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.
Let me start by saying that Colleen Coble is one of my go-to authors. I truly have a shelf in my library dedicated to her works alone. Freedom’s Light sets the scene from a lighthouse on the Atlantic Ocean and takes you back to the Revolutionary War. The main character is young Hannah, married to a lighthouse keeper who leaves to fight in the war, while she is left to tend the lights for the ships passing by. Though she has many troubles, most are not consequences from her own actions but that of others. Her husband meets his demise after being deemed a spy. Her sister is determined to marry a Tory and not just any Tory, but one that Hannah despises. A shipwreck occurs on her watch that injures Captain Birch, who then comes under Hannah’s care. Hannah clings to her faith to see her through each struggle and burden she faces. This story is about faith, love, revenge and history. Although many of the themes are deep-rooted, somehow Coble manages to illuminate the positive and it does not feel heavy. Historical fiction that was suspenseful with a touch of inspiration and romance. Although not my favorite book by Colleen Coble, it is worth the read.