Book Review – The Light Between Oceans

Book Review – The Light Between Oceans

A new book has been released about the adventures of a lighthouse family on an Australian lighthouse. The title is The Light Between Oceans. The lighthouse is fictitious as  the story is a fictional and moral adventure, but the reviews show that the author, Ms. M. L. Stedman has a masterpiece here. Read some of the reviews below and see what you think. If anyone has read the book, please comment.

When Tom decides to become a lighthouse keeper, he’s given a placement at Janus Rock. It’s a tough posting on a square mile of green, accessible only by boat, that ”dangled off the edge of the cloth like a loose button that might easily plummet to Antarctica”. The closest community is Point Partageuse, a town long neglected by the outside world until the outside world found use for its young men in 1914. http://www.smh.com.au 

A captivating, beautiful, and stunningly accomplished debut
novel—the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who make one devastating choice that forever changes two worlds. http://www.goodreads.com

Synopsis: This is a story of right and wrong, and how sometimes they look the same … 1926. Tom Sherbourne is a young lighthouse keeper on a remote island off Western Australia. The only inhabitants of Janus Rock, he and his wife Isabel live a quiet life, cocooned from the rest of the world. One April morning a boat washes ashore carrying a dead man and a crying infant – and the path of the couple’s lives hits an unthinkable crossroads. http://bookdout.wordpress.com 

Audio Book – 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 and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, 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. http://books.simonandschuster.com

Hardcover, paperback and e-books are available from Amazon.com and other booksellers. Amazon also has reader reviews on the book’s homepage.


DreamWorks poised to shine ‘The Light Between Oceans’


DreamWorks Studios announced today that it has entered into exclusive talks to acquire the feature film rights to The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. The novel, which was just released in the U.S. in July, is already an international bestseller. The story revolves around a lighthouse keeper and his wife who discover a baby on an abandoned boat. The couple decide to raise the child as their own, leading to complicated moral questions and consequences.

Heyday Films’ David Heyman (Harry Potter) will produce the adaptation along with Jeffrey Clifford. “M.L. Stedman has crafted a visually stunning and emotionally harrowing love story with a confounding moral dilemma at its center,” said DreamWorks CEO Stacey Snider in a release. “We were completely transfixed by the story and instantly imagined it as a sweeping, classic film. David Heyman is an ideal partner to bring Stedman’s story to the screen.”

“I’m both thrilled and incredibly honored that filmmakers of the caliber of DreamWorks and David Heyman are combining their brilliance in plans to bring the book to the big screen,” said Stedman in the same release. “I’ve lost count of the number of readers who have said ‘I can’t wait to see the novel as a movie!’ As a keen film fan, I feel the same.”

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Retired (2001) British Columbia lighthouse keeper after 32 years on the lights.


  1. From Paris in France, I’ve just read this very good book!
    Really hope french people will like it !
    I enjoyed my journey in Australia with such a big heart..

  2. Everything I hope for in a book! This is a stunningly written novel, with fully developed characters, suspense and conflict. It took me on an adventure to a remote place and time and I couldn’t put it down. I’m going to insist that my book club read it.

  3. Fantastic read. Makes me wonder what I would do given that situation. I could not put it down and will suggest it to my book club!

  4. This book is excellent. I couldn’t put it down either. I’m alway on the lookout for a good book and found a gem in this one. I recommend it to anyone who is after a good read.

  5. I had been hankering to read this book for some time and when I did, I could’nt put it down. It is a beautifuuly written, hauntingly poignant book and I sincerely hope that one day I can see this story on the big screen. An unforgettable read.

    1. Thanks Judy. Always nice to get someone else’s opinion rather than always mine. I will definitely get myself a copy to read soon.

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