Tuesday, June 7, 2016


Confession: I read this book after watching the trailer for the movie that is coming out this year, starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander (two of my favorites). The trailer was so beautiful, I had to read the book. And it didn't disappoint.

After serving four years fighting the war on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day's journey by boat to 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 the 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. And their choice has devestated one of them.

This book kept me up late reading and I genuinely was torn in my mind about which way I wanted the situation to turn out.

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