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Phoebe Starbuck has always adjusted her sails and rudder to the whims of her father. Now, for the first time, she's doing what she wants to do: marrying Captain Phineas Foulger and sailing far away from Nantucket. As she leaves on her grand adventure, her father gives her two gifts, both of which Phoebe sees little need for. The first is an old sheepskin journal from Great Mary, her highly revered great-grandmother. The other is a "minder" on the whaling ship in the form of cooper Matthew Macy, a man whom she loathes.

Soon Phoebe discovers that life at sea is no easier than life on land. Lonely, seasick, and disillusioned, she turns the pages of Great Mary's journal and finds herself drawn into the life of this noble woman. To Phoebe's shock, her great-grandmother has left a secret behind that carries repercussions for everyone aboard the ship, especially her husband the captain and her shadow the cooper. This story within a story catapults Phoebe into seeing her life in an entirely new way--just in time.

In this brand-new series, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher brings her signature twists and turns to bear on a fascinating new faith community: the Quakers of colonial-era Nantucket Island.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0800721624
ISBN-13: 9780800721626
Series: Nantucket Legacy

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Phoebe Starbuck has always adjusted her sails and rudder to the whims of her father. Now, for the first time, she's doing what she wants to do: marrying Captain Phineas Foulger and sailing far away from Nantucket. As she leaves on her grand adventure, her father gives her two gifts, both of which Phoebe sees little need for. The first is an old sheepskin journal from Great Mary, her highly revered great-grandmother. The other is a "minder" on the whaling ship in the form of cooper Matthew Macy, a man whom she loathes.

Soon Phoebe discovers that life at sea is no easier than life on land. Lonely, seasick, and disillusioned, she turns the pages of Great Mary's journal and finds herself drawn into the life of this noble woman. To Phoebe's shock, her great-grandmother has left a secret behind that carries repercussions for everyone aboard the ship, especially her husband the captain and her shadow the cooper. This story within a story catapults Phoebe into seeing her life in an entirely new way--just in time.

In this brand-new series, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher brings her signature twists and turns to bear on a fascinating new faith community: the Quakers of colonial-era Nantucket Island.

Author Bio

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Anna's Crossing, The Newcomer, and The Return in 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 Twitter @suzannewfisher.

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  1. Melissa
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Engaging story
    February 22, 2018
    Melissa
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I am fast becoming a Suzanne Woods Fisher fan. Her books are very engaging and I love the research she puts into to each book. The taste of history we get as we read feels very real.

    Its interesting to learn about the Quaker faith and the persecution they came under.

    Phoebe has a lot of hope and ideas and she doesnt seem to see things as they really are, except when it comes to her father. But she really wants Captain Foulger to be the one but I didnt really trust at all.

    Overall, I really enjoyed this read. If you like this time period and setting I am sure you would enjoy this book.

    A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
  2. Fizzy Pop
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Suzanne Woods Fisher can still write a book that captures my attention and holds me captive within the pages.
    February 21, 2018
    Fizzy Pop
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I have to say I've yet to meet a Suzanne Woods Fisher book I didn't love. She has the ability to create relateable (why does that word insist on red squiggly lines of hate, so it's not a word it's Fizzyfied so it's a word!) characters and settings that tell a story that is timeless. I am sad to say that I ran into a couple of hiccups in this book that frustrate me. I'm more frustrated because it's not just in Suzanne's book I am finding these trends but in authors I have read and loved for years. I'm going to sidetrack you here for a moment and talk about this trend across the genre and established authors and not just this book. Why, for the love of tomatoes, do we need to have this 'character introspection' so heavily through the story? Example: When she was summoned to go up the balustrade staircase to Sarah's chamber (there was indeed a mortgage button on the newel post Phoebe looked for it!), not a squeak could be heard on the wooden stair tread. (She listened for it!) Page 45. I'm not sure where this trend started but I'm seeing it across the board with many tired and true authors. And I'm finding it harder and harder to fall in love with the characters and stories because I'm just so distracted. I know I'm not the only one who doesn't like this writing style, but I'm generally less vocal about it than most.

    Personal rant aside lets talk book! I love historical fiction. OK, I love words all the words, but this is a genre that I enjoy. There is so much history out there and it's entirely more enjoyable to learn about it through a good story than a dry textbook. I've not read a lot of Quaker fiction before (one book comes to mind and the thee/thou/thy started to drive me batty in it so I was a tidbit worried here) but it's something that I believe I can find interesting. And I did. And the plain pronouns didn't really even phase me with this book. Being written predominately in third person it wasn't overwhelming. Phoebe, however, was a bit overwhelming. I think she was meant to be a sympathetic character but I found it hard to find sympathy for her. Yes, she had to care for her father who was the quintessential Quaker version of the mad scientist, what with a string of failed and half-baked business ventures in his wake. Yes, she had a lot on her plate, not even including the money worries caused by dear ol' dad. She makes me thing of 1700s version of a social climber. The Captain was a plain old jerkwad toad nugget. I really never was a fan of him from the beginning and knew by page 95 that he was no good. However, the interplay between now (OK Phoebe's time) and Great Mary's time (about 100 years prior) was interesting. I need to continue this series, if for no other reason to read the rest of the journal!

    This story was engaging, even if I didn't care much for a character I feel like I was intended to. From the initial settling of Nantucket Island in Great Mary's journal to the life of a Quaker woman 100 years later this book draws you into a different time and a different view of faith. I found it so interesting that many who initially settled there did so to get away from the Quakers but then the island became very Quaker. I was even drawn into the idea of life on a whaling sloop, even though I mostly just saw the Captain's cabin. Suzanne Woods Fisher can still write a book that captures my attention and holds me captive within the pages. She still brings to life characters that can breath my same air. I just need this new writing style that is all the rage to find a new home, away from authors I love.

