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Welcome to Week 3 of our Online Book Club discussion!

I have to confess that I am having a hard time reading The Light Between Oceans this month. Since I have a small child at home, I’m having a hard time separating my life and experiences from Isabel and Tom’s. Has anyone else felt this way?

I identify and sympathize with both Isabel and the birth mother, Hannah. I totally understand why Isabel wanted to keep Lucy, and I see that she sincerely thought it was the right thing to do. But I can also feel for Hannah. I can’t imagine how painful her life has been since she lost her husband and baby. I feel so many conflicted emotions—I want both women to be able to keep the baby, but I know that can’t happen. Do you also feel those conflicting emotions?

Could you believe that Isabel and Tom found out about Lucy’s birth parents right before they went in to Lucy’s christening? It’s crazy to think that Lucy’s birth mother was someone that Isabel knew growing up. I’m sure when Isabel or Tom imagined the birth parents, they pictured someone far away. Finding out that they had a connection to the birth mother must have been jarring. Tom had an interesting connection to Hannah, too. Did you even remember that Tom once saved a woman’s honor on a boat?

Did you suspect that Tom was the person who left the note in Hannah’s mailbox? I understand completely why he did it, but by doing so, he caused Lucy to be taken from them. And then, he leaves the rattle, the thing that eventually causes them to be caught.

I was pretty surprised that it was Bluey who ended up turning in Tom, were you? I wasn’t surprised, though, that Isabel didn’t react well when she found out that Tom left the rattle. Those last few pages of part two were really hard to read, didn’t you think?

If you’re like me, this book is making you really interested in the life of a lighthouse keeper. There aren’t many lighthouse keepers left these days, but if you’re curious to see how one couple lives on their lighthouse today, watch this news clip. It’s pretty interesting.

I hope you’ll join us next week as we finish the book! I’ll talk to you then.

2 Responses to “The Light Between Oceans, Week 3”

  1. Carrol

    I have to admit this section really left me with a lot of mixed emotions, too. I am angry that Isabel convinced Tom to keep the baby a secret. Now, he is facing what has been worrying him for months. I do feel sorry for Isabel since she lost several children. I can’t begin to imagine how difficult that is. The last part of this section was really hard for me. Isabel was just so awful to Tom.

    Hannah is such a pitiful character. My heart really went out to her. Learning about her marriage and all of its problems from family and community just makes my heart heavier. I admire that she never gave up hope that her baby was alive, but it has certainly cost her so much emotionally and physically.

    I appreciate the short articles about the light keepers. I love lighthouses, but I can’t imagine living in one and being so secluded. The natural beauty is amazing.

    I am anxious to read the last part of the book, but I fear things are going to get worse. Hopefully, there will be a happy ending for all.

    • Erin K.

      Carrol, I totally agree with your assessment of Isabel and Tom. It’s hard to really feel sorry for Isabel since she is so mean to Tom and makes him hide for so long.

      Hannah is pretty sad. I, too, am glad that she didn’t give up hope, but I think she robbed herself of any sort of life by not dealing with her grief and finding healing. She just seems like she hasn’t done anything since she lost her husband and baby.

      I think I would like to visit some lighthouses–the book is really inspiring that way. Have you ever visited a lighthouse and walked around inside?

      I hope you are able to make it through the last section! The last section was the hardest for me to read!

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