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.
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..
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