Minding the Light

Minding the Light

by Suzanne Woods Fisher


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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: 9780800721633
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Series: Nantucket Legacy Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 310,405
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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.

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Minding the Light 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
NKBookReviewer More than 1 year 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.
ConR More than 1 year ago
The second book in the Nantucket Legacy series, Minding the Light continues the saga of Mary Coffin Starbuck's family on the island. This series is so rich in detail and setting, and the characters leap into your heart and mind from the pages. Daphne Coffin's story is one to be pondered and savored, as a choice morsel on the tongue is fully tasted until its' end. I can't wait to read the next in the series!!!
poochiepepper More than 1 year ago
A little different series than Suzanne usually writes but I love this era and especially whenever there is a diary of ages ago involved. She really does her research on whatever genre she writes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to part 3.
ASimplyEnchantedLife More than 1 year ago
Minding the Light is book#2 in the Nantucket Legacy series by Suzanne Woods Fisher. Usually known for her Amish Fiction, this series explores early life for Quaker Settlers in the Nantucket area. Usually, I'm a huge fan of Suzanne Woods Fisher but so far this series just isn't my favorite. I'm having a hard time getting into the characters and the different writing style. It just feels different. Now, I'm not trying to stick this author in a box—not at all. I do enjoy books outside the Amish genre. The writing style just feels different to me. The characters in this book were okay. Not bad, not great. They were just okay. No one really stood out to me. They had a purpose, they were well-developed. They just didn't speak to me. This is nothing at all to do with the author and I think maybe it has to do with me. I'd be curious to pick this series up in a year or so and see how I feel about it then. I do like that the author is not afraid to tackle hard topics such as racism and intolerance. These are such deep-seated issues that have long been ingrained in our culture and it's time to start recognizing that so that we can change for the better. Overall the book is well written and I do want to continue the series. I just didn't feel like it was speaking to me at this time. I truly feel that sometimes you read a book when it's not the time to read that particular book. I wanted to love it and as I already said, I'd like to read it again in the future—just to see how the characters speak to me then. This book was provided to me by Revell Reads. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
Ya'll, I have Bloggers Block. That moment when the flashing little line on the screen mocks all the words my brain is not capable of mushing together. Forget words, I'll take letters at this point. That being said I will tell you a story about where my mind is detouring. It's related, I promise. Last fall I missed an opportunity to meet Suzanne Woods Fisher. I missed it literally by hours. I live very close to the college in my small town, very close. She was here. I didn't know she was here. Until that night, after it was over, and I realized I was walking (WALKING) distance to where the event was occurring and I didn't know about it. I try to keep up with events at the college, where I also graduated from a few decades ago. There's a Biblical artifacts exhibit on through winter that I have plans to attend with a friend and her children. But this one squeaked through the cracks by hours people. I was heart-broken and disappointed. She was walking distance from my personal library of most of her books. Am I a bad book fan? Here's the thing, that's somewhat how I feel about this book. I've taken a recent hiatus from all things blogging over the last several weeks. It wasn't planned (which means a total over-haul of the schedule as a revamp is too small in scope). Grief has been slowly taking all the things and turning them sideways. It was small at first and then took on larger proportions as the months went by. It took me ages to read this book because well, I just couldn't focus. I sorta felt like Ren, needing somewhere to channel the grief but not finding a solid landing spot that felt right. I channeled mine right into Netflix and sleep. Ren, into misguided blame and uncertainty. Grief does that to a person. The thing is, once I found my stride with this book I really found it. I'm not all in like Flynn mind you but I'm eeking back. I connected better with this book than I did 'Phoebe's Light'. There was less of that drat character introspection, or if it was there I didn't notice it. I also enjoyed the mirror of Great Mary's Journal with Daphne's life. I do have to tell you that I did figure out one of the threads through the story long before I was supposed to. For me it wasn't a distraction at all and honestly, I wonder if I only figured it out as I was reading so intensely in order to keep finding my reading groove again. That's a thing that might have happened. I read this book in spurts and starts just trying to find my groove. And that last third read like the wind. And then the blinking cursor taunts me still with all the words I cannot create. I didn't quite connect the dots on the family lineage that brought us Daphne (and Jane) with the journal. It really didn't matter though. This book gave me a lot of thoughts and take aways. When you act out of revenge you do eventually get your due. When your revenge is petty sometimes your due is more satisfying. When you truly 'mind the light' you do find what you are seeking. Perhaps not what you thought it looked like but definitely what you were seeking. Sometimes doing things for the wrong reasons brings about the right results. True love is not jealous. True love is patient. True love is kind. Sometimes love doesn't look like you anticipated it to look. And sometimes things masquerade as love when it's not really love. I loved the history of 'minding the light' and how the theme wove so seamlessly through the book that it almost r
