For January we read: The Light Between Oceans: A Novel by M.L. Stedman
The book centers around Tom Sherbourne, a Lighthouse keeper stationed on a tiny island, Janus Rock, about a half day's boat ride from the coast of Western Australia. The job post is a three year commitment, with supplies arriving every few months and shore leave every year. Alone on an isolated and weather ravaged island, Tom's wife, Isabel suffers two miscarriages and one stillbirth. Shortly after her stillbirth, a small row boat washes ashore with a dead man and a newborn baby girl. Isabel immediately takes to the child and wants Tom to wait to report the discovery in his meticulously kept log book. Much to Tom's guilty conscious they bury the dead man and raise the child, that they name Lucy, as their own. When they return to the mainland they find out that the dead man and Lucy are Hannah Roennfeldt's husband and daughter, who is devastated and ruined by the loss of her family. How do Tom and Isabel react when they find out their "daughter" Lucy has a family? What would you do in the situation? It was one of our most talked about books with everyone adding their thoughts, wisdom and debating the topic.
While we discussed the moral issues presented in the book and the deep underlining meanings, we ate the most delicious meal prepared by Lisa. We had Bucatini all'Amatriciana with homemade meatballs and a huge green salad. I will be making the meatballs this weekend and starting on next months book... Happy Long Weekend!
Lisa's recipe notes for the Bucatini all'Amatriciana : Cook the pancetta in the pan first until crispy, remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Cook the onions next in the pancetta drippings and then add back the cooked pancetta. Proceed with recipe as written. Use your hands to squish up the tomatoes and be sure to add the liquids from the can to your sauce