Minding the Light (Nantucket Legacy Book #2)

Minding the Light (Nantucket Legacy Book #2)

by Suzanne Woods Fisher
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Minding the Light (Nantucket Legacy Book #2) by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Six long years ago, Captain Reynolds Macy sailed away from his bride, looking forward to the day when he would return to Nantucket Island with a ship's hold full of whale oil. But when that momentous day finally arrives, Ren soon discovers that everything has changed in his absence. Everything. "Is nothing on this island as it appears to be?" he whispers in despair.

Unlike most islanders, bold and spirited Daphne Coffin doesn't defer to Ren as an authoritative whalemaster, but sees through his aloofness to the aching heart beneath. She encourages him to return to his Quaker roots and "mind the Light," finding solace in God and community. As Ren becomes the man she believes him to be--honorable, wise, faithful--she finds herself falling in love with him.

But how can she, when her heart is spoken for? Tristram Macy is Ren's business partner, cousin, and best friend--and Daphne's fiancé. Love always comes at a cost, but when is the price too high?
Suzanne Woods Fisher welcomes readers back to the Quaker community on Nantucket Island for this riveting love story, full of unexpected moments.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493413911
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Series: Nantucket Legacy , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 26,949
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Phoebe's Light, the Amish Beginnings series, The Bishop's Family series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.
Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Phoebe's Light, Minding the Light, and The Light Before Day, as well as the Amish Beginnings, The Bishop's Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.

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Minding the Light 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
NKBookReviewer 6 days ago
Minding the Light by author Suzanne Woods Fisher is an intricate, beautiful, touching historical tale filled with emotion. History buffs will swoon over this jam packed detailed story that was so expertly researched. Readers that like to learn about different sects will enjoy hearing about Quakers. This is Book Two in author Fisher’s Nantucket Legacy series, but it could be read as a stand alone. However, you won’t want to miss Book One which was spectacular, too. This is the story of dashing sea captain Reynolds “Ren” Macy. Six years ago, Ren sailed out leaving his bride in pursuit of whale oil. Unfortunately he returns home to grief, but there are also surprises. The road ahead is difficult for Ren, and it will cost him quite a lot. However, the transformation he made throughout this book was downright inspiring to anyone of any time period.d It is also the story of Daphne. She is the heroine, a strong, compassionate Quaker, who happens to be engaged to Ren’s cousin and business partner. Daphne faces hypocrisy among peers, friends, and elders. However, she remains steady and true to herself and her beliefs. A great romance is told here. Her character is extremely relatable and likable. She quickly became my friend and I was invested in her life. It takes a great writer to pen a good friend. Another character is Mary Coffin Starbucks. We become acquainted with her through her journal entries in this novel. While Mary Coffin Starbuck is a real person, her journal was completely made up for this story. Mary was an important figure in Nantucket history. It is interesting seeing the island’s earliest days through her eyes. I loved the journal even though I knew it was made up. Besides the main storyline there were subplots that were fascinating, also. This book has a lot of things going on in it. It is extremely well written, well researched, and well planned. I adore reading historical books where I glean things from them. This was a treasure trove for me. Besides the facts about Nantucket there was a wealth of information about Quakers, too. Author Fisher has a delightful writing style that brings her well described characters to life. Her descriptive wording transported me to Nantucket to a time and place I had never been. I could almost hear the sounds of the ocean and smell the salty air. The dialog between characters flowed effortlessly and was one of my favorite parts of the books. It was fascinating reading well known surnames throughout the book. This is a book that was hard to put down until the end! In this captivating novel, I was given food for thought. Things to think about long after I had finished the last page. The author made me realize that we all deal with issues no matter in what era we are born. Hypocrisy has been around since the beginning of time and romantic problems. We all sin and fall short of how we hope to live, but Jesus is always there. He is the true Light of the World. My favorite thing for a Christian novel is to have a Christian message. This one gets an A+ for that. I highly recommend Minding the Light for anyone that enjoys historical Christian romance. This was a wonderful book. You won’t be disappointed. It would really be a great book club read because there are so many things to discuss. It definitely gets a 5 out of 5 star rating. Thank you CelebrateLit for making it possible to read and review this beautiful story.
