Friday, March 9, 2018
Book Review: Phoebe's Light
First sentence: Phoebe Starbuck flung back the worn quilt, leapt out of bed, and hurried to the window.
Premise/plot: Phoebe Starbuck finds herself learning things the hard way despite receiving her great-grandmother's journal as a birthday gift. The novel--the first in a series--is set in a whaling community of Nantucket in 1767. Her father is one of the few men not directly or indirectly in the whaling business. That plus his financial woes leave the pair on the fringes of society. Phoebe has ambitions, and those ambitions lead her to give her heart away to Captain Phineas Foulger. The captain will have readers booing and hissing from the start. But Phoebe is stubborn. Will she live long enough to see the errors of her ways?
My thoughts: I enjoyed this one. I didn't love, love, love it like I have some of Fisher's other novels. But I enjoyed it. There are two narratives within the book. The "current" story of 1767 starring Phoebe, Matthew, and Captain Foulger, etc. And the "past" story set in the 1650s and 1660s starring the original community of settlers. At first I struggled to get into the journal aspect of the story--perhaps because of the font. But by the end I was invested in both stories.
© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible