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!