I did enjoy The Light Between Oceans but thought I would love it more. It’s slow paced and that’s normally a bad thing for me but not with this book. It’s beautifully written and you need to take your time to savour the words and flow of the book. Like looking out to sea, it’s soothing and mesmerising and you know all will happen in its rightful time.
Set in 1926,Tom the lighthouse keeper and his wife have been coping all alone on their little island with their inability to carry a child to full term. Then one day a boat washes up with a dead man and a living baby. And they make a decision which means their lives are irrevocably changed forever.
I loved the description of the lighthouse and all the little routines to keep it running. The island where the lighthouse is based sounds like bliss too, 100 miles from everyone. I’m sure I would go mad from the loneliness after a while but for a little spell of time, it would be idyllic.
The characters and their decisions frustrated me a bit though. Sad situations like miscarriages do not turn you in to a desperate person. I feel there is a myth that people who can’t have children are all potential child snatchers and this book feeds in to that myth. I have to be honest when I see this in a book, it does make me feel like pulling my hair out! It also relies heavy on coincidences and fortunate timing which felt a bit overdone.
What makes up for the above though is the beautiful, descriptive writing. And I was immersed in the book, it all felt very real and my heart strings were well and truly tugged by the storyline. Reading the book, I wasn’t sure how would all end but the end when it came totally satisfied me.
Final thoughts and who should read The Light Between Oceans?
Emotional, thoughtful and absorbing. I recommend it for fans of Jodi Picoult or fans of historical fiction.