And now on to my book review...
This week I read The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. Caroline @ Glitter Tart Designs recommended it to me, and I'm so happy that she did. I literally fell asleep one night because I couldn't put it down (not because it had bored me to tears...it was in the wee hours of the morning). I wish I had a book club with this on its list because I have many questions and comments about the book that I'd love to discuss. This would be a fantastic book club read.
First off, you need to know that this book is heartbreaking on so many different levels. Tom Sherbourne is a World War I decorated hero who returns to Australia with only one tiny physical scar. Highly educated from a prosperous family, Tom's emotional scars occur before being transported to the Western Front, and the war only compounds his grief and guilt. But upon returning, he becomes a lighthouse keeper. I can't imagine a worse punishment for anyone suffering from guilt, to be isolated with only your own thoughts to keep you company.
Before his first official posting on Janus Rock, Tom meets Isabel, a bold, vivacious young lady. Both fall madly in love, get married a year or so later, and live an idyllic life on Janus Rock until Isabel has two miscarriages and one stillbirth. Faith intervenes one day as a small boat lands on the island with a dead man and a small infant, a baby girl. Isabel believes that God has sent her this child to replace the ones she's lost, and Tom hesitates to alert the authorities: He even leaves a blank space in his daily log to go back and make things right. Tom is also concerned that there might be a mother on the mainland looking for her lost baby, whereas Isabel is convinced that the baby is an orphan. Fate, the myth of Janus, making changes, and forgiveness are important themes in the novel, but the parent's feeble attempt at overcoming the loss of a child, whether the loss is from a miscarriage, childhood illness, or war injury is the overriding theme of The Light Between Oceans.
What have you been reading lately? What do you plan on reading this summer?