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Discussion Questions for The Light Between Oceans

Questions prepared by K. Saroja, Global Book Club Guest Reader

Discussion Questions for The Light Between Oceans

1. Of the characters Tom Sherbourne, Isabel Graysmark and Hannah Roennfeldt who is your favorite and why? or any other character steals your heart?

2. Tom Sherbourne has strong work and moral ethics. What makes him to give in to Isabel’s interpretation that the baby was ‘God’s Gift’ to them and not discharge his duty as lighthouse keeper, informing the authorities about the boat with a dead man and a baby?

3. Tom Sherbourne does inform Hannah that her baby is alive and well cared for. Why does he take that step, knowing fully well that would break Isabel’s heart. How does he protect his love for Isabel?

4. Isabel knew that her stubbornness in wanting to keep the baby for herself was hurting her husband. She loves her husband very dearly. What is that makes her do what she did?

5. Both Isabel and Hannah love Lucy/Grace with all their hearts. One is a childless mother and other is a biological mother. Can one judge whether one’s love is stronger than the other?

6. Lucy is a very lucky child to experience such an abundant love. if Lucy was an adult, if she had to make a choice between Isabel and Hannah what would she do and why?

7. Lucy was returned to Hannah because she was the biological mother. Was that fair to Lucy?

8. When Hannah asks her husband Frank Roenfeldt about the secret of him being always happy in spite of being an victim of hate crime he says “I choose to…I can leave myself to rot in the past, spend my time hating people for what happened or I can forgive and forget… it is so much less exhausting. You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, everyday. You have to keep remembering all the bad things…we always have a choice. All of us.’ Have you had any personal experience or know anyone who was a victim of a hate crime and was able to forget and forgive?

9. If you were given a choice would you have ended the story differently?

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