her father, but desires only one: her great-grandmother's journal. The second gift? A "minder" in the form of cooper Matthew Mitchell, a man she loathes.
Phoebe soon 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 a secret that carries repercussions for everyone aboard the ship, especially the captain and the cooper.
Sail away with expert navigator Suzanne Woods Fisher, who confidently explores the sometimes treacherous shores of Quaker life on the storied Nantucket Island.
Reviewer: Laura J. Davis
Where do I begin? Phoebe's Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher drew me in and kept me riveted. I stayed up until 3:00 am just to finish it! I can hardly wait for the second book to come out. But first, let me tell you about this one.
Phoebe Starbuck is a girl with a mission and no one, not even her father, can keep her from it. She is determined to marry Captain Phineas Foulger, a prosperous whaling ship captain. A man who is way too old for her, but nevertheless, Phoebe is besotted. And wonder of wonders, the Captain seems to be taken with her also. It doesn't matter he has a daughter the same age as her and it doesn't matter that her father thinks it's a bad match. She marries him anyway, not just because she loves the Captain (or thinks she does) but to save her father from jail (more on him in a bit). And to make sure the marriage works, she convinces the Captain to take her on his whaling ship as they begin their married life. That's her second mistake (her first was marrying the Captain, but I'm getting ahead of myself).
Speaking of her father - wow! What a character! Barnabas is continuously distracted by new ideas that would make him rich. Only they never do, and when Phoebe finds out that he re-mortgaged their home but failed to make payments on it, she does something desperate. She marries the Captain who promises to pay off his debt so that Barnabas won't go to jail.
And then there is Matthew Mitchell. Phoebe was once engaged to him, but then he turned away from God causing Phoebe to break their engagement. After she marries the Captain, Barnabas asks Matthew to go along on the voyage to watch over her, and it's a good thing he does because Captain Foulger is not exactly a good Quaker.
I loved this book! There is so much more to this story - Great Mary's diary with its hidden secret, Matthew's love for Phoebe, another character named Silo - the list goes on. And the theme of this book - trusting in God and having faith when all seems lost. Having faith in God means that sometimes you have to wait for answers to prayers. It means listening to your parents when they try to guide you in the right direction and most importantly it means listening to and obeying God when He speaks to you. Unfortunately for Phoebe, she learns the hard way how important those things are.
If you want a book that will sweep you up and take you away, this is the one. Word of warning - you will not be able to put it down so be prepared to stay up late to finish it!
Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing.