Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Minding the Light: Nantucket Legacy & a Giveaway!

Good Morrow and Happy Fourth of July! Suzanne Woods Fisher is a Carol-award winner with over one million books solve worldwide.  She is the author of Anna's Crossing, The Devoted, The Quieting, The Search and Phoebe's Light (to name just a few of her creations).

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 which is The Light Before Day (October 2018).

Minding the Light is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, GooglePlay Store, Kobo, and iBooks.  To celebrate her tour, Suzanne Woods Fisher is giving away a $10 Starbucks gift card to five (5) winners.  Make sure to leave a comment on my blog before you depart to get nine (9) extra entries.  Click here to enter.  Make sure to visit the other stops on the tour (see below).  Thank you for stopping by today.  I will return tomorrow with my thoughts on Portrait of a Sister by Laura Bradford.  May you have a sparkling day.  Enjoy the fireworks and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

Blog Stops

Carpe Diem, July 3
Livin Lit, July 3
Mary Hake, July 7
Simple Harvest Reads, July 8 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Book by Book, July 9
Splashes of Joy, July 10
Vicky Sluiter, July 11
Among the Reads, July 12
Bigreadersite, July 15
Pause for Tales, July 16

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the review on "Minding the Light" by Suzanne Woods Fisher and for being part of the book tour by Celebrate Lit. I lvoe this author's books and can't wait for the opportunity to read this one.
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