Friday 21 March 2014

Book Beginnings On Fridays (The Light Between Oceans)

Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted by Rose City Reader and as she says the idea of this meme is for you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name. There's a linky list on the website and you can use #BookBeginnings on Twitter.


The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman


On the day of the miracle, Isabel was kneeling at the cliff's edge, tending the small, newly made driftwood cross. A single fat cloud snailed across the late-April sky, which stretched above the island in a mirror of the ocean below. Isabel sprinkled more water and patted down the soil around the rosemary bush she had just planted. 


The Light Between Oceans

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 and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, 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, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. 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. 


  1. I like the beginning and the book description. I gotta read this!

    Here is my Book Beginning post!

  2. Oh wow, this sounds so tragic! I feel like this'll be one of those books where you can understand both sides. Thanks for sharing :) Hope you have a great weekend!
    My Friday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  3. Oh goodness. That sounds very intense. Here is my post: Mixed Book Bag

  4. I've read this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. The author did a great job of depicting the solitude of the lighthouse and the life that the keeper and his wife led there. LOVED this story and I hope you did too.
    My Friday excerpts are from a short story this week: INTERCEPTION.


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