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reader ✓ The Light Between Oceans ↠ Hardcover read Ð [PDF / Epub] ★ The Light Between Oceans Author M.L. Stedman – Librarian's note An alternate cover edition can be found here Australia 1926 After four harrowing years fighting on the Western Front Tom Sherbourne returns home to take a Return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world Their choice has devastated one of them M L Stedman's mesmerizing beautifully written debut novel seduces us into accommodating Isabel's decision to keep this gift from God And we are swept into a story about extraordinarily compelling characters seeking to find their North Star in a world where there is no right answer where justice for one person is another's tragic lo What a wonderfully complex and morally riveting story I literally could not put this down and read for a solid 3 hours last night until 1am when I finished this bookWhen Tom Sherbourne returned from WWI he was a shattered man He needed a uiet place to gather his thoughts to calm himself as he didn’t believe he should have survived the war when his mates did not So he became a lighthouse keeper and over the next few years he did his job and learned his trade until he accepted the job of lighthouse keeper on the small island of Janus Rock an extremely remote location off the coast of Western Australia The small township of Partageuse was where he spent a week or so before heading out to the island for his first look at Janus Rock with the help of Ralph and Bluey They would come out in The Windward Spirit every three months with his supplies any mail anything that was needed But in the time he spent in Partageuse he met up with the lovely Isabel Graysmark and over the next months a uiet courtship occurred with letters going back and forth on The Windward Spirit with Ralph and BlueyOn their marriage in 1926 Isabel joined Tom on Janus Rock and the two of them lived their lives happy content and isolated from the rest of the world Their happiness was not complete however as Isabel endured miscarriages and depression with Tom struggling to comfort herOne April morning with the wind blowing strongly a boat was washed ashore with a dead man and a crying baby onboard The conseuences of the choices they made that fateful day would live with them forever As the years unfolded their decision would see many lives affected with an extremely devastating result The continuing heartbreaking story will tear you apart as you grapple with the right and wrong of love and loyaltyThis debut novel by Aussie author ML Stedman is gripping in its intensity I highly recommend this book

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Librarian's note An alternate cover edition can be found here Australia 1926 After four harrowing years fighting on the Western Front Tom Sherbourne returns home to take 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 and shore leaves are granted every other year at best Tom brings a young bold and loving wife Isabel Years later after two miscarr On the Offshore Lights you can live any story you want to tell yourself and no one will say you’re wrong not the seagulls not the prisms not the windSo Isabel floats further and further into her world of divine benevolence where prayers are answered where babies arrive by the will of God and the working of currents There's this married couple their names are Tom and Isabel For the purposes of this review Tom Doormat and Isabel Batshit Crazy but we'll shorten it to Batshit It's 1926 Australia we're on a rock it's actually called Janus Rock in the ocean in the middle of nowhere and considering we're in Australia it's even middle of nowhere erDoormat is a lighthouse keeper He records the motion of the ocean the way of the waves the bodies that wash ashore and all of that Well not so much the bodies that wash ashore because that happens just once and apparently once is one time too many because that didn't turn out well at allThe day when a man dies and is washed ashore is called the day of the miracle Hoooooo kay Whatever you call it BatshitOk here's the situation One day a dead body washes ashore Along with it is a wee lil baby a living baby Batshit is a woman who desperately wants a child She has suffered from multiple stillbirths and is grieving and is going slowly mad because of it A long time ago she was a woman who had a lot of joy and happiness in her It was what attracted Doormat to Batshit in the first place he wondered what other secrets lay behind her playful smile 8 years later we know what secret lies behind that playful smile Pure unadulterated lunacyBatshit wants a child A baby washes ashore Huzzah It's a miracle Only the baby's not theirs to keep Sure it's 1926 And sure it's Australia the wild land populated by criminals and kangaroos and wombats or maybe that's New Zealand? and people who speak really really strangely “Izzy” Tom called “Izzy wait Don’t do your ’nana love He’s not” But she was already too far off to hear the rest of his words“She” Tom considered whether to explain “She got the wrong end of the stick about it Sorry She’s chucked a wobbly Once she does that all you can do is batten down the hatches and wait for it to pass Means I’ll be making sandwiches for lunch I’m afraid” But in this lawless land in this lawless time there are still regulations and shit to be followed That's why Tom's there working as the lighthouse keeper So when a dead man and a living baby washes ashore Tom's got a whole lot of fucking paperwork to fill out “It’s all got to go in the log pet You know I’ve got to report everything straightaway” Tom said for his duties included noting every significant event at or near the light station from passing ships and weather to problems with the apparatus Only he doesn't Because his beloved Batshit insists on keeping the baby for just a little bit longer the way a 4 year old child says Please daddy I'll go to bed in just 5 minutes It ain't gonna happen It's never going to be just five fucking minutes and Batshit isn't just planning to keep the poor half dead baby just oooooooooone day Despite what Doormat tells her against all fucking common sense to just you know turn the baby in to proper authorities Batshit doesn't fucking listen “Then the baby’s probably got a mother waiting for it somewhere onshore tearing her hair out How would you feel if it was yours?”