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The Light Between Oceans: The heartbreaking Richard and Judy bestseller by M L Stedman

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List Price: £8.99


Paperback: 464 Pages.

Published: 09 May 2013 by Black Swan

ISBN: 0552778478

EAN: 9780552778473

The Light Between Oceans A boat washes up on the shore of a remote lighthouse keeper's island. It holds a dead man - and a crying baby. The only two islanders, Tom and his wife Izzy, are about to make a devastating decision. They break the rules and follow their hearts. What happens next will break yours.


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Full of Emotion

At first this seems a comparatively simple story. This starts in the 1920s when Tom is a lighthouse keeper on a remote island off the coast of Australia. He and his wife Izzy live an isolated life there with just the supply ship visiting every three months. One day a boat washes up on shore with a baby on board. Their actions in saving this baby have repercussions for themselves, a town full of people, their families and the baby for years to come.

This is a book that can be read on many levels. There is the basic story of Tom, Izzy and the baby. However, there is also the true background story of how the life experiences of Tom & Izzy led them to make the choices that they did. The story of their own losses and experiences is what makes this story so emotional. They have their own conflict which rages inside each of them and also the other characters in this book. The author has captured this so well.

This is a book that you will get deeply and emotionally involved in. I felt the conflcits that were going on in Tom & Izzy's minds. What should we do with this baby? Should we report it's appearance? What if there is no one to care for it? What if it is unloved and spends it's life in a grim orphanage? Their own past losses shape what they then chose to do.

I must confess that I cried reading this book. There are no "winners" in this story. Everyone looses something and someone. This is certainly not a book to read in public!

This is also a book that is rich in description. The bleakness of the Lighthouse Island is bought to life & reminded me rather of the description of the Isle of Lewis in Peter May's trilogy. The characters in the small town of Partageuse are those shared in small towns all over the world and throughout time. The busy bodies, the bigoted, those who like to be in control.....these are all bought to life wonderfully in this book.

This is a book that is rich in so many ways - plot, emotion, characters, description. It is a book that I just couldn't put down & felt compelled to finish as soon as possible. An excellent book that I can highly recommend.

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