Blooming-with-Books 15 hours ago
Minding the Light Nantucket Legacy #2 By Suzanne Woods Fisher Minding the Light is the second book in the Nantucket Legacy which further explores the beginnings of Nantucket and its Quaker roots. This book like the previous one takes place in two different times, in this case, it takes place in the 1660s and the 1820s. The 1660s portions are excerpts taken from Mary Coffin Starbuck's journal which amongst those living in later Nantucket generations is the stuff of legends. Mary is settling into married life with Nathaniel and having to adjust to her new living situation. When slavery comes to the island Mary and the other residents must decide where they stand on this issue. The 1820s finds Mary's descendants still living on Nantucket and though life has changed and progressed the same basic issues plague those who call it home. Daphne Coffin has been there for her sister Jane while her husband took to the sea following the whales whom would enrich him. For six long years, Captain Reynold Macy has been away, anticipating his return to Nantucket and to his Jane. But life has continued without him and he has missed much to both his regret and his surprise. But rebuilding his life is no easy task and he will need the help of Daphne to do this. I really enjoyed this book - the characters have their faults (some more than others) and these make them more believable and relatable. Both time periods find the people struggling with the issue of slavery. I found the Quaker stance on slavery and social interaction with persons of color to be an interesting one. To champion freedom while ignoring the very people they were championing seems a little out of whack in my opinion. And Jane and Daphne's mother is quite a disagreeable individual whom I can honestly say I can't see myself ever being able to be in a room with. If you like historical fiction I would highly recommend this one. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher Revell with no expectations of a positive review ~ all opinions expressed are my own.
joyful334209 3 days ago
Minding The Light is a fantastic historic romantic story. Wow, now that is an eye full. It is the words of Mary Coffin's journal and the life of Daphne. The depth of history is incredible and the details are immense. The details are so picturesque of the life in the 19th Century as well as the 17th Century where as you could see for yourself what was happening. The Nantucket Island series is full of Faith with GOD as their "Inner Light". The description of Whaling and sailing ships are so spectacular and specific and you could clearly see them in your mind., It is a wonderful story you should find out for yourself just how good it truly is. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all of the opinions expressed in this review are all my own. if you would like to read more of my Christian book reviews go to christianlybookreviewers.blogspot.com
amybooksy 3 days ago
Minding the Light is the second installment from Suzanne Woods Fisher’s Nantucket Legacy series. I was so excited to have the opportunity to read this one for review. I loved Phoebe’s Light and could not wait to read this one. I loved the character of Daphne. She was likable and I found her strength admirable. Her and Ren were a good fit to the story. My favorite part of the book was the journal entries of Mary Coffin Starbuck. Which, I thought was fascinating glimpse of her time. I give Minding the Light four stars. I look forward to what Suzanne Woods Fisher comes up with in the next installment of the Nantucket Legacy series. I recommend it for readers who love Historical Fiction and Quaker life in history. I do advise readers to read Phoebe’s Light, the first of the series, before reading this one. A good story of love, faith, forgiveness, and inspiration. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
conniet729 4 days ago
This is the second book in the Nantucket Legacy series. I was super excited to read this book, since I loved the first one so much. This book features a dual time line, which is not hard to follow at all. Ms. Fischer has a writing style all of her own. I love Daphne and the Captain. Daphne is a very likable character. She was by far my favorite in the series so far. I loved learning all the historical facts in this book. The author did great research. I love books that I am able to learn something while I am reading. The storytelling in this book captivated me. Great characters, Intriguing storyline, another grand slam for Ms. Fischer. I look forward to reading more of the series. I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit Blogging Program, All thoughts are my own.
