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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Minding the Light

  1. 5 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    I was excited to continue the voyage with Suzanne Woods Fisher in the second book of the Nantucket Legacy series, Minding the Light. Featuring a dual timeline we continue to read about Mary Coffin Starbuck's life in the 17th century ,that was written in a journal that was found, while also reading about the 19th century in the main story. Read about the beginnings of the Quakers in America on Nantucket Island. You will get your fill in this story with love lost and found,hope,betrayal and shocki I was excited to continue the voyage with Suzanne Woods Fisher in the second book of the Nantucket Legacy series, Minding the Light. Featuring a dual timeline we continue to read about Mary Coffin Starbuck's life in the 17th century ,that was written in a journal that was found, while also reading about the 19th century in the main story. Read about the beginnings of the Quakers in America on Nantucket Island. You will get your fill in this story with love lost and found,hope,betrayal and shocking revelations that come to the light of day. I loved reading the true facts in the back of the book that this story is based on. Very compelling read you will want to come back to more than once. Pub Date 03 Jul 2018 I received a complimentary copy of this book for Revell through NetGalley. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Maddy

    I was pleasantly surprised with this book. This isn’t my favorite genre, but I did enjoy it. I loved the theme the story with it being about “Minding the Light” and how well the title ties in with it all. This is the second book in the series, and I’m definitely looking forward to when the next book comes out. This book starts with a joyous reunion, but things quickly fall apart. Tragic strikes and Caption Macy’s life is suddenly turned upside down. This book jumps right into things which I loved I was pleasantly surprised with this book. This isn’t my favorite genre, but I did enjoy it. I loved the theme the story with it being about “Minding the Light” and how well the title ties in with it all. This is the second book in the series, and I’m definitely looking forward to when the next book comes out. This book starts with a joyous reunion, but things quickly fall apart. Tragic strikes and Caption Macy’s life is suddenly turned upside down. This book jumps right into things which I loved. There is hurting and heartbreak right from the beginning, and it pulls you in and makes you feel for these characters. I have to say that my favorite part about this book was definitely the characters. There was tension, heartbreak, and friends turned enemies. These characters went through a lot and I loved seeing how everything came together as the book went on. Friendships blossomed and truth came out. They came a long ways from the beginning, and I loved seeing how it all played out. Henry and Hitty were adorable, and you can’t help but love Abraham and Patience. Another thing I loved about this book was the journal entries at the end of each chapter. It was really neat to see how their family history was similar to their own story. I enjoyed this book overall and would recommend it. “I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own”

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Minding the Light is a fabulous, top notched historical romance fiction by bestselling author, Suzanne Woods Fisher. This is a powerful dual story with the history of Mary Coffin Starbuck, daughter of one of the first proprietors of Nantucket Island (17th century) and her great, great, great granddaughters, Daphne and Jane (19th century). This dual story is penned with vivid pictorial and meaningful script that placed me in the midst of the 17th and 19th century with events that transpired on Na Minding the Light is a fabulous, top notched historical romance fiction by bestselling author, Suzanne Woods Fisher. This is a powerful dual story with the history of Mary Coffin Starbuck, daughter of one of the first proprietors of Nantucket Island (17th century) and her great, great, great granddaughters, Daphne and Jane (19th century). This dual story is penned with vivid pictorial and meaningful script that placed me in the midst of the 17th and 19th century with events that transpired on Nantucket Island. The authenticity of the history and similarities of the characters for each century was impressive, similar and gave way to that Inner Light and speech the Quakers were known for each tale. The characters were strong and realistic with their resilience, sorrow, faith, jealousy, disappointment, fortitude, tenacity, deceit, and bigotry. The detailed history that Suzanne Woods Fisher brought to life about the Quakers and the settling of Nantucket Island residents gave more reverence to all the hardships the settlers faced and beliefs about no man owned another, while holding on to their faith and belief from God as their “Inner Light” to guide them. The sea adventures and description of the ships and whaling to provide oil to the island added even more valuable history to the story. I was in the moment whether at sea or on the island in this latest grand historical story by Suzanne Woods Fisher. After reading the sneak preview of The Light Before Day, I’m abiding my time until my preorder arrives to conclude this superb well researched series. Suzanne Woods Fisher is one of my favorite Christian Historical Fiction authors and I look forward to her next series. I purchased this book at a book signing with Suzanne Woods Fisher and was not required to write a positive review. However, I have shared my honest thoughts for this outstanding book woven in a way that will remain in my thoughts and heart.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    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 keep 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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carole Jarvis

