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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 li 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.


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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 li 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.

30 review for Freedom's Light

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Cox

    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

  2. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    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.)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    As a longtime fan of Collen Coble, it pains me to write this review. I have loved every book of hers I've ever read whether it be suspense or historical fiction. However, this book was just one I didn't enjoy and at times had to force myself to read. I'm used to historical fiction books having a bit of a slower pace than contemporary fiction, but I found the pace of this story extremely slow and it seemed like the story really went nowhere fast, especially the first half of the book. The second h As a longtime fan of Collen Coble, it pains me to write this review. I have loved every book of hers I've ever read whether it be suspense or historical fiction. However, this book was just one I didn't enjoy and at times had to force myself to read. I'm used to historical fiction books having a bit of a slower pace than contemporary fiction, but I found the pace of this story extremely slow and it seemed like the story really went nowhere fast, especially the first half of the book. The second half picked up just a bit and was more interesting than the first half but it seemed like it just took so long to get to the better part of the story. Even the characters in this story seemed one dimensional and blah. There wasn't a single one I really liked or cared about. While I didn't enjoy this book I'm still a fan of the author and will be checking out her future work. Some may like this story but it just wasn't one for me. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    I really enjoyed this story! Although it started a bit slowly for me, the pace picked up after a few chapters and I became very interested in these characters. I really liked Hannah and felt sorry for her in all that she was dealing with in this novel. She had some very difficult situations to go through. She suffered a lot in many ways. I liked Birch, yet found myself frustrated with him at times as he let his need for revenge lead him away from God and from Hannah. Hannah’s sister, Lydia, was so I really enjoyed this story! Although it started a bit slowly for me, the pace picked up after a few chapters and I became very interested in these characters. I really liked Hannah and felt sorry for her in all that she was dealing with in this novel. She had some very difficult situations to go through. She suffered a lot in many ways. I liked Birch, yet found myself frustrated with him at times as he let his need for revenge lead him away from God and from Hannah. Hannah’s sister, Lydia, was so aggravating and brought so much trouble onto not only herself, but Hannah as well. This was a character who was definitely led astray by bad decisions and was more concerned with her own desires than what God would want her to do. It was painful to read about her naive trust in a wicked man. The actions of Lydia and Galen represent situations in the book that I would not recommend for younger readers, however, the book is clean, with no graphic descriptions of events. This story had me anxiously turning pages toward the end of the book and I loved the sweet epilogue. (4.5 stars) I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Darci Swanson

    Not a genre I would normally pick up and yet I found myself not being able to put it down. Loved it!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    2 stars I 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 stars I 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

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarita

    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.*

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    Freedom's Light, by Colleen Coble, is Christian historical fiction that takes place in Massachusetts in 1776. Hannah's husband John was a lighthouse keeper and when he went to fight in the Revolutionary War, his duties went to Hannah. He was killed in a battle at the beginning of the war and she now feels she is doing her duty to help with the war by keeping the light going for the sailors. I enjoyed reading this story. Once it got started, it was a fast paced story with suspense and romance. It Freedom's Light, by Colleen Coble, is Christian historical fiction that takes place in Massachusetts in 1776. Hannah's husband John was a lighthouse keeper and when he went to fight in the Revolutionary War, his duties went to Hannah. He was killed in a battle at the beginning of the war and she now feels she is doing her duty to help with the war by keeping the light going for the sailors. I enjoyed reading this story. Once it got started, it was a fast paced story with suspense and romance. It was interesting to read of the strictness and lack of caring from church leaders. Hannah is a very caring person. She continues to care for the lighthouse her husband was responsible for after his death. She also stayed near his family, who were not supportive of her. She took in an injured sailor, an infant and her sister, Lydia, when they needed her. Doing this brought discipline from the church despite her strong faith and Christian beliefs. The characters of Lydia, and Galen were both selfish people. Their part of the story contains the subject of living together before marriage. The story also touches on the neglect and treatment of Hannah's parents and the abuse from Galen. I enjoyed reading this story. I feel anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction will also enjoy this book. I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson. This is my honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I am a longtime Colleen Coble fan and have especially loved her suspense books. This story is considered one of her historical novels and set during a favorite time period of mine, the Revolutionary War. The start of the book had me interested, mainly in Hannah and her story. A little ways in and in comes her sister and from there the story took a turn. While yes, there are more "adult themes" that isn't the reason for my low rating on this book. It had a great setting and a great possibility of I am a longtime Colleen Coble fan and have especially loved her suspense books. This story is considered one of her historical novels and set during a favorite time period of mine, the Revolutionary War. The start of the book had me interested, mainly in Hannah and her story. A little ways in and in comes her sister and from there the story took a turn. While yes, there are more "adult themes" that isn't the reason for my low rating on this book. It had a great setting and a great possibility of being such a good book. But the dialogue was cringe worthy (very cheesy) and honestly Lydia was probably one of my all time least favorite characters. I felt like the end was rushed and the entire book all too predictable. I know Coble to be a fantastic author but this book was not for me. Two Stars. Check out her Hope Beach Suspense novels! "I received this book from BookLook Blogger for free. All opinions are my own"

