Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Light Between Oceans

Hey! A blog post! It's been more than a year, but I just finished a book and wanted to write about it.

I had heard about this book, that it was really good, but had no idea what it was about. I love doing that, just reading something with no expectations. 

However, this book is about a baby girl. And I just had a baby girl. So it ripped my heart out. I cried so much! 

It's a story about a married couple, Tom and Isabel, who are keepers of a lighthouse on a tiny island off the Australian coast. Isabel has had three miscarriages and is just aching for a baby, they are all by themselves on the island and only go to shore like every two years or something. One day, just two weeks after she loses a baby at seven months pregnant, a rowboat washes ashore with a dead man and a baby girl in it. They bury the man, and clean up the baby, and Isabel convinces her husband to keep the baby and not report what happened, because they can just pretend it was theirs, since she came so soon after her miscarriage. 

But after a while, they hear a story from the mainland about a woman whose husband and baby were lost at sea, and that she is still holding out hope that they will be found. So now they know who the baby's real mother is, and have some hard decisions to make...I don't want to give away any more than that. But it is so good, and so heartbreaking! 


Amanda said...

That sounds like a good read! But also really heartbreaking.

Battfam said...

I read this book a while ago and really liked it too. I suggested it for our book club and most of the ladies except the one that doesn't like anything sad liked it too. It sure gives you a lot to think about. I thought the writing was really good too. I'm glad you mentioned it here.

kate said...

This book sounds amazing. I'll have to read it soon. AND it looks like I will be able to because funny enough right after I read this review I saw this book on the top of the piano at my mom's house and it had been leant to her by none other than Aunt Mille (aka "Battfam") so thank you Erin and Aunt Millie for making this read possible.

Also, Erin thanks for breathing life back into this blog. I have been meaning to for a while but never did. I think I'll have to post on some I read this past year.