Phoebe’s Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher
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// My Review //
This book was highly insightful, and again, not what I expected. The last time I read a book by Ms. Fisher, I was pleasantly surprised by the actual story and the depth therein.
This was the same way. The story was a bit slow in the beginning, picking up the pace as it went on. I loved the journal entries interspersed at the end of each chapter and the insight that it was seeing two different eras of Nantucket living.
I learned a lot about that time in history, but more importantly, I learned a lot about the Quaker community and how it works. The religion has always been something I was curious about, and I was delighted to find that it holds a lot of beliefs similar to my own.
The characters were not my favorite, mostly because they were so unlike me as to be relatable, but they were still very real. Personally, my favorite was Matthew and I did find some things in common with Phoebe; though I would say I am most similar to Mary Coffin. I enjoyed her part of the story very much as I saw myself in some of her younger days. Phoebe was petulant, thought she knew best, and went ahead and did it, even when those around her expressed their concern with the plan.
Her marriage was something that made me angrier than anything because we as the reader could tell that Captain Foulger was a scoundrel. I didn’t realize how much of one however which gave us a quite a bit of suspense throughout the book.
Definitely an interesting tale that was historically accurate about a time in history that not many people write about. That made this story unique and I think all the more interesting.
I docked a star for content. There was some mention of “the marriage bed” and the obligations of a wife. Unfaithful marriage, a mention of polygamic practices. Some violence in the way of descriptions of Quakers tortured or imprisoned for their faith as well as punishments aboard ship such as floggings and a few hand to hand fights. Also mentions of how a man died after a blow to the head.
All of that being said, I do think this was an interesting and page-turning read and after the cliff hanger they left us on at the end of the preview chapter for book 2, I will definitely be interested in reading the next installment of this book.
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By God’s Grace,