This book was recommended on a summer reading list that I had stumbled upon a month or so ago and I immediately put in a request at my local library. I don’t normally read fiction but figured because I hadn’t been reading much lately I might as well give it a try; glad I did.
Here’s the book description from Amazon:
This months-long New York Times bestseller is “irresistible…seductive…with a high concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page,” (O, The Oprah Magazine).
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.
After reading this I was a little hesitant because not only am I not big on fiction, I’m not big on war and/or history. I know, I know, both of those things aren’t fiction but they are also not my favorite. I still dove into the pages with great expectations, and I loved it. It took me about a month to read- not because of the content but because of my busy schedule. The book however, got so good with about 150 pages left, that I wrapped it up in two days. I just had to know how it would end.
M.L. Stedman’s writing was wonderful and despite the sad story line, it was beautifully done. Reading the reviews after putting it down, many people seem to be disappointed with the ending but really, there was no other option; although you didn’t want to think about it happening, you could predict it for chapters. Not going to lie, I was snuffly during the final chapter; I personally think it ended as best as it could have. I highly recommend this book to all my readers, especially if you are hitting the beach for holiday.