The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
“Tom returns to Australia healthy but haunted from WWI to become a lighthouse keeper on an isolated island. Tom is content to live this solitary life but by chance on a shore visit meets and falls in love with lively, spirited Isabel. Somewhat remarkably, the two create a happy life together alone on Janus Rock, and Tom realizes he may be able to have a full life despite the guilt and horrors that he has carried since the war. But, after Isabel suffers two miscarriages and a stillbirth, a heavy sadness descends on the cottage by the lighthouse. Then, one day a boat washes up on the island with a dead man and a crying infant. What follows is a heartbreakingly desperate story about right and wrong, family and love. This is a well-written and affecting novel set in an interesting time and place. Stedman does a good job of catching hold of his readers’ emotions without veering too close to melodrama. Pick it up if you like historical fiction, family stories, or just good literary fiction.”
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