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Review: The Light Between Oceans

Updated on February 6, 2013

The Light Between Oceans


The Story

©joaniebaby 08/14/2012

The Light Between Oceans is a first novel by M. L. Stedman, and what a great contribution to the literary world. This story of the desolate life of a lighthouse keeper and his wife keeps the reader continually wanting more. Conflicting nationalities and their antagonism for each other give another aspect to the novel. The addition of a tiny baby to the family on the “rock” was so heartwarming, you instantly felt a close connection that you didn’t want broken. This family’s life, love, and overwhelming problems throughout the novel kept me rooting for them to the end.

My Review

My interest was piqued from the first page to the last, and I did not want the story to end. The book flowed from one event to the next so easily you hardly knew when one ended and the next began. All the characters in the book became friends immediately, or people you did not like, although you could not really hate them because of the circumstances surrounding all. There were no really “evil” people, just strong-willed ones. Some of them saw definite black and white, right and wrong, and some understood the circumstances that led to the downfall of the family of the lighthouse keeper. You felt compassion for both sides of the struggle, and knew that it would take a Solomon to solve the situation.

The Author

M.L. Stedman shows a wonderful aptitude for telling a story and getting her readers involved immediately and continually. For a first novel, there are no glaring errors, and she seems to have done her research about the duties of a lighthouse keeper and the time period in which the story was set, which is 1926 through 1950. The book is only 343 pages, but they are filled with agony, love, suspense, hope, contrition, happiness, sorrow, courage and every gamut of emotion. To me it would make a wonderful movie, and I hope it does become one. This is a book that I will probably read over and over.


One nice feature of the book itself is the attached blue ribbon bookmark, just like a bible or other religious book. How thoughtful of the author.

Hopefully, M. L. Stedman will soon be writing another novel, and when or if she does, I will be one of the first to purchase and read it. Her name will definitely be added to my list of favorite authors.

The following is a review of the book The Light Between Oceans by Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief: “An extraordinary and heartrending book about good people, tragic decisions, and the beauty found in each of them.”


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