    I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by CelebrateLit, NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
  3. Mari
    Illinois
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful Historical Read on Nantucket Island
    February 21, 2018
    Mari
    Illinois
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Journey back to the late 1760;s on Nantucket Island with Phoebe Starbuck, a young Quaker lady who turned eighteen. Phoebe was gifted with her Great Grandmother Mary Coffin's journal on her special day. Phoebe's Light is well written with three dimensional characters, filled with the language and history of Nantucket Island during the 17th and 18th century and emotionally fused with a split story line of Phoebe Starbuck and Mary Coffin. Matthew Macy and Phoebe grew up together but after the losses his family suffered with his dad's ship destroyed, loss cargo and losing his life, Matthew turned his faith away from God thus resulting with Phoebe not marrying Matthew. With Phoebe's eighteenth birthday she was determined to win Captain Phineas Foulger's heart which resulted in a hasty marriage. When Phoebe set her mind to sail on the Fortuna, Captain Foulger's ship as his new bride, a new crew was needed because of the superstition of a lady on board. Matthew was offered to be the cooper for Captain Foulger to spot the sperm whales for the oil needed for lighting. There were many unexpected twists and turns with unending action, seasickness for Phoebe, discovering secrets of Captain Foulger, along with Phoebe being cared for by Matthew and mute Silo, cabin boy on the Fortuna. The vivid descriptive words of Phoebe's story and Mary Coffin's journal kept the pages turning, along with the history, characteristics of the heroine, hero and secondary characters, beliefs and language of the Quakers and the inner light that God gives to each one when they reach out to Him.

    Phoebe's Light is a top-notched historical romance with many personalities, emotions, historical events, characters with strength, fortitude, resilience, hard work, faith and most of them with deep integrity. Fisher kept the parallel time slip of Mary Coffin and Phoebe Starbuck moving with similarities to their personality, inner struggles, intellect, strong will, faith, family secrets, and discovering their true happiness. I'm biding my time for the next book, Minding the Light in Nantucket Legacy. Suzanne Woods Fisher is one of my favorite authors.

    I appreciate Suzanne Woods Fisher's intensive research with the history of Mary Coffin and others from the 1600's with a beautiful recreated journal she had kept during her life time. Other bonuses that add to this amazing story are a glossary of the language in Nantucket during the 18th Century, historical truths and history about the Quakers of 17th and 18th Century. Fisher is well known for her top notched writing filled with realistic historical characters experiencing history as it happened among the Anabaptist, Mennonites and Quakers.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Revell, publisher. A favorable review was not required but I have expressed my sincere thoughts.
  4. Katrina
    Western Ky
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Spectacular Read
    February 21, 2018
    Katrina
    Western Ky
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I loved this book and look forward to the upcoming books in this series.

    When the book arrived I was immediately captivated by the cover. I imagine this would be what Phoebe looked like standing on the shore of Nantucket watching for the Fortuna to arrive. The author provides a list of characters and descriptions, also a glossary with the language of 18th-Century Nantucket to help the reader. I read through both before starting the story.

    This book is a story within a story. Let me explain. This book centers on Phoebe Starbuck and begins the day of her 18th birthday. Her father, Barnabas, gives her a weathered book bound in sheepskin which turns out to be a journal her great grandmother had written about her family being one of the first proprietors to settle on the island. It gives a rich backstory and adds a mystery to the book.

    As the opening pages introduces us to Phoebe she appears as any girl would be on the morning of her birthday. She is full of anticipation, hopes and dreams of the future. She shows a great devotion and love for her father, but she knows he also has his shortcomings. Her interests of a romantic nature lean towards Phineas Fougler the whaling captain of Fotuna and also one of the most admired men on the island. This very day Phineas takes a special interest in Phoebe to her greatest delight. Phoebe has always taken care of her father, which has been a chore in and of itself, but she feels that now is the time to focus on her future. As Phineas increases his interest to Phoebe, to the shock of many, she suddenly finds herself preparing for a marriage and leaving the island behind to follow her husband on his ship. Suddenly Phoebe is facing problems she never imagined, from sickness to betrayal, and we see the girl grow into a woman of much courage and faith.

    As I said, I loved this book. With the sweep of the hand Suzanne Woods Fisher weaved words together that evoked both laughter and tears. The story captures the time, place, values and beliefs. There are twists and turns when characters find things more complicated than they ever imagined which leads a hint of mystery. From the complex characters, romantic tension, crisis of faith and the consistent plot I was drawn in from the first page and didn't close the book until the end. This is a book I would recommend to anyone.

    **I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  5. MaryAnn
    OR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Colonial History brought to life
    February 21, 2018
    MaryAnn
    OR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A new series in a new setting--Quakers on Nantucket Island amid the whaling days of the mid-1700s. This book has suspense, intrigue, romance, and danger. The first half seems slow going, but then the action and drama picked up more and really kept me hooked. I enjoy history, and it's fun to learn about a different place and time. The author made the characters so realistic, I thought they must all be actual people and Great Mary's journal words she'd copied from the original. She seamlessly wove fact with fiction and made it all totally believable. I have to admit, though, that I often had trouble separating Phoebe from her great-grandmother in my mind. The story switched back and forth from Phoebe's life to what she read in the journal penned by Mary Coffin in her youth (1658). And the journal printed on gray background with fading text was hard for me to read just as it was for her. I received a copy through Celebrate Lit. All opinions are my own.
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