The Light Between OceansM.L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans

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The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman Book Summary

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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 Oceans (M.L. Stedman) Book Reviews

The light between oceansBeautifully heart wrenching story that will keep your attention from the first page to the last. Wonderful writing and storytelling. Wish the author had other books..Score: 5/5

Very emotional and touching ...loved it!This book was amazing, it was very very hard to put down. You will fall in love with Tom and Izzy immediately. This story is a classic..Score: 5/5

The Light Between OceansThis is the best book I have ever read. Thank you.Score: 5/5

Definitely a good readMake sure you grab tissues for the last parts of the book. I loved this book. I can understand both views of Isabel and Hannah..Score: 5/5

BeautifulJust finished and I'm out of words to describe how beautiful and heartfelt this book was. I truly cannot wait for her next release..Score: 5/5

Beautifully writtenThis was a beautifully written page turner. Heartbreaking and captivating..Score: 5/5

Enjoyed this bookA little slow in the beginning but really liked this book..Score: 4/5

Tear jerkerWonderful story. Wish so much it would have had a happier ending. I just loved it..Score: 5/5

WondefulAn amazing, beautiful story - perfectly paced. One of the best books I have read..Score: 5/5

Moving bookGreat book. So many truisms this author shared in a wonderful warm story..Score: 5/5

So Good!The best book I've read in a really long time. A little slow at first, but so worth it!.Score: 5/5

Excellent BookThis book will bring out all of your emotions. You will laugh, cry and get angry at all the trials and tribulations the people in this book go through. I enjoyed it very much and didn't want to put the book down. If you are in a book club, this will be a great book for your group to read..Score: 5/5

Tear jerker.I usually don't read stories like this one, but I am so glad I read this. Not braking able to have children on my own I totally related to the story. It really makes you think what would I do, how would I feel? I cannot rave enough about this story..Score: 5/5

Good story butA very long drawn out ending.Score: 3/5

Beautifully writtenI've never bothered to write a review before, but having just finished this book I feel I just have to. This story is so beautifully written. The author has a way with words that so few authors these days seem to have (makes me sound so old! But I'm under 40- promise!!). It did take me a bit to become emotionally invested in the story but once I did wow. I found myself wondering how in the world this could possibly end well... What could anyone of the characters do to make this right? What would I do if in the same situation? This story draws you in, the words creating imagery in your mind that could never be done justice on a movie screen but would make an amazing script. Clearly I don't have a way with words, thankfully the author does and buying this book may just be the best purchase on iBooks I've made to date..Score: 5/5

Story of life, love consequences.Beautiful written. Life giving & taking story about decisions made and consequences lived by good people with hearts, feeling, fallibility but most of all love..Score: 5/5

Lighthouse keeperI loved the characters and the story line. It makes you wonder what you might do in that sitation..Score: 4/5

The Light Between OceansYou 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..Score: 5/5

The Light Between OceansUnbelievable read. Couldn't put down. The characters will remain with me forever..Score: 5/5

The light between oceansWhat a beautiful story, it hurts to finish..Score: 5/5

The Light Between the OceansWhile somewhat predictable until about midway this book touched me, bringing tears and sad memories. Also, though, reminders of the essential goodness of most people abound and the writing has moments of beauty..Score: 3/5

The Light Between OceansMs. Stedman has a way with words and her story is wonderful.Score: 5/5

The Light Between OceansGreat read! This is one of the best books I've come across in a long time. My daughter read it first then told me I must read it. This author is brilliant and writes with such eloquence and grace. I'll be watching for more great books to come!.Score: 5/5

The Light Between Two OceansThis is the best book I have read in a long long time. This is a must read!!! I enjoyed every minute of it and could not put it down..Score: 5/5

A must readEven though you can kinda guess the ending, doesn't mean it isn't heart wrenching! I have never cried over a book, but this ending will give you ugly cry face😭. But completely worth having ugly cry face!.Score: 5/5

Very sadWhy 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!.Score: 1/5

The Light Between OceansMay I say wow!!!!! no book has made me cry this much. Worth every penny ..Score: 5/5

Read This Book!Easy read. Every time that I sat it down I found myself picking it back up again. I finished it in two days. I fell in love with the characters and really enjoyed how the book was written..Score: 5/5

GrippingBetween the story line as well as the way the characters drew you in and made you feel for all of them, I could not put this book down. Compelling story that in some way would touch anybody who reads it..Score: 5/5

WonderfulWhat a heart warming story! It was hard to put down. Always wondering what was going to happen next! My heart was hurting for Tom and Isabel and Hannah too! Well written story! Love it!.Score: 5/5

A Must Read...This was recommended to me and I can't help but forward it on as a "must read" won't regret it!.Score: 5/5