“You saw the cardigan The mother must have fallen out of the boat and drowned”“Sweetheart we don’t have any idea about the mother Or about who the man was”“It’s the most likely explanation isn’t it? Infants don’t just wander off from their parents”“Izzy anything’s possible We just don’t know”“When did you ever hear of a tiny baby setting off in a boat without its mother?” She held the child a fraction closer Oh logic you really fucking got it eh Batshit? Sure the baby's mother isn't there She must be dead Somehow Her body must be on the bottom of the ocean floor The baby can't POSSIBLY have another relative on landMakes perfect fucking sense To someone who belongs in Bedlam asylum not to be mistaken for Arkham asylum This isn't Batman Do they have a Bedlam franchise in Australia?Poor Doormat's got a crisis of conscience He wants to do the right thing but he's just so fucking in love with Batshit that he gives in Totally whipped “I suppose at a pinch” he conceded the words coming with great difficulty “I could—leave the signal until the morning First thing though As soon as the light’s out” Yeah so they wait one day to turn the baby in And the next thing you know Batshit's breast feeding the baby Well that escalated uickly “Oh little sweetheart” she murmured and slowly unbuttoned her blouse Seconds later the child had latched on fast sucking contentedly though only a few drops of milk cameThey had been like that for a good while when Tom entered the kitchen “How’s the—” He stopped in mid sentence arrested at the sightIsabel looked up at him her face a mixture of innocence and guilt “It was the only way I could get her to settle”“But Well” Alarmed Tom couldn’t even frame his uestions“She was desperate Wouldn’t take the bottle”“But—but she took it earlier I saw her” Uh ok So the baby can bottle feed it's just convenient to breastfeed her ;And then next thing you know the baby's got a name “We need to welcome Lucy and say a prayer for her poor father”“If that’s who he was” said Tom “And Lucy?”“Well she needs a name Lucy means ‘light’ so it’s perfect isn’t it?” Seriously what the fuck? Now all thought of turning the baby in to the authorities is out the window because how the fuck is poor Doormat going to explain the fact that they kept the baby for weeks gave her a name breastfed her didn't notify the authorities right away and didn't notify the authorities that they found a dead body that might be her father Clearly they're in some deep fucking doodooAnd Batshit is there in her little land of happiness contented with the fact that she has her wewy own baby Let's just forget about the fact that the baby may or may not still have a mother or a relative Let's just throw out all reason out the window “Izzy Izzy You know I’d do anything for you darl but—whoever that man is and whatever he’s done he deserves to be dealt with properly And lawfully for that matter What if the mother’s not dead and he’s got a wife fretting waiting for them both?”“What woman would let her baby out of her sight? Face it Tom she must have drowned” What woman would let her baby out of her sight? Maybe a desperate one? Maybe one who gave her to a nanny while she was away? GuhSo there they live in blissful happy ostrich in the sand land for several years Until they realize that well shit the baby's mother might be alive And she ain't a bad person or a despicable person “Funny how lives turn out isn’t it? Born to money than you can shake a stick at; went all the way to Sydney University to get a degree in something or other; married the love of her life—and you see her now sometimes wandering about like she’s got no home to go to” So as it turned out the baby's mother is alive and breathing And wealthy And scared and lost and lonely because she's lost her husband AND her child Poor Hannah may be rich but she's had to fight for her love She fought to marry a German and this was pretty bad considering this is post WWI Her father disinherited her she had to work menial labor she had to suffer a lot to marry the love of her life And now her husband may be dead somewhere she doesn't know because Batshit and Doormat never reported the dead body and her daughter may be dead somewhere she doesn't know because Batshit and Doormat never reported FINDING A FUCKING BABYSo Hannah is now searching for her husband and daughter She is wealthy because her father has accepted her again If Batshit and Doormat returned the baby Lucy who's like a small child by now Lucy will have a happy life with a loving mother a loving aunt and a doting grandfather not to mention she'll be rich as fuck Settled for life yo The natural thing the good thing to do would be to give Lucy that futureBut of course they're not called Doormat and Batshit by me for nothingSo there's poor Hannah In mourning Desolate ChildlessAnd here's how Batshit reacts to that “Hannah had a terrible tragedy a few years ago Family lost at sea—her husband and a daughter who would have been about your girl’s age by now She’s always asking that sort of thing Seeing little ones sets her off”“Dreadful” Isabel managed to mutter Understatement of the fucking centuryThe Romance There is no romance in this book It is a love borne out of madness and obsession It is a love that is full of mindless devotion on Doormat's part with pure emotional manipulation on Batshit's part “How can you be so hard hearted? All you care about is your rules and your ships and your bloody light” These were accusations Tom had heard before when wild with grief after her miscarriages Isabel had let loose her rage against the only person there—the man who continued to do his duty who comforted her as best he could but kept his own grieving to himself Doormat's mad devotion to his wife will eventually be his own downfall and as we will learn towards the climax of the book that love is truly a one way streetOverall This book didn't convince me of anything There were morality issues that failed to send any sort of message besides that of crazy woman is crazy life sucks and men need to grow some balls I didn't like any of the main characters I ended up being sympathetic to Hannah aka poor mom who lost the kid which made it all the frustrating when crazy woman is constantly shoved in our faceMaybe I'm not supposed to like the main characters but why the hell should I bother to read a book if everything about it frustrates me?

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The Light Between OceansIages 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 whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war wants to report the man and infant immediately But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast Against Tom's judgment they claim her as their own and name her Lucy When she is two Tom and Isabel Please visit wwwreadrantrockandrollcom to see this review and others The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman is a heart wrenching story about a relationship between two people and the risks they're willing to take for each other I'm going to say that for me the story was heart wrenching You can feel the love that Tom and Isabel have for each other Tom who would do anything for Isabel is a special character I fell in love with from the start Is what they do right or wrong? The story is sure to test your moral judgement “I promised to spend my life with you I still want to spend my life with you Izz I've learned the hard way that to have any kind of a future you've got to give up hope of ever changing your past” I did find certain parts a little boring but the last half of the book I couldn't stop until the end However I do wish it would've ended differently The conclusion I was looking for wasn't the one I received but that's the way the author wrote it and it's still good It's worth reading and I'd recommend it to anyone I'm really looking forward to reading by this author and hope she writes in the future4