Reviewed by: Savannah
Format: Mass Market
Page count: 416 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars
In stock: Yes
So let’s just start off with a little description about the book via Goodreads as per usual:
“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.”
This book was simply the best and you should all read it. I started reading this book on Saturday and finished it on Tuesday, so hopefully that tells you how good it is. (If not, then this is awkward!) All of the elements in this story are good and will draw you in from the characters to the island of Janus itself. The whole right versus wrong struggle in this book also had me considering what is right or wrong. At times I found myself totally agreeing with the characters decisions, and other times I was not happy at people’s choices. However, it is interesting how other people’s decisions become your own in some of the small scenarios presented. Although, I will say I agreed with Tom more often than I did Isabel.
M.L Stedman also does wonderful with her descriptive imagery, and just general language. There were some lines that seemed to resonate with me when I was reading them. So, if you like that sort of thing, (which, who doesn’t) be sure to check this out. Also, with the movie coming out soon, be sure to read the book before you see the movie! (Or after, maybe – it’s up to you. I don’t control you.)