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2z9TcdR The Nantucket Legacy series by Suzanne Woods Fisher is a gem in the fiction world, and Minding the Light is even more engrossing than the previous story. It has that flawless blend of vivid setting, rich characterization, emotional depth, and compelling narrative that give it the “Wow” factor for me. 19th century Nantucket comes alive in this story where historical research is impeccable and period detail becomes the visual framework of this Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2z9TcdR The Nantucket Legacy series by Suzanne Woods Fisher is a gem in the fiction world, and Minding the Light is even more engrossing than the previous story. It has that flawless blend of vivid setting, rich characterization, emotional depth, and compelling narrative that give it the “Wow” factor for me. 19th century Nantucket comes alive in this story where historical research is impeccable and period detail becomes the visual framework of this story. I could almost literally see the unpaved town streets, hear the ocean waves, and even catch the scent of whale oil coming from the harbor. I’ve always been drawn to New England and been blessed to visit Nantucket, which made this story even more special. Minding the Light has an unusual complexity and emotional draw that pulled me in from the first page. Ren, eagerly returning home after a six-year whaling expedition, discovers an ailing wife, family he didn’t know existed, and financial troubles. I felt so connected to this richly-drawn character who loved the sea … “He was never happier, never more alive than when he was guiding his ship safely through a tempest. In a way, he took pleasure in reading the sea, mastering her moods.” Entries from the journal of Mary Coffin Starbuck two hundred years earlier seamlessly blend with Ren and Daphne lives with many similarities. And then there’s the rough-around-the-edges character of Lillian, Daphne’s mother, who “was quite fond of her grudges, nursing them like little pets.” There’s nothing predictable about this story, and it ends with a shocker that, in retrospect, I should have seen coming. Quaker beliefs aren’t easy for me to understand, but they played an integral part of Nantucket life during this era. To me, the “light within” is Jesus. Hypocrisy and race intolerance infiltrated faith, just as today. Although Quakers were against slavery, they wanted no part of social equalization. So many historical nuggets fill these pages! Very highly recommended. Minding the Light goes on my “best of the best” list. I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    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 genr 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. Note: Kristin reads and reviews both Christian and secular fiction on A Simply Enchanted Life. Out of respect for my readers, I am including a content review. This content review will help you decide whether this book is suitable for you. Christian or Secular: Christian ASEL Rating: no profanity, violence, bedroom scenes, or other content that could otherwise be considered disturbing. (Mentions of Whaling, a girl is accidentally poisoned, racism) Themes: Quaker Settlement, Whaling, Colonial America, Romance, Faith Suggested Age: 13+ 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. This review originally posted on A Simply Enchanted Life

  7. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    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 predi 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)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chautona Havig

