“You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day. You have to keep remembering all the bad things.”

The Light Between Oceans by M.L.Stedman is a heartbreaking novel set in Australia after the war. Tom is an army veteran with high morals and searing memories, who tends a lighthouse off the Australian coast. Izzy is his new bride.

They adore each other but keep losing their longed for babies . One night a boat arrives with a dead man and  a live baby in it. This is where it all goes so right and oh so wrong. The story that follows tears you apart as you wonder who to feel the most sympathy for. I knew it would all end terribly but the journey there is full of emotional and moral dilemmas that make total sense in one moment and then no sense at all the next.

Read this if you want an emotion twisting tale, set in the bleakness of an isolated island,  while your morals swap loyalties with practically every turn of the page!

“Sometimes, you’re the one who strikes it lucky. Sometimes, it’s the other poor bastard who’s left with the short straw, and you just have to shut up and get on with it.”  



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