Review: The Light Between Oceans – M.L. Stedman

Lately, I’ve been finding that the only books I am willing to pick up first are those that are being turned into movies. Today’s review is for The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman which is set to be adapted on September 2, 2016, with Michael Fassbender as Tom Sherbourne and Alicia Vikander as his wife Isabel. Given the fact that I am a read the book before the movie person I knew I had limited time to get this off of my TBR shelf and as such I marathon-ed it in one day. Am I excited to see Fassbender and Vikander bring these characters to life? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

The Book

20160802 The Light Between Oceans - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child  SLV 0002.jpgFollowing four years of service on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to his native Australia and chooses the solitary life of a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, an island half a day’s journey from the coast of Point Partageuse. When, on a return trip to the mainland, Tom meets the bold Isabel Graysmark, his isolated existence becomes but a thing of the past. However, the Sherbourne’s blissful life on the island is interrupted when Isabel suffers three consecutive miscarriages. When fate intervenes in the form of a boat, and dead man, and the resilience of one small baby girl, the Sherbournes are faced with question, “When does keeping a secret go too far?”  

The Review

Unless the Holy Grail of books comes along in the next five months, this book will probably take the number one spot on my favourite books of 2016.
First off the writing was absolutely beautiful. From the first to the last sentences I was absolutely mesmerized by Stedman’s ability to make me feel so deeply for a fictional story.

Stedman’s ability to write made  me cry when I needed to cry, laugh when I needed to laugh, and finish the book with an overwhelming urge for her to write more books.20160802 The Light Between Oceans - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child  SLV 0019.jpg

I seriously sat down and questioned what I would do if the situation that befell Isabel and Tom happened to me. What would I do? What path would I take?

The characters Stedman created were so vibrant I almost forgot they were of a fictional nature. Each character, whether they were central characters, such as Tom and Isabel, or secondary characters, such as Gwen Potts, had a distinct purpose in the novel and I felt as if no page was wasted on useless sub plot.

I think the only complaint I have for this novel was that 343 pages wasn’t enough for me, I need more!

I already want to start this book over again, and I really do feel that this is the type of book that buries itself deep within your soul and helps grow your appreciation for the written word.

Stedman will be an auto-buy author for me, and I cannot wait for the film adaptation in September of this year.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Purchase Links

ScribnerAmazon | Barnes & Noble | Indigo



  1. Kat

    Huh—never knew that film was based on a book! For one the cover of this title is absolutely stunning, and makes me want to buy it purely for that reason. However, since it sounds brilliant too, I’ll be adding it to my TBR for that also!


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