  12. 4 out of 5

    •Melanie Elizabeth• {To tea, or not to tea? ☕️}

    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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: Freedom’s Light Author: Colleen Coble Pages: 320 Year: 2018 Publisher: Thomas Nelson My rating is 4 out of 5 stars. Hannah Thomas is a young, 18-year-old woman who has been married for a year to a man twenty years her senior. She married him to escape the unwanted advances of Galen, a childhood friend who she no longer considers to be a friend. John is a lighthouse keeper but quickly enlists in the Continental Army and leaves Hannah to tend the two lighthouses. He is one of the first to be kill Title: Freedom’s Light Author: Colleen Coble Pages: 320 Year: 2018 Publisher: Thomas Nelson My rating is 4 out of 5 stars. Hannah Thomas is a young, 18-year-old woman who has been married for a year to a man twenty years her senior. She married him to escape the unwanted advances of Galen, a childhood friend who she no longer considers to be a friend. John is a lighthouse keeper but quickly enlists in the Continental Army and leaves Hannah to tend the two lighthouses. He is one of the first to be killed as a spy. Hannah doesn’t believe he was a spy, but nevertheless she is now a widow. She invites her younger sister, Lydia, to stay with her for a while. Lydia arrives, but has her eye on any man in a red coat serving in the English military. She longs to wed an Englishman, move to England and enjoy English society. This will cause trouble for Hannah in the future. Birch Meredith poses as an English privateer, supplying English troops with supplies. He, however, has an ulterior motive. He is looking for the man who killed his brother, so that he can exact his own retribution. He is secretly serving General Washington as a spy. His ship runs aground on the rocks close to Hannah’s lighthouse. She takes care of him while his broken leg heals. Their conversations are stimulating but she and he will never have a future as he is a Tory and she is loyal to the colonies. Hannah then makes a discovery that could change her life. For me, Colleen Coble has a style of writing that is easy to engage with, allows me to learn something new and gives me something to think about. This novel is no exception. Hannah and Birch dance around the issue of trust, politics and faith, which makes for an interesting relationship and one I was involved with while reading. Vengeance also plays a large role in the story as a motivation for more than one character’s actions. The Revolutionary War, which is the setting for this novel, is one period of time that I find vastly interesting, so I also liked that aspect of the story. The conflict between family members regarding their support of England or the colonies was realistic. Grab a copy for yourself and take a journey to colonial America. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ruby

    **thanks as always to the publisher for this advanced copy. All opinions are mine** A beautiful historical romance as only Colleen Coble can deliver. Set in the Revolutionary War, Hannah Thompson is widowed and now lighthouse keeper to not one, but two of the East Coast lighthouses. Her former husband's family disapproves of her abilities and the new addition of her younger sister to the equation has Hannah wishing for some help. However, a violent storm blows in more than maybe even her heart ca **thanks as always to the publisher for this advanced copy. All opinions are mine** A beautiful historical romance as only Colleen Coble can deliver. Set in the Revolutionary War, Hannah Thompson is widowed and now lighthouse keeper to not one, but two of the East Coast lighthouses. Her former husband's family disapproves of her abilities and the new addition of her younger sister to the equation has Hannah wishing for some help. However, a violent storm blows in more than maybe even her heart can take. A gorgeous fluid story met with suspense and a craving to dive deeper into the lore this book is set in. I loved the pictures Mrs. Coble paints in our minds and the love stories that progress over time. Another winner and am excited to read her next adventure....