    What about Minding the Light Did I Love & Hate What did I love? So many things. Daphne stole my heart with her feisty spirit, her gentle ways, and the fierce love she had for everyone in her life. She taught me much about forgiveness while holding fast to what is right. I loved that Suzanne Woods Fisher wasn’t afraid to tackle the difficult subjects. Racism, bigotry, hypocrisy, foolish addiction, But more than that, I love that she tackled them with equal parts of forthright honesty and gentle comp What about Minding the Light Did I Love & Hate What did I love? So many things. Daphne stole my heart with her feisty spirit, her gentle ways, and the fierce love she had for everyone in her life. She taught me much about forgiveness while holding fast to what is right. I loved that Suzanne Woods Fisher wasn’t afraid to tackle the difficult subjects. Racism, bigotry, hypocrisy, foolish addiction, But more than that, I love that she tackled them with equal parts of forthright honesty and gentle compassion. One of the most wonderful parts was the continuity of story. Not just the beautiful journal entries we’ve seen from the previous novel but also the issues of laudanum use and coming to grips with the strengths and weaknesses of your faith. She didn’t drag each of the old books into the next as much as she told each story individually while creating a beautiful arc of another story and wove it throughout each. We’re left waiting for more of Mary and her tale. And what did I hate? Not much. Most of what I hated had to do with seeing myself in characters I can’t like or respect. I hated having to examine my heart and find things in it I didn’t like in there—weaknesses I pretend I don’t have. Sigh. It hurt. But there was one thing that did mar some of the story for me. In one place in particular (but to a lesser degree in one or two more), the backstory wasn’t woven into the current tale. We were treated to an info-dump of “this is how all this got set up so you know what’s going on.” Look, I get it. It happens in the best of stories. The fact of it isn’t even what bothered me as much as how it was done. It felt rushed… as if we were all sitting around a dinner table, and something happened outside. So instead of getting up to go see and return afterward to finish, we just were forced to shovel down that meal so we could get on with it. It’s really my only complaint about the book and compared to a lot of books, it’s not worth noting. But, even at the end, while I’m still basking in the glow of the “light of Nantucket,” I remember that clog of information. So I mention it. Seriously, I loved the book. I'm so glad that I requested a review copy of it from Celebrate Lit. I still give it five stars because, hey. I loved the book! And after seeing the hints of what’s coming in the next one, I’m anxious for it. Too. If you love good historical fiction that really makes you think and has a romance that feels natural and true… then yes. You’ll want to read this one. Sooner rather than later.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I can measure how absorbing a book is by the number of miles I thoughtlessly pedal on my stationary bike while reading it - and I went quite a distance while "Minding the Light" with Suzanne. Her impeccable research made me feel I was right back in Nantucket. And though a good glossary lists uncommon terms at the beginning, I still found myself googling unfamiliar words like "fashed" and "tryworks." And I learned that many everyday phrases (feeling blue, belly up, even-keeled) have their roots i I can measure how absorbing a book is by the number of miles I thoughtlessly pedal on my stationary bike while reading it - and I went quite a distance while "Minding the Light" with Suzanne. Her impeccable research made me feel I was right back in Nantucket. And though a good glossary lists uncommon terms at the beginning, I still found myself googling unfamiliar words like "fashed" and "tryworks." And I learned that many everyday phrases (feeling blue, belly up, even-keeled) have their roots in whaling and sailing. I LOVE historical fiction that teaches me new things! But this book is about so much more than Nantucket's whaling history. It is a sharp critique of hypocrisy and prejudice and human nature, and the unfailing fruit of real love. I couldn't help but despise Lillian, who "was quite fond of her grudges, nursing them like little pets." Or admire poor Jane, who believed "love and attention make all things grow." Best of all were the strong characters of Daphne and Ren, each willing to risk all to obey the light God had given them. Their conversations and growing love were so realistic and heart warming. A second story is interwoven with this tale, and the juxtaposition of Great Mary's journal, and the light it sheds on Daphne's quandries makes this a real book of substance. I was sad to put down both these women's stories, and yet, Suzanne finished the book with a surprise that left me smiling and hugging myself. I receive many complimentary books from publishers, but this series I purchased myself because I knew it would be worth it. And I was not disappointed!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia

    I loved this book!! great story!! I love this series!! can't wait for the next book in the series to release!! I love this author's books!! I loved this book!! great story!! I love this series!! can't wait for the next book in the series to release!! I love this author's books!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    A very moving and poignant story of the Nantucket Quakers. More review to come.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    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 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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Janice Sisemore

    Minding the light It is very interesting to read a book of two time periods and both were still historical. I wondered as I was reading it if both time periods were written at the same time or separate and then combined together. This book must of taken a while to write. This is one of those books that has a surprise ending and no way I am giving any hints, I love books like that. When I got to the end I wasn’t ready to leave the characters. I felt bad for Daphne’s mother, she missed out on so m Minding the light It is very interesting to read a book of two time periods and both were still historical. I wondered as I was reading it if both time periods were written at the same time or separate and then combined together. This book must of taken a while to write. This is one of those books that has a surprise ending and no way I am giving any hints, I love books like that. When I got to the end I wasn’t ready to leave the characters. I felt bad for Daphne’s mother, she missed out on so much by the way she felt about things. I received an complementary copy of the book from Celebrate Lit and the publisher. I was not required to write an positive review and this is my own opinion.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I thought Phoebe's Light, the first of the Nantucket Legacy books, was superb, arguably Suzanne Woods Fisher's best book, but she's outdone herself with this one. Minding the Light is an unforgettable story with beautifully drawn characters, a poignant story, and insights into the little-known (at least to me) group of Quakers who settled on Nantucket. Further enhancing the story is the weaving of even earlier Quaker history into the more modern (although not contemporary) story through the addi I thought Phoebe's Light, the first of the Nantucket Legacy books, was superb, arguably Suzanne Woods Fisher's best book, but she's outdone herself with this one. Minding the Light is an unforgettable story with beautifully drawn characters, a poignant story, and insights into the little-known (at least to me) group of Quakers who settled on Nantucket. Further enhancing the story is the weaving of even earlier Quaker history into the more modern (although not contemporary) story through the addition of diary entries. I highly recommend this book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    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 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) first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher is a compelling narrative with rich characters, a capturing setting and emotional complexity. The historical research and detail of Nantucket is exquisite and detail oriented. The reader can visualize the harbor, and smell the ocean. This book catches all the senses, which makes this book so beautiful. Not only is the book structurally sound with the plot, setting and characters, but the way this book pulls the reader into the story is uncanning. I felt Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher is a compelling narrative with rich characters, a capturing setting and emotional complexity. The historical research and detail of Nantucket is exquisite and detail oriented. The reader can visualize the harbor, and smell the ocean. This book catches all the senses, which makes this book so beautiful. Not only is the book structurally sound with the plot, setting and characters, but the way this book pulls the reader into the story is uncanning. I felt very connected Mary and enjoyed reading her journal entries. This book was not just a great book of story, but one of history too and I learned a great deal of information in this book. I give this book a 4.5/5 stars rating. I highly recommend you putting this book on your summer reading list!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Deana Dick

    There is nothing better than being transported back in time by an author's talented writing skills. I love how the author has included historical facts about Nantucket and placed it in the story with realism. I have never been to Nantucket, but after reading the book, I feel like I know about its history better. It's interesting to read about the Quakers and their lifestyle during the early 19th century. It must have been very hard to live during this time period as the characters seemed to stru There is nothing better than being transported back in time by an author's talented writing skills. I love how the author has included historical facts about Nantucket and placed it in the story with realism. I have never been to Nantucket, but after reading the book, I feel like I know about its history better. It's interesting to read about the Quakers and their lifestyle during the early 19th century. It must have been very hard to live during this time period as the characters seemed to struggle with finances. To say that whale hunting intrigued me would be an understatement. The men were brave to fight the waves and live at sea for long periods of time. I was saddened by the abruptness of the demise of a beloved character at the beginning of the story. What I did like was how the author once again uses her historical knowledge to introduce readers to laudanum. Many people during this time period used it for different ailments, but as we find out it can be harmful as well. I liked Daphne a lot and loved her fierce protection of her niece and nephew. It surprised me that their father, Ren returns after six years to think his children would welcome him with open arms. He sure has a lot to learn about children and one of them should be to put their needs first. Being a captain does have its responsibilities but being gone for so long, would put a real strain on any relationship. I wonder if he will step up and care for his children ? Maybe he can take a lesson from his friend Abraham who tells him, "There is no secret , sir. Children require time." The story is quite a journey into the workings of a ship and what a sacrifice it can be on families that are left behind while their family members are at sea. Daphne is not quite sure where Ren stands when it is discovered that a new ship has been bought that was not approved by him. I appreciate how the author shows us the different ways that people lived and how slavery was a way of life for some. I could feel the pain as Patience shared about her past. She is very loyal to the family but doesn't share much of her past. It leads me to believe her life has not been easy but she is very humble. She reminds me to be thankful for what I have and not be envious of others. There is so much to like in this story from the intrigue of a possible poisoning, peace, revenge, hate, prejudice, the high seas and lessons that will stay with you long after the last page has been turned. I learned a lot about the Quakers and their traditions thanks to the brilliant writing of the author. The story flows with ease and I kept wondering who Daphne would end up with. I absolutely loved the surprise ending and can't wait for the next book in the series. Thank you for reminding us to see through the darkness and be set free in the light. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit and Baker Publishing Group. The review is my own opinion.

