sure that there are many of you who have already read this, and I'd love to hear your thoughts on it if you have (for those of you who have commented on my Facebook post, thank you so much; I really appreciate and enjoy communicating with you all!)
For those that haven't read it yet, I'd sum it up as an easy read that will tug on your heartstrings!
Tom Sherbourne returns home after a four year stint on the Western Front, and he gets a job as a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock.
Before he leaves, he meets a young woman by the name of Isabel Graysmark, and they start a relationship.
Over time, Isabel and Tom marry, and live together on Janus Rock.
Their attempts to start a family fail when Isabel has two miscarriages and a stillbirth.
Both Tom and Isabel are devastated; Isabel is almost consumed by grief.
One day, they discover a boat that has washed up close by - the passengers are a dead man, and a beautiful newborn baby girl.
Isabel persuades Tom to keep the baby, even though he is hesitant to do so.
She feels that this baby was sent to her to help her overcome her heartache at the losses she has experienced.
But we soon find out that Isobel's decision comes with a lot of complications once the true identity of the baby is discovered.
This story drew me in, but I felt that there was something missing. I'm not entirely sure what, but after hearing so many positive things about it, I had pretty high expectations, and it didn't quite live up to that for me.
There were positives though.
For example, I enjoyed reading about the detailed descriptions of the lighthouse, and the isolation that lighthouse keepers face. It was something that I hadn't really ever considered, and it made me more aware of how the lighthouse keepers must have felt, and how they etched out a living.
I think the author captured the emotions of Isabel perfectly. As a mother myself, I could understand the decisions she made.
I also enjoyed the ending. It didn't make me cry, but I felt it was a fair and sweet conclusion.
I felt sorry for Isabel, but I was most sympathetic towards Tom. He was such a decent person who was willing to go above and beyond his commitments as a husband.
Overall, I'm glad I made the time to read this book, but sadly, I can't say that it is one of my firm favourites.
If you've read it, I'd love to hear your thoughts!!