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The years-long New York Times bestseller and major motion picture from Spielberg’s Dreamworks is “irresistible…seductive…with a high concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page” (O, The Oprah Magazine).

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, 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, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and 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.

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The Light Between Oceans
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The Light Between Oceans
November 14th, 2015
Wonderful, heart-wrenching story. Great descriptions of the area and how it feels to be a lighthouse keeper, as well as the keeper's wife.
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Amazing
November 13th, 2015
I loved this book. A little slow at first but then it unfolded into something that was heart wrenching yet wonderful.
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I loved every minute of this book.
August 30th, 2015
When it comes out as a movie. I will be the first in line. I read it over a year ago, and I still talk about it to people who are looking for a good read. I lived all the characters and I was so sad when the book ended. I highly recommend this book.
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The Light Between Oceans
July 4th, 2015
A friend recommended this book to me and I'm really glad I listened. The story and characters were interesting and the book had many twists and turns. I loved this book!
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The Light Between Oceans
March 25th, 2015
A great read. It tugged at my heart. Well written with a story line that kept it moving .Did not want to put it down. Was surprised by the ending!
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1 review
Great read
March 15th, 2015
Tom is a lighthouse keeper off the west coast of Australia. He and his wife Isabel find a baby and a dead man washed up on the beach. They bury the man but keep the baby girl a their own. Years later, back on the mainland, Tom hears of a mother who lost her husband and baby and wants to make it right.
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1 review
Very good read
February 12th, 2015
A heartbreaking story about the love one has for a child. The author did a great job creating sympathy for characters on both sides. I wasn't sure where I wanted the story to go.
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1 review
Great book!
January 7th, 2015
Very emotional story. It will definitely tug at your heart strings. I couldn't put this book down!!!!
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The light between oceans
November 7th, 2014
Beautiful book....loved it
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The Light Between the Oceans
October 27th, 2014
Emotional and beautiful.
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1 review
Ok read...
October 25th, 2014
I think I was expecting a bit more from the book...
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The light between oceans
October 23rd, 2014
Excellent, made me cry!
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1 person found this helpful
The Light Between Oceans.
September 22nd, 2014
This novel presents an interesting twist on a traditional plot. It is Shakespearian in nature. You at time hate and love each character. Great book. I'll tell others not to miss it.
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Light Between Oceans
September 8th, 2014
Loved it....started out a bit slow though...
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Light Between Oceans
September 8th, 2014
Loved it....started out a bit slow though...
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2 reviews
Must read!
September 7th, 2014
Awesome book, makes you think about the decisions we make that shape our lives.
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The light between two oceans
August 21st, 2014
An "I can't put it down read"!!! Nicely done.
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1 review
Satisfying.
August 12th, 2014
A good read. Couldn't put it down.
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Such a perfect read!
August 4th, 2014
A must read! You really become a part of each character.. feeling their feelings, and so much more! What a lovely tale!
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1 review
Excellent read
August 1st, 2014
This novel is rexquisitelt written, full of love and raw emotion and difficult choices. Both a well-worn story and full of new twists, it compels the reader to reflect on the many "what ifs" it evocatively insists cannot, must not be explored. When right and wrong are so intricately interwoven that one is the underbelly of the other, the choices we make seem ineffectual and powerless to make any difference. But they do, and despite the seeming vortex of hopelessness, the currents flow true and straight in the end. A most deserving read.
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The Light Between Oceans
July 19th, 2014
This is a beautifully written and incredibly tragic story. Anyone who has ever loved a child, even if she has never lost a child,can identify with the mothers in this story. Each wanting to believe that she knows what is best for the child but in reality, each is looking to the child to complete something in themselves. I will read it again.
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The Light Between Oceans
July 14th, 2014
A great book if you're a period piece fan. A balance of ethical duty and passion of the heart: you'll put yourself in the characters' positions over and over again to ask yourself what the right path really is.....
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Captivating and heart wrentching
July 14th, 2014
I became wrapped up in the characters quickly and by the end, deeply. Well written and captivating.
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The Light Between Oceans
July 4th, 2014
A gripping story of love and moral dilemmas. It must have been difficult deciding how to resolve the situation and end the story.
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Enjoyed this one
June 2nd, 2014
Lighthouses...motherhood...how similar they are.
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Ok
April 3rd, 2014
Just ok. Different story line kept it somewhat interesting.
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The Light Between Oceans
March 31st, 2014
I loved this book-could not put it down.
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1 review
Great Read
March 24th, 2014
A very intriguing book. Hard to put down at times.
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The light between oceans
March 21st, 2014
Absolutely amazing story, impossible to put down!
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A gripping tale!
March 12th, 2014
Even knowing the possible impact of a decision early in the story, it was impossible to imagine the outcome. Real off-the-page characters that we come to know and respect. Brilliant!
