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Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2018-reads, own, reviewed

With a setting by the sea and a Captain as the main character, I couldn't wait to dig in. Upon first opening the book, I discovered a "Cast of Characters" page and a "Glossary" page. This always makes me wonder if the story is going to be confusing and the characters lacking, hence the reason for an explanation before you get started. Neither was the case, in fact both were appreciated and I referred back to them to double check. The glossary is defining whaling terms, nautical expressions of the 19th century in Nantucket, as well as Quaker specific terms. There are two storylines spanning different time periods woven together to create a thought provoking and insightful view of Nantucket Island beginnings.

One story is presented via letters from the 17th century passed down from generation to generation. The main plot surrounds the people of Nantucket Island during the 19th century. There are numerous topics that the author tackles such as addiction, prejudice, slavery, faith, hypocrisy, love and triumph! This book did not disappoint! No character was lacking and I felt as if I knew them. I found myself pondering some of the tough topics and wondering what I would do in their shoes. The book is filled with great quotes to ponder (a few listed below). And the ending was a twist that warmed my heart!

"An arch is an architectural marvel. It holds together because the stones are carved to fit together perfectly. 'Tis all about the keystone, Mary. Think on that."

"The sea is my church. The ocean preaches the best sermons."

"What might shift in my heart if God were to unveil my eyes and show me that despite my fears and uncertainties, I'm actually surrounded by his powerful protection and presence?"

Minding the Light was a book that grabbed my attention, drew me into the story and then left me pondering my own truths. This is a book I highly recommend! I can not wait to read the other books in the Nantucket Legacy.

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Reading Progress

July 12, 2018 – Shelved
July 12, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018-reads
July 12, 2018 – Shelved as: own
July 12, 2018 – Shelved as: reviewed
Started Reading
August 1, 2018 – Finished Reading

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