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The Katie’s Choice Book Club selection for May is The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.
The Book Club is hosted by Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St., Rockford. The discussion will be at the coffeebar at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, and repeated at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 16. The Book Club is open to all interested people, free of charge. No pre-registration is required. Discussions are animated, thoughtful and engaging.
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, 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. When she is 2, 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.
Contact Katie’s Cup at (815) 986-0628 or (815) 914-5998.
Posted May 8, 2013