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The Light Before Day (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

           This latest book by Suzanne Woods Fisher is both heart-warming, endearing, has a ton of twists and turns, and is still as timeless as the history and story-telling as she is so apt to render. The Light Before Day is practically a continuation of the previous book Minding the Light, but with Hitty and Henry grown up. Their father, and their mother's sister, Daphne, are now married...and, you simply have to read this book!

          I have never been one to give spoilers to any books I reviewed; not once from any of the books Revell has allowed me to review, and I won't start now. Suffice it to say Light Before Day is a very compelling read. It is just as compelling as was her first book in the series Phoebe's Light and has continued on to the end of the series. One thing I will remark on is the fact I believe I misplaced Minding the Light as I wanted to fully read these books all over again to see if I missed anything.

          What I can say to that is, if I have accidentally lost my copy is that I will have to obtain another one to be able to read this series again. These books have a great amount of detail: from history, to the characters, to the dialogue, setting and story she weaves of these character's lives makes you feel as if you're actually there! So, here's this point--Suzanne Woods Fisher is hands down one of my favorite authors who has raised the bar on writing to the level I feel and believe "puts you within the story."

          You actually feel as though you're walking along with the grown children of Jane and Ren, Captain Reynolds Macy. Again, i will not give any spoilers, but if you have not yet thought of reaching for any of Suzanne's books, I would suggest this series first. I may not have read much of her other books aside from The Return, but this is hands down one of my favorite sets of books I have read within my life! A must-read, heart-pounding, riveting, and just a simply good and overall story--all my own opinion I have mustered on my own!

           I actually give this series 5 out of 5 stars for all the hardwork, all the history and research Suzanne has done to make a rich and compelling story out of one of Benjamin Franklin's grandparents: Mary Coffin Starbuck. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in the hopes of a fair and honest review of the book.