I bought The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman because the story's premise is the same as The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (you can read about it in my blog here): a childless Alaskan couple find a child in the snow and claim it as their own. However, you're kept guessing as to whether it's a real child or not. In The Light Between Oceans the child that's washed up on the beach of the Janus lighthouse is not only real, but it also belongs to someone else. . .
The strength of the book is in its characters: Tom, a troubled hero from the First World War, now a lighthouse keeper and Isabel, his wife who suffers three miscarriages, Isabel's family, Hannah's family, their friends and the police in this close knit community and, little Lucy.
ML Steadman tells the story from each one's point of view, and as I read it my heart was tugged in all directions as they tried to sort out the right solution for everyone.
As it says on the cover:
This is a story about right and wrong and how sometimes they look the same...
It is a truly captivating, gripping story, beautifully told and one you must not miss! There's also a film coming shortly, I can't wait!