" Not today, I will not worry about anything on this special day..." Phoebe Starbuck , Phoebe's Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher.
I am so excited to tell you about my first March 2018 "Must Read" Phoebe's Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher. So this is a Historical Romance novel set in the year 1767 on the beautiful Nantucket Island and unlike the books that she has previously written, This book is about Quakers instead of the Amish that she typically writes about. I would recommend this book if you :
- Have read any of Suzanne Woods Fisher's books,
- Like to read books by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Beverly Lewis ( Mrs. Woods Fisher's books are similar to these two amazing authors, but the writing style is different. Personally I prefer the way Mrs. Woods Fisher writes)
- Want to check out a book that shows the "sometimes treacherous shores of Quaker life",
- Want to read an amazing new book,
- Want to check out a author whose books you have not read yet.
So here is the story,
Phoebe's Light is the story of Phoebe Starbuck who has been taking care of her father since the day her mother died from illness. She has always worried about whether they would have enough money to pay for food or worrying about her father's latest business venture ( He had tried several things before, but had not found anything that worked... yet) But on the day she turned eighteen, she was determined that she would not worry about anything. Her father surprised her by giving her her Great-Grandmother Mary's journal. Her Great Grandmother was a member of one of the founding families on Nantucket Island so Phoebe was both excited and humbled by such an amazing gift. Shortly after this, she runs into Captain Phineas Foulger, the man that she has been in love with for years. She is thrilled when he proposes and they are married soon after. Phoebe convinces the captain to take her along on his next voyage and they soon set sail. Phoebe is so excited about this adventure that she is about to go on that nothing could dim her excitement... except when she finds out that her father sent Matthew Mitchell to be her "Minder". Phoebe's father was worried that the Captain would hurt Phoebe so he sent Matthew to make sure that she stayed safe. She decides that she will just ignore him and they soon set sail, Phoebe gets seasick immediately and cannot seem to keep food down. The very sight of food makes her sick. So as a distraction, she starts reading her Great Grandmother Mary's journal. She learns of the heartaches and fear that her Great Grandmother had growing up and the wisdom that she had during her teenage and early adult years. Unfortunately as the voyage progresses Phoebe's health gets worse and she discovers that the man she married was not who she thought he was.
Matthew Mitchell agreed to be part of Captain Foulger's crew as a favor for Phoebe Starbuck's father. He knew that her father saved his father when they were younger so he agrees to watch out for Phoebe. He had always been in love with her and was heartbroken when he heard the news of her marriage to the captain. Regardless of his feelings though , He would watch out for her safety. He is worried when he sees how seasick she has become and is furious when it appears that her husband does not care how she is doing. He has to be cautious though around the crew when referring to Phoebe because the crew believed it was bad luck to bring a women on the voyage and were blaming her for everything that went wrong. If Matthew still prayed, He would pray that God would comfort Phoebe and restore her health but he is sure that God does not listen to him anymore. Then Phoebe becomes deathly ill, Will Matthew reach out in faith to God to healing?
Is there anything that Matthew can do to save Phoebe or will this adventure that she wanted so badly to go on be her last one?
So what did I think?
Wow. That is the first thing that comes to my mind. I have always loved Mrs Suzanne's books but this one is AMAZING! This is the first book in the Nantucket Legacy Series and I cannot wait for the next book Minding the Light. This is the first book that she has done that is about a Quaker girl instead of a Amish one and I really enjoyed the different perspective. The characters do say thee and nay instead of you or no ( there are a few more words, but these are the most prominent) but I thought that it really added character to the story. Some parts of the story are told by Phoebe and some parts are told by Mary as though we were really reading her journal pages that were torn out and put in between the chapters. Overall the story has everything in it, romance, heartache, danger , betrayal and faith. I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars ***** and on the Emoji rating 😍
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Happy Reading :)
I would like to thank Revell , A division of Baker Publishing Group for allowing me to review this book in exchange for a free copy, I was not required to write a favorable review, just an honest one.