L is for The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman.
Synopsis from Goodreads: After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. 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, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. 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 are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.
Point: I love lighthouses. Sucked into this book for cover love, but when I read the synopsis, I bought it immediately. This is a very beautiful story. My heart broke for Isabel and later for Tom and that doesn't include all the people impacted by a decision to heal a broken heart. The writing of this book is beautiful, with just the right amount of description to let the reader feel the sense of place. This is a must read.
Have you ever read a book that develops sense of place in a way you love? Can you think of a story where one character goes against their better judgement for love of another?