“After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock. To this isolated island, 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 carrying a dead man and a living baby. In. M.L. Stedman’s mesmerizing novel we, we are seduced into accommodating Isabel’s decision to keep this “gift from God,” and we are swept into their story.”
-From the back cover
I shall start off by saying that this was a book I would have never read but it was the required book for my school so I didn’t really have a choice. And honestly, I really disliked this book.
It was so damn depressing and on such a sad topic.
I mean come on, you can tell in the summary that it’s going to be sad – miscarriages and a stillbirth.
My school couldn’t have chosen a happier book? -.-
Anyway. The story was pretty good but it was really convoluted. Chapters were broken up into sections and some sections would be in different people points of view and it going confusing fast as to who was speaking and when that actually happened because it would jump between times and such. That annoys me when it does that without telling you when it actually is happening clearly because then you get confused and such.
As I said the story line was quite depressing and with a child being taken from someone (can’t say what exactly as it’s in the story later on) you get extremely stressed over what is occurring and I really dislike that in books. If its sci-fi or action its fine, but not in a book like this that is based in reality.
There really isn’t a lot to say in this book as there was no character development that I was able to see, and overall I just really didn’t like the book.
I know that many people would be interested in something like this, but personally I wouldn’t recommend it.
But if you have read it and have a different view on it, let me know what you think about it.
Until then, happy reading.