Great bookCouldn't put it down. Loved every minute of it..Score: 5/5

A real page turnerCouldn't put it down. Very well written..Score: 5/5

MUST READThe best book I have ever ever ever read!!!!! Just grab some kleenex and keep them handy.Score: 5/5

The first half was good...I really enjoyed the first half of this book, but it seemed to get a bit silly... It's worth a read but don't have high expectations.Score: 4/5

Tear-jerkerThis book is beautifully written with luscious descriptions and heart-wrenching accuracy of a mother's love for her child. It has all the ingredients of a worthy read: solid writing, alluring imagery, a visceral connection to the characters, romance, suspense, and plenty of twists. A box of tissues is a must..Score: 5/5

Heart WrenchingBravo! I thoroughly enjoyed this reading experience. I have a new love and appreciation for lighthouses. This story will rip your heart out and put it back together again. I fell in love with all the characters especially Tom!.Score: 5/5

The light between oceans5 stars hand down the best read in a while loved it from start to finish..Score: 5/5

Light between oceansGreat book ,great flow, great characters!.Score: 5/5

The light between two oceansSlow start but wonderful midway to end. Would recommend to soon to be parents or those thinking of becoming parents..Score: 4/5

Amazing Read!Masterfully written; heart wrenching story! Bravo Ms. Stedman! Bravo!.Score: 5/5

The Light Between OceansI loved the book with all it's twisting events..Score: 4/5

A Must-ReadI loved this book. It had a purity about it that doesn't happen often in a novel. While I was cheering on the main character, it left me wanting more for the other. You will not be disappointed. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author!.Score: 5/5

Make it into a movie plzzzzzzzThis book is so good it deserves to be in the big screen..Score: 5/5

The Light Between OceansLove the depth of characters developed. Wonderful heartfelt story..Score: 5/5

OutstandingThe book is very beautifully written. I couldn't put it down and spent one whole day just reading it. The characters are so alive and real that one could think it is truly happening..Score: 5/5

No happinessThis 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..Score: 1/5

The Light Between OceansWhat an amazing plot. Enjoyed this book with its surprising twist and turn. Definitely well written..Score: 5/5

Riveting and heartbreakingBeautifully written, This book leaves the reader with a lingering love for each and every character, flawed and imperfect but all perfectly human..Score: 5/5

The Light Between Oceans. M.L. StedmanThis story wraps around you and won't let go. I loved the way the author has us experience strong emotions and so deftly makes us empathize with all the characters' senses of loss and love..Score: 5/5

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Light between oceansWhen a book has me sobbing at the end, it was worth every second of reading. I loved the plot and the characters, their struggles and lives. Very realistic. The writing describes a different world than what I know but I found myself "there" as I read. I will recommend this book without a hesitation..Score: 4/5

The Light Between OceansThis book was an amazing read and had me feeling so many different emotions. I am a father to a beautiful little girl, which definitely played on my emotions. The story had me rooting for both sides and questioning what was best for baby Lucy. I can't wait for more releases from this author..Score: 5/5

The Light Between OceansML Stedman has constructed a literary masterpiece, in my estimation. The visual effect he brings to life with page after page of descriptive narrative is fantastic. Coupled with the emotional, and often gut-wrenching decisions almost all of the characters in this book have to make, at some point, makes this a very poignant and intensely compelling look into human nature, moral values, love, faith and empathy. This novel is easy to read and hard to put down-Stedman penned a winner here!.Score: 5/5

The light Between OceansA fantastic book! I was captivated from the beginning ... And by the end, my heart felt like it was beating out of my chest with angst but also of peace.... Loved every character and page of the book..Score: 5/5

The light between oceansThis book moved me beyond words. It is at once both poetic and heartbreakingly tragic. As a mother myself, I could feel every nuance of pain that all concerned were feeling and was not clear, as I read it, how I wished it to end. Thank you for a great read!!!!!.Score: 5/5

The light between oceansThe moment I picked up this book, I couldn't put it down. The characters are well developed and take you into their world. I fought some tears in the end and loved the journey that this book took me on!.Score: 5/5

The light in between oceansLoved it!.Score: 5/5

The Light Between Two OceansVery well written. The story is not predictable. I enjoyed the read as well as some valuable life lessons. I highly recommend this book..Score: 5/5

AuthorHow could you break our hearts so deeply and so tragically?.Score: 5/5

The Light Between OceansThis is the best book I have read in a very long time. So many best sellers I have stared and can not finish because of the stale story line or unnecessary fluff. This book, the moral dilemma, the love, the pain, the setting- I could not put it down. It is a classic with twists, turns and an ending with sage advice many of us should heed. Thanks for writing this book. I have recommended it to all of my friends searching for a great read and not just another formula best seller. This is the real thing!.Score: 5/5

