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The Light Between Oceans

by M.L. Stedman


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.


Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. 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.


M. L. Stedman’s mesmerizing, beautifully written novel seduces us into accommodating Isabel’s decision to keep this “gift from God.” And we are swept into a story about extraordinarily compelling characters seeking to find their North Star in a world where there is no right answer, where justice for one person is another’s tragic loss.



Book Club will meet to discuss this book on Thursday, November 3 at 2:30 in the afternoon.


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Give John Eklund's The Third Testament as a gift this Christmas season.


"The Third Testament is an intriguing religious thriller, highly recommended." -Midwest Book Review (Dec 5, 2010)


"I feel stronger and more committed than ever in my faith for reading this book and would hope that all Christians would read it. It is so uplifting." - (Nov 27, 2010)


"Catholics everywhere will likely find this a spiritually nourishing work that is also a compelling and entertaining story. Eklund's characters touch the reader and show us how people can really go through great difficulty and come out blessed and renewed on the other side." - Catholic Book Report (May 13, 2011)


"If you are a Christian/Catholic who likes fiction, is interested in stories of strength through trials and seeks to broaden your knowledge of the miracles and mysteries of modern Church history without having to read dry historical accounts, this books is for you. It reads as a combination of fiction, history, theology and prophecy which keeps the reader engaged through both imagination and reason. Expect it to enlighten, edify and entertain." -Catholic Mothers Online (August 29, 2011)


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