The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans

By M.L. Stedman

  • Release Date: 2012-07-31
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
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The years-long New York Times bestseller and major motion picture from Spielberg’s Dreamworks is “irresistible…seductive…with a high concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page” (O, The Oprah Magazine).

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.


  • The Light Between the Oceans

    By Hoooooooooooooklookk
    Captivating from the very beginning I could not put this book down. It held me until the very last pages as I wept remembering the story, the characters and little Lucy and where life took them. M.L. Stedman, thank you for a lovely touching, well written story. I hope you give readers another 😊
  • A real page turner

    By Okkrissy
    Couldn't put it down. Very well written.
  • Beautifully written

    By Laranou
    This was a beautifully written page turner. Heartbreaking and captivating.
  • Very sad

    By Manderjeane
    Why would the author of this book have such a horrible ending? Not only did Isabel lose her daughter, but then she never got to see her again. There could've been a happier ending than that horrible ending!! Why why why would the author make that happen? I hate this book!
  • No happiness

    By ECR5047
    This is definitely one of the saddest most depressing things I've ever read. I finished it because I paid for it but kind of wish I'd never bought it.
  • Definitely a good read

    By mandee_b
    Make sure you grab tissues for the last parts of the book. I loved this book. I can understand both views of Isabel and Hannah.
  • The Light Between Oceans

    By Dstiles59
    What an amazing plot. Enjoyed this book with its surprising twist and turn. Definitely well written.
  • Good story but

    By Abolina
    A very long drawn out ending
  • Great book

    By TaraBaraCO
    Couldn't put it down. Loved every minute of it.
  • The Light Between Oceans

    By Loren Petty
    You are a much stronger person than I if you can bring yourself to put this down in the third act. The Light Between Oceans examines the power of love. We go through life thinking that love can never cause pain to others, that holding those we love closely as possible is always for the best, but that's not always so. In the most beautiful of descriptive settings, Ms Stedman illustrates the unintentional pain that love can bring. And the harsh reality that sometimes the best thing you can do for someone you love is to let them go. It's a bittersweet, poignant read. And one you will never regret.