I Chronicles 29:11 "Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all."

Monday, July 09, 2018

Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

I did not read the first book in this series, but I believe this book is a standalone story that doesn't depend on the first book. In the beginning I was put off because of the Quaker speech. It grated against my mind to hear 'thee' and then 'is' instead of 'are', like we would say if using the word 'you'. I'm still not sure what the correct grammar is, but that bothered me. And because it is woven throughout the book it was annoying.

I liked the main female character, Daphne, as she was a woman of action, and she was kind and nurturing, but not afraid to stand up for herself. And she was nothing like her horrible mother. So many period books have mothers in them that only care about status and themselves. It has become a little tiring to read, honestly. So many of the daughters rebel against the expectations of the time or their class, and it sometimes just doesn't feel realistic, as there are never any true consequences for their decision.

I felt sorry for captain Ren, as his circumstances upon returning home quickly became very sad. I am not sure how well mail was delivered back then, especially with him having been out to sea, but it seems that he would have received a few of his wife's letters, if she had written him weekly. I cannot imagine the shock of returning home and realising you have two children! I also felt sorry for him in putting his trust in someone he obviously should have kept a tighter reign on.

I liked the interweaving of Patience and Abraham into the story, and was very glad to read in the end notes that Abraham was based on a true story, and that most of the events throughout the book were, indeed, based on true history. So many authors weave fiction into their historical novels, where tiny details are true, but the major events are made up. I love that this author kept true history as a main part of the book.

I did not enjoy Tristram as a character. His name, for one, is clunky. I called him Tristan in my head every time I read it instead. He was obviously sketchy, and the way he carried himself, and the deals he made in Ren's absence angered me. I am hoping he had to pay for what he did, but I don't plan to read the next book, so I may never know.

The buried treasure bit from the diary seemed so far fetched to me. No one else ever saw them dig it up, or realised the dirt had been moved or anything? And no one who used it ever thought to take all of it at once and keep it somewhere safer like a bank? I find that very hard to believe. Especially when their family was struggling so much, it could have really helped them.

Another thing that bothered me that was not addressed biblically, was the Quaker belief that the Light is in everyone. That is not what the Bible teaches. The truth is through Jesus Christ. We don't have the answers in ourselves which is why we need a Saviour. Ren rejected the Quaker faith years ago because of the hypocrisy he found there, but he never found truth. Not that everyone comes to Christ, but that part bothered me.

The ending of the book was a shocking revelation with absolutely no resolution afterward. No recording of Daphne's reaction, no idea of how they changed the way they lived, nothing. Just end of story, jump right into the bit of the next book. That was disappointing. I wish we could have known how Daphne reacted, and at least a little of how it affected their family relationships. At least it SHOULD have affected their relationships.

Overall the story was enjoyable, if not totally realistic. I will read other books by this author, but not in this series.

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