Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
The unique concept for this book is what initially drew me in. This fictional story is about a childless couple, Tom and Isabelle, who are lighthouse keepers on a remote island off the Australian coast. One day, a baby washes ashore in a small boat, what are they to do?
The first part of the book dragged for me. The details of life on a lighthouse, the rhythms of island life and the descriptions of Australia took a bit of patience. Couple this with the fact that the story takes place post WWI. Once I had all this under my belt, I really began to enjoy the story and the vivid descriptions. Ultimately, in the end, these details are part of what made the book so fantastic.
Still, I wondered where the story was going to lead. Then, about three-quarters of the way through the story is where it gets complicated, and so, so good. I have never encountered a book that has such a moral and psychological dilemma. I couldn’t put the book down once I got to this major turning point in the story.
This book was on the New York Times Best Seller list for several weeks. At first, I didn’t understand why, then, well, you’ll see. It is beautifully written and really makes you think about how precious, and unpredictable, life truly is.