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The Light Between Oceans : Winner of the 2013 ABIA Book of the Year - M. L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans

Winner of the 2013 ABIA Book of the Year

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Published: 3rd December 2012
For Ages: 15 - 18 years old
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This mesmerizing Australian novel has been a bestselling book around the world, and Hollywood movie rights were recently snapped up by Dreamworks, with David Heyman (Harry Potter) set to produce. Winner of the Indie Awards 'Book of the Year' 2013.

They break the rules and follow their hearts. What happens next will break yours.

1926. Tom Sherbourne is a young lighthouse keeper on a remote island off Western Australia. The only inhabitants of Janus Rock, he and his wife Isabel live a quiet life, cocooned from the rest of the world.

Then one April morning a boat washes ashore carrying a dead man and a crying infant - and the path of the couple's lives hits an unthinkable crossroads.

Only years later do they discover the devastating consequences of the decision they made that day - as the baby's real story unfolds ...

Recently voted Historical Novel of the Year 2012 by GoodReads' reading community.

About the Author

M. L. Stedman was born and raised in Western Australia, and now lives in London. The Light Between Oceans is her first novel.

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4.4

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98%

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Pros

  • Engaging characters (36)
  • Well written (35)
  • Page turner (28)
  • Deserves multiple readings (19)
  • Suspenseful (16)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Unforgettable

'Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil'.
The opening words sum up the moral dilemma at the heart of this story. Tom Sherbourne is torn between love for his...Read complete review

'Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil'.
The opening words sum up the moral dilemma at the heart of this story. Tom Sherbourne is torn between love for his young wife and his duty as a lighthouse keeper.
'Light between the oceans' is unforgettable for its masterful prose. Stedman captures both the atmosphere of a sleepy country town and the harsh beauty of Janus Rock; but it is the characters who hold the reader engrossed to the last page.
We weep for both Hannah and Isabel but it is Tom whose love and anguish is unforgettable.
This is a book of love and heartbreak. Don't miss it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Heatrbreaking story of love and loss

A great read, heartbreaking story, engaging characters and great historical information along the way. Was easy to get through it.

A great read, heartbreaking story, engaging characters and great historical information along the way. Was easy to get through it.

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5.0

Lovely written tale

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    Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

    Well written. Great characters. Really enjoyable story includes all emotions.

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    5.0

    A wonderful book

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      Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

      Wonderful read. Enjoyed every page. Beautifully written.

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      5.0

      Outstanding

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        Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

        A brilliant holiday read. Impossible not to get caught up in the daily lives of the characters and the intriguing storyline. Cannot recommend it enough.

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        Heatrbreaking story of love and loss

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          A great read, heartbreaking story, engaging characters and great historical information along the way. Was easy to get through it.

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          4.0

          Good light read

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              Light reading. Well written

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              4.0

              Right or Wrong?

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                A good read

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                4.0

                When right & wrong sometimes look the same

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                A sad story with several parallel themes of family, community, post war attitudes, isolation and loss. A good read with well drawn characters.

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                5.0

                Tugs at the heart strings

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                  Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

                  A very touching story and great use of language.

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                  4.0

                  Very moving novel.

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                      Love this book and once again fantastic service and quick delivery.

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                      5.0

                      Dying for more by this author

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                        Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

                        I wasn't sure what to expect, having been disappointed by award winning books in the past, but this novel was an absolute gem, I was unable to put it down and finished it at 3am. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the mystery or drama genre, or even if you're not, it's a fantastic all round novel. Can't wait for news on another novel by the author!!

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                        "A total-immersion experience, extraordinarily moving"- Monica Ali

                        ISBN: 9781742755717
                        ISBN-10: 1742755712
                        Audience: General
                        For Ages: 15 - 18 years old
                        For Grades: 11 - 12
                        Format: Paperback
                        Language: English
                        Number Of Pages: 368
                        Published: 3rd December 2012
                        Publisher: Random House Australia
                        Country of Publication: AU
                        Dimensions (cm): 19.3 x 13.0  x 2.4
                        Weight (kg): 0.26
                        Edition Number: 2