Baby appears. Parents desperate. Consequences result.

The Blurb:

They break the rules and follow their hearts. What happens next will break yours.
1926. Tom Sherbourne is the young lighthouse keeper on a remote island off Western Australia. The only inhabitants of Janus Rock, he and his wife Isabel live a quiet life, cocooned from the rest of the world. 
Then one April morning a boat washes ashore carrying a dead man and a crying infant- and the path of the couple’s lives hits an unthinkable crossroads. 
Only years later do they discover the devastating consequences of the decision they made that day- and the baby’s real story unfolds…

The Review:

This book is amazing! Once I started it I could hardly put it down. The way this book is written makes you root for both the protagonists and antagonists. Midway through the book the lines become blurred between who is in the wrong and who is right.

We follow the main characters throughout their lives. I would recommend this book very highly and encourage you all to read it! This book has won many awards because of the fascinating and original story line combined with rich and mesmerizing prose.

Release Date: 20 March 2012

Favorite Quote

“We each get a little turn at life, and if this ends up being how my turn went, it will still have been worth it.”

Tom Sherbourne, The Light Between Oceans

Favourite Character

Tom Sherbourne because of his complexity as a character.


QFTR (Questions for the Readers)

  • Why do you think the author selected ‘The Light Between Oceans’ as the title?
  • Which character won your sympathy throughout the novel? Who were you rooting for?
  • How did Tom’s previous experiences in the war influence the story?

What do you think? Write your thoughts below.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

  1. 26/5/19 – I have just finished ‘The Light Between Oceans’. What a fantastic read, I agree with you, I just couldn’t stop reading it. Tom and Isabel’s journey of life got me hooked in for the ride. As I read through the chapters I began to get incredibly frustrated with Isabel and more captivated by Tom. Tom was by far my favourite character, as you said his character grew with such complexity. I found myself day dreaming of Janus Rock and how would I feel if I was living there. This is right up there with one of my all time favourites.
    Answers to your questions:
    1. The title represented to me, the light house on Janus Rock, and their whole life was centred around this amazing light, that brought them life.
    2. Tom was the character I was rooting for the whole time, he is such a kind soul. I wish more people were like Tom.
    3. Tom’s previous experience of being in the war left him with almost an sense of wanting to escape the world, he was happy to move to Janus on his own with just his light for company. He struggled with the memory of death, and the sounds of war, he almost needed to go to the ends of the earth to escape. The lighthouse gave him much needed light in his life.

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  2. Hi Merina Foster! Your comment is very insightful! I have to agree with you about dreaming of Janus Rock – it just seemed so perfect a setting for this awe-inspiring novel! I found myself imagining the may that Isabel and Tom created. I get the frustration of Isabel, sometimes you get that in a novel, one of the characters disagrees with your morals and hence you build up ill-feeling toward them. Yes I think your idea of the meaning behind the title is what I think also, after Tom’s horrific experience during the War the lighthouse and Isabel became the only things that mattered and brought closure to his past. Awesome hearing your insights!


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