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We’ve reached Week 4 of the Online Book Club discussion of The Light Between Oceans!

Whew, this last section was hard to read, wasn’t it? It was beautiful, and the story was interesting, but the emotions it stirred up were almost overwhelming!

This section starts with Tom getting arrested and Lucy getting taken from Isabel to be reunited with her birth mother, Hannah. I think the hardest thing for me was how confused Lucy was through this whole last section. I, of course, felt horrible for Isabel and Tom, and I can’t imagine the pain that they were experiencing. But, they were adults, and they had to be held responsible for their actions. Lucy, on the other hand, was so confused and so sad to be without the only parents she ever knew, and that was really hard for me to read. What did you find to be the hardest parts to read in this last section?

Were you surprised that Tom was willing to take sole responsibility for keeping Lucy? I was a little surprised that Isabel let him take the blame for so long.

What did you think of Hannah in this last section? I understand why she didn’t want to have any contact with Isabel. But I also felt like it would have been easier for Lucy if they could have arranged some sort of agreement where Lucy could at least spend a few minutes with Isabel. Maybe that would have helped her move more easily into Hannah’s house.

I was glad in the end that Isabel and Tom didn’t have to spend the rest of their lives in jail. It was really nice of Hannah to not force them to have extended sentences. Were you surprised that Hannah ended up showing mercy?

Finally, could you believe that Lucy-Grace made it to see Tom, but she wasn’t able to reconnect with Isabel? That made me really sad. I couldn’t believe that Isabel had saved all of that stuff from when Lucy was little.

Do you have any final thoughts that you would like to share? I can’t wait to hear what you thought of the ending!

I hope you will join us again next month. We’re changing gears and reading Hidden Figures, a really interesting non-fiction book. Talk to you then!


2 Responses to “The Light Between Oceans, Week 4”

  1. Carrol

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It took me on an emotional rollercoaster ride that was really challenging at times, but I am really glad I read the book.

    Reading about the way Lucy struggled with her new family was so hard. There was no way that little girl could understand. I also struggled because
    Isabel wouldn’t speak up for Tom. It took so long for her to finally come forward.

    I really loved the part when Hannah’s dad came up with the solution to call the little girl Lucy Grace. He was so good with her.

    I really liked that Lucy-Grace finally connected with Tom, too. I just wish it could have been sooner. I think Lucy will be a great mother. The saved “stuff” was really special.

    The book did not end the way I thought it would. I didn’t find the happy ending I was hoping for. I am glad Tom and Lucy were able to work through their relationship and stay together, but I wasn’t convinced they were ever really happy.

    Thanks for helping us through another book. I always appreciate all of the extras you offer us.

    • Erin K.

      Carrol, I’m glad you were able to make it all the way through the book! I almost gave up several times because it just made me feel so emotional! I agree that the parts where Lucy tried to reconnect with the people she believed to be her parents were some of the hardest to read.

      I agree with you that the ending of the book wasn’t totally satisfying. I’m glad that Tom got to be reunited with Lucy eventually, but I wonder what the years were like for him and Isabel. I was so sad that he was forced to give up a career that he loved so much.

      Thanks for following along again this month! I hope you enjoy Hidden Figures–it’s a little more happy than this book!

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