Left alone to tend the lighthouse that was once her husband’s occupation, young Hannah Thomas nurses shipwrecked captain, Birch Meredith, back to life. Even though Meredith is an avowed loyalist, her feelings for the dark-eyed captain grow stronger each day.
While Hannah’s part of the story takes place in Massachusetts, the book itself goes further afield. Following the path of Birch Meredith and others, Coble paints a fascinating picture of 18th century New York City, British-colonial high society and the struggles of the American freedom fighters.
Freedom’s Light highlights the greater and lesser conflicts of revolutionary times. Some Americans are loyal to England, while others are passionate about their new country Even within families, loyalties are divided. The American forces are battling against incredible odds. Spies are at work and many people are not what they seem.
It was an exciting time but also, particularly in Massachusetts, very repressive. Puritanical town elders are judgemental and cruel. In the small town where Hannah lives, their power is absolute – and frightening.
While the focus on the main character was not as strong as I would have liked I did very much appreciate how Freedom’s Light brought the struggles of our nation’s early history to life!
To read my last Colleen Coble review please see the following post: The Inn at Ocean’s Edge