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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

Paperback

Published: 3rd December 2012
For Ages: 15 - 18 years old
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Product Description

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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The Light Between Oceans
 
4.4

(based on 43 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Engaging characters (38)
  • Well written (38)
  • Page turner (31)
  • Deserves multiple readings (21)
  • Suspenseful (18)

Cons

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  • Younger readers (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
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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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4.0

I would buy this product again.

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Suspenseful
  • Well Written

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    Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

    Easy to read!

     
    5.0

    Couldn't put it down !

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    from Australia, Vic

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      Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

      An amazing book that is well written and I simply was engaged by it !
      Thought provoking .

       
      5.0

      definitly a multiple read .very well written

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      from forster nsw

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        Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

        service good delivery spot on

         
        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.

           
          5.0

          A wonderful book

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          from Cohuna vic

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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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            from Perth

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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.

               
              3.0

              Heatrbreaking story of love and loss

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                Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

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

                 
                4.0

                Good light read

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                    Light reading. Well written

                     
                    4.0

                    Right or Wrong?

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                      Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

                      A good read

                       
                      4.0

                      When right & wrong sometimes look the same

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                      • Engaging Characters

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                      • A Moral Dilemma

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                      Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

                      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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                      "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): 0.25
                      Edition Number: 2