This book was provided to me by Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
Series: Nantucket Legacy #1
Published by Baker Books on February 6th, 2018
Source: Celebrate Lit
Genres: Christian, Fiction, General, Historical, Romance
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 Macy, 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.
Note: Kristin reads and reviews both Christian and secular fiction on A Simply Enchanted Life. Out of respect for my readers, I am including a content review. This content review will help you decide whether this book is suitable for you.
Christian or Secular: Christian
ASEL Rating: Mild drug and alcohol use and suggestive dialogue but safe for most audiences.
Full Content Review
Sex & Violence: Suggestive dialogue including a man beginning to undress his wife. Mild violence.
Drugs: Mentions of laudanum and alcohol.
Trigger Warning: None
The storyline of this book didn’t disappoint. I truly loved the era and it was fun reading about Quakers instead of Amish. So, let me explain why this book just didn’t do it for me.
I have some quirks and pet peeves when it comes to reading. Anyone that reads my blog will know that I dislike things like onomatopoeia (sound effects) or repetitive phrases and character introspection. Character introspection seeping into third person is becoming trendy and I see it more and more.
While this book lacked the use of sound effects, character introspection and repetition were fairly heavy-handed in this book. Here are a few examples:
Horrible man. Horrible. horrible, horrible.
Phoebe counted on her modest income as a seamstress to cobble together a way to make ends meet, even if barely—and how she hated sewing, hated, hated, hated it!—plus she had turned away other smaller projects to take on Sarah’s large wardrobe.
When she was summoned to go up the balustrade staircase to Sarah’s Chamber (there was indeed a mortgage button on the newel post—Phoebe looked for it!), not a squeak could be heard on the wooden stair tread. (She listened for it!)
The storyline of this book was fascinating. I just wasn’t fond of the new, trendy writing style. All of the characters are well-developed and the author certainly does her research. I appreciate her as an author very much. I just couldn’t look past my pet peeves to appreciate the book the way I should have.
If you’re a fan of Historical Christian Fiction and you don’t mind quirky characters that weasel their way into the narrative then I’d definitely suggest this book. Suzanne Woods Fisher is a talented author who can tell a story. She knows her Bible and her history.
Am I interested in continuing the series? Maybe. I do love the characters. So, we’ll see.