  18. 4 out of 5

    MJSH

    What an incredible second book in the Nantucket Legacy series! Minding the Light can definitely be read as a stand-alone, especially since this book features characters one generation removed in time from the first book. But if you haven’t read Phoebe’s Light, you must read it! Suzanne Woods Fisher combines great writing with wonderful dialogue, sprinkles intrigue and mystery within a well-plotted and well-executed storyline, enchants with beautifully real and lovable characters, and convicts wit What an incredible second book in the Nantucket Legacy series! Minding the Light can definitely be read as a stand-alone, especially since this book features characters one generation removed in time from the first book. But if you haven’t read Phoebe’s Light, you must read it! Suzanne Woods Fisher combines great writing with wonderful dialogue, sprinkles intrigue and mystery within a well-plotted and well-executed storyline, enchants with beautifully real and lovable characters, and convicts with reminders of what faith is really about. She addresses difficulty issues like racism and addiction which are so prevalent today as they were back in 19th century Nantucket. And to realize that the author used many historical facts and people to craft this story is astounding! The fictional diary of Mary Coffin Starbuck (though she indeed was a real person on Nantucket), Daphne’s ancestor, from 17th century provides a semi-dual timeline of sorts within the story and correlates well with Daphne and Ren’s story in 19th century. Daphne is an outspoken, intelligent, loving, compassionate, insightful Quaker who lives under a pretentious mother. Ren is a kind, generous whaling ship captain who is married to Daphne’s older sister, and the story begins when returns home after a six year whaling voyage. Ren is bereft when he returns home and faces emotional, financial, and spiritual crises simultaneously. His sorrow, pain, and desire to do right are palpable and he’s such a strong, dependable yet vulnerable hero. Ren’s twins are amazing and fun and the secondary characters add depth and dimensions to the story. Anyone who enjoys a historical romance would totally love this book. If you’re a fan of Suzanne Woods Fisher, this is a must read! I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher through Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to write a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lynda

    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 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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Minding The Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher is an epic Christian historical novel with its dual timeline and its continuation of the story of Mary Coffin and her ancestors. Once again I was completely engrossed in this second book of the Nantucket Legacy series. Big hearts that see people reigned. Family is important for some, but for others they prefer to try to rule the roost. "She was quite fond of her grudges, nursing them like little pets." Grudges change us from open hearted to closed fisted Minding The Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher is an epic Christian historical novel with its dual timeline and its continuation of the story of Mary Coffin and her ancestors. Once again I was completely engrossed in this second book of the Nantucket Legacy series. Big hearts that see people reigned. Family is important for some, but for others they prefer to try to rule the roost. "She was quite fond of her grudges, nursing them like little pets." Grudges change us from open hearted to closed fisted and are best avoided. Life was hard. People died. She "was gone from this earth, yet life carried on as if it were an ordinary day." We feel that the world should stop turning when a loved one dies, but that is never the case. There is the theme of slavery. No man should be kept by another nor judged by his skin colour. Some unscrupulous bounty hunters only see the colour of the money. Other people see people to love, protect and cherish. The Quakers spoke of equality but practiced segregation. "They [the Negro] deserved God's love but not social equality with their white neighbours." God longs for us all to know Him. When we have faith it displaces our fear. We get a peace that passes all understanding. "The presence... it took away my fear." Nantucket was a community built on whaling. It was a hard life but necessary for survival. There were still pockets of the poor. Big hearted sisters opened a cent school to educate those less fortunate. With education comes freedom. Minding The Light is partly based on fact, so the reader is educated as well as being entertained. I am loving these epic tales from Suzanne Woods fisher and cannot get enough of them. A marvellous read. I received this book for free from Net Galley. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)

