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The Light Between Oceans

Updated on October 31, 2014

A Compelling story of Love and Tragedy

Imagine living on a remote island as a lighthouse keeper. What would your life be like? Then imagine bringing another person to the island to live with you. What would you share? What secrets would you keep? Add to this bringing a baby into the mix and you have the setting of this delightful book.

The Light Between Oceans is the first novel by M L Stedman. The book is set in the 1920's in western Australia. It is a book of mystery, romance and history set at a lighthouse isloated from the coast by 100 miles of water.

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M. L. Stedman was born in Australia and now lives in London. The Light Between Oceans is her first novel.

The Light Betweem Oceans - M L Stedman

This was M L Stedman's first novel and I surely hope this is just one of many books for her. I loved this book from the first page to the last. It tells the story of Tom Sherbourne, a man who spends four years on the Western Front during the war and when he comes home to Australia he finds he needs to be alone with his thoughts. He takes a job as a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, a post that leaves him very isolated from other people, On one of his leaves he meets and falls in love with Isabel. The book then tells of their lives on the island, their struggles to have children, and a surprising change that one decision makes in their life.

The book explores how one decision made by one man and one woman can effect the lives of others. The book shows their love for each other and how it takes them through good times and bad. It is sometimes very traumatic but yet you want to keep reading. An excellent read that I would highly recommend for anyone who loves books about relationships, romance and history.

If you love lighthouses, like I do, than the setting of this book is an extra bonus!!

The Light Between Oceans
The Light Between Oceans

A great read from the first page to the last.


"I grew up with the West Australian landscape, and I so enjoyed putting it on the page,"M.L. Stedman says of the remote setting of her novel 'The Light Between Oceans.'

reference Christian Science Monitor 9/18/2012

Hunting Island Lighthouse

Hunting Island Lighthouse
Hunting Island Lighthouse

Lighthouse Trivia

Tallest U.S. lighthouse - Cape Hatteras, NC (191 ft.)

Oldest U.S. Lighthouse in Service - Sandy Hook, NJ (1764)

First U.S. Lighthouse to Use Electricity - Statue of Liberty (1886)

First American West Coast Lighthouse - Alcatraz Lighthouse (1854)


Morris Island Lighthouse

Morris Island Lighthouse
Morris Island Lighthouse

Fiction Books - what do you enjoy

I love to read just about everything. I am in a book club which is a great way to be introduced to new types of books and new authors. I would have a hard time picking my favorite genre of book if I had to choose just one. It is great when a book has a bit of romance, history, mystery and relationships like "The Light Between Oceans".

What types of Books do you Like?

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I'm not a non-fiction reader, but I have to say, I think I would really enjoy this book - it sounds very good

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      Renaissance Woman 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      Stopping back by to let you know that I recently finished reading the Light Between Oceans. Wow. This one really packs a wallop. Talk about the ripple effect to the power of 10. This one will stay with me for a very long time. Right away it is easy to think that you would not have made the same decision. That you would have done the right thing. But then "the right thing" gets a bit blurry around the edges. I only wish they had found a way to co-parent little LuLu Lighthouse when things came crashing in all around them. Perhaps things might have gone better for everyone involved. I guess I'll never know. Thanks again for encouraging me to read this book. I am very glad I did.

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      5 years ago

      I had this book on last year's Christmas list. Sadly, I did not receive it.

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      Angela F 

      5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I've read a few but not this one - definitely worth adding to my reading list. Thanks!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I have read so many great ones this year but I think I enjoyed "The Time Between" by Karen White the most.

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      @Diana Wenzel: Thanks for visiting my lens and for your comments. I have never read Mary

      Coin. Thanks for the recommendation...I will put it on my to-read list.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Fall of Giants by Ken Follett is the best book I've read this year. Unfortunately, the busier I become online the less time I have for reading, but I love World War II historical novels, so I managed to read this one.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      I just published a review here about an inspirational book that I just finished reading (Beyond the Bear). Another book that I really liked was Mary Coin. Have you read it? The story (fiction) behind one of the most famous photographs ever. Since we are both into photography, I thought this might be one you would especially appreciate. I do plan to read the Light Between Oceans (not just because I love lighthouses).

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      5 years ago

      My best book in the last year was 'Let the Right One In' by John Ajvide Lindqvist. I had watched the movie years ago, but only recently got the chance to read the book. The story really got me and made me think and feel like no book had in quite a while.

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      5 years ago

      This book is in my top 10, but THE SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller was my absolute favorite.

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      5 years ago from East Central Florida

      the best book I have read in the last year is usually the one I am currently reading. Guess I'm not very discriminating!

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      5 years ago from South Carolina

      The best book I have read in the last year was The Help. This one sounds really good . . . you've made me want to read it!

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      5 years ago

      I LOVED "The Light Between the Oceans." One of my favorites from 2012.

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      Heather Burns 

      5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Just the title "The Light Between Oceans" makes me want to read it.

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      5 years ago

      Biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder was the best one for me this year.


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