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
Minding the Light is the second book of a series, but I didn’t have any concerns about what was going on – it serves well as a stand-alone story. I love dual time period stories, so I expected a lot of this one and wasn’t disappointed. I also love a book that teaches me something new, or gives me a new way of looking at something. I know little of the 17th century, but the research that went into this book is apparent, and it melded well with the characters and setting. This is a deeply passionate and meaningful story, putting me through a gambit of emotions. Captain Macy is such an interesting character and has such prolific decisions to make. Looking forward has a way of healing the past, and this story put several things in my own life into perspective. I look forward to reading this Nantucket Legacy series and more work by Suzanne Woods Fisher. I received a copy of this book from Revell.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Minding the Light is a compelling continuation of the Nantucket Legacy series! I was delighted by the Nantucket Island setting and pleased to learn more about the history of its Quaker community. Engaging characters and historical details, both real and imagined, add richness and depth to this dual timeframe tale. I especially enjoyed Great Mary’s journal entries intertwined throughout the novel. Suzanne Woods Fisher is a gifted storyteller, and I look forward to continuing this fascinating series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
academy252 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Nantucket Legacy series by Suzanne Woods Fisher.  It is set on Nantucket Island in the 1820's with references in journal form again from Great Aunt Mary set in the 17th century.  The series background is Nantucket Island and the Quaker way of life.  The title, Minding the Light, is about tending to the inner light that God puts in His children.  It is a fascinating series of tales about a people that played a crucial role in that part of the world during our history as a nation.  I do love a good historical fiction novel and Suzanne Woods Fisher has done her homework.  It is very well written and researched. Jane Macy has been raising her twins for six long years while waiting for her husband to come home from sea.  With the help of her sister Daphne, her servant Patience and her husband's cousin Tristram they have made it to the day when Captain Reynolds Macy returns only to have Jane collapse shortly after his arrival. Daphne has to step up to help with the children with no help from her mother due to a very strained relationship.  Tragedy rocks their world and nothing will ever be the same again but God has a plan in the midst of it all. This sequel is every bit as intriguing as the first in the series.  Fisher does not shy away from hard things in her stories.  The characters in her novels show deep human emotions and reactions, some weak moments as well as great character, faith and an enduring spirit in the midst of very tragic circumstances. One of my favorite parts of the first book was the continuing journal entries from Great Aunt Mary from the 1600's.  She carries that over into this sequel.  I love how Great Mary's entries helped to guide the journal holder to great truths and insight just when they needed it.  Great Mary's faith strengthened the journal keeper even 200 years after her story was logged.
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
I was so happy to get to read this second book in the Nantucket Series! I must admit I was thinking, “How can the author top Phoebe’s Light?”, but she did! It is now the 1800’s and the story of Mary Coffin Starbucks family continues as does her mysterious and treasured diary from 1660. The last book was such an interesting wealth of information about the life of whalers. This books shares another side of their story, what their families faced while they were out to sea earning a living. Daphne and Jane Coffin Macy are Mary’s great-great-great granddaughters. Great Mary’s diary has been passed down through the years and falls in to the hands of Daphne. As with the last book, pages of her diary are shared throughout the book. I cannot imagine having my spouse away for that long of a time, not knowing if he were dead or alive or even to return. The hardships financially and emotionally of the wives, children, and family was incredible as Ms. Fisher so deftly draws the reader into. Look at it from the whaler’s view. How much as his home and family changed in that time? I saw Ren struggle with adapting to home and the difficulties he was presented. After all, the challenges on a ship are far different than those among family and at home. There are so very many adjustments for everyone even though they are blessed to be back. I always like how Ms. Fisher’s characters, no matter how small, are fleshed out that you feel as you know them and have met them. No matter how many years pass, man’s shortcomings never change nor does virtue and character. Daphne was so sweet and kind, always putting others needs before hers. Her faith and reliance on God was inspiring. You can’t even begin to believe, that she is Lillian’s daughter. Lillian is her opposite, a very bitter, dishonest greedy woman. I think my favorite character was Abraham; Ren’s extremely loyal black officer and friend on Ren’s ship. He had more character in his pinkie than some of the wealthy, “upstanding” citizens of the island. This story holds more surprises and intrigue than the other book, especially concerning Great Mary’s diary. I even more anxious for the next book to come out!!! I received this book from Revell publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated are my own.
