The Light Between Oceans - M.L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans

By M.L. Stedman

  • Release Date: 2012-07-31
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 4,002 Ratings


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.


  • Very sad

    By Manderjeane
    Why would the author of this book have such a horrible ending? Not only did Isabel lose her daughter, but then she never got to see her again. There could've been a happier ending than that horrible ending!! Why why why would the author make that happen? I hate this book!
  • No happiness

    By ECR5047
    This is definitely one of the saddest most depressing things I've ever read. I finished it because I paid for it but kind of wish I'd never bought it.
  • Definitely a good read

    By mandee_b
    Make sure you grab tissues for the last parts of the book. I loved this book. I can understand both views of Isabel and Hannah.
  • The Light Between Oceans

    By Dstiles59
    What an amazing plot. Enjoyed this book with its surprising twist and turn. Definitely well written.
  • Good story but

    By Abolina
    A very long drawn out ending
  • Great book

    By TaraBaraCO
    Couldn't put it down. Loved every minute of it.
  • The Light Between Oceans

    By Loren Petty
    You are a much stronger person than I if you can bring yourself to put this down in the third act. The Light Between Oceans examines the power of love. We go through life thinking that love can never cause pain to others, that holding those we love closely as possible is always for the best, but that's not always so. In the most beautiful of descriptive settings, Ms Stedman illustrates the unintentional pain that love can bring. And the harsh reality that sometimes the best thing you can do for someone you love is to let them go. It's a bittersweet, poignant read. And one you will never regret.
  • A must read

    By Sarah Sanner
    Even though you can kinda guess the ending, doesn't mean it isn't heart wrenching! I have never cried over a book, but this ending will give you ugly cry face😭. But completely worth having ugly cry face!
  • Outstanding

    By jabw68
    The book is very beautifully written. I couldn't put it down and spent one whole day just reading it. The characters are so alive and real that one could think it is truly happening.
  • Gripping

    By BKBKLYN11201
    Between the story line as well as the way the characters drew you in and made you feel for all of them, I could not put this book down. Compelling story that in some way would touch anybody who reads it.