The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman


(Scribner, 2013)

Reviewed by Glenn

Can you keep a secret?  Maybe it’s not so easy..

This a deep and gripping novel … filled with complex emotional interpersonal issues.  a young bride (Isabel) is denied a child of her own after two miscarriages and a stillbirth.  Her grief is overwhelming and she blames her husband Tom.   Two weeks later a small boat washes ashore the remote island where they reside.  there are two aboard … the man is dead but remarkably there is a newborn child requiring immediate care.  Isabel naturally moves into this role.  Tom knows he must report the incident but feels trapped by Isabel’s motherly attachment to the child.
Instead, the couple keeps the child and from here the story develops; Stedman masterflly employs deep human elements of grief, hope, and love to keep the reader turning pages.

This is M. L. Stedman’s first novel but hopefully not her last!

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