Welcome to another week of The Light Between Oceans Read Along! If this is the first you are hearing about this, it’s being hosted over on Goodreads by Simon & Schuster Canada. You can check it out here.
I was a little concerned that I wasn’t going to get this post up on time, because there has been so much going on with my business and work life. But I managed to toss this together in the evening, so it’s later than I would have liked, but at least it’s the same day!
Tom buries the man’s body, and sends word to the mainland that the baby they had previously lost had been born. He is struggling with taking in the baby and not reporting the boat washing up on shore. Isabel is not bothered in the slightest about the whole thing, leading to a small spat between them.
I kind of got the feeling that when Tom signalled the mainland and said that their baby had been born, that was the end of it. There was no turning back. How do you explain, after everyone getting excited that you’ve been gifted with a child, that you had lied and kidnapped a child?
I kind of wanted to yell at Tom after this. He knows better, he’s shown us that we have. But it’s clear that his better judgement is clouded by Isabel and his love for her. The things we do, I guess.
Ralph and Blue show up with gifts and supplies for the baby. Tom is still struggling, but Isabel is easily getting lost in her utopia on the island. Isabel starts having health problems, but her love for Lucy leaves her unworried about them
I found it fascinating how Isabel’s world has become so small on Janus. Maybe we would all do the same in that situation, where we go years without seeing more than a few people and everything we ever wanted was right there with us. Maybe the isolation alone does that to us, since we did see a little of that with Tom at the beginning. I can’t say I’ve been in the situation, nor would I want to, but it would be interesting to see if this is a real life thing too.
They celebrate Lucy’s first birthday – using the day that they found her. Tom reads to Lucy from the Lighthouse Keeper’s Handbook, and is struck by the repercussions that would happen if they were ever found out. Isabel is very, very happy, and thanks Tom for allowing her to keep the baby.
Things aren’t really getting better for Tom, though he seems to be getting better at forgetting until he is reminded.
It has come time for their leave from the island, and Isabel is worried about bringing Lucy to the mainland. She meets her family and neighbours, and all goes well, leaving Isabel feeling relieved. We are told some history about Isabel’s parents, and how their lives haven’t been the same since their sons died in the war, and how Lucy has turned everything around. Isabel finds out that she will not be able to have any more children. Tom signs the paperwork for another three year term on Janus.
If I were Isabel, I’d be afraid to bring Lucy to the mainland too. What if someone noticed that she didn’t really resemble her parents? What if someone could just tell, by energy or something like that? It would be much safer to say away.
The web of this lie keeps getting more and more tangled as more people become involved, which seems to be setting us up for a whole lot of heartbreak later on in the book. This chapter made it so hard to stop at chapter fifteen, and not just devour the whole book in one sitting.
Lucy is christened, and Tom and Isabel find out that the baby in their arms belongs to someone in the community, and that the woman hasn’t been able to cope with the loss of her husband and child. Tom and Isabel argue about what they should do, Tom saying that they need to tell someone, and Isabel saying that they need to at least wait a while.
Oh, here we go. Not only does the child belong to someone still alive, but it belongs to someone who is from near Isabel’s home and someone who is completely heartbroken. Because just knowing that someone misses the child isn’t enough, right? This is why you don’t kidnap children, no matter how good your intentions are! There will almost always be someone whose heart gets broken.
Alright, that’s it for this week! Check in next Friday for what sort of drama goes down in the next five chapters!