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Who would think the story of a lighthouse keeper on a remote island in Western Australia just after the Great War could be such a gripping tale! It is when a dinghy comes ashore with a dead man and a very alive baby girl. We follow the lives of Tom and Isabel, the baby Lucy and all the remarkably well-drawn characters of Stedman’s debut novel through joys, sorrows, moral dilemmas, things said and unsaid. No wonder everyone is reading and wants to read this. Warning: Tissue needed at the end.
posted Sep 28, 2012 at 3:15PM
Laura P. said:
Emotional story of a childless couple and a baby in a dinghy seemingly given to them by God. Unfortunately the baby has a mother and therein lies the conflict in the story. No easy answers here as many suffer and struggle with love and guilt. Quite an amazing first novel with a heart wrenching ending.
posted Mar 9, 2013 at 2:00PM
Kim B said:
This is one stunner of a debut novel. I could not put it down. It’s going to haunt me forever. Book clubs will have lots to discuss. Some people have said this novel is too sad. Yes, it is sad but it is also complex (like real life) and beautiful. Don’t miss it.
posted Jun 27, 2013 at 3:24PM
M.L. Stedman is a very good writer and this is a very good novel - but not great . It tends to be long -winded and maudlin . At the same time , it's fascinating on many levels . I enjoyed it !
posted Oct 4, 2013 at 2:04PM
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Tom's wife; siffered through two miscarriages and one stillbirth; discovers a boat that had washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby; takes the baby girl in as their own; returns to the mainland two years later; discovers the mother has been looking for her missing husband and daughter.
Isabel's husband; lighthouse keeper on a remote island; wanted to report the man and infant his wife found washed up in a boat, but instead claims her as their own; returns to the mainland two years later; discovers the mother has been looking for her missing husband and daughter.