Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Phoebe's Light

GIVEAWAY
FISHER, SUZANNE WOODS
PHOEBE'S LIGHT

Phoebe Starbuck has always taken care of her father as he chases one whim after another. Finally, she's doing what she wants to do: marrying Captain Phineas Foulger and sailing far away from Nantucket. As she leaves she takes two gifts from her father, but desires only one: her great-grandmother's journal. The second gift? A "murder" in the form of cooper Matthew Macy, a man she loathes. Phoebe soon discovers that life at sea is no easier than life on land. Disillusioned, she turns to Great Mary's journal and finds a secret that carries repercussions for everyone aboard the ship, especially the captain and the cooper.

My Review:

I love it when a book sneaks past my expectations and shouts, "Surprise!" right in my face as soon as I open it. And this one sure did! Because Phoebe's Light wasn't anything like I thought it would be  -- it's so much more!

Rich Nantucket history from two different centuries which includes whaling - a fascinating topic when you consider the world's view on whaling in the 21st century. There's an eyeopening look at conflicting religions - Puritan vs Quaker which totally caught me off guard. I did not know that!. So I came away with a new understanding of a number of topics - and be sure to read the author's note at the end of the book where Suzanne Woods Fisher separates fact from fiction.

And the biggest surprise of all -- this is a seafaring tale with treachery and mystery afoot -- all told in the brilliant storytelling style of one of my favourite authors. Yes, it's a departure from her usual Amish fiction but her trademark writer's voice is comfortingly familiar. And that includes laughter in unexpected places. Especially when it comes to Great Mary's journal entries. I mistakenly read this on the bus where my snorting and laughing guaranteed a seat all to myself for the entire journey.

Phoebe is exasperating and engaging and occasionally needs a good purse whomping. Sigh. But she's young and stubborn and there's no telling her anything. Sometimes a heroine just need to learn from her mistakes and she makes some doozies. But learn she does and matures in the process.

This is the first book in Fisher's Nantucket Legacy series and I'm thinking that Great Mary's journal entries will continue to provide inspiration to future generations as the series progresses. I feel an anticipatory swoon coming on as I contemplate all that reading goodness ahead of us..

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Phoebe's Light, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday May 6 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

50 comments:

  1. So excited about this one! Quakers have always been an interest of mine.

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    1. And there isn't a lot of Quaker fiction out there, is there? Good luck, Elly.

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  2. I loved this book! So yes to all those surprising things! I can't wait for the next one due out in July, and book 3, The Light Before Day is already showing on amazon for October. My notebook of monthly releases is filling up!
    Happy Reading Wednesday Kav!

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    1. Ooohh you are such an intrepid book information ferreter outer. (that's a complement even if it has rodent connotations.) I checked the author's website and it only had this one listed so I had no idea when the next one was coming out. July isn't too long to wait at all!

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    2. Haha Kav, I'm okay with being a ferreter outer when it comes to books. I can't even remember how I found book three, but I did and quickly put it on my Amazon coming in 2018 list!
      https://www.amazon.com/dp/0800721640/?coliid=I2RKE8ICEGJGD3&colid=158KVRYWL4MAS&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

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    3. So, don't laugh, but I don't know how to make lists on Amazon. I did mark the second book as want to read on Goodreads but they didn't have this one.

      And I squealed when I read that the heroine's name is Hitty! One of my favourite books when I was a kid was Hitty : her first hundred years. About a doll's life - carved from wood by a sailor on a whaling ship!!!! Now I have to haul out my Hitty and read if before the fall. That's what we call a text-to-text connection in the school library world.

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    4. Yay for Hitty, a new name for me!
      No laughing here, I have found most of my info on Amazon by trial and error. So here's a quick how-to for making a list.
      Sign into your Amazon account. On the top right is a tab you can select that says accounts and lists that will have a drop down tab to click on, fourth item down will be lists, so click on that. Since yo u don't have any lists yet there will be a create list tab on the right, click on that and a shopping list page comes up, you can edit the name of list and then save it all at bottom.there you go, you are on your way. I have a dozen lists going that keep my stuff organized. I have a book wish list for those already out, a list for ARC 's i need to review, a list for recently reviewed books, a list for unreleased 2018 and I just created a list for 2019 and put my first book on it.Hope that makes sense and is helpful :)

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    5. Oohhh...thanks, Tracey. I'm going to try that. All I've done is a wishlist...like when you madly click on all the books you want and then get to the check out amount and go oopsy...they give you that option to move to wishlist. :-) And I do so love organizing my reading. You may have created a monster.

