The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Isabel is the only surviving child of the headmaster in Partageuse. Meeting her for the second time after a random first encounter, Tom is taken with her lighthearted approach to life and, eventually, her surprising desire to have a future with him, despite his unwillingness to openly share every detail of his past. As a married couple, they thrive. Tom's life is rounded out with the love he shares with Isabel while she is taken with both the closeness of the relationship and the novelty of island life. Life becomes difficult, however, when Isabel is unable to fulfill her need for motherhood after suffering several miscarriages and a still birth; Tom once again faces the possibility of losing the one who is central to his life when she despairs of being able to live without a child.
With much of the fill-in story told in flashback, author M.L. Stedman introduces the solution and the complication on the first few pages. One becomes attached to the characters, questions the choices they make, and worries about the ensuing difficulties. Loyalties are both tested and torn as the book progresses. Truths are twisted or ignored to protect some characters while leaving others to bear the burden of the lies. Not until the end of the last chapter can the reader really decide whether the author has written a just ending for the protagonist...and even that is probably a matter of opinion.
I very much recommend this book.
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