    Once again I was mesmerized by the journal entries from Mary, godmother of Nantucket. Some of the questions I had from book one were answered, and I found out so much more about Mary. Although I did enjoy the story line itself, reading these journal entries were really my favorite part of the book. I kind of wish that we might have an entire novel about Mary, but I will settle for the journal entries for now.  This second installment in the Nantucket Legacy series was more emotional for me. The f Once again I was mesmerized by the journal entries from Mary, godmother of Nantucket. Some of the questions I had from book one were answered, and I found out so much more about Mary. Although I did enjoy the story line itself, reading these journal entries were really my favorite part of the book. I kind of wish that we might have an entire novel about Mary, but I will settle for the journal entries for now.  This second installment in the Nantucket Legacy series was more emotional for me. The first half of the book especially, I felt like I was right there with Daphne, feeling and living every emotion. Daphne's character went through a lot in this book, and truly had to grow whether she wanted to or not due to her circumstances. Although I wasn't too sure about the union that was coming between her and a beau, I have to say that by the end the author had me convinced. Let me say that it was no easy task, but little by little she kind of broke down the walls of my thoughts and showed me why these two needed to be together. I didn't expect to change my mind - usually when I get hooked on thoughts about the characters there is no changing for me. But kudos to Suzanne for steering me down a different thought path! Once again Suzanne Woods Fisher adds such attention to detail in her novel that you feel swept back in time. With two characters that are stuck in unlikely circumstances, she shows the power of trusting the Lord, and working through whatever it is life throws at you. Seeing Ren adapt to his children was such a treat. It really made me think of all our service men who may be going through something similar, and I bet they may act the same way. I will say this about Ren though, he had a big heart, even if he struggled to show it now and then. Historic fans will love the latest installment of a heartwarming series. I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for Mary's journals and the characters. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the second book in the Nantucket Legacy series which once again gives us a look into Great Mary's journal - a look which helps guide her descendants once again. When Reynolds Macy returns to Nantucket after seven long years at sea, he discovers many changes. The most significant difference is that he has two children - twins - a boy and a girl. Regret over his prolonged absence hits him hard. Then there is his wife's sister Daphne - he can't believe th Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the second book in the Nantucket Legacy series which once again gives us a look into Great Mary's journal - a look which helps guide her descendants once again. When Reynolds Macy returns to Nantucket after seven long years at sea, he discovers many changes. The most significant difference is that he has two children - twins - a boy and a girl. Regret over his prolonged absence hits him hard. Then there is his wife's sister Daphne - he can't believe the changes in her! And since I will not give anything away about this remarkable story, I will leave it there. Let's say the romance is sweet, natural and meant to be! I loved how the author dealt with racism in this book and how Daphne (with the help of Great Aunt Mary's journal) deals with a runaway slave. Her spiritual growth, and Ren's growth as well, shows us how important it is to "mind the light" within. This is a series you want to invest yourself in, and this book is easily read as standalone, I highly encourage you to begin with the first book, Phoebe's Light. You won't regret it!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I love curling up with a Suzanne Woods Fisher book for I know I will be immersed in a story that will delight as well as challenge and inspire me. Minding the Light is just such a novel, and I was swept away to nineteenth-century Nantucket Island and the fledgling Quaker whaling community introduced in Phoebe's Light. Once again, Fisher creates a multi-layered story filled with authentic tragedies and triumphs that befall the coastal community. Complex, relatable characters remind the reader tha I love curling up with a Suzanne Woods Fisher book for I know I will be immersed in a story that will delight as well as challenge and inspire me. Minding the Light is just such a novel, and I was swept away to nineteenth-century Nantucket Island and the fledgling Quaker whaling community introduced in Phoebe's Light. Once again, Fisher creates a multi-layered story filled with authentic tragedies and triumphs that befall the coastal community. Complex, relatable characters remind the reader that although centuries pass, people do not change so very much, and the need to "mind the Light" is as relevant today as it was then. I'm already eager for the third book in this series, The Light Before Day, coming in October. Don't miss this stirring novel and series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Revell Publishing for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    really really enjoyed this book. I think this one is better than first one. Suzanne has a wonderful ability to draw u into her books from the beginning! I did burn some midnight oil so jto speak. Family and Faith are important in this book. I however abhor slavery. It's wrong wrong!! I'm glad that I didn't live back then! The author shows us that the Quakers are no different than anyone else who slaves at that time. She also draws a beautiful picture of what Nantucket may have looked like then t really really enjoyed this book. I think this one is better than first one. Suzanne has a wonderful ability to draw u into her books from the beginning! I did burn some midnight oil so jto speak. Family and Faith are important in this book. I however abhor slavery. It's wrong wrong!! I'm glad that I didn't live back then! The author shows us that the Quakers are no different than anyone else who slaves at that time. She also draws a beautiful picture of what Nantucket may have looked like then too. I felt like I was really there. I wanted to choke Tristram. I feel like Tristram was a snake and a coward! But all in all I loved the story. I can't wait for the next one!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Winfield

