Freedom's Light
Hannah Thomas left the South and all that was familiar to marry her beloved John. But the fact that she’s never been quite accepted by his mother and sister and that she doesn’t quite fit the strict Massachusetts Puritan community only becomes more difficult when John is killed in one of the first battles in the war for freedom. Hannah is allowed to continue to serve as lightkeeper for the twin tower lighthouses on the lonely coastline, but it is grueling work for a woman alone.One of the first shipwrecks washes ashore a handsome captain she thinks is a Tory, but she soon finds out he’s working as a spy for Washington. Much stands in the way of their happiness including the need to protect his secret, pressure from John’s family to marry another, near-constant disapproval from the townspeople, and the appearance of Hannah’s wayward sister. Coupled with the strain of war, Hannah isn’t sure she’ll ever see the light of freedom.

Freedom's Light Details

TitleFreedom's Light
Author
ReleaseSep 11th, 2018
PublisherThomas Nelson
ISBN-139780785219385
Rating
GenreChristian Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Romance

Freedom's Light Review

  • Andrea Cox
    January 1, 1970
    FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. A positive review was NOT required. These are my honest opinions.The beginning of this book swept me into the Revolutionary War time period. Unfortunately, the book lost my interest once the lead male began using profanity. He wasn’t the only one to do so, either. And the expletives! They came almost regularly in the second half of the book.This homosexual comment was inexcusable for the Christian genre: “Birch, are you FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. A positive review was NOT required. These are my honest opinions.The beginning of this book swept me into the Revolutionary War time period. Unfortunately, the book lost my interest once the lead male began using profanity. He wasn’t the only one to do so, either. And the expletives! They came almost regularly in the second half of the book.This homosexual comment was inexcusable for the Christian genre: “Birch, are you a lover of men instead of women?” It felt wrong for the time period as well. This comment is the reason this book didn’t even get two stars from me.While I thought, from the back-cover copy, that Hannah was to be the lead, her sister Lydia completely stole the show with her obsessive, bold, and immature personality. Galen also took over the main male perspective with his psychopathy. Neither character were likable, so the plot became a real struggle for me when it became clear the story was more about them than Hannah and Birch.I also really had a difficult time with all the sexual content. This story was saturated in it, featuring unwed sex and pregnancy and lewd comments and lost reputations and mistresses. It’s been a long time since I have read a story that made me feel this dirty when I was finished with it.Of course, this line didn’t help at all, as it was gross and very dirty-minded: “Nevertheless, he enjoyed the press of her lithe young body and only grudgingly let her go.”I really hope someone gets something good out of this book, because I had a hard time digging through all the sludge to unbury it.I did like Hannah, though. She stuck to her moral code throughout the story, and I loved her protective heart. If it weren’t for the weighty amount of other things that bothered me, I would have given the book another star just because she was such an enjoyable character.Rating: 1 star
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    A stirring tale with plenty of drama and romance! Set during the turbulent time of the American Revolution on the Massachusetts coast, with a colorful cast of characters, it had the feel of a classic novel. A brave, loyal young woman takes on the duties of lighthouse keeper as her husband goes off to war.“... I would love to sail to exotic ports, to see how others live.” She sighed. “Instead God has put me here on this rocky coast for some purpose.”Hannah is a great character whose circumstances A stirring tale with plenty of drama and romance! Set during the turbulent time of the American Revolution on the Massachusetts coast, with a colorful cast of characters, it had the feel of a classic novel. A brave, loyal young woman takes on the duties of lighthouse keeper as her husband goes off to war.“... I would love to sail to exotic ports, to see how others live.” She sighed. “Instead God has put me here on this rocky coast for some purpose.”Hannah is a great character whose circumstances test her faith, loyalty, personal strength and integrity. She rises to the challenges presented, stalwartly holding to her faith, though others around her continually seem to test her. I love how she shares her faith, honestly living it out, despite the critics and the consequences. I really hoped she would get a happy ending. The romances were quite a contrast and source of drama-- love vs lust, sacrificial vs selfish. Recommend for mature readers due to adult subject matter. Historical romance fans will probably enjoy this the most.(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.)
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  • Darci Swanson
    January 1, 1970
    Not a genre I would normally pick up and yet I found myself not being able to put it down. Loved it!
