The Light between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
I loved this book. It is set in Australia in the years following WW I. The characters are intricately drawn, real, and complicated. It explores the effects of a single decision. There is a tragedy but there is also redemption and reconciliation. Could not put it down.
Tom Sherbourne, who has spent 4 terrible years on the Western front, returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, far off the Australian coast. The supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year. Much to his amazement, the beautiful, vivacious Isabel falls in love with him and he with her and they move with their hopes and dreams to the lighthouse on Janus Rock. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
Tom wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her heart, seeing it as a miraculous gift from God. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and come face to face with the dire consequences of their deceit. Just when hope is draining away, redemption and reconciliation. A beautiful story.