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ethel (artisanwriting.blogspot.com)

    Freedom's Light With 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 Light With 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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Judybelle

    Freedom's Light, by Colleen Coble, is Christian historical fiction that takes place in Massachusetts in 1776.  I enjoyed reading the history of the setting of this book. A time when our country was fighting to be independent from the mother England.                               Hannah's husband John was a lighthouse keeper and when he went to fight in the Revolutionary War, Hannah was left with the responsibility of keeping the lighthouse going to warn the ships from the rocky shore.  John was Freedom's Light, by Colleen Coble, is Christian historical fiction that takes place in Massachusetts in 1776.  I enjoyed reading the history of the setting of this book. A time when our country was fighting to be independent from the mother England.                               Hannah's husband John was a lighthouse keeper and when he went to fight in the Revolutionary War, Hannah was left with the responsibility of keeping the lighthouse going to warn the ships from the rocky shore.  John was killed in a battle at the beginning of the war and she now feels she must do her duty to help with the war by keeping the light going for the sailors.  Hannah is only eighteen years old and mistreated by her in-laws and shunned by the pious church elders, she takes in her rebellious sister who is sixteen and does her best to live by her faith and keep the lighthouse going.  This is such an interesting read with many surprises, I can certainly recommend this enthralling read...........I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    JoAnn

    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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kay Defreese

    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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Becca-Rae Weidel

    The Revolutionary War was more than American vs British. Loyalties were divided within families and communities. Hannah and her sister Lydia are loyal to opposite sites of the battle and yet they are living under the same roof. While deep down they love each other, conflict is present and riddles their conversation. What's more, is that Lydia is infatuated with the man Hannah refused to marry in the past, and Hannah is deeply concerned for her sister despite her animosity. The conflict that foll The Revolutionary War was more than American vs British. Loyalties were divided within families and communities. Hannah and her sister Lydia are loyal to opposite sites of the battle and yet they are living under the same roof. While deep down they love each other, conflict is present and riddles their conversation. What's more, is that Lydia is infatuated with the man Hannah refused to marry in the past, and Hannah is deeply concerned for her sister despite her animosity. The conflict that follows the characters through each page is tangible in a way that leaves you powerless to put the book down until the very end. Have you ever watched a scary movie and watched as characters did the dumbest things to walk into danger? I will not share any details because I don't want to give anything in the story away, however that is the exact sentiments I felt towards Lydia throughout the book. It's a good thing I was by myself through reading most of this, because I am well aware of the faces (and noises) I made while I read. While in some instances she was genuinely naive, in others she was willfully ignorant. She is easily one of the most infuriating characters I've ever encountered. On the flip side, I really appreciated Hannah's character. While she had her own conflicts to settle, she kept her eyes focused on God instead of her circumstances. She had principles that she stood on and remained unwavering. She refused to accept a man who didn't love God more than her. She faced her battles head on with the ultimate trust that God had her life in His control. This is not to say that she didn't battle with her flesh. Especially when it came to Birch, Hannah had to fight the desire to give in to temptation. Yet when she spoke the truth of what she knew must be, God gave her the strength she needed to trust in Him. There is so much that I could write about in this story but I would be afraid of giving too much away. It was fast-paced, captivating, and infuriating all at the same time. As a reader I felt as if I was standing in the middle of the room with the characters, and could feel the tension of their conflict. I always say that a good book "makes you feel something." That something could be happiness, sadness, anger, jealousy, anxiety, apathy, etc. Colleen did a fantastic job of creating an environment that the reader feels the story. This is certainly a story I would recommend. *I received a copy of this book from Booklook Bloggers. I was not required to give a positive review. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.