Heidi_Reads 4 days ago
I loved Daphne and her stabilizing influence on the young family who is going through a rough transition. They are all grieving from an unexpected loss, and the long-awaited return of Ren brings secrets to light that have great effects on the islanders. I absolutely loved the historical Nantucket setting and learning more about their way of life. The excerpts from Great Mary's aged journal also show the survival of the first group of settlers to the island, and her unique way of looking at predicaments provide wise counsel to the generations who read her words. There is a strong supporting cast in this story with Patience, the servant who helps Daphne and then Ren with the children, Abraham, the first mate of the Endeavor whose unfailing loyalty to his captain comes back to save him, and even Lillian, Daphne's controlling mother who is a leader among the Quakers but her rigid hypocrisy brings conflict and consequences. This is a compelling story that brings its characters to life. I would have liked a little more romance, but the love triangle was drawn out and part of the conclusion. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Virginiaw 4 days ago
This series just keeps getting bette with each book. I could not put this book down. Daphne and REN are wonderful characters. I love this series about the beginnings of the Quakers here on Nantucket. I love to read about the whaling ships also. I can’t wait for the next book. I loved to hate Lillian. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
eLynda 4 days ago
This is the second book in Suzanne Woods Fisher’s Nantucket Legacy series. The first book tied up many loose ends, but there was a thread that related to the journal that contains Great Mary’s story, and that one continues here, along with a new thread, largely unrelated to the first book except in genealogy, and it is mostly completed within these pages. Unlike the earlier installment, however, we are left with a bit of a cliffhanger in both times, which leaves me eagerly awaiting the next book! I really enjoyed the characters in this novel, especially in the later timeline. These are wounded people, hurting in many ways, yet still finding the strength to carry on. For Daphne, faith is a strong sustainer; Ren is an honorable man, but his faith needs some shoring up. This is a society where church and state are not very separate, and that lack of division is shown as having both positive and negative elements. Perhaps the part that surprised me the most was the deep questions this novel asks about what we believe to be true and how actions either confirm or discount that. While the larger question of hypocrisy is addressed, the more nuanced one is what I found fascinating: If we believe something to be wrong, how does that show in what we do? For example, if I truly believe all men are created equal, am I associating with all men, befriending them, serving them? This book is much deeper than I expected it to be, a more thoughtful and thought-provoking read. The question of our beliefs and how they translate to action caused me to examine my own heart, and the fictional characters captured my imagination. This is an enjoyable read for those who like historical romance in a unique setting and I highly recommend it. I received a review copy of this book through Celebrate Lit but was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts expressed are both honest and my own.
MaureenST 5 days ago
was excited to get the opportunity to read the next installment in the Nantucket Legacy series, and sure was not disappointed. Love that this is a historical book, and although I may not agree how their living was made, it is what was accepted and what happened. As with the first book we go back in history with the journal of the matriarch of this New England Family, and spending time with a Quaker Community. Of course, I wondered if the treasure would come into play and if it was still there, this and others questions are answered here, and you are not going to want it to end. I see that there is another novel in this series to come, and a teaser is offered at the end of this book. I received this book through Celebrate Lit, and was not required to give a positive review.
5643437 5 days ago
I love reading books that involve history and Minding the Light did not disappoint. This is the second book in the Nantucket Legacy Book series. I admit Minding the Light is my first time with this series. For the most part Suzanne Woods Fisher kept me interested from the moment I started reading. Now if you are someone who does not like reading language common to the period, this may not be the book for you. The main characters draw you into their lives and all that is going on with them. Captain Reynolds Macy represents the quintessential seafaring man who also loves his family and wants the best for them. He returns to Nantucket after a six year absence searching for whale oil. Daphne Coffin is Captain Macy’s sister-in-law and is a strong-minded woman who is dedicated to her sister and her family. Unfortunately, Daphne’s sister dies early in the story and the rest of the book examines the trials, tests and adventures that Daphne, her nephew and niece and Captain Macy endure. Two characters did not intrigue or inspire me – Captain Macy’s cousin, partner, and best friend – Tristan, along with Daphne’s mother illustrate the worst part of human nature including greed, hatefulness and a need to destroy all that is good. Suzanne Woods Fisher does an excellent job of integrating the racial tensions and issues that resulted during the time including slavery and what life was like for Quakers. She also did an excellent job laying the foundation for the story by interweaving a story from an earlier time that is retold as Daphne reads the journal of a relative. Daphne also strives to help Reynolds return to his Quaker roots and truly “mind the light” by finidng solace and strength in God’s love. If you want to read a remarkable book that intertwines history, drama, love, mystery and more, check this book out for yourself.
