Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Genre: Historical Romance
Six long years ago, Captain Reynolds Macy sailed away from his bride, looking forward to the day when he would return to Nantucket Island with a ship's hold full of whale oil. But when that momentous day finally arrives, Ren soon discovers that everything has changed in his absence. Everything. "Is nothing on this island as it appears to be?" he whispers in despair.
Unlike most islanders, bold and spirited Daphne Coffin doesn't defer to Ren as an authoritative whalemaster, but sees through his aloofness to the aching heart beneath. She encourages him to return to his Quaker roots and "mind the Light," finding solace in God and community. As Ren becomes the man she believes him to be--honorable, wise, faithful--she finds herself falling in love with him.
But how can she, when her heart is spoken for? Tristram Macy is Ren's business partner, cousin, and best friend--and Daphne's fiancé. Love always comes at a cost, but when is the price too high?
Reviewer: Laura J. Davis
Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the second book in the Nantucket Legacy series which once again gives us a look into Great Mary's journal - a look which helps guide her descendants once again.
When Reynolds Macy returns to Nantucket after seven long years at sea, he discovers many changes. The most significant difference is that he has two children - twins - a boy and a girl. Regret over his prolonged absence hits him hard. Then there is his wife's sister Daphne - he can't believe the changes in her! And since I will not give anything away about this remarkable story, I will leave it there. Let's say the romance is sweet, natural and meant to be!
I loved how the author dealt with racism in this book and how Daphne (with the help of Great Aunt Mary's journal) deals with a runaway slave. Her spiritual growth, and Ren's growth as well, shows us how important it is to "mind the light" within.
This is a series you want to invest yourself in, and this book is easily read as standalone, I highly encourage you to begin with the first book, Phoebe's Light. You won't regret it!
Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing.