M.L. Stedman gives a glimpse into life as a lighthouse operator beginning in post-World War I Australia in her debut novel, "The Light Between Oceans." The isolation of living on a remote rock is brought home in this novel. The main plot poses a very difficult moral dilemma for Tom Sherbourne, the lighthouse keeper. His decision eats away at him for years and when he changes course, his life implodes.
This is the kind of novel you might read if you need a good cry. The characters' mistakes which drive the plot are completely understandable. There are no good guys--just frail humans.
--Julie C., Headquarters