Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Book Title: Minding the Light (Nantucket Legacy Book 2)

Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher

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*Thank you to Revell (Baker House Publishing) for my copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.*

Minding the Light is the second book in a series (Nantucket Legacy). Below is the description from the back of the book:

Minding the Light 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.

My Honest Thoughts:

When I received this book in the mail, I was beyond excited! With a setting by the sea and a Captain as the main character, I couldn’t wait to dig in. Upon first opening the book, I discovered a “Cast of Characters” page and a “Glossary” page. This always makes me wonder if the story is going to be confusing and the characters lacking, hence the reason for an explanation before you get started. Neither was the case, in fact both were appreciated and I referred back to them to double check. The glossary is defining whaling terms, nautical expressions of the 19th century in Nantucket, as well as Quaker specific terms. There are two storylines spanning different time periods woven together to create a thought provoking and insightful view of Nantucket Island beginnings.

One story is presented via letters from the 17th century passed down from generation to generation. The main plot surrounds the people of Nantucket Island during the 19th century. There are numerous topics that the author tackles such as addiction, prejudice, slavery, faith, hypocrisy, love and triumph! This book did not disappoint! No character was lacking and I felt as if I knew them. I found myself pondering some of the tough topics and wondering what I would do in their shoes. The book is filled with great quotes to ponder (a few listed below). And the ending was a twist that warmed my heart!

“An arch is an architectural marvel. It holds together because the stones are carved to fit together perfectly. ‘Tis all about the keystone, Mary. Think on that.”

“The sea is my church. The ocean preaches the best sermons.”

“What might shift in my heart if God were to unveil my eyes and show me that despite my fears and uncertainties, I’m actually surrounded by his powerful protection and presence?”

It was very intriguing to learn about the Quakers and their beginnings on Nantucket island, along with the Wampanoags. Included at the end are historical notes which were used to develop some of the storylines. I was pleased to learn that many of the situations that drew at my heartstrings while reading came from truth.

Final thoughts:

Minding the Light was a book with a beautiful yet messy journey that made me think deeply. It grabbed my attention, drew me into the story and then left me pondering my own truths. This is a book I highly recommend!  I can not wait to read the other books in the Nantucket Legacy.

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