I read this for my reading group at my church, what a wonderful story! The writing is superb and there are observations on human nature that are lessons for life.
It is a story of Isabel who marries a lighthouse keeper, a man scarred emotionally from WWI. She has two miscarriages and a stillbirth and when a boat washes up with a dead man and a baby inside, she convinces her husband to raise the baby as their own, laying the seeds for heartbreak.
Some of the quotes I noted:
--Doing what's right, regardless of the cost.
-- Being honest doesn't mean you get to chose your punishment.
-- Bravery is standing by the consequences of your mistakes.
-- [on forgiving and forgetting]...It's so much less exhausting [to forgive]. You only have to forgive once. To resent, ou have to do it all day, every day. We always have a choice. All of us.
-- I've learned the ahrd way that to have any kind of a future you've got to give up hope of ever changing your past.
--Scars are just another kind of memory.
Our group of 22 had a spirited discussion, I think everyone liked the book and I would recommend it. The best I've read this year so far.
Published: 2012 Read: February 2014 Genre: Fiction