SouthernGalLovestoRead 5 days ago
Suzanne Woods Fisher's Minding the Light is the second installment in her very interesting Nantucket Legacy series. If you have read the first book -- Phoebe's Light -- you will enjoy the return visit to Nantucket Island. But if you have missed that book, this one can be easily enjoyed on its own. Suzanne does her usual masterful job of story telling as she mixes real historical characters and events with some of her own imagination. She shares a captivating tale of the challenges and dangers of the sea-faring life of many of the island's inhabitants and their family members left behind. I found the Quaker history to be fascinating, as this is a group that I have known little about. Suzanne throws in some tough topics from centuries past that readers might expect to see more in today's news, such as opium use and cultural and racial concerns. As in the previous story, the "current" timeline (17th century) is intertwined with Great Mary's journal -- the writings of an ancestor who lived during the very earliest days of the island's settlement. I highly recommend Minding the Light as a great historical read written by one of my favorite authors. Thanks to Celebrate Lit for providing me with a copy of this book. I was happy to share my own thoughts in writing this review.
Kathae 5 days ago
Minding the Light is the second book of the Nantucket Legacy series. Having read the first book of the series was helpful as I read this novel, but it stands alone well. It reads smoothly, which reflects the tenants of the Quaker faith. It was a pleasure to revisit this island during two different historical time periods and become even better acquainted with the people there, and experience the connection between characters through the years. The characters were true, and the plot quite believable. Many social issues were addressed that continue to translate to our current day. Fans of historical romance will enjoy this book, as will anyone for whom Nantucket island is a special interest. I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, Revell, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
lolly-pops 7 days ago
MINDING THE LIGHT is the second book in Ms. Fisher's Nantucket Legacy series. I did not request it because I wasn't a huge fan of the first book in this series (Phoebe's Light), but this book as more of Ms. Fisher's quirky writing style and I liked the characters ever so much more. In fact, I didn't even want to put this book down. The Captain is so lost and clueless on land, he is so adorable. And Daphne is thrust into the midst of a nightmare, but she and the maid are about the only ones keeping a head on their shoulders. I was a bit surprised by the Captain's diagnosis of his wife's mysterious collapse and even more surprised by the doctor's excuse of it. If I wrote historical in this time period (which I don't) I would definitely research it further... and maybe I will anyway because it intrigued me. I learned something knew I didn't know. MINDING THE LIGHT was not nearly as stuffy as book one, it was like Ms. Fisher found her niche and the characters came to life in this book. I greatly enjoyed it. I received a copy free and all opinions are my own.