PinkGranny More than 1 year ago
Suzanne Woods Fisher's Minding the Light will capture your imagination from page one onward. The characters are lively and not what you might expect from the black and white pages of your history books about Quakers. A coveted journal from one of the first white settlers on Nantucket Island makes its way into book two of the Nantucket legacy series. Written by Mary Coffin Starbuck, who wrote about her life in the 17th century, her days seemed to parallel the life of her forbears. Captain Reynold Macy had much to look forward to when he returned home after a six year voyage. What waited for him on arrival was more than he bargained for. The story unfolds it is certain that the life he dreamed of with his young wife Jane was never going to be what he imagined. The ship's hold was full and should turn a profit. His cousin and business partner Tristram Macy, had looked after his business affairs so all would be well. His young sister-in-law, Daphne, was about to become engaged to Tristram. She had been helping Jane manage the large house on Orange Street where all fine captains lived. Her heart was with her family, and although her mother was pushing her engagement, she was reluctant to set her heart fully on the match. I meant to read only a few pages as the hour was late when I began, but soon found the time had moved along until I was well into the third chapter before I had to put it down. I was looking forward to this book since I read the sneak peek in Phoebe's Light. The Quaker faith in this series is inspiring as it relates to bringing forth the light. Jane, and her sister Daphne have a strong faith and live their lives accordingly. However, while the Quakers considered themselves "Friends" they also do not welcome the native population or blacks into the polite society of their meetings. This is very evident with their own mother, Lillian Coffin, whose standards are so different than her daughters. I recommend Minding the Light with 5 stars for those who love historical fiction. The characters are engaging and the plot well written.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
I am so enjoying this Nantucket Legacy series by Fisher, especially due to the (fictional) journal entries from (not fictional) Mary Coffin Starbuck that are interspersed throughout each novel. Mary was an integral figure in Nantucket history, and I love seeing the island’s earliest days (17th century) through her eyes. It’s fascinating to see how Nantucket came to be, to glimpse its earliest days as well as what it has become a couple hundred years later (19th century) and her great-great-great granddaughter’s story. Speaking of whom… Daphne is a kind, compassionate heroine who is perhaps stronger than she realizes. Or at least stronger than she lets on. In the face of blatant hypocrisy close to home and more subtle hypocrisy among her peers and elders, Daphne holds true to what she believes. As it pertains to her own heart and as it pertains to the intrinsic value of all humans, no matter the color of their skin or their origin. I suspect, had I lived in the 19th century or she lived in modern times, Daphne and I would have become great friends. Ren is a dashing sea captain who comes home to face great surprises – and great grief. The road ahead is not an easy one for Ren, and it will cost him more than he expects. Yet, watching his transformation throughout the course of the book was inspiring. He must deal with the same hypocrisy as Daphne, yet instead of letting it make him stronger (as Daphne has done) he has allowed it to sour his opinion of the Quaker faith. I admit that there is much i don’t understand about the Quaker faith, much that gives me pause. Still, my husband has Quaker roots in his not-so-distant family tree and so I am always eager to learn more about what shaped his mother’s family. Bottom Line: One thing I learn from reading historical fiction is that there really is nothing new under the sun. The circumstances may be vastly different, and the day-to-day life may alter considerably from one generation to the next. But some things remain ever true: The human heart is sinful; religious people sin too; Jesus is the Light of the World; Grace is amazing. In Minding the Light, we see all of the above, plus a richly-detailed history so vividly told that you can hear the sea gulls in the air, the waves lapping against the shore, the bustle of people at the wharf, and the bells ringing through the town. Engaging characters and a compelling history combine with all I’ve already mentioned to deliver a story that you won’t want to put down! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.