  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.Not my favorite Coble novel. I love all things Revolutionary War, but this one just offered up two people who were so selfish and hateful it totally overshadowed the hero and heroine. The romance between Birch and Hannah seems unrealistic, when we are supposed to believe that Hannah is so patriotic. We are just told some things happen without any buildup or e I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.Not my favorite Coble novel. I love all things Revolutionary War, but this one just offered up two people who were so selfish and hateful it totally overshadowed the hero and heroine. The romance between Birch and Hannah seems unrealistic, when we are supposed to believe that Hannah is so patriotic. We are just told some things happen without any buildup or explanation. Sorry…just a 3.
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  • Sarita
    January 1, 1970
    Colleen Coble is one of my favourite authors. I love her suspense. This was my first historical novel by her, and though different to her suspense novels, I enjoyed it.Now, this book will not be for some readers, due to the more adult content, but for me there was so much lessons to be learned through these characters. Consequences of not trusting God and taking matters into your own hands, making wrong choices because you desire love from a man instead of searching for that love from God and th Colleen Coble is one of my favourite authors. I love her suspense. This was my first historical novel by her, and though different to her suspense novels, I enjoyed it.Now, this book will not be for some readers, due to the more adult content, but for me there was so much lessons to be learned through these characters. Consequences of not trusting God and taking matters into your own hands, making wrong choices because you desire love from a man instead of searching for that love from God and the difference between religion (judgment and criticism) vs a relationship with God (love, forgiveness, peace).The historical facts about the Revolutionary war was interesting but not overbearing. I enjoyed the story of the war and learning a few things. Lydia's story was heartbreaking, but also such a prefect picture of a lot of girls today in their search for love. Hannah's story was not the focal point which I expected, but so strong. To me her relationship with God drove her actions. She loved first, which was clear in her caring for a Tory. She was also not afraid to confront Lydia and Birch with biblical truths. She was a light for spiritual freedom, which fit perfectly with the title of the book.*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*
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  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    2 starsI have recently become a fan of historical fiction and I adore Colleen Coble's books, so I was eagerly looking forward to this book. Unfortunately, Freedom’s Light was a great disappointment to me. I am not entirely sure why either. The historical accuracy was completely on point, so that was not the issue. I just feel like this book just missed the characteristic feel of a Colleen Coble book, I so look forward to and love.I really struggled to get into the book or to even care about the 2 starsI have recently become a fan of historical fiction and I adore Colleen Coble's books, so I was eagerly looking forward to this book. Unfortunately, Freedom’s Light was a great disappointment to me. I am not entirely sure why either. The historical accuracy was completely on point, so that was not the issue. I just feel like this book just missed the characteristic feel of a Colleen Coble book, I so look forward to and love.I really struggled to get into the book or to even care about the characters in the story. This whole book was such a miss for me. I am really surprised too because this is the first book by Coble that I did not enjoy. I am sure there is a market and fans for this book. Sadly, I am just not one of them.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.#Freedomslight #NetGalley
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  • Gloria
    January 1, 1970
    Freedom's Light is a rich historical story of the Revolutionary War and how it affected families, friends and neighbors - how some chose to side with Britain instead of fighting for freedom of the new country. Hannah Smith became keeper of the lighthouse on the rocky Massachusetts coast when her husband left to fight with the Continental Army against the loyalists, who are fighting for Britain. Her troubles are many, mostly not of her own doing but the consequences of others - in particular her Freedom's Light is a rich historical story of the Revolutionary War and how it affected families, friends and neighbors - how some chose to side with Britain instead of fighting for freedom of the new country. Hannah Smith became keeper of the lighthouse on the rocky Massachusetts coast when her husband left to fight with the Continental Army against the loyalists, who are fighting for Britain. Her troubles are many, mostly not of her own doing but the consequences of others - in particular her wild sister and her improprieties. Her husband is falsely accused of burning New York City by an old friend Galen, who is now fighting on the side of Britain. John was hung because Galen still has feelings for Hannah and wanted to get rid of her husband. Hannah's sister Lydia has feelings for Galen and throws herself at Galen. When a ship is broken up on rocks, Hannah rescues Captain Birch Meredith from the wreckage. Part of the job of a light keeper is to care for people injured by shipwreck, so Birch stays with Hannah and Lydia while his broken leg heals. Birch and Hannah are attracted to each other but he appears to be on the side of Britain while Hannah's allegiance is with the colonists. Hannah has a strong faith while Birch is seeking revenge for his brother's death at the hands of a Major Montgomery with the British military. Birch is really a spy for General Washington but cannot let Hannah or anyone else know. This is a touching and heartbreaking story of the trials of wartime but also of how selfish people can be when they see only their own desires and wishes without a care of how their actions can affect others. Hannah and Lydia are charged of sins by local church men and while Lydia was guilty of their charges, Hannah is accused unfairly and endures harsh treatment. Hannah is only eighteen but has the faith and soul of someone older and so unselfish, someone with a servant's heart. She tries to get her faith message across to Lydia and also to Birch. I enjoyed this touching story of history, faith and romance.I received a complimentary ARC from Thomas Nelson Publishing through NetGalley. Thoughts and opinions are mine only.
