Synopsis: 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.
My Thoughts: I expected to like this book but I didn’t expect to love it (which I did). This story focuses on the island of Nantucket, taking place in two time periods. The reader gets a glimpse into Mary Coffin’s life, who was the daughter of one of the original settlers on Nantucket. The story also follows Phoebe Starbuck, Mary’s great granddaughter, a Quaker who lives on Nantucket.
I loved learning about the rift between the Puritans and the Quakers as well as the origins of Nantucket and how it was settled. There is also a lot of talk of the whaling industry, which was extremely interesting. The story is very atmospheric…there are many scenes on a ship and I could almost feel the waves and smell the salty air.
The author is a very gifted writer…I flew through the story and never felt that it dragged. I loved the characters, although there were a few times I wished that one of them would wise up. I also liked that this story was light on the romance…there is a bit of romance but it’s never the main focus of the story. (I’m not a romance reader).
The story was open ended and I’m eagerly awaiting the next release in the series! This is one of my favorite books of the year so far, highly recommended!
I received this book from Baker Publishing Group to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.