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March 7th, 2014
My brother read this book and said he couldn't put it down. He was right. This is a book for all ages. You don't find that very often. I will recommend it to my granddaughters, hats off to ML Stedman !!
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1 review
February 25th, 2014
Good read, would of loved more detail in general about the characters. It seemed that the three/fours years that we read about them were maybe just not detailed enough for me. But really enjoyed the book in general.
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So touching. ....
February 21st, 2014
A great novel that touched my heart especially being a mum myself. Couldn't help crying at the end of the book.
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So touching. ....
February 21st, 2014
A great novel that touched my heart especially being a mum myself. Couldn't help crying at the end of the book.
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An excellent story
February 9th, 2014
I thought it started off slow, but after ch 13 it was hard to put down. I felt sad for everyone involved, it was a very thought provoking story. I highly recommend reading it :)
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Wow
February 9th, 2014
Such a great book
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The light between the oceans
February 7th, 2014
An excellent read. Towards the end of the book it became a "can't put it down book"
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The Light Between Oceans
February 1st, 2014
Slow start but worth worth hanging in for the end.
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1 review
Pretty good read
January 31st, 2014
Liked this book a lot. A bit hard to get into but a page turner starting about halfway thru. Recommend it!
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January 30th, 2014
Brilliant read and gives you lot to think about when its finished. Interesting themes and characters. Loved it
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January 24th, 2014
This story is wonderfully written, leaving you feeling torn between the two characters. Heartfelt and passionate. I loved it! It truly surprised me. I think it can be a movie starring Gerard Butler. Once I started it, I couldn't put it down.
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January 24th, 2014
First time novel for this writer, a riveting story that will leave you asking yourself what would you do in the situation. an interesting debate in choosing right from wrong.
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January 24th, 2014
Great story about morality and the consequences of actions taken in a split second. The author develops the characters beautifully.
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January 24th, 2014
Excellent! It is hard to determine who to empathize with and is really like no book I've ever read.
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January 24th, 2014
This was a lovely book that kept me wanting to keep reading. It is a heartwrenching ending. A beautiful story. Certainly made me visualize the desolation of Janus Rock and the rugged beauty.
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January 23rd, 2014
I was surprised by how angry I found myself in certain spots. I also liked that it managed to surprise me.
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January 23rd, 2014
This is the best novel that I read in 2013. A masterful blend of story telling and history, related to post World War I Australia. You will fall in love with and sympathized with the main characters. The key issue in the novel will keep you in suspense until the end.
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January 23rd, 2014
This is probably one of my favourite books of all time. The mixture of emotions was so powerful and the question of right from wrong was always being asked. Extremely hard to put down and would recommend very highly.
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2 of 3 people found this helpful
January 23rd, 2014
Loved this book - it was without a doubt my book of 2013. The perfect combination of great writing and a compelling story. The final chapters had me sobbing! Wonderful emotional read
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January 22nd, 2014
I loved this book - well written and captivating. A great debut and looking forward to reading more by this author!!!
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A good story
December 29th, 2013
I really enjoyed this book. The happy and sad parts. It's a love story of a wife, a baby, and a lighthouse. It also had a great ending that left you knowing that the love was still there many years later.
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December 1st, 2013
loved this book.... was easy and enjoyable to read..
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November 28th, 2013
I loved this book couldn't put it down!!!!
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Enjoyed
November 25th, 2013
Another excellent read I believe our book club will have some interesting discussions on this one!
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November 12th, 2013
I couldn't put this book down. It is a very interesting story about nice people making bad choices and consequences of those choices. Highly recommended!
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November 6th, 2013
I had been looking forward to reading this book for months after hearing so much positive feedback regarding it. I wasn't disappointed - it was a lovely little story and I look forward to reading more from this author. Really disliked the wife (Isabel) though! Thought she was quite selfish. Tom more than made up for whatever she lacked. Good book!
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November 4th, 2013
Well written and very interesting and informative about lighthouse living/working in that time period.
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November 4th, 2013
I read this book twice...& STILL cried!! M. L. Stedman's 'The Light Between Oceans' is, by far, one of THE best books I have EVER read!! I had to force myself to put it down!! The characters were so well-developed & realistic. The author's magical way with the written word enveloped me in a whirlwind of emotions throughout the entire book. I felt I could understand & identify with the three main characters - as if I was experiencing their lives, personally! What a phenomenal talent!!
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November 4th, 2013
We read this book for our book club....we all were impressed by the story.. enjoyed reading this book & it was hard to put down..
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November 1st, 2013
I really enjoyed this book!! It was awesome and I will recommend it to my friends!
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The light between oceans
October 25th, 2013
Really liked the book.
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3 of 3 people found this helpful
The Light Between Oceans
October 24th, 2013
Well written but a little drawn out. Loved the descriptive details and the heart wrenching human story.
