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.