The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman is a novel about moral choices and the repercussions of those choices. The main characters are a husband and wife, lighthouse keepers living on a tiny, isolated island off the coast of Australia. The book has very interesting descriptions of lighthouse life. The lamp of the lighthouse an apt metaphor for God and faith without ever using that language. The book reminds me of long discussions held in college by students earnestly talking about sin and if the sin only affects them is it really wrong? Stedman provides a fascinating case study in how two people literally on the island in the middle of the ocean still prove the saying: No wo/man is an island. Their decisions still have broad ramifications, and ethics are not just situational.
I highly recommend this book. It can be read on many levels, and speak to all kinds of readers. In the end its a great story that reminds us that every decision we make is significant.
Join us for book club this Thursday at 2 PM to discuss it!