The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman has been on my “to read” list for a while now. I’ve been trying to read more literature and less fantasy. The problem that I have with reading too much “literature” is that it all seems to be realistic, yes, but the stories all seem to be the children of minds without Prozac.
The Light Between Oceans is one such book. It takes place on an island off the coast of Australia called Janus where a lighthouse keeper lives with his wife. One day a small boat drifts to the island holding a dead man and an infant. The decisions made by the lighthouse keeper and his wife are life changing and tragic.
This novel is well written. The imagery is good, the characters are fleshed out, but it’s not an uplifting book. I cried at the end. As a mother, it did make me think about how much I take my children for granted and made me want to hold them a little closer and work on my patience with them. I wasn’t really in the mood for it but this is a perfect “Winter Read”. When it’s cold outside and you are in the middle of the winter blues, a book like this lets you wallow in the misery of staying indoors and having sunlight withdrawal.
According to the infallible Wikipedia, this cocktail is very popular in Australia, which I found lucky, since this is the drink I first thought of when thinking of a pairing for this book. I pictured a drink that would go well with sailing ships and the light from the lighthouse signaling the rocky shore.
Dark and Stormy
- 2 oz. Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
- 3 oz. Barrit’s Ginger Beer
- Lime for garnish (optional)
Please note that every recipe I found was very specific in regard to the brand of rum to be used. That said, I didn’t use it. I used the dark rum I had on hand and some random brand of ginger beer that I found at World Market. It was pretty good, but apparently it’s not authentic without the Gosling’s Rum.