Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher – Book Review, Preview

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Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher - Book Review, Preview

Parceled out to friends and relatives, my sisters and I were separated from our parents and each other for several weeks. You see, my dad had been invited to Australia to teach at the University there and he took my mom along with him.

I was fortunate to be able to stay with family friends who had a daughter in high school. I was 12, so that was the best thing ever! We did all kinds of things, traveled to San Diego, went on trips with the youth group of their church. I watched Jaws for the first and only time, getting terrorized to go into the ocean, played a lot of ping-pong and developed a major crush on a boy about to go into college. It was a great trip and I still remember it fondly.

Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher – Book Review, Preview

Minding the Light
by Suzanne Woods Fisher


Series: Nantucket Legacy #2
Published by Fleming H. Revell Company
Publication Date July 3, 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Massachuttes Colonial Era - US - 1607 - 1776, Age of Reform - US - 1800 - 1840
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 328

Synopsis:

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 fiancE. 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.

I would like to thank Celebrate Lit for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: Phoebe's Light (Nantucket Legacy #1), The Light Before Day

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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.

Preview of Minding the Light

Suzanne Wood’s Fisher’s Pinterest Board

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  • Have you ever been to Nantucket Island? Long ago, on Nantucket, when whaling was king, Quakers ruled minds, and quaint was just the way it was, one girl kept a journal. Feel the changes on the cusp of the Great Age of Whaling and Sail, and the slide into tough times as the center of the industry slipped away to New Bedford when the trains made it quicker and easier to move whale oil around the country. You will love this girl and her wonderful story. A great gift for someone aged 8-14.
  • Robert Lowell - well known American poet who won the Pulitzer for his book of poems named "Lord Weary's Castle" which had well known favourites like "Mr Edwards and the Spider" and "The Quaker Graveyard in Nantucket."
  • Greater Light - home of Monaghan sisters.  They were Quaker and lived an artistic, independent life.  I first saw their home around 1992 on a solo visit to Nantucket.  The home appears in my dreams, has influenced my taste and style (boho, eclectic, diverse).  It was not as tidy then!  The docent was old enough to remember the sisters and was fiercely protective of them and their home.
  • A fugitive from slavery, Arthur Cooper arrived in Nantucket with his family  in 1820. Two years later when an agent for his former owner came to  the island to claim him, Nantucket Quakers assisted their escape
  • A Quaker girl of Nantucket [Front cover] by Boston Public Library, via Flickr
  • Quaker Meeting House  Nantucket Island, MA
  • Mitchell House - the best untouched example of a Nantucket Quaker style home.
  • English Quaker Needlework Sampler, Signed and Dated Margaret Scarisbrick / 1789, with two rows of letters and numerals above the poem SEE HOW THE LILIES / FLORISH WHITE AND FAIR / SEE HOW THE RAVENS FED / FROM HEAVEN ARE / THEN NEER DISTRUST THY GOD / FOR CLOTH AND BREAD / WHILE LILIES FLOURISH AND THE RAVENS FED.
  • 1799 American (Pennsylvania) Quaker's dress at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia - The Quakers, or the Society of Friends, traditionally stood out for their very simple clothing.  Because the Quaker community emphasized equality between the classes, simpler clothes allowed everyone to afford to dress the same way.  On top of that, spending a lot of money on fancy clothing was considered wasteful as there were more important things that a person could focus on.
  • xxx ~ 'Quaker Lace sample. Kensington, Philadelphia, PA.'
  • NINE QUAKER BONNETS AND A COLLECTION OF QUAKER CLOTHING

Guest Post from Suzanne

8 Curious Facts you Probably Didn’t Know about Nantucket Island

This beautiful island, thirty miles off Cape Cod, is steeped in history. Here are just a few interesting reasons to add a visit to Nantucket to your bucket list.

  1. During the first half of the nineteenth century, Nantucket was considered to be the wealthiest port in the world…all because of whale oil.
  2. Petticoat Row is a 19th century nickname for a portion of Centre Street between Main Street and Broad Street. Many shops on Nantucket were run by women while the men were off to sea in whaling ships for years at a time. Quakerism, with its emphasis on equality, provided working women with community respect, value and esteem. The next time you’re visiting Nantucket, be sure to stop by the Petticoat Row Bakery for a morning glory muffin.
  3. The use of laudanum (opium) was described by a visiting French as prevalent among the women of Nantucket. Loyal Nantucketers vehemently denied this claim. However, in the 1980s, construction workers digging to Nantucket’s sewer lines found heaps of opium bottles buried in the ground.
    For centuries, laudanum was considered to be not only harmless but beneficial. Its very name in Latin is landare, which means to praise. Other names for it: Mother’s Helper (to sedate children), Sea Calm (for seasickness). It was used for all kinds of ailments, from sleeplessness to menstrual cramps to treatment of chronic pain, and available without prescription up until the twentieth century, when it was found to be highly addictive.
  4. Nantucket Cent Schools were a carryover from England and the cost was exactly what the name implied. In New England they were kept by refined, thrifty women who often taught their own or their neighbors’ children until they were old enough to enter schools of a higher grade. I came across a story of a boy whose mother stuck a penny in his mouth each day so that he would remember to pay the teacher.
  5. Moby Dick, written by Herman Melville in 1851, was based on a true-life event that occurred in 1820 to the Nantucket whaleship Essex and her crew. You can find out more about this ill-fated voyage if you visit Nantucket’s awesome whaling museum.
  6. Speaking of…the whaling museum on Nantucket Island is called the Peter Foulger Whaling Museum. Peter Foulger was one of the early settlers to the island, and could be considered a Renaissance Man: inventor, surveyor, teacher, missionary to the Wampanoag Indians. And his grandson was none other than Benjamin Franklin.
  7. Nantucketers were, for the most part, related to each other in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. The prosperous island was settled by a small group of families, with less than a dozen surnames: Coffin, Macy, Starbuck, Bunker, Hussey, Gardner, Mayhew, Swain, Barnard, Coleman, Worth, Mitchell. Those names are still common on the island.
  8. There’s a good reason those surnames sound familiar to you—many of those early settlers had descendants who started business empires. Recognize these? Macy (retailer) and Folger (coffee).

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Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is giving away a $10 Starbucks gift card to five winners!!

Be sure to leave a comment on one of the blog stops for 9 extra entries into the giveaway. Click link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d1c4/minding-the-light-celebration-tour-giveaway

About Suzanne Woods Fisher

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Phoebe’s Light and Minding the Light, as well as the Amish Beginnings, The Bishop’s Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series. She has also written several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. Fisher lives in California.

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2 responses to “Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher – Book Review, Preview

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for all the wonderful information on “Minding the Light” by Suzanne Woods Fisher and for being part of the book tour. This book sounds sure to please and I have it on my TBR list.

    I’ve always enjoyed Suzanne’s books and would love the opportunity to read this one.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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