The Light Between Oceans

“Putting down the burden of the lie has meant giving up the freedom of the dream.”

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‘The Light Between Oceans’ by M.L. Stedman. An emotional rollercoaster. This story had me on the edge of the seat, screaming at the pages. It’s been a long time since a book got me so worked up. I shouted, I cried.. I cannot recommend it enough.

The story is about a man named Tom Sherbourne, who returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock. An isolated island, where he lives with his loving wife, Isabel. Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

A seriously moving tale which will make you laugh, cry, and burrow your head under the bed sheets because you can’t take the tension. Or is that just me? Whilst reading this, I did start to question myself. Some things seem so right but, can be so wrong. I can’t seem to talk about this book without having a mini breakdown. (Just deleted a whole line of emotional babble. Need to get a grip.) Basically, Everyone should read this book. I think it’s marvellous.

“You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day.”

5/5 Stars (Wow, calm down, girl.)

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The Lovely Bones

“Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. The story of a gruesome murder and a family’s need for peace and closure. This may sound unsettling but I somehow found this book to be quite calming at times. The book is written from Susie’s vantage point, which gives a rather unique perspective to the story.

The story is set in the 1970’s and begins with the murder of Susie Salmon, a teenage girl, then follows her to heaven. “Heaven is comfort, but it’s still not living.” Susie can’t break away from her family. She spends her days in heaven watching over her loved ones as they struggle to cope with a life that she is no longer a part of. This story really does play with a readers emotions. I kept finding myself smiling and celebrating along with Susie, and other times, Crying with her. This book was definitely a page turner for me. I couldn’t put the thing down.

I remember seeing the film ‘The Lovely Bones’ in the cinema back in 2009. I loved the story back then, but it’s nothing compared to the book. I decided to watch the film again straight after I had finished reading it. Disappointment.. The film is now a bore and a blunder. The book is far greater in comparison.

A character that has stuck with me since reading this book is the father, Jack Salmon. He is probably one of the most loving fathers in history. He never failed to stir my emotions and never wanted to give up on Susie. Another character which lingers in my mind is Ruth Connors, a quiet, misunderstood girl who accidentally touches Susie soul as she is leaving earth.

I don’t want to give too much away so I hope that you will pick this book up if you get the chance. I will definitely read this again in a couple of years. I Hope you enjoyed my tiny review.

“You look invincible,’ my mother said one night.
I loved these times, when we seemed to feel the same thing. I turned to her, wrapped in my thin gown, and said:
I am.”

5/5 Stars (I really liked this book!).

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The Wolf Border

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The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall.

This Book was an easy and entertaining read. I am always a fan of a more relaxing book and I felt like this one was both interesting and informative. It made me think. The story follows a women monitoring wolves on an Idaho reservation but is summoned back home to the english countryside by an earl who wishes to re-introduce the grey wolf into the country. Throughout the book you get to know Rachel (The main character) and see how she progresses throughout changes with her family and motherhood.

I enjoyed this book very much but would say that if you are into action-packed plot lines or mind-blowing twists then this may not be the one for you. I would still recommend it though, if you want a heart warming story. I learnt a thing or two about wolves too!

3/4 Stars

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Our Endless Numbered Days

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I’m a sucker for any story set in a forest, Fairytale or not I will read it. The cover for this book really stood out to me with the lovely shades of blue and white. I really had no Idea what the story would be about as the blurb gave nothing away, but I feel that this can make a book so much more intriguing. I don’t plan to spoil this book for anyone but I will give you a brief outline to what it entails. (Let’s keep it short and sweet).

A father takes his eight-year-old daughter to live in an isolated cabin in the wilderness and tells her that the rest of the world has been destroyed. Together they survive off the land around them.

I really enjoyed this read and would recommend it to absolutely anyone. This book also taught me a few things which might come in useful if I ever end up stranded in the wilderness in need of survival skills. Claire Fuller is an author I haven’t really come across before but I will definitely be looking into more of her writing as it really is beautiful and imaginative.

4/5 stars

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