There’s something about Nantucket Island that’s always called to me. My mom had started my love affair with Nantucket with stories of visits to the island as a little girl in the 1930s. She had two cherished Nantucket lighthouse baskets—little round purses with an oval of carved scrimshaw embellishing the tops. In the late 1980s, I talked my sister and parents into a getaway visit to Nantucket. My first visit!
Oh, and it did not disappoint. It was more beautiful than I could’ve imagined. Even the air. Scented with heady rosa rugosas and nose-curling ocean salt.
But there was something else that stirred my heart for this sandy island, thirty miles out to sea. It was the island’s dramatic and significant history. Certainly, the architecture has been well preserved. But I could do more than see its history. I could feel it.
Early one morning, just after the sun rose, I walked down Centre Street, nicknamed affectionately as Petticoat Row. Nantucket women stepped up to run local businesses while their sailing husbands were out to sea for years at a time…hence the name Petticoat Row. There were stories of strong and courageous women here, just waiting to be told. Waiting for me to get my writing career launched.
That’s when the spark ignited for the ‘Nantucket Legacy’ series, starting with Phoebe’s Light. It took me…well, a few decades…but the stories are now written, waiting for you to slip back history’s curtain and discover this remarkable place.
Join us next week for fun and trivia. You can win copies of Phoebe’s Light and Starbucks gift cards. PLUS… everyone who participates will be entered to win an iPad mini at the end of the Trivia week! Winners will be announced daily, and the iPad winner will be announced on February 27th. And good Luck!
More about Phoebe’s Light
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.
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