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  • •Melanie Elizabeth• {To tea, or not to tea? ☕️}
    January 1, 1970
    Bestselling author Colleen Coble has released yet another thrilling historical fiction tale set during the War for Independence. Weaved through the narrative of a light keeper, an American spy, a young, naive woman in love, and a dastardly British captain, this new tale spins many point of views throughout the birth of the great new nation, America. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Freedom's light is a historical Christian fiction romance set in the Revolutionary War time frame. Hannah Thomas is a young girl who has married a lightkeeper, John Thomas. John is called to war and leaves Hannah to care for the light and their home. When John does not return, Hannah is left to care for the light and try to find God's path for her life. Many people come into Hannah's story that help direct her life and path. I have not read a Colleen Coble book before this one. I started reading Freedom's light is a historical Christian fiction romance set in the Revolutionary War time frame. Hannah Thomas is a young girl who has married a lightkeeper, John Thomas. John is called to war and leaves Hannah to care for the light and their home. When John does not return, Hannah is left to care for the light and try to find God's path for her life. Many people come into Hannah's story that help direct her life and path. I have not read a Colleen Coble book before this one. I started reading this one afternoon and finished it within a day. The author wove together an intriguing tale that had mystery, love, and faith. I could not put this book down. I love to read Historical Fiction but this is the first time I have read any stories that were during the Revolutionary War. What a great time period for such a tale. I love to read about lighthouses and lightkeepers so this book was right in my wheelhouse. Hannah is a strong character and her past and present wove together into such a lively tale. I love how her character was able to face many challenges with the grace of God and continues to display her faith for those around her. I truly can't wait to read more from this author. Thank you so much for allowing me to read and review this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Ethel (artisanwriting.blogspot.com)
    January 1, 1970
    Freedom's LightWith the backdrop of the Revolutionary War we have a tale of romance, spies, illicit love and religion. Set in Massachusetts Hannah becomes a widow and is now the lighthouse keeper on a lonely piece of land. Her sister Lydia has come to stay with her, to keep the loneliness at bay, but Lydia has other ideas. With her love for a British soldier, Galen, who himself is interested in Hannah, she manages to throw herself at him and gets banished from Massachusetts. Finding Galen in New Freedom's LightWith the backdrop of the Revolutionary War we have a tale of romance, spies, illicit love and religion. Set in Massachusetts Hannah becomes a widow and is now the lighthouse keeper on a lonely piece of land. Her sister Lydia has come to stay with her, to keep the loneliness at bay, but Lydia has other ideas. With her love for a British soldier, Galen, who himself is interested in Hannah, she manages to throw herself at him and gets banished from Massachusetts. Finding Galen in New York, she rushes to his side hoping to marry him. But Galen is not the man she thought he was. Then we have Birch, posing as a British soldier, yet actually a spy for the colonials. We see the strict orthodoxy of the Puritans, the soft romance of two people coming together and the illicit love and treachery of another. Love, faith and integrity were equally tested. This is a book that once I started reading I couldn't put down. Methinks you will enjoy it too!My thanks to Thomas Nelson through NetGalley for this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • JoAnn
    January 1, 1970
    Ms. Coble is one of my favorite authors and she did not disappoint with Freedom’s Light. This book has a great plot, characters and setting. I highly recommend this book. My thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for my ARC. This is my unbiased review.