Phyllis_H 7 days ago
Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher My rating is 4.5 Stars Ren’s twins were already 6 years old before he knew they existed. Not because his wife had hidden the fact she had them. It was because he had been whaling. For 7 long years! It is hard to fathom having the kind of career that would require a commitment like that. Ren was so noble. During the time away from his wife of just a few months, he remained faithful to her and loved her dearly. He also bucked tradition and promoted a Negro to the position of second mate and treated him with kindness. Daphne was amazing! She was so determined to do what was right and good. Her deep love for her sister and her children was so natural and motivated so much of what she did. This was at least a little amazing considering her mother was shrewish and bitter. I related well to the characters and found them to be multi-faceted and very interesting. There was some mystery related to Jane’s death and the deplorable way that it came about. Apparently, the Quakers in the 1600s and at the beginning of the 1800s struggled with issues related to slavery and bigotry and prejudice. I remember hearing the part many Quakers played in the Underground Railroad and assumed that they would have always taken a stance against slavery. The author tackled this difficult subject and shed light on the fact that there were struggles within the community of “Friends”. Though they refused to purchase products that used slave labor, such as cotton and sugar, they still segregated the Negros and the natives and treated them with less respect than they showed each other. Minding the Light was a great addition to this series. This review was originally posted on AmongTheReads.net. Get a preview of Minding the Light at amongTheReads.net I would like to thank Celebrate Lit for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
DonnaFC83 8 days ago
If you are wanting a cookie cutter Christian romance, keep looking. This book will keep you guessing and leave you wanting more of the story. Minding the Light is the 2nd book in a series, however I did not read the first book in the series and I was able to read and enjoy this book without being lost. Suzanne Woods Fisher has done a wonderful job of bringing historical Nantucket and the whaling community to life for her readers. The book also offered a small glimpse into the Quakers who lived on the Island. It also gives you the context for some common sayings like "Feeling Blue". The main character, Daphne's love for her family and her spirit have you cheering from her from first page to last. Fisher doesn't shy away from heavy topics, including racism, and how it persisted over the centuries even among the Quakers. This book contains a dual timeline, using a diary to go back in time. I feel that the diary portion of the book is rushed and missing an great opportunity to share more of Mary's story. The book also leaves several "unfinished" story lines that have me waiting to see if and how they are resolved in the third book in the series. I received an advance copy of this book, all views are my own and in no way influenced by this.
vics49548 9 days ago
First off, I kept thinking, “Six years? He was out whaling for six years?” And yes, they really did that as research shows. Author Suzanne Woods Fisher does a great job of researching the whaling trade. I learned a lot from this book. The characters are strong and well written. Of course you love some and dislike others. Some are misguided in their faith. I don’t know much about Quakers so found several interesting facts. I enjoyed the way Fisher interspersed an old diary into the story. It really helped to pull it all together. All in all, it was an enjoyable read, with enough tension to keep my interest. And what an ending! It sure surprised me. But no spoilers here. You’ll need to read the book and I do highly recommend it. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
RobbyeReviewer 10 days ago
Suzanne Woods Fisher’s novel, Minding the Light, is full of history and tidbits of folklore about Nantucket. Although it is the second book in the Nantucket Legacy series, it can easily be read as a standalone as it is about a different generation of the founding families. I was fascinated to learn of the history of the early founders of Nantucket. Almost everyone on the island was a Quaker, so I learned a lot of the history of the Quaker religion, too. There were many heavy, sad details in the story. Surprisingly, some of the details were quite unexpected, such as drug abuse (and possibly addiction), whereas others, such as slavery and bigotry, weren’t as surprising but were still sad. A captivating and enthralling novel of life in a whaling community, fraught with danger and excitement... Minding the Light is a gripping, authentic representation of life in the 19th Century, further enhanced by the glossary of terms, resources and discussion questions included in the book. I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher through Celebrate Lit. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.
MelissaGH 11 days ago
Very interesting story. Captured me on the first page. The characters are brought to life with strong emotions and devotion. Loss, love, hope, faith and more are all in this special story. I received a copy of this book and this is my personal honest opinion. No review was required.
Ourpugs 11 days ago
Minding the light It is very interesting to read a book of two time periods and both were still historical. I wondered as I was reading it if both time periods were written at the same time or separate and then combined together. This book must of taken a while to write. This is one of those books that has a surprise ending and no way I am giving any hints, I love books like that. When I got to the end I wasn’t ready to leave the characters. I felt bad for Daphne’s mother, she missed out on so much by the way she felt about things. I received an complementary copy of the book from Celebrate Lit and the publisher. I was not required to write an positive review and this is my own opinion.