  22. 4 out of 5

    The Books and Biscuits Blog

    Freedom’s Light – Colleen Coble (4 Stars) In Freedom's Light, Hannah Thomas takes her husband's place as lighthouse keeper in their small Massachusetts town and continues in that role following his death in a Revolutionary War battle. Meanwhile, Hannah contends with the challenges of her foolhardy younger sister, Lydia, and her obsessive relationship with one of Hannah's childhood friends. While the Revolution has taken most of the local men far away, the treacherous Atlantic waters thrust strang Freedom’s Light – Colleen Coble (4 Stars) In Freedom's Light, Hannah Thomas takes her husband's place as lighthouse keeper in their small Massachusetts town and continues in that role following his death in a Revolutionary War battle. Meanwhile, Hannah contends with the challenges of her foolhardy younger sister, Lydia, and her obsessive relationship with one of Hannah's childhood friends. While the Revolution has taken most of the local men far away, the treacherous Atlantic waters thrust strangers ashore. Captain Birch Meredith finds himself depending on Hannah's hospitality after a particularly horrific shipwreck. With no ship and a broken leg, he must depend on Hannah to keep his secrets, including the fact that he is a spy masquerading as a Loyalist. While Hannah and Birch find themselves falling in love, their contrasting views on God and revenge constantly drive them apart. In Freedom's Light, award-winning author Colleen Coble returns to her early writing roots to tell this gripping story set during the American Revolution. This novel foreshadows Ms. Coble's ability to incorporate suspense into any story, whether modern or historical. Overall, I found it really interesting to read one of Ms. Coble's early stories, as it is just now being released. Hannah and Birch make for compelling lead characters, even as some of the secondary characters appear much more one-dimensional and somewhat annoying at times. Personally, I was really surprised at the sheer amount of elements in this story that I would more commonly find in a suspense novel, as I anticipated it to be more closely aligned with the historical fiction genre. Certain events in the novel would be rated at least PG-13 in a movie format and are definitely not appropriate for readers younger than high school-aged. The novel remains firmly in the Christian fiction genre, but is more appropriate to an adult readership. Special thanks to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for the complimentary copy of Freedom’s Light! Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Thanks! Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog PS. To see the full review, please visit http://booksandbiscuits.com/blog/2018.... Thanks!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Debi Lantzer

    I'll be honest - I love anything written by Colleen Coble, and she's definitely one of my favorite suspense/mystery/romance authors. Harper Collins provided me with a copy of this historical novel by Colleen Coble, and it was definitely different than her other novels. First off, this novel seemed to have more "adult content" than any of her others. It actually surprised me.  Another truth - I'm not generally a fan of historical fiction.  Thank you to Ms. Coble for providing us with interesting h I'll be honest - I love anything written by Colleen Coble, and she's definitely one of my favorite suspense/mystery/romance authors. Harper Collins provided me with a copy of this historical novel by Colleen Coble, and it was definitely different than her other novels. First off, this novel seemed to have more "adult content" than any of her others. It actually surprised me.  Another truth - I'm not generally a fan of historical fiction.  Thank you to Ms. Coble for providing us with interesting historical facts about the Revolutionary war without being overbearing about it.  Hannah has lost her much older husband as he was shot as a spy. Unfortunately for Hannah, she is facing all kinds of trouble - she has to manage the lighthouse on her own, she has to deal with her younger sister, and her mother in law. At the same time, Hannah is also trying to steer clear of her former suitor. Birch Meredith is a spy who is looking for the man who killed his brother so that he can inflict his revenge. His ship runs onto the bottom of the shallow water close to Hannah’s lighthouse. She takes care of Birch while his broken leg heals. While their conversations are very interesting, they will never have a future together because Birch is with Tory.  Hannah then makes a discovery that could change her life. As always, the author creates well developed characters in this book. I especially loved how Hannah was able to face her life challenges God's grace. I would recommend this novel to Colleen Coble fans, especially those who like historical suspense and romance. I was provided with a complimentary paperback copy of this book through Harper Collins Christian Publishing and Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction in exchange for my post.  I was not required to post a positive review, but have chosen to do so! Thank you!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Tyree

    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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Graver

    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 soc 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. What I liked best about Freedom's Light is the way Coble wove all of these elements into her story.  In doing so, she not only told a good love story but brought struggles of our nation's early history to life! For more reviews and articles please check out my blog at BarbaraGraver.com

