The Light Before Day by Suzanne Woods Fisher – Book Review, Preview

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The Light Before Day by Suzanne Woods Fisher - Book Review, Preview

Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.

First Timothy 4:12

When I was thirteen, I gave my life to the Lord. I was attending a small church near my house at that time and am so very thankful for the adults there. They could see that I wasn’t content just hanging out playing games with the other teens and so they embraced me and allowed me to serve in any way I desired. I joined the choir, taught Sunday school and attended the adult Bible studies. They befriended me and encouraged me. If they had relegated me to just another kid and not allowed me to participate in the way they did, I wonder how much different my life would be today.

Are you young? Behave in such a way that you show the older people in your life the love you have for the Lord and show them what it means to follow Him.

Are you older? Don’t discount the younger people in your life. Maybe you could even mentor them and help them to grow into the men and women of God He intends them to be. . .

The Light Before Day by Suzanne Woods Fisher – Book Review, Preview

The Light Before Day

by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Published by Revell
Publication Date October 2, 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Massachusetts Age of Reform - US - 1800 - 1840
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 368


After three years on a whaling voyage, Henry Macy returns to Nantucket to news that his grandmother has passed, bequeathing her vast fortune to him and his sister, Hitty. And it was truly vast. But Lillian Coffin was no fool. The inheritance comes with a steep cost, including when they should marry and whom--a Quaker in good standing, of course. But if they relinquish the inheritance, it all goes to Tristram Macy, their father's thieving business partner.

As Hitty and Henry seek a way to satisfy the will's conditions, they'll be faced with obstacles on every side--and it may be that Lillian Coffin will have the last word after all.

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher surprises and delights with this story of hope and renewal, love and redemption, arriving just when most needed.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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Marie-Claire is introduced to the story as a teenager. Despite her youth, she is trustworthy in her role as a law clerk. I admired the way she quietly and confidently handled the interfering and greedy relatives hoping to benefit from the inheritance Lillian Coffin left her grandchildren. She had such wisdom and a gentle way of sharing it. Henry and Hitty found themselves relying on her and trusting her judgement. What a great example of faith!

The Light Before Day tells the story of the twins we met in Minding the Light. Hitty and Henry are now adults. The dilemma that Henry and Hitty faced about what to do with the inheritance they didn’t even want was handled quite well. The idea they came up with to foil their grandmother’s plan while staying true to the conditions of the will was perfect!

Hitty was in love with a man who appeared to not even know she existed outside of the care she gave to his daughter. Her family and friends advised her against pinning her hopes on him. So when a handsome law clerk began paying attention to her, she was torn about what to do. I was so impressed with the way this storyline played out. At any given moment, I wasn’t sure how things would be resolved and my loyalties flip-flopped between the men as more details were revealed. There have not been many love triangles I have read about that have been handled so well so the outcome wasn’t obvious from the beginning.

I liked the way that Henry started out floundering about what to do with his life, regarding a career, and regarding Anne, and slowly found the path he should walk. He gradually grew into an admirable man who had found his calling and his voice.

There was a host of interesting characters in addition to the twins. Many of the people and situations in the book are taken directly from history. The story was enjoyable and the historical tidbits shared were interesting. While I disagree (strongly) with the doctrine of the Quakers, learning more about them did not detract from my enjoyment of the book.

Lovers of historical fiction will want to read this.

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The Mortgage Button

by Suzanne Woods Fisher

In each story of the ‘Nantucket Legacy’ series, there’s a reference to a mortgage button in the newel post of a stairway. Phoebe Starbuck, the main character in Phoebe’s Light, made a point to notice it in the captain’s house on Orange Street, the famous residences of sea captains. In Minding the Light, Daphne Coffin touched the mortgage button on the newel post of her horrible mother’s grand house each and every morning. Hitty and Henry Macy were well aware of the absence of their childhood home’s mortgage button—and all that its absence symbolized—in The Light Before Day.

Mortgage buttons meant something to each of those characters. It made a statement to anyone who walked into a house.

Have you ever seen a mortgage button? It’s a very Nantucket-y tradition. In fact, some say the mortgage button originated on Nantucket Island, thirty miles out to sea.

Supposedly, when a house’s mortgage was fully paid and there were no liens against the property, the homeowner drilled a hole in the newel post of the main staircase, rolled up the mortgage document, put it inside, and capped the hole with a decorative plug of scrimshaw.

Scrimshaw is a term for an American folk art developed during the 18th and 19th centuries. Whaling in New England was an industry that lifted Nantucket Island to become the world’s wealthiest port. After a whale’s oil was rendered, the ship’s captain would give his crew the sperm whale’s teeth or bones to carve during long tedious hours at sea. Whaling had its exciting moments, but they were far and few between. As a pastime, sailors carved all kinds of useful gifts to bring home to their loved ones: needles, combs, games, clothespins, busks…and mortgage buttons.

But let’s jump back to the mortgage button. Some legends say that the actual mortgage papers were ceremoniously burned and the ashes stashed inside the drilled hole before sealed with the button. However, as appealing a thought as that might be, it is most likely a myth. There’s never been any evidence of ashes or even hidden mortgages found in salvaged newel posts. Still, mortgage buttons are common among Nantucket homes, and the tradition has spread to other parts of the country. In southern states, for example, they’re called brag buttons. Whether myth or truth, today it’s more a matter of a charming nostalgic custom than a nod to your healthy (or…not so healthy) net worth.

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To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

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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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7 responses to “The Light Before Day by Suzanne Woods Fisher – Book Review, Preview

  1. Lori Smanski

    wow this sounds interesting. i enjoy Suzanne’s books. there is a lot of depth and growth of characters.

  2. Suzanne Woods Fisher

    Thank you for reading and reviewing my book! So glad you enjoyed the historical context of Nantucket Quakers. They’re fascinating! Great blog you have, btw. Clearly, you put a lot of time and effort into each review. Grateful to you! Warmly, Suzanne

  3. I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work.

  4. Marisela Zuniga

    This sounds so good. I really need to read this series. Thank you for sharing your review with us