Book Title: Freedom’s Light
Author: Colleen Coble
Paperback or e-book: 320 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Date Published: September 11, 2018
Genre: Christian, Historical Fiction, Suspense
USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble explores the mystery and the romance of the Revolutionary War.
A young lighthouse keeper must navigate the dangerous waters of revolution and one man’s obsession with her to find safe harbor with the sea captain she loves.
Hannah Thomas believes she’s escaped Galen Wright’s evil intentions by marrying an older lighthouse keeper. Seemingly safe in faraway Massachusetts, her world is upended when John is killed in one of the first battles of the Revolutionary War. Hannah is allowed to continue the difficult task of tending the twin lighthouses in John’s place, though she faces daily disapproval from John’s family. She thinks her loneliness will subside when her younger sister arrives, but she finds Lydia’s obsession with Galen only escalates the dangerous tides swirling around her.
A stormy night brings a shipwrecked sea captain to Hannah’s door, and though he is a Tory, her heart is as traitorous as the dark-eyed captain. Even though she discovers Birch Meredith isn’t the enemy he seemed at first, Hannah isn’t sure their love will ever see the light of freedom.
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*Thank you to NetGalley & Thomas Nelson for my copy of this e-book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.*
My Honest Thoughts:
Let me start by saying that Colleen Coble is one of my go-to authors. I truly have a shelf in my library dedicated to her works alone. It will come as no surprise that one of the reasons I enjoy her writing is the scenery is most often by the water. Freedom’s Light sets the scene from a lighthouse on the Atlantic Ocean and takes you back to the Revolutionary War. The main character is young Hannah, married to a lighthouse keeper who leaves to fight in the war, while she is left to tend the lights for the ships passing by. Though she has many troubles, most are not consequences from her own actions but that of others. Her husband meets his demise after being deemed a spy. Her sister is determined to marry a Tory and not just any Tory, but one that Hannah despises. A shipwreck occurs on her watch that injures Captain Birch, who then comes under Hannah’s care. Hannah clings to her faith to see her through each struggle and burden she faces. This story is about faith, love, revenge and history. Although many of the themes are deep-rooted, somehow Coble manages to illuminate the positive and it does not feel as heavy. Historical fiction that was suspenseful with a touch of inspiration and romance. Although not my favorite book by Colleen Coble, it is worth the read.
“Well, I say revenge is your mistress, and I’ll not share you with her!”