annelr 11 days ago
Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the second book in the Nantucket Legacy series and, having read the first, I was eagerly anticipating reading this one and was not disappointed. Fisher is an expert storyteller and she does not disappoint with Ren and Daphne's story. The characters are strong and vibrant. Daphne is a selfless woman who has chosen to care for her sister's children and faces life head-on with a confident faith. Ren has little regard for the Quaker faith for all its religious trappings and yet he is not unteachable and seems willing to learn what it means to mind the Light within. It was such a pleasure to get to know these characters and others in this book. Some twists to the plot were expected but there were a few that were 'wow, I didn't see that coming!' The story is full of secrets and hypocrisy, deceit and vengeance, and as one character mused, "was nothing on this island like it appeared to be?" The author has written a dual story in this book as she uses Daphne's great (times 3!) grandmother's diary to allow readers to see Nantucket life from years earlier in the 17th century. A parallel story in the diary gives Daphne information and courage to right a wrong. Lots of history and interesting facts about Nantucket and the whaling industry in the early colonial years of Quakers in Massachusetts help to keep the pages turning. At the end of the book, the author adds an enlightening section of historical notes that gives further insight into some of the scenes and situations that she has used in the book. Minding the Light is a wonderful book of learning to recognize love and to trust God, knowing that ultimately He is in control of our lives and we need not fear the future, but can embrace it because we are not alone on this journey called life. I received a complimentary copy of this book via CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required and the opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.
Deana0326 11 days ago
There is nothing better than being transported back in time by an author's talented writing skills. I love how the author has included historical facts about Nantucket and placed it in the story with realism. I have never been to Nantucket, but after reading the book, I feel like I know about its history better. It's interesting to read about the Quakers and their lifestyle during the early 19th century. It must have been very hard to live during this time period as the characters seemed to struggle with finances. To say that whale hunting intrigued me would be an understatement. The men were brave to fight the waves and live at sea for long periods of time. I was saddened by the abruptness of the demise of a beloved character at the beginning of the story. What I did like was how the author once again uses her historical knowledge to introduce readers to laudanum. Many people during this time period used it for different ailments, but as we find out it can be harmful as well. I liked Daphne a lot and loved her fierce protection of her niece and nephew. It surprised me that their father, Ren returns after six years to think his children would welcome him with open arms. He sure has a lot to learn about children and one of them should be to put their needs first. Being a captain does have its responsibilities but being gone for so long, would put a real strain on any relationship. I wonder if he will step up and care for his children ? Maybe he can take a lesson from his friend Abraham who tells him, "There is no secret , sir. Children require time." The story is quite a journey into the workings of a ship and what a sacrifice it can be on families that are left behind while their family members are at sea. Daphne is not quite sure where Ren stands when it is discovered that a new ship has been bought that was not approved by him. I appreciate how the author shows us the different ways that people lived and how slavery was a way of life for some. I could feel the pain as Patience shared about her past. She is very loyal to the family but doesn't share much of her past. It leads me to believe her life has not been easy but she is very humble. She reminds me to be thankful for what I have and not be envious of others. There is so much to like in this story from the intrigue of a possible poisoning, peace, revenge, hate, prejudice, the high seas and lessons that will stay with you long after the last page has been turned. I learned a lot about the Quakers and their traditions thanks to the brilliant writing of the author. The story flows with ease and I kept wondering who Daphne would end up with. I absolutely loved the surprise ending and can't wait for the next book in the series. Thank you for reminding us to see through the darkness and be set free in the light. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit and Baker Publishing Group. The review is my own opinion.