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Swafford

    To escape her past, Hannah married John and joined him far from the South where she grew up. When he dies, she takes over his duties as a lighthouse keeper and endures the censure of the strict Puritan neighborhood. A shipwreck brings a Tory captain to her home, and she must decide whether to follow her loyalty to her country or the leadings of her heart. The most interesting part of this story was the setting: the Revolutionary War. As in other wars, there were supporters for both sides sometime To escape her past, Hannah married John and joined him far from the South where she grew up. When he dies, she takes over his duties as a lighthouse keeper and endures the censure of the strict Puritan neighborhood. A shipwreck brings a Tory captain to her home, and she must decide whether to follow her loyalty to her country or the leadings of her heart. The most interesting part of this story was the setting: the Revolutionary War. As in other wars, there were supporters for both sides sometimes even in the same household. The question of what a woman would do when she is attracted to a man on the other side of the conflict is a fascinating one. However, I don’t feel like the author showed it very well. Yes, Hannah was conflicted but in the end didn’t have to choose because of the truth about the captain. A lot of time is covered in this novel, and the narrative is split between four people. Hannah was overshadowed by her sister, Lydia, who was a vehement Tory supporter. Many events were told to us, and we were never really showed why Hannah was attracted to the captain only why she feared Galen. Because of this, it was difficult to be invested in the romance. Overall, it was a clean book (though adult situations are mentioned, they are never shown in detail). I would recommend it to readers who have an interest in the time period. I received a free copy from Netgalley and all opinions expressed are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    I have been a big fan of Colleen Coble's mysteries for a long time, but this is the first of her historical novels that I have read. While her voice is different in this genre, it is just as delightful. Freedom's Light takes place during the American Revolution. Hannah Thomas has fled an distressing situation in her hometown in South Carolina, married an older man, for whom she has great respect but little passion, and moved to the coast of Massachusetts. When her husband answers the call to se I have been a big fan of Colleen Coble's mysteries for a long time, but this is the first of her historical novels that I have read. While her voice is different in this genre, it is just as delightful. Freedom's Light takes place during the American Revolution. Hannah Thomas has fled an distressing situation in her hometown in South Carolina, married an older man, for whom she has great respect but little passion, and moved to the coast of Massachusetts. When her husband answers the call to serve in the military, Hannah finds herself as a young widow and keeper of a lighthouse. She has no friends in the legalistic Congregational Church and no support from her late husband's family. Only her deep love for God sustains her during long, lonely days and from the repercussions of her nontraditional attitudes. God provides for Hannah in some very unexpected ways. The reader will easily become immersed in Hannah's story, feeling the “waves” that batter her like the ocean waves batter the ships off the coast from her lighthouse. I recommend Freedom's Light to historical fiction and romantic fiction fans. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    History came alive for me in this story! There was so much about the Revolutionary War I really didn't realize. I knew the basics but I never realized that there were those who lived in America that believed we should continue being loyal to England. This story captivated me from the beginning. Hannah has so much spunk and passion for her God and her family. She was a strong woman that was easy to admire. The author did a great job making Birch a character to love as well. He had baggage that he h History came alive for me in this story! There was so much about the Revolutionary War I really didn't realize. I knew the basics but I never realized that there were those who lived in America that believed we should continue being loyal to England. This story captivated me from the beginning. Hannah has so much spunk and passion for her God and her family. She was a strong woman that was easy to admire. The author did a great job making Birch a character to love as well. He had baggage that he had carried too long and I loved how justice played out in this story. Lydia broke my heart as much as she broke Hannah's. And I didn't expect the resolution of her story to go the direction it did. The thing that really hit me hard with this story was the treatment of Hannah and Lydia by the town's "religious" leaders, the Puritans. Not to give too much away, but it was truly a sad time in our Christian heritage. If you enjoy historical fiction or Colleen Coble as an author you're going to enjoy this story. If you enjoy historical fiction AND Colleen Coble as an author you're going to LOVE this story. Disclaimer: I did receive this copy free from the publisher through netgalley.com. I was under no obligation to give a review and the thoughts I express are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    K P

    The majority of Colleen Coble's books take place in the current day settings; however, Freedom's Light occurs in the days of our country's founding. This tale will follow Hannah Thomas, who after her husband's death, attempts to keep their lighthouse functioning, providing a light to warn the ships at sea of the rocky coastline! After Hannah helps rescue a sea captain, Birch Meredith, whose ship did crash on the shore, she has no idea how complicated her life is about to become. While Hannah is n The majority of Colleen Coble's books take place in the current day settings; however, Freedom's Light occurs in the days of our country's founding. This tale will follow Hannah Thomas, who after her husband's death, attempts to keep their lighthouse functioning, providing a light to warn the ships at sea of the rocky coastline! After Hannah helps rescue a sea captain, Birch Meredith, whose ship did crash on the shore, she has no idea how complicated her life is about to become. While Hannah is not sure what side of the conflict Birch is on at first, there is something about him that draws her! When Hannah learns that Birch's younger brother's death was caused by a British soldier, she is determined to lead Birch toward God as the One to make things right. Birch is just as determined to take the matter into his own hands! When you see Birch finally get his enemy in his sights, you wonder if he will take action himself or if he will trust God for the final act. Hold on to see where each character in this tale ends up, when the conflicts are finally all over! I prefer Colleen Coble's suspense-filled tales; however, the historical tale, like Freedom's Light, is definitely worth the read!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    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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