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to give this book somewhere in between 3 and 4 stars, but I went with 4 for the sake of simplicity. "Freedom's Light," by Colleen Coble, revolves around the lives of a light keeper and a spy fighting on the American side of the Revolutionary War. What I loved: I enjoyed the second half of the book much more than the first half, as I felt that the pace of the book picked up and the characters became more fleshed out. The setting of the lighthouse was interesting, and I found that the dyn I wanted to give this book somewhere in between 3 and 4 stars, but I went with 4 for the sake of simplicity. "Freedom's Light," by Colleen Coble, revolves around the lives of a light keeper and a spy fighting on the American side of the Revolutionary War. What I loved: I enjoyed the second half of the book much more than the first half, as I felt that the pace of the book picked up and the characters became more fleshed out. The setting of the lighthouse was interesting, and I found that the dynamics of the characters, especially Lydia, were genuine and absorbing. I thought that the ending, while somewhat sad, was appropriate, as Lydia was able to redeem herself. What I didn't love: I felt that while the premise of the book was promising, the plot and the writing fell flat in some places. During the first half of the book, the emotions of the characters did not seem realistic to me, and the love story seemed rushed and improbable. The first half of the book did not hold my interest too well. After just finishing another book set in this era that was very, very good and had characters with a lot of depth, the characters in this book seemed slightly shallow.Overall, I would give this book 3.5 stars. I would like to try reading this author again, particularly one of her books set in modern times.
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  • Kay Defreese
    January 1, 1970
    Freedom's Light is different from the romantic suspense that most people are used to reading from Colleen Coble. This book is a historical romance that takes place during the time of the American Revolution. No mystery as to who the villain is in this novel. You know from the very start who this person is. There is a tiny bit of suspense at the end. I predicted how it would end and I was right. You will not regret reading this book if you enjoy historical romance. You will love Hannah and Birch' Freedom's Light is different from the romantic suspense that most people are used to reading from Colleen Coble. This book is a historical romance that takes place during the time of the American Revolution. No mystery as to who the villain is in this novel. You know from the very start who this person is. There is a tiny bit of suspense at the end. I predicted how it would end and I was right. You will not regret reading this book if you enjoy historical romance. You will love Hannah and Birch's story. Freedom's Light will be released on September 11, 2018.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Kelly Tyree
    January 1, 1970
    Freedom's Light was definitely a drama with lots of ups and downs and characters that were good and some that were seedy. Hannah Thomas is a young widow. She lives in a lighthouse and now that her husband has died fighting the British, she holds herself to the promise she made to him, to take care of and run the lighthouse. Hannah finds herself feeling lonely so she asks her younger sister, Lydia, to come and stay with her. The only contention between the two of them is Lydia's obsession with an Freedom's Light was definitely a drama with lots of ups and downs and characters that were good and some that were seedy. Hannah Thomas is a young widow. She lives in a lighthouse and now that her husband has died fighting the British, she holds herself to the promise she made to him, to take care of and run the lighthouse. Hannah finds herself feeling lonely so she asks her younger sister, Lydia, to come and stay with her. The only contention between the two of them is Lydia's obsession with an old family friend, Galen, who is fighting with the British. Hannah has experienced his evil first hand, but Lydia refuses to believe anything bad about him. Lydia reaches out to him in an effort to get him to come to the lighthouse, she uses Hannah as the carrot. Galen's intentions all along were to have Hannah to himself, but he couldn't as long as she was married. Galen has remedied that so that she can finally be his. But Hannah rejects Galen.A shipwreck brings an injured sea captain to Hannah's doorstep. Birch Meredith claims to be a merchant ship that is loyal to Britain. Even though Hannah and Birch are on different sides of the war, she and Birch become friends and fall in love with one another. Once Birch heals, he heads back to the war. Despite continuing his work and his quest for vengeance, he cannot escape his feelings for Hannah. Lydia has plans of her own to capture Galen and show him she is the right choice for him. This act spirals her down a steep staircase of poor decisions. Hannah continues to man the lighthouse but her heart remains with a sea captain that is everything she should not love. I received an ARC of this book and his is my honest feedback.
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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    I have read several of Colleen's books. I like her style of writing. She writes a suspense story with just enough of a love story, to keep it on the lighter side for me. Colleen has written other stories about a lighthouse keeper that I have enjoyed, so I was very excited to read this one. It is a little different, in that it is a historical fiction Christian romance about the Revolutionary War. The story-line was interesting and her historical parts were right on point. If this was not labeled I have read several of Colleen's books. I like her style of writing. She writes a suspense story with just enough of a love story, to keep it on the lighter side for me. Colleen has written other stories about a lighthouse keeper that I have enjoyed, so I was very excited to read this one. It is a little different, in that it is a historical fiction Christian romance about the Revolutionary War. The story-line was interesting and her historical parts were right on point. If this was not labeled a Christian romance, I would not have a problem. I feel it should have a warning for adult content. There are some situations that are definitely facts of life now as well as back then. But I am wondering about them being a part of a Christian romance. I think Colleen is a fantastic writer and I will continue to read her books. It was not my favorite book by her, but I did enjoy Freedom's Light. I just feel if Colleen want's to write books with this content, maybe she should branch out with her genres. I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalleys. The opinions expressed in this book are my own.
