For the first time ever, I am participating in a Read-Along this summer. Okay, I used to do some when I was a kid, but that’s not quite the same, is it? Kids tend to not get as involved with discussions about books. So I’m really excited to be doing this as an adult, and getting to discuss a book with people as I read it.
The book for this read along (incase you missed the big banner at the top) is The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. If you’re interested in partaking, it’s being hosted by Simon & Schuster Canada over at Goodreads, and you can follow this link to check it out!
Before this all gets going, because it’s been sitting on my shelf for a couple of weeks now, tempting and taunting me, I wanted to share some of my theories for what is going to take place in this book. For purposes of this, I’m just going by the movie trailer and the synopsis, as well as a few reviews read a while back. I’m just curious to see if I’ll be right.
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 and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, 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, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. 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.
Theory #1: Tom and Isabel are going to be able to maintain a relationship with Lucy, in some capacity, regardless of what happens in the story.
This is just based on the fact that most authors don’t completely destroy their characters, and also on the fact that it would be incredibly difficult on the child. But we’ll see how it goes. This is my biggest theory of the story.
Theory #2: There will be a big argument between Tom and Isabel when they discover the implications of keeping Lucy, where Tom says something to the effect of ‘I Told You So’.
I will be sorely disappointed if this doesn’t happen. Bring on the big arguments!
Theory #3: When the truth comes out, most people are going to side with the biological mother of Lucy.
Because stealing kids is bad, even if they showed up on your doorstep in a boat, just when you wanted a baby the most.
Theory #4: The whole book is going to come down to what is best for the kid. As it always should.
So there you have it! My theories of what is going to take place in this book. If you’ve read it, please don’t tell me if I’m right or wrong (though tantalizing hints are always welcome). If you haven’t but want to, you should definitely join the read along so we can chat about it as we go. You’ll see me chatting about this all summer, so feel free to come and chat about this at any point!