Thursday, February 20, 2014

Tea and a Book - The Light Between Oceans

The Light Between OceansThe Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book Description:
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.
I could not get into this book. I tried...I really did, but it just wasn't holding my attention. I ended up doing a quick skim of the last 2/3 of the book just so I knew what happened so I could discuss the book.

So I didn't have a typical book club meeting this month. One member stopped by my desk later in the day and we talked about the book.  He too couldn't get into the book, but skimmed it to at least read the ending. We both enjoyed the idea of the story, but just felt the story dragged.

I'm interested to see how this is turned into a movie. I might watch the movie.

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