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October 22nd, 2013
This story is a well described emotional journey.
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Great!
October 21st, 2013
I couldn't put this book down!
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October 19th, 2013
Desperation paired with love and heartbreak...very moving. a wonderful first novel...will look forward to other great works.
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October 14th, 2013
An excellent debut The story keeps you hooked to the very end !!!
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The light between oceans
October 13th, 2013
A page-turner from beginning to end...a great read.
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October 12th, 2013
This incredible debut novel captivates readers with a gripping narrative and compelling characters who are so real, the reader begins to feel a part of the story from very early on. As the characters are tossed into an incredibly difficult situation, the reader begins to wonder what, if anything, is the 'right' answer. This incredible book will challenge readers to think about their own morals and when, if ever, is it right to take something from another person. This book is addictive, moving, and brilliantly written.
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October 8th, 2013
What a fantastic read from beginning to end. This book would make a terrific movie ! I couldn't put it down it and that rarely happens to me when reading a book. The characters and story grab you right from page one and the writer pulls you right into their world. A must read!
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October 4th, 2013
Beautifully, poetic writing. Amazing for a first novel. Too much sadness and mention of being betrayed or would have received top rating.
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October 4th, 2013
I loved this book and couldn't put it down. It's the story of a husband and wife who work as lighthouse keepers on a deserted island in the middle of no where. After several miscarriages a boat washes up on shore with a dead man and a baby. What do they decide to do. It is a story of loving someone at all costs.
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Not to be missed
September 23rd, 2013
An excellent morality tale with characters you can believe in. Read it!
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The light between oceans
September 16th, 2013
Loved it from beginning to end!
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Riveting Love Story
September 13th, 2013
Beautiful book. Hard to put down. The story of choices we make in life and how they define us. One bad choice shouldn't define you.
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The Light Between Oceans
September 7th, 2013
A really good read. this book was hard to put
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Such drama!
July 18th, 2013
Post WWI Australian family saga. Endless tragedies. Engrossing and and tad too long for my liking.
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A light house visitor
June 29th, 2013
I was a lighthouse keepers wife! When a lost cat appeared for a short time at our door we became attached. I can only imagine the anguish if a baby appeared what would we have done. The cat was considered lost and reclaimed by us for over several weeks. He left as mysteriously as he was discovered.
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Totally Engaging
June 22nd, 2013
This was a great read. It was totally engaging and I had a hard time putting it down. The characters were so real and the descriptive language so vivid. The story was gripping and pulls the reader through the roller coaster of contradictory emotions the characters were caught up in. Loved the book and look forward to the next one.
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Great story
June 9th, 2013
I was very moved by this book and it makes you wonder what you would do in Tom's, Isabel's or Hannah's places.
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Wow
April 29th, 2013
The depth of emotion, the writing, the characters, all made this a breathtaking book. Loved it from start to finish
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The light
April 23rd, 2013
Excellent and somewhat emotional read. Perhaps not for the fainthearted.
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Great ending
April 12th, 2013
Starts slow but very much worth the read in the end!
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The Light Between Oceans
March 24th, 2013
Loved this book
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Loved this book!!
March 21st, 2013
May have to retread, I loved it so much!!
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Loved it!
March 2nd, 2013
As a sailor, with the love for the ocean, and as a proud lighthouse keeper as a summer student on the Great Lakes, I was drawn to this book. What a lovely story, I didn't want to stop reading it. I could taste the salt spray and hear the seagulls. I felt happiness, the heartbreak, and I cried. Amazing.
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The light between oceans
February 24th, 2013
Wonderful book !
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The Light between Oceans
February 19th, 2013
What a fantastic book! Tough moral dilemma...the remote location adds to the credibility and suspense of the whole plot. Symbolism of light and truth; and water as rebirth or renewal. A captivating story of a steadfast, lonely lighthouse keeper torn between love and doing the right thing.
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The Light Between the Oceans
February 15th, 2013
I really enjoyed this book a lot but I was a little disappointed with one part of the story. Still a really good read.
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The Light Between Oceans
February 12th, 2013
I would have liked Izzy to have seen her daughter before she died. I really like the book and learned a lot about lights house. I also like her writing style. I couldn't put it down. You just can not wait to find out what is going to happen next.
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Awesome book!
February 11th, 2013
Starts off a little slow because it talks about a bunch of stuff that seems insignificant but as the book goes on all these things that happened all come together and it is a great book made me cry at the end but so glad i bought this book.
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The light between oceans
February 6th, 2013
This story carries you through the lives of two people and ramifications of one decision. Beautifully written. Always enjoy a story that can bring tears to my eyes. Hope to find more books by this author
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Excellent
February 5th, 2013
A story that had me turning the pages to get to the end. Loved it.
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Slow going
January 1st, 2013
Bit slow paced but an okay story. Bit predictable as well.
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