I’m still limping along with my reading this new year. The good news is, I found a nice, thick novel to sink my teeth into. The Light Between the Oceans by M.L. Stedman is about love + loss + just how difficult it is to do the right thing.
The memory of a conversation with Frank floated into her awareness. ‘But how? How can you just get over those things, darling?’ she had asked him. “You’ve had so much strife in your life but you’re always happy. How do you do it?’
‘I choose to,’ he said. ‘I can leave myself to rot in the past…or I can forgive and forget.’
‘It’s not that easy.’
He smiled that Frank smile. ‘Oh, but my treasure, 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 on remembering all the bad things.’
This story is full of hard, dark things. Yet it’s a story full of light. It might be just the thing for these last dark days of winter.