Genre: Historical romance
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Phoebe Starbuck has always adjusted her sails and rudder to the whims of her father. Now, for the first time, she’s doing what she wants to do: marrying Captain Phineas Foulger and sailing far away from Nantucket. As she leaves on her grand adventure, her father gives her two gifts, both of which Phoebe sees little need for. The first is an old sheepskin journal from Great Mary, her highly revered great-grandmother. The other is a “minder” on the whaling ship in the form of cooper Matthew Mitchell, a man whom she loathes. Soon Phoebe discovers that life at sea is no easier than life on land. Lonely, seasick, and disillusioned, she turns the pages of Great Mary’s journal and finds herself drawn into the life of this noble woman. To Phoebe’s shock, her great-grandmother has left a secret behind that carries repercussions for everyone aboard the ship, especially her husband the captain and her shadow the cooper. This story within a story catapults Phoebe into seeing her life in an entirely new way—just in time. In this brand-new series, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher brings her signature twists and turns to bear on a fascinating new faith community: the Quakers of colonial-era Nantucket Island.
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Genre: Historical Romance.
My Rating: 1 and ½ Stars.
Recommendation: I don’t recommend this book, as much as I tried I couldn’t finish this book.
My favorite character is: I didn’t really like any of the characters, with exception of Silo and Matthew. Phoebe Starbuck is spoiled and inconsiderate. Only caring for herself, to me she seemed weak, and she didn’t really care for Captain Foulger, it seemed like she loved that he was rich and popular. Matthew is okay he is trying to protect Phoebe from Captain Foulger.
There are some spoilers, sorry.
Reasons I didn’t like Phoebe’s Light, Captain Foulger was married to a woman in another country when he married Phoebe, he treats Phoebe badly, he has Silo whipped for no reason, and leaves her on an island when he think she is dying. I personally don’t like the age gap between Phoebe and Captain Foulger, especially since he has a daughter Phoebe’s age who doesn’t like Phoebe. There was no redeeming value or lessons learned from these negative things.
Warning: Captain Foulger is killed, but when he is killed is not shown.
I did like that the book was well researched and it was neat reading about whaling.
I don’t mean to hurt Miss Fisher, but Phoebe’s Light was not a book that I liked and I only read the required 80% of the book. It doesn’t mean that you won’t like Phoebe’s Light. If you enjoyed it, please tell me why in the comments!
I did not read all of the book so I don’t know if there is anything else that would be a reason not to read Phoebe’s Light.
I received this book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review and the thoughts are my own.
About the Author
Suzanne Woods Fisher
is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Anna’s Crossing
, The Newcomer
, and The Return
in the Amish Beginnings series, The Bishop’s Family series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace
and The Heart of the Amish
. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com
and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.
Guest Post from Suzanne Woods Fisher
A Stroll down Petticoat Row
Thirty years ago, I talked my sister into going on a trip to Nantucket Island. It’s one of those places that had always intrigued me. As a girl in the 1930s, my mother’s family vacationed in Nantucket; she even has a lightship basket to show for it. I expected the island to be interesting and beautiful, and it certainly did not disappoint. But something else happened as I walked down Centre Street one morning. This island captured my imagination in a way that’s hard to put into words. At the risk of sounding a tiny bit sun touched, I could practically see 19th
century people on the roads, hear the “thee’s and thou’s” in their speech, even smell the strong scents of a bygone century—the musky perfume of rendered whale oil, the burning wood of the blacksmith, all mingled with the bracing sea air. Centre Street has a local nickname: Petticoat Row. It comes from the 1800s, when men were at sea for long periods and women stepped into their shoes to keep businesses going. Nantucket women gained a reputation for being strong and capable. Their competence was encouraged by the Society of Friends (Quakers), the island’s dominant religion, which believed in the equality of men and women in all aspects of life. That hasn’t changed. Today, half of all Nantucket businesses are run by women. Petticoat Row stuck in my mind, and eventually became the hook to contract a series of historical fiction with Revell Books. The ‘Nantucket Legacy’ series covers the rise and fall of Nantucket’s whaling period, when it became the wealthiest port in the world. First up is Phoebe’s Light
, releasing in February 2018, a novel about a spirited young woman who seeks her fortune only to find out she already had it. After reading about Phoebe, I hope you’ll consider planning a trip to Nantucket (though try to go off-season. The population swells five times in the summer!). When you go, include a stop at the Petticoat Row Bakery (35 Centre Street)—the very location where Phoebe grew up, albeit a few centuries ago. Don’t leave the island without trying the Morning Glory Muffins, an island favorite. So worth the trip!
Nantucket’s Famous Morning Glory Muffins
Ingredients: 1 ¼ cup sugar
2 ¼ cup flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ cup shredded coconut
½ cup raisins
2 cup grated carrots (4 large)
1 apple, shredded
8 oz. crushed pineapple, drained
½ cup pecans or walnuts
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
Sift together sugar, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl.
Add the fruit, carrots and nuts and stir to combine.
In a separate bowl, whisk eggs with oil and vanilla.
Combine with dry ingredients and blend well.
Spoon batter into cupcake tins lined with muffin papers.
Fill each cup to the brim.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes.
These muffins needs 24 hours to ripen their full flavor.
They freeze extremely well. Recipe courtesy of Pamela A. McKinstry, Sconset Café
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