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The Light Between Oceans

A Novel
Stedman, M. L. (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Light Between Oceans


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"A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore"--
Authors: Stedman, M. L.
Title: The light between oceans
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2012.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover ed.
Characteristics: 345 p. :,map ;,24 cm.
Summary: "A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore"--
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ISBN: 9781451681758
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Report This Mar 07, 2014
  • BTVS rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I was mesmerized by the book, I cried and my heart ached for all of the characters. A wonderful insight into small town life after WWI in Australia. I suspect one could write a similar story set in Candad, the anger, the trauma, the bullies and the heros.

Report This Feb 28, 2014
  • amandarobinson rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book was just okay. The concept is fantastic. I love the idea behind the novel, and I love some of the descriptions. But it was a bit slow for me and I feel that the idea wasn't executed as well as it could have been.

Report This Feb 17, 2014
  • vxk1956 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

What a wonderful book. I was caught up in the story immediately, and transported. This is a must read, it will stay with you and make you want more from this author.

Report This Jan 28, 2014
  • Dmyres89 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in reading. The plot pulls you in and keeps you captured. I couldn't put this book down at all.

Report This Jan 17, 2014
  • spudwil rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent first book by the author. Complex emotions throughout the book and very relatable topic. Well written and very descriptive without taking away from the pace of the plot. Well worth the read.

Report This Jan 01, 2014
  • HappyMe321 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

From the start to the end, this is a book that is well written, and it gives a sense of warmth and sadness

Report This Dec 18, 2013
  • brianreynolds rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

n her debut novel, The Light Between Oceans, M.L. Stedman shifts skilfully between POVs and time periods and tense with all the drama and terror of the sea itself. "Compelling" really isn't an adequate adjective to describe a book in which crimes of love and compassion are perpetrated and punished, in which the author's sympathy for her villains is so tender that it is viral within the reader, a tide without constraints. Yes, it's a good read, an easy sail across a flat surface on a sunny day as far as plot and character and setting goes. But for much of the book, a tragic storm of Greek or Elizabethan proportions threatens the reader's peace of mind. Lighthouses, notwithstanding, is it ever possible to know a right course of action? Who is the better captain of a ship: reason or passion? How is ever possible to survive in this chaotic world without causing pain to others? How does one forgive the unforgivable? Yes, Stedman's questions called to mind those of Shakespeare and Dostoyevsky. Her conclusions, however, whether heartfelt or convenient, were more in keeping with the modern penchant for romantic comedy. She handled it well. I believed her. I'm not sorry it ended as it did. But authors of a different era might have answered her questions differently, more painfully, more profoundly.

Report This Nov 28, 2013
  • sharon711 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A gentle story of a different time. But people never change and the emotions raised, especially in the last third of the book, are as real today as they ever were. The child was lucky in life to be so well-loved.

Report This Nov 23, 2013
  • lgrove rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was a totally enjoyable read - I loved the ambience of the setting - it was easy to identify with all the (major) characters - and it raised thought-provoking ethical questions.

Report This Nov 02, 2013
  • jtkretzschmar rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I guess I will start with the positive aspects of this book. It was well written, interesting enough.... annnd that's about all I can say that was good about this book. Firstly, it was needlessly sad, secondly, they could have easily cut about half the book out, and it still would've been far too long. Not one single character I considered a protagonist, and the whole thing just seemed so ridiculously unlikely. I did not enjoy.

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Report This Jun 28, 2013
  • BOOBOOKER rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

this line also stood out for me! “You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day.”

Report This Nov 03, 2012
  • becker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day.”

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