How did you enjoy the first nine chapters? The prologue was pretty interesting, wasn’t it? We can see, right from the beginning, that Isabel is going to want to keep the baby that washed up on the island. Meanwhile Tom, feeling the weight of his responsibilities as a lighthouse keeper, wants to report the baby’s arrival. How do you think it will affect the pair if they follow Isabel’s wishes instead of Tom’s?
I thought some of the most interesting parts of this first section were the descriptions of Tom’s duties as a lighthouse keeper. Can you imagine living on an isolated island for months at a time? Tom finds solace being alone on the island and completing the daily tasks, but I think I would go crazy.
I was interested in the life of a lighthouse keeper, so I did a little research. On the Australian National Maritime Museum’s blog and I found a fascinating post about a lighthouse keeper who worked during the same time period as Tom. It shows some cool pictures and a page from the lighthouse keeper’s log book. I also found this booklet about the lives of lighthouse keepers and their families in New South Wales, Australia. It’s long, but I think the photos and information (based on interviews with people who worked and lived at the lighthouses) are worth it.
Were you surprised that an outgoing woman like Isabel would be willing to live on a remote island? So far, Tom and Isabel’s relationship is really sweet. I felt sorry for Tom wanting to help Isabel recover from her miscarriage, but not knowing how. Wasn’t it sweet that he brought the piano tuner to the island?
What did you think about the fact that Isabel decorated the map and created new names for the different parts of the island? Don’t you think it shows how imaginative and playful she is?
Are you excited to keep reading? Let me know what you thought about the first section.
I hope you’ll join us next week as we read Part 2.