Book Review: The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
by M. J. Joachim
Tom could easily be our neighbors, friends and family members. At the same time, they
are strangers living a life few people could understand, a life full of
blessings and curses, each demanding choices be made to satisfy the hunger in
their uniquely individual, yet inseparable human souls.
Tom’s is a
wounded soul, emblazoned by his participation as a soldier in World War I.
Isabel is a young soul, destined to invigorate Tom’s soul, giving it new life
separate from the haunting memories of his past. Once these two souls meet,
there is no turning back. Theirs is a destiny challenged by the thrill of
adventure, the irony of isolation and the injury of loss, devastation and
Set in a
small town of Australia, venturing out to sea and onto an isolated island where
Tom is a lighthouse keeper, a tale of mixed proportions unfolds. One minute
readers are delighted to follow a love story that was meant to be, the next
they are swept into a web of deception so unexpected, they long to hate the
characters they’ve come to know and love so well.
myself cursing Isabel under my breath as I read without sympathy the story of a
monster. Sure, she had reasons for making her choices, but she also still had
choices and her reasons simply weren’t good enough, not when other people would
most assuredly be affected by and pay the consequences for her actions.
I wanted to
take Tom’s face in my hands and shake some common sense into him. I know Izzy
was his wife, but please. If you love her, do the right thing for her and get
her some professional help already. This woman isn’t quite right in the head.
Nor should she be after all that she’s been through. Whatever you do, don’t
follow her down the path straight into hell!
dear, I don’t know that she could have fared any better, considering her plight
in the story. Little Lucy-Grace was caught in the crossfire of it all, the one
light that shone brightly amidst all the darkness, though it was her life
affected most of all.
between Oceans holds nothing back and offers few frills for the human
experience. This is a story that could easily play out in numerous lives,
anytime, anywhere. Change the backdrop, era and people (not characters) and
this is life unfolding over several generations. It is a heart-wrenching, gut
twisting story of circumstance meets emotions. Emotions win for a while – quite
a while in fact, and too many lives will never be the same again.
Between the Oceans is available through Goodreads
I picked my copy up from the second hand bookstore near the mall. It is an
award winning novel that I personally enjoyed reading, not only because of the
story itself, but also because of the brief glimpses of history and geography
revealed in its telling.