Amazing bookOne of the best books I've read- ever. You name the emotion, it is felt in the pages of this story. I'm touched..Score: 5/5

The Light Between OceansWhat a great book! I really enjoyed it. Tonight is our book club meeting and this is the book I chose to present to our group. I look forward to the discussion..Score: 5/5

The Light Between OceansWhat a fabulous novel.......beautiful story, well-crafted and unique. I enjoyed reading this book from beginning to end! Well done, Ms. Sfedman. I look forward to reading your next novel..Score: 5/5

Beautifully writtenThe poignant story is unforgettable. Well crafted and believable characters. Compelling storyline. But it's that language that takes this beyond ordinary. This is one of the most beautifully written books I've come across in a long time. And to's a first novel! Looking forward to more from this author..Score: 5/5

Beautiful and painfulA book that brought every emotion I could feel alive! Sadness, joy and anger all mixed together... The ending brought a sense of haunting peace!.Score: 5/5

Must read!Amazingly told story. I often wonder what I would have done in that situation..Score: 5/5

Light between OceansThis book was amazing from start to finish. Characters were all wonderful and the story pulled at my emotions in many different directions. This is a must read. Loved it!.Score: 5/5

The Light from OceansA most amazing story of love loss, betrayal and redemption; beautifully written as to bring vivid images to the mind. So hard to put down!.Score: 5/5

The light between oceansBrilliant.Score: 5/5

Heart wrenching!Wow, never have I read a book that made me sob, heart wrenching sobs!! This book touched me like never before. Having a child same age as Lucy just made it all too real for me. Very well written, I could not put it down. It can be hard to read at times because it is so tragic but if you want a story that draws you right in, this is it!.Score: 5/5

The Light Between OceansMy intent here is not to write a book review of ‘The Light Between Oceans’ but more so to capture and reflect on some of my personal thoughts while reading and enjoying this powerful novel by ML Stedman. · The author reminds us that our journey in this life and our choices of paths to take are often guided by our hearts and that we must be prepared to accept the consequences of these choices. · In reading the first section of this book, I reflected on my own Christian faith and values when Tom is struggling with his own anguish and desire to do the right thing. I could not help but to muse about my cradle of faith and the Catholic ‘guilt’ that I read on every page during Tom’s distress to keep the peace with Isabel. ML Stedman explores the grey, murky waters between the absolutes of right and wrong with remarkable sensitively. Decisions made with good intentions, with love, prove ultimately to have consequences that cause irreparable harm. This is a heartbreaking tale that has strong emotional impact I found myself equally torn as the story unfolds, my sympathies lay with all the protagonists, two grieving women and a man who wants to do right by both of them. · I have been trying to understand and learn more about the value of forgiveness: this book helped me a great deal in this search as Hannah reflects on her pain and remembers the words of her husband - “You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day.” Frank (Hannah’s late husband) reminds us that we do have a choice - “But how? How can you just get over these things, darling?...You've had so much strife but you're always happy. How do you do it?''I choose to...I can leave myself to rot in the past, spend my time hating people for what happened, like my father did, or I can forgive and forget. 'But it's not that easy. 'He smiled that Frank smile. 'Oh, but my treasure, it is so much less exhausting. You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day. You have to keep remembering all the bad things...I would have to make a list, a very, very long list and make sure I hated the people on it the right amount. That I did a proper job of hating, too: very Teutonic! No' - his voice became sober- 'we always have a choice. All of us.'" (p.323”) · This story reinforces our faith that working at doing the right thing can work out and knowing that even when we are surrounded by oceans of despair and darkness, the light will reappear..Score: 5/5

The light between oceansA very heartwarming story that reaches deep into your feelings and intuition.Score: 5/5

The Light Between oceansA wonderful story. This book is beautifully written. A definite must read..Score: 5/5

The Light between OceansThis is an excellent read. While the arc of the story unfolds, the characters begin to inhabit your skin. It's a paced drill down through layers and that becomes the sub text of reading this. You want to know the choices they make as much as the events they engender. Reminds me of a Margaret Atwood or an Alice Walker novel. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the pacing tempo articulating the rhythm of each character's place in the choir that makes this book sing..Score: 4/5

DisappointedI found this book to be very predictable and sad. There are some sad books that I have read, loved, and recommended to others. This is Not one of them..Score: 2/5

The Light Between OceansWhat a beautifully crafted story about another world and another era. I loved every page, and am telling all my friends about The Light Between Oceans.Score: 5/5

The Light Between Oceans5 stars in my opinion! It made me feel what the Characters in the book were feeling. Very well written..Score: 5/5

BelovedI loved loved loved this novel. It is beautifully written..Score: 5/5

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