“Despite being a decent read with a compelling story, there was just something I did not enjoy about this book. I'm not sure if it was the slightly unconvincing characters, the clumsy dialogue or the writing style that just did not grab me. I pushed through though and must say that I enjoyed the last section of the book. I think it'd make a great movie.”Michaela Laufs wrote this review Saturday, August 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“After four years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock. To this isolated island, Tom brings a loving wife, Isabel. After two miscarriages and one stillbirth, Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. What follow is a captivating, heart breaking and intense live story with a moral issue to struggle with. The best book of 2012.”Bev wrote this review Friday, August 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was a great book! Gave me a goid cry! What a story line!”Kristin Cioppa wrote this review Friday, August 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I would recommend this firstly to fans of Kate Morton and secondly to anyone who will listen. I found myself getting rather fond of the characters, most of whom just want to do the right thing in a difficult situation, although I did start getting confused between the minor characters towards the end. It isn't often that a book makes me particularly emotional, but this book did almost make me cry, which I consider an achievement on M. L. Stedman's part. I very much enjoyed this book from the first to the last word, and found it, overall, gripping, intriguing and fascinating with a hint of something enchanting.
“Excellent. It's well written with some interesting characters and good descriptions of the time & place. Hard to put down once you started meeting characters. I tend to avoid spoilers and try very hard not to dish them out either, so there isn't much to say. Just a very good story overall. ”meganlynnmc wrote this review Monday, July 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Set in 1920's Australia, Tom and Isabel are lighthouse keepers. They are isolated on an island and are only visited by the supply boat every 3 months. After 2 miscarriages and a stillbirth, Isabel is desolate. When a boat washes ashore with a crying baby and her dead father, Isabel begs Tom to keep the baby. They could pass it off as their own, since no one knew of her stillbirth. This is a story about living with the consequences of your decisions. This book was very slow at the start and I almost gave up on it. But I am glad I finished it.”Julie E wrote this review Monday, July 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved this book. So full of detail and description of life in an isolated area of Western Australia. The relationships are contrasted with the harsh desolate light house on an island. The trials and adventures of a young married couple and their desperate search for survival and happiness makes this story engaging and interesting.
“Captivating story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who made a decision that, in the end, rocked and changed the worlds of two families and heavily influenced emotions, thoughts and judgements that resulted in lifelong consequences to all who were involved. ”Palm Tree wrote this review Saturday, July 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An amazingly moving debut by M.L. Stedman, the story hooks readers from the first page. ”dawnb wrote this review Friday, July 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No