    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.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    I 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, I 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.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dianna (SavingsInSeconds blog)

    While I enjoyed Phoebe’s Light, the first book in Suzanne Woods Fisher’s series about the 17th century whaling industry on newly formed Nantucket Island, book 2 — Minding the Light — surpassed my expectations! I started reading Minding the Light with Phoebe on the brain, since she was the main character in Fisher’s last book. This time, though, the reader is whisked off to the 19th century to hear about journal-writing Great Mary’s descendants. At first, it was a bit confusing since some of the While I enjoyed Phoebe’s Light, the first book in Suzanne Woods Fisher’s series about the 17th century whaling industry on newly formed Nantucket Island, book 2 — Minding the Light — surpassed my expectations! I started reading Minding the Light with Phoebe on the brain, since she was the main character in Fisher’s last book. This time, though, the reader is whisked off to the 19th century to hear about journal-writing Great Mary’s descendants. At first, it was a bit confusing since some of the names are repeated. It took me a while to figure out that Tristram Coffin was not Tristram Macy! There were some connected characters, though, which enriched the story. There are so many interesting subplots in Minding the Light. I loved learning about the cultural norms of island life, and how society’s rules played out among the social classes. Reading historical fiction is a fun way to be a lifelong learner. For example, do you know what a Cent School was? I’d never heard of one before! The author’s note in the back of this book is definitely worth a read. I also enjoyed learning about the Quaker beliefs. Historical fiction readers and inspirational romance fans are in for a treat with the Nantucket Legacy series. I received a free copy of this book for review. Opinions shared are mine.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Liles

    Suzanne Woods Fisher has done it yet again! With her latest book in the Nantucket Legacy Series she started, Minding the Light hits all the right notes just as Phoebe's Light did. I have to say that as little as I know about Quakers and the history of the whaling industry of that time. Also, I found out while reading through parts of the book that Benjamin Franklin descends from a couple who were Quakers who came from the Nantucket area. I suggest picking up this book to find out more. That said Suzanne Woods Fisher has done it yet again! With her latest book in the Nantucket Legacy Series she started, Minding the Light hits all the right notes just as Phoebe's Light did. I have to say that as little as I know about Quakers and the history of the whaling industry of that time. Also, I found out while reading through parts of the book that Benjamin Franklin descends from a couple who were Quakers who came from the Nantucket area. I suggest picking up this book to find out more. That said, I can honestly say I loved reading this book. And while I sometimes tell you what the book is about, for the first time ever I won't do that. Rather, I want the focus to be on Suzanne Woods Fisher and her ability to writing a strong and compelling story through the characters she has created. Some of them mentioned are actual people from history, while others are characters of fiction. But again, I believe Suzanne has a definite style for not just writing a wonderful story, but giving us one that delivers. For me, I took my time in reading this, which is why I'm finally getting around to posting the review on this book. And I do so as it was a complimentary book given by Revell for an exchange of an honest and fair review of Minding the Light.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Fizzy

    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. Un 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 ran seamlessly into my own outlook on life and people and even grief. I can say with absolute certainty that everyone would benefit from a lesson or twenty on how to 'mind the light' in their own lives. And pretty much be lifted in love from this book as well. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Revell. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review. Originally posted at https://fizzypopcollection.com/mindin....

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nyla

    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 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.

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