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    6. I always add books I want to read to an Amazon wish list too! One benefit ( you may have to choose to make your list public) is that other people can view it and buy you gifts from it!
      I showed my husband this when we were doing some Christmas shopping last year, and he recently bought three books for me from my list!!!

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    7. Wow -- that's handy! Clever reader tips. I'm all for making it easier for my loved ones to shop for me. :-)

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  3. wow thank you for your interview. this sounds wonderfully fascinating.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  4. Ohhhhh I am so drooling.....want this book sooo much! My library won't allow me to get it for 6 mos. (cause not my local lib.)! Love your review, Kav, and THANKS for your giveaway.
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

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    1. You have a cruel library, Jackie! Bwahahaha! That's my evil librarian laugh for sound effect. I'm pretty excited about this travel back in time to Nantucket series. Even the two timelines are historical. Good luck, Jackie!

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  5. Is this book 2 or book 3 in here series? cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. This is the first book. The second one comes out in July and the third in October...so says Tracey are intrepid literary reporter. :-) Good luck, Kim.

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  6. Oh, I would love to read this one...It sounds great! mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. It's fantabulous! Good luck, Melanie.

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  7. I've been intrigued by this book since I first read about it. After reading your review, I'll definitely put it on the list. Thanks so much for your wonderful review!!

    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Pam. I'm excited for you to read Phoebe's Light. I think you'll love it. Good luck.

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  8. I really loved this book. Nothing like I expected. We are book twins, Kav.

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    1. Again! And isn't it fun when a book surprises you like that?!

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  9. Love Suzanne Woods Fisher books. I've had PHOEBE'S LIGHT on my radar for some time and would love to get my hands on it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy to fulfill one of the great books on my TBR list.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. She's an awesome storyteller, isn't she? Good luck, Kay.

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  10. I love Suzanne’s books and this one sounds very intriguing. I would be delighted to win a copy. Thanks for the giveaway.
    gobersATembarqmailDOTcom

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    1. You'll love it, VanG. Good luck!

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  11. Sounds like a really good book. Would love to read it. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.
    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Faith. Good luck.

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  12. You don't even know how happy I am about your excitement for this book. I had reservations, because of having read previous Quaker fiction and not really caring for it. I was optimistic with Woods being the author, but I still had a little negative niggle in the back of my mind. I was truly waiting to hear what you though. Yay! tlhcoupon(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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    1. It's still very much Suzanne Woods Fisherish. lol There are some thee and thou in the dialogue, but not with all the characters and it didn't bother me...which seems to be what bothers most people about Quaker fiction. Good luck, Terrill.

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    2. It was less about the dialogue and a bit more about their doctrine. I actually dated someone in college who was part of a church that was a Quaker offshoot. I went to a couple of their services and now having read enough Amish fiction, I can see the comparisons. When I last heard, that person I had dated is now a minister in the church and from what I understand they don't marry.

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    3. Definitely an offshoot of the Quaker faith. Quakers definitely marry. I don't believe they actually have a minister...will have to double check that. I know their meetings are by inspiration. They sit quietly and reflect and if someone is moved by the Spirit, they stand up and speak. And, of course, they are known for their good works. Also pacifists like the Amish. Now you have me wanting to learn more about the Quakers. I know there's a Friend's library downtown. I might have to check that out.

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  13. I like the idea of Suzanne featuring Quaker instead of Amish for the new series.

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. The historical facts about religious strife is startling. I don't know enough about the Quakers and their history. Must check out the Canadian side of all that. Good luck, Trixi.

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  14. I would love to win a copy of this book, thank you for the chance.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Wendy. Good luck!

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  15. Can't wait to read this book!

    gracelz1 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  16. This one looks great! Love the name Hitty! I’d like to know more about the book you read as a child Kav! Thanks. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. I'm not sure Hitty, her first hundred years by Rachel Field is in print any more, alas. I hope I still have my copy...I feel the need to read it again now. lol Good luck, Paula.

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  17. Looks like another good book from Suzanne
    Thank You
    iamabho AT gmail DoT CoM

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    1. She's a guaranteed good book author! Good luck, Linda.

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  18. I really liked this book, so much more than I thought I would. The story-within-a-story was great, and I'm always charmed by an old journal. (Not entering the giveaway, since I've read this one!)

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    1. I've a fondness for journal stories too. I wish my ancestors were diary keepers.

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  19. This is going to be on my list for sure.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  20. Thanks for the giveaway!

    ladysnowangelphotos(at)gmail(dot)com

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