En route to Thailand last month I had a chance to read a number of books and The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Steadman was the best of them all.
Stedman draws the reader in with a captivating love story between two unlikely characters and keeps our attention with her pleasant pacing and beautiful narrative. This is an emotional, gut wrenching tale of a devoted husband and wife isolated on a small island; their joys and sorrows kept private from the faraway lives of strangers until circumstances set them on a collision course with sin, heartache and deception. This is a story where there truly are no bad characters to root against but only anguish in knowing that no matter how it ends, someone who doesn’t deserve it is going to be devastated and the lives of everyone who loves them will be altered forever.
I couldn’t put this book down and I cried so deeply so many times during the read. Some books speak to the soul and this is one of them. Anyone who has lost a child or yearned for a child of their own will find Steadman’s debut novel especially moving.