August 07

The Light Between Oceans by M.L.Stedman

This book should come with a warning – Will Need Kleenex!  Perhaps next print-run, consider a wee box of tissues as Gift with Purchase, Author?

I spent the last wonderful chapter weeping until I hit a sobbing crescendo from page 345 onwards…..Boy-oh-Boy, what a great story.  There is a reason this book is on the New York Times Bestseller list.  IT DESERVES TO BE THERE!

This is an intricate, compelling tale that is described on the front cover as ‘a story of right and wrong, and how sometimes they look the same.’  Set in 1926, Tom our leading man, is a lighthouse keeper on a remote WA island – he lives there with his young wife Isabel.  Their quiet and isolated life changes one day when a boat washes ashore carrying a dead man and a tiny baby.  The decision they make that day is insane and sane all at once.  And what unfolds is a series of devastating consequences born out of the most complex thing ever – love….specifically the rawest and blinding version of love – that felt for a child.

I was emotionally connected, deeply, with all of the characters in this book.  My heart broke for each and every one of them and I genuinely liked them all which is why this book is so beautiful – it throws you in the stormy sea of all their emotions and actions so you feel like you are flailing alongside them.  Would I, Wouldn’t I?  Oh God, maybe I could……

It is about human love, sacrifice, loss and human foibles, when hearts rule minds and what people will do for  love.  And yes sadly,  the awful things people also do for love.  And it is told in such detail, with such grace and authenticity.  I was transported to that light-house. I could see the beacon of light.  The colours of the island were vibrant in my mind.  I heard the rip of the hearts as they broke.

It is a must read.  Prepare yourself because folks you will need, as my darling nan used to say a Bex and a good lay down when you finish it.

And that is my 2 cents worth.