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  • Dorothy
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoy Colleen Coble's books: she likes to put her heroines in harm's way and throws in romance and faith in God as important parts of the story. This novel is no different in those elements, but the time period is. Here we are in Massachusetts during the Revolutionary War. Hannah has lost her husband, shot as a spy, and must face trouble from all sides: managing a lighthouse on her own, managing her impetuous younger sister, trying to keep her distance from a former suitor, dealing with her mo I enjoy Colleen Coble's books: she likes to put her heroines in harm's way and throws in romance and faith in God as important parts of the story. This novel is no different in those elements, but the time period is. Here we are in Massachusetts during the Revolutionary War. Hannah has lost her husband, shot as a spy, and must face trouble from all sides: managing a lighthouse on her own, managing her impetuous younger sister, trying to keep her distance from a former suitor, dealing with her mother-in-law, and facing censure from the men who uphold the strict religious mores of the time. But not to worry: love will come along, although in the person of someone Hannah knows she shouldn't care for. As always Coble writes with clarity and creates well-developed characters. The only thing I didn't like was the dialogue. The author tried to use speech patterns and language of the era, however, I think it was uneven or inconsistent. I recommend this novel to Colleen Coble fans, and those who like suspense and romance. I received a free copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Tammy G.
    January 1, 1970
    Historical romance is not my go to read but in this case because Colleen Coble wrote this story and because I am interested in the lighthouse I picked up this novel. And because I read that Mrs. Coble had this script on her desk for years because she thought it wasn't a good book. Hannah Thomas married John to escape Galen's evil clutches. Hannah feels that she will be safe tending to the lighthouse but then John dies in one of the first battles of the Revolutionary War Hannah wonders if she can Historical romance is not my go to read but in this case because Colleen Coble wrote this story and because I am interested in the lighthouse I picked up this novel. And because I read that Mrs. Coble had this script on her desk for years because she thought it wasn't a good book. Hannah Thomas married John to escape Galen's evil clutches. Hannah feels that she will be safe tending to the lighthouse but then John dies in one of the first battles of the Revolutionary War Hannah wonders if she can mange the town lighthouses on her own.But then her younger sister arrives and Hannah feels that he loneliness may subside....only her sister seems enthralled with Galen. Then one dark stormy night a shipwreck takes place near the lighthouse.Is this ship wreck a godsend? This is quite a read! So glad Mrs. Coble dusted of the manuscript and printed this story.Some mystery, a little romance and a bit of history in this novel, Freedom's Light.*This book was provided by BookLook*
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! It looks like it will be a standalone, rather than part of a series. Until the end, I thought that maybe it'd be a first in a new series, but it becomes clear that it isn't. There are twists and turns, lots of spies and double agents, wartime changes to gender roles, and the strictest post-Puritanical church I've ever seen. Without giving too much away, one of the main characters is just naive and silly, and I couldn't connect with her...I didn't like her. Another takes on muc I loved this book! It looks like it will be a standalone, rather than part of a series. Until the end, I thought that maybe it'd be a first in a new series, but it becomes clear that it isn't. There are twists and turns, lots of spies and double agents, wartime changes to gender roles, and the strictest post-Puritanical church I've ever seen. Without giving too much away, one of the main characters is just naive and silly, and I couldn't connect with her...I didn't like her. Another takes on much more than she should bear, and does it with grace. Another must come to an understanding about his faith and his beliefs, while grappling with a need for vengeance. Finally, there is the character whom you can't help but despise, and you truly hope that he will have a change of heart by the story's end. The combination of these four personalities, along with their supporting cast, brings a sense of realness to the book that makes you root both for and against everyone!