SBMC 12 days ago
What an incredible second book in the Nantucket Legacy series! Minding the Light can definitely be read as a stand-alone, especially since this book features characters one generation removed in time from the first book. But if you haven’t read Phoebe’s Light, you must read it! Suzanne Woods Fisher combines great writing with wonderful dialogue, sprinkles intrigue and mystery within a well-plotted and well-executed storyline, enchants with beautifully real and lovable characters, and convicts with reminders of what faith is really about. She addresses difficulty issues like racism and addiction which are so prevalent today as they were back in 19th century Nantucket. And to realize that the author used many historical facts and people to craft this story is astounding! The fictional diary of Mary Coffin Starbuck (though she indeed was a real person on Nantucket), Daphne’s ancestor, from 17th century provides a semi-dual timeline of sorts within the story and correlates well with Daphne and Ren’s story in 19th century. Daphne is an outspoken, intelligent, loving, compassionate, insightful Quaker who lives under a pretentious mother. Ren is a kind, generous whaling ship captain who is married to Daphne’s older sister, and the story begins when returns home after a six year whaling voyage. Ren is bereft when he returns home and faces emotional, financial, and spiritual crises simultaneously. His sorrow, pain, and desire to do right are palpable and he’s such a strong, dependable yet vulnerable hero. Ren’s twins are amazing and fun and the secondary characters add depth and dimensions to the story. Anyone who enjoys a historical romance would totally love this book. If you’re a fan of Suzanne Woods Fisher, this is a must read! I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher through Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to write a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
BMace 13 days ago
Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the second book in the Nantucket Legacy series. This story picks up on the island some years later. I love all the detail that the author has put in about the whaling industry, which I knew nothing about, the landscape and surrounding water, and just life in general during a time much slower than today. Great Mary's journal yields more timely advice. I had moments of joy, sorrow and even disgust while reading this incredible historical romance. History, Quaker lifestyle, the island of Nantucket and real life come alive in this wonderful book. It certainly makes me want to visit and learn more. I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Mocha-with-Linda 14 days ago
I love curling up with a Suzanne Woods Fisher book for I know I will be immersed in a story that will delight as well as challenge and inspire me. Minding the Light is just such a novel, and I was swept away to nineteenth-century Nantucket Island and the fledgling Quaker whaling community introduced in Phoebe's Light. Once again, Fisher creates a multi-layered story filled with authentic tragedies and triumphs that befall the coastal community. Complex, relatable characters remind the reader that although centuries pass, people do not change so very much, and the need to "mind the Light" is as relevant today as it was then. I'm already eager for the third book in this series, The Light Before Day, coming in October. Don't miss this stirring novel and series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Revell Publishing for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
KrisAnderson_TAR 16 days ago
Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the second novel in the Nantucket Legacy series. Jane Macy is thrilled that her husband, Captain Reynolds “Ren” Macy is returning home after being gone on the Endeavor for over six years. They had been married less than a month when he departed. Ren is thrilled to see his wife, but he is unprepared for the twin children by her side. As Ren settles back into island life, he is surprised by all the changes that have taken place in his absence and not ready for those to come. After being greeted by Jane, she collapses. Daphne Coffin, Jane’s sister, will need all of her strength to help Ren and the children through the trying times ahead. Daphne trusts that God will help her guide Ren and that He will speak to his heart. She finds the journal of Great Mary in her sister’s bedside and begins reading it. It provides comfort, wisdom and guidance. Abraham, a sailor from Ren’s ship, is loyal, smart and kind and he is falling in love with Patience, their Indian maidservant. Then a bounty hunter shows up to take Abraham back to his master. What can Ren and Daphne do to keep Abraham safe? Great Mary experienced a similar situation and her insight will prove invaluable to Daphne. Come along for the voyage to Nantucket in Minding the Light. Minding the Light is a well-written novel that pulled me into its world. I was pulled into the story and my attention was held by this dual timeline story. Ms. Fisher did a wonderful job at incorporating her research (of the area, people, whaling industry, the two time periods, the Quaker beliefs). The author’s descriptive writing brought the book alive. I could imagine the waves hitting the island, the smells (which had me wrinkling my nose), the homes lit by candles, well--you get the picture (pun intended). Daphne is a good character with strong faith. She was the perfect counterpart for Ren as she guided him on the path to be a father, responsible businessman, and a man of faith. It was fascinating to learn about the Quaker customs and beliefs as well as the Cent School. I liked that the author provided a glossary of nineteenth century Nantucket words at the beginning of the book along with a cast of characters. While Minding the Light can be read alone, I recommend reading Phoebe’s Light (just to read and enjoy). The two stories (Daphne and Great Mary’s) are equally fascinating, and I like how they complimented each other. In Minding the Light, we get to see relationships develop, a man grows in his faith, a rift divide a family, secrets revealed, and two children get acquainted with their father. Minding the Light is an intriguing historical novel. I cannot wait for the next novel in the Nantucket Legacy series.