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June 2, 2016
June 2, 2016

The Light Between Oceans

Quick Glance



This is the total number of incidents in this 343 page book.

Author: M L Stedman
Key Words: Thrillers & Suspense, Family Saga, Historical

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Book Description:

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, 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, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and 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.


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Mild Obscenities & Substitutions - 19 Incidents

d*mn, h*ll, cripes

Anatomical Terms - 5 Incidents

b*gger it

Scatological Terms - 60 Incidents

f-word, bl**dy, bl**dy h*ll, bl**dy Fritz

Religious Profanities - 23 Incidents

Christ, Jesus, God, Lord

Derogatory Terms - 10 Incidents


Boche , Fritz, Hun are used a number of times throughout the book.

Violence - None

Conversation Topics - 3 Incidents

Mentions tobacco and several people smoke a pipe or a cigarette.

Mentions various alcoholic drinks and people getting drunk.

Suicides: a woman hung herself, a man through himself under a train, the main female lead comes close to committing suicide twice.

Sexual Content

Lust - 2 Incidents

Men on a ship dare each other to steal a woman's drawers; a double win if she is wearing them./p>

A drunk man is an inch away from a woman and probably thinking about taking her drawers. She is rescued before anything happens.

Making Out/Sex - 5 Incidents

A young girl got pregnant out of wedlock.

A married couple caress, she nibbles his ear, puts her hands in his pocket and he lets out a moan when she finds her target. She wants to do it there, up on the lighthouse (implied sex) but he says they should go downstairs.

Nude: a wife wearing no clothes shows up in her husband's work area and asks if he likes her new outfit. He smiles and says to put clothes on.

Mentions that a husband and wife made love and that it was the first time after their miscarriage.

A woman was unfaithful to her husband.

Homosexuality - None
Miscellaneous - 3 Incidents

The word "breast" is used - non-sexual; in reference to breast-feeding.

A female hotel owner tells a man she doesn't want to scrub his sheets if he knows what she means.

A man removes his wife's clothes during a miscarriage - not sexually graphic and no body parts are seen - just a lot of blood is mentioned.

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