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Publisher Description

The years-long New York Times bestseller and Goodreads Best Historical Novel that is “irresistible…seductive…with a high concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page” (O, The Oprah Magazine)—soon to be a major motion picture from Spielberg’s Dreamworks starring Michael Fassbender, Rachel Weisz, and Alicia Vikander, and directed by Derek Cianfrance.

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

“Elegantly rendered…heart-wrenching…beautifully drawn” (USA TODAY), The Light Between Oceans is a gorgeous debut novel, not soon to be forgotten.

Fiction & Literature
July 31

Customer Reviews

Pwc74 ,

Beautifully written

I've never bothered to write a review before, but having just finished this book I feel I just have to.
This story is so beautifully written. The author has a way with words that so few authors these days seem to have (makes me sound so old! But I'm under 40- promise!!). It did take me a bit to become emotionally invested in the story but once I did wow. I found myself wondering how in the world this could possibly end well... What could anyone of the characters do to make this right? What would I do if in the same situation?
This story draws you in, the words creating imagery in your mind that could never be done justice on a movie screen but would make an amazing script.
Clearly I don't have a way with words, thankfully the author does and buying this book may just be the best purchase on iBooks I've made to date.

Christine Shlagor ,

The Light Between Oceans

I couldn't put this one down. Beautifully written and definitely touches the heart. Loved it!

Karin Tracy ,


Couldn't wait to finish and didn't want it to end--a beautifully written story of war, love, parenting, betrayal and forgiveness. I only wish the author had other books.

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