WWW Wednesday 30th December 2015

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A quick note and apology. My internet access will be a bit variable over the next few days. I will visit all your posts; but I might get there a little late.

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Review | The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

A wonderful setting and a complex moral dilemma make this a good (if not all that gripping) read. 3.5/5 stars.

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The blurb: 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 and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, 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, 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 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 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 loss.

My take:

Firstly, I’m posting this earlier than usual because I guess the later I leave it, the more of you will be far too busy with festive preparations to read anything!

I’ll try and avoid spoilers, but anything mentioned in the blurb above is fair game.

The story’s setting and descriptions are the best thing about this book. The author has clearly done a lot of research into the young Australians who fought in WWI, the national lighthouse service and lighthouses themselves. I particularly enjoyed the little details about the lighthouse and lamp; the descriptions were often beautiful and always evocative. That said, there were a few passages which I found slightly over-written and which gave me simile whiplash (when you haven’t quite recovered from the impact of one simile and the author hits you with another).

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WWW Wednesday 23rd December 2015

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WWW Wednesday 16th December 2015

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