A Must Read Book: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
A few months ago, I wrote here about an author event we were hosting at the Belmont Library. M.L. Stedman, the Australian author of The Light Between Oceans, came to the library in August to talk about her novel. Not only were her talk and the discussion that followed interesting, but she was a really lovely person. She talked about how much she loved libraries, and how she had spent quite a bit of time researching and writing this book in several Australian libraries. She answered each question thoughtfully and spent time after the program signing books and talking to people individually.
An Incredible Book
I finally had a chance to pick up The Light Between Oceans earlier this month and was hooked from the first page. Stedman's descriptive writing gives the reader a good idea of what life as a lighthouse keeper was really like in the 1920s. The novel is told from several points of view, with the story flowing seamlessly back and forth. Although you may disagree with the main characters' decisions throughout the book, it is impossible not to feel some sympathy towards them. I don't want to give away too many details of the plot, but you will want to discuss this book with someone immediately after reading it!
Visit a Local Lighthouse
I mentioned in my earlier post that my boyfriend and I like to visit lighthouses on the coast. We recently visited the Point Reyes Lighthouse, which is located a little north of San Francisco. The drive to the lighthouse is very isolated and a bit winding, but I promise it is worth the trip! Once you get to Point Reyes, you do have to walk down 308 stairs. Not so bad going down, but the climb back up is a bit harder. Once you reach the foot of the stairs, you are able to walk around inside some of the buildings.
When we were there, a ranger was inside the lighthouse answering questions and talking about the history and the mechanics of the lighthouse. The views of the coastline from the observation deck are gorgeous, and there is plenty of room to linger for a while. After you climb back up all those stairs, I recommend rewarding yourself with a latte and delicious pastry at the Busy Bee Bakery in Inverness. You can also check out their library while you're in town!
Want to Know More?
Check out one of these books from your local library:
- Lighthouses of the Pacific Coast: Your Guide to the Lighthouses of California, Oregon and Washington by Randy Leffingwell
- Lighthouses of the Bay Area by Betty Veronico
Stephanie C is looking forward to reading M.L. Stedman’s next book. She would love to hear what your favorite California lighthouse is so she can start planning her next lighthouse adventure!