Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Cinemystery: DreamWorks to Option Film Rights to The Light Between Oceans

Cinemystery: Crime Novels Adapted for Film

The film rights to M. L. Stedman's debut psychological novel of suspense — and long-running bestseller — The Light Between Oceans is expected to be won by DreamWorks.

"I was deeply affected by M. L. Stedman's powerful and primal story of human choices and their consequences," said David Heyman, who will produce the film. "It's a novel which tackles grand emotions, but everything is rooted within an intimate yet universal story of marital and parental love."

Set on a remote island off the coast of Australia after the end of World War I, the storyline follows a couple, who find a baby adrift and decide to raise the little girl as their own. (More about the book, below.)

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The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans
M. L. Stedman

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 and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, 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, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. 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.

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman, Amazon Kindle format  The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman, iTune iBook format  The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman, Kobo format

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