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    I highly recommend this book for historical fiction and Christian readers because the author skillfully weaves a compelling story surrounding 18 year old Hannah, the lighthouse keeper of Gurnet Point, Massachusetts during the war for independence. Hannah is a sympathetic character who has great faith, fortitude and determination to do her part for the Continental army while facing constant criticism from her sister, her husband’s mother, the townsfolk and the Christian elders in her church, espe I highly recommend this book for historical fiction and Christian readers because the author skillfully weaves a compelling story surrounding 18 year old Hannah, the lighthouse keeper of Gurnet Point, Massachusetts during the war for independence. Hannah is a sympathetic character who has great faith, fortitude and determination to do her part for the Continental army while facing constant criticism from her sister, her husband’s mother, the townsfolk and the Christian elders in her church, especially when she rescues and nurses to health a British sailor who will become both her greatest strength and her greatest weakness. Hannah and Birch Meredith are fascinating characters living in an uncertain and dangerous time and their story is filled with passion and conviction that makes for a highly entertaining and unforgettable read. I read an early copy of this book provided by Thomas Nelson through NetGalley and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.
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  • Ellen White
    January 1, 1970
    FREEDOM’ S LIGHT by Colleen Coble. Thomas NelsonKeeping the lights in the lighthouse for the sailors, and stay at home is what her husband wanted. He was older, and she was use to speaking her mind, and wanted to follow him. A year here, she hated the sound of crashing waves, was endless., the lonely coastline. Galen wants what John has, Hannah, John reply’s "God will protect her"and Galen stated that John was a spy.To her sister, Galen plied with love, still wanting Hannah. Would the British ma FREEDOM’ S LIGHT by Colleen Coble. Thomas NelsonKeeping the lights in the lighthouse for the sailors, and stay at home is what her husband wanted. He was older, and she was use to speaking her mind, and wanted to follow him. A year here, she hated the sound of crashing waves, was endless., the lonely coastline. Galen wants what John has, Hannah, John reply’s "God will protect her"and Galen stated that John was a spy.To her sister, Galen plied with love, still wanting Hannah. Would the British man they rescue from the shore, would he be allowed to live. Or in hate, and a vow to have Hannah, not. A plot that showed the mercy of woman when the men were off, fighting. Strong, deep emotions, of what women had to do. The duties of home, and families, unable to go to war, was up to women to tend to. Given ARC by Net Galley and Thomas Nelson for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    Freedom's Light by Colleen Coble is a good read! It is full of espionage, danger and romance during the Revolutionary War. When Hannah's husband John dies fighting for his country Hannah is left in charge of the twin lighthouses. Her willful sister comes to stay. There is a shipwreck bringing a and injured, handsome sea captain whom is believed to be the enemy. There is danger, persecution and romance. Ms. Coble writes a great book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Freedom's Light by Colleen Coble is a good read! It is full of espionage, danger and romance during the Revolutionary War. When Hannah's husband John dies fighting for his country Hannah is left in charge of the twin lighthouses. Her willful sister comes to stay. There is a shipwreck bringing a and injured, handsome sea captain whom is believed to be the enemy. There is danger, persecution and romance. Ms. Coble writes a great book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Alissa Wied
    January 1, 1970
    At the back of this book, Colleen writes that this book has been on the "shelf" for 18 years! It certainly is a departure from her recent works, but I enjoyed the step back in time getting to know the life of a female lightkeeper during the revolutionary war. She was an excellent example of a strong lead character when times are tough and you just have to keep going. There were several twists and turns I didn't expect and enjoyed the suspense of the spies working for the other side and what migh At the back of this book, Colleen writes that this book has been on the "shelf" for 18 years! It certainly is a departure from her recent works, but I enjoyed the step back in time getting to know the life of a female lightkeeper during the revolutionary war. She was an excellent example of a strong lead character when times are tough and you just have to keep going. There were several twists and turns I didn't expect and enjoyed the suspense of the spies working for the other side and what might happen.Unfortunately, there were parts I had a hard time stomaching. First, the punishments of the time by the church on people based on how they judged people with what little evidence they could gather. I'm sure similar events did actually occur and it enlightened me, but in this story, the way it happened and it's graphic nature turned my stomach.Second, there were multiple sexual indiscretions and while the characters' thoughts seemed very realistic in how they might have rationalized their actions, it lent a very warped vibe to the book and was never dealt with well. It was quite tragic and odd. I certainly wouldn't want any daughters of mine to read this book because of it. Also, while trying not to give anything away, I feel I must mention that there is a suicide.Although I really did like the story aside from the above issues, I can't fully recommend the book. You'll have to make your own choice.My favorite quote: "Your light led me to freedom, my love. What need have I of a lighthouse when you are by my side?"I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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