The Light Between Oceans book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A captivating, beautiful, and stunningly accomplished. Awards, Australian Indie Book Award. ISBN · · OCLC · The Light Between Oceans is a Australian historical fiction novel by M. L. Stedman, her. download The Light Between Oceans: The heartbreaking Richard and Judy bestseller by M L Stedman from site's Fiction Books Store. Everyday low prices on a.
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In Stedman's deftly crafted debut, Tom Sherbourne, seeking constancy after the horrors of WWI, takes a lighthouse keeper's post on an. The Light Between Oceans: A Novel [M.L. Stedman] on rirateccontbern.gq "An extraordinary and heart-rending book about good people, tragic decisions and the. Editorial Reviews. rirateccontbern.gq Review. site Best Books of the Month, August Tom Sherbourne is a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, a tiny island a.
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Online retailers. Continue Reading. Just before, they hear the story of Hannah Potts, a woman from a well-off local family, who married an Austrian, Frank Roennfeldt, which caused them to be ostracized by the town.
On Anzac Day in , a drunken mob harassed and chased them, causing Frank to flee on a boat with their infant daughter Grace, and they were never heard from again. Isabel persuades Tom that they should still keep their secret in the interest of the child.
Tom, however, secretly leaves Hannah an anonymous note saying that her daughter is alive and safe. Lucy continues to grow under the love of Isabel and Tom, although he still harbors reservations about the morality of what they have done.
Several years later, on another shore leave, he sends another anonymous package to Hannah, this one containing the rattle that Lucy had when she washed up. With this proof, Hannah's father increases the already-substantial reward he has offered for information about his granddaughter's whereabouts.
Bluey recognizes the rattle from the lighthouse, and the reward money convinces him to report this to the police. Tom is taken into custody and Lucy is returned to Hannah, leaving Isabel stricken with grief. Tom vows to protect his wife by claiming that he was the one that insisted on keeping Lucy, because he believes he is responsible for her being taken away.
Hannah had long fantasized about the loving reunion of mother and child, so she is devastated that her daughter—whom she continues to call Grace—completely rejects her and sees only Isabel as her mother.
Aboard, are a dead man and a squalling infant. Tom quickly takes the baby girl inside and passes her to Isabel, who takes over as the infant's mother as if she had given birth to her herself.
Although Tom wants to report the shipwrecked boat, Isabel convinces him that God has sent them the child as a gift after snatching so many of their pregnancies away from them. Because Isabel has only just miscarried her last pregnancy two weeks ago, she still has milk and is able to breastfeed the child. Against his better judgment, Tom agrees, buries the dead man's body, and takes up the charade that Isabel has given birth to a healthy baby girl, whom they name Lucy.
All is well on Janus Rock as the little family enjoys their life together. Lucy grows into a precocious, loving child, and back on the mainland, Isabel's family are excited to see their beautiful granddaughter during the couple's rare shore leaves. During the family's first leave from Janus Rock two years after Lucy's arrival, however, Tom discovers that a local woman, Hannah Roennfeldt, still mourns the mysterious loss of her husband Frank and their two-month old daughter, Grace, after Frank was forced to flee the town during an attack two years ago.
When he hears the story, Tom has no doubt that Frank Roennfeldt was the dead man in the shipwrecked boat, and that Lucy is Hannah's long-lost daughter, Grace. He wants to tell Hannah Roennfeldt the truth. Isabel, on the other hand, is outraged by Tom's idea, arguing that far too much time has passed to simply apologize. Returning Lucy to her birthmother will surely cause more harm than good, and once again, she convinces Tom to keep quiet.
Two more years pass and Lucy is now four-years-old. Once again, the Sherbourne family returns to the mainland, and this time, they come face-to-face with the tormented Hannah Roennfeldt.