‘The Light Between Oceans’ by M.L.Stedman
first published 2012
The story begins in Western Australia. Tom Sherbourne, the protagonist, is a returned soldier from WW1. On his return to Australia he obtains a job as the lighthouse keeper on a remote island, Janus Rock, soon taking his bride, Isobel, to live with him there.
Their loving relationship is marred by three miscarriages. When a baby washes up in a dinghy with her dead father, Isobel thinks God has answered her prayers. Tom is torn between keeping his wife happy and not breaking the law. This dilemma is the core of the story, which continues to maintain tension until the end of the book.
Wisdom and forgiveness are issues that are deftly dealt with. What is right? What is wrong? Sometimes it is difficult to know the difference.
I couldn’t put the book down and recommend this believable story.
The author was born and brought up in Western Australia and later moved to London UK. The book is permeated with her love of Western Australian flora and fauna and the ocean. As a first novel, (now translated into nearly 30 different languages), it has hit the best seller list in many countries, including being a New York Times Best Seller.