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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 R

    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. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    Rather than suspense, Freedom's Light is a historical romance novel set primarily in Massachusetts in 1776. Main character Hannah is from South Carolina and the widow of a lighthouse keeper. She shows a tremendous amount of courage, character and commitment to faith and family in the pages. The story line about Hannah, her smitten sister Lydia, family friend Galen and stranger Birch kept the pages turning. The history about the time kept me engaged as well. The manner in which the church in Massa Rather than suspense, Freedom's Light is a historical romance novel set primarily in Massachusetts in 1776. Main character Hannah is from South Carolina and the widow of a lighthouse keeper. She shows a tremendous amount of courage, character and commitment to faith and family in the pages. The story line about Hannah, her smitten sister Lydia, family friend Galen and stranger Birch kept the pages turning. The history about the time kept me engaged as well. The manner in which the church in Massachusetts played the role of judge and jury was fascinating (and frightening). One of my favorite historical tidbits was about David Bushnell and his role in the war. This was an enjoyable novel. My gratitude to publisher Thomas Nelson for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own.

  5. 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...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    I have read many suspense books by Colleen Coble and found her foray into historical fiction quite likeable. Obviously well researched into this time period of the Revolutionary War as well as the Puritan church of this time period. Set in 1776 in Massachusetts Tories abound. The characters were a varied cast. Hannah, an 18 year old widowed lighthouse keeper, is strong and independent. She has a faith background, coming from the South, that sees a more loving God and personal relationship with C I have read many suspense books by Colleen Coble and found her foray into historical fiction quite likeable. Obviously well researched into this time period of the Revolutionary War as well as the Puritan church of this time period. Set in 1776 in Massachusetts Tories abound. The characters were a varied cast. Hannah, an 18 year old widowed lighthouse keeper, is strong and independent. She has a faith background, coming from the South, that sees a more loving God and personal relationship with Christ. Now after her marriage and widowhood, she is foist into a church system that is very law focused and judgmental. Lydia, her 16 year old sister, is immature, strong-willed, and focused only on romance. She makes unwise decisions due to her immaturity which leads her into many troublesome situations. Galen, an old friend from the south, is now a Tory officer. He too is strong willed and wanton. He wants Hannah for his wife and will do anything to obtain her. Birch, a pirate, is working behind the scenes for the Patriots. He is bent on a vendetta against the Tory officer who brutally killed his 16 year old brother. With plenty of action from start to finish, this was an enjoyable historical read. I hope that Coble will write more historical fiction along with her suspense. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jaime Jo Wright

    Not the typical Colleen Coble novel, I found this a Colonial romance with rich undertones and historical richness one is used to finding in a Laura Frantz novel. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I enjoyed the gritty elements along with revolutionary air of the story. A definite must read for all historical romance lovers!!!!

  8. 4 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!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachel McMillan

    I quite enjoy Coble's ability to toggle between the romantic suspense she continually produces (to bestselling results) and her occasional forays into historical fiction. There was something about Freedom's Light that sparked off the page beyond the expert historical research and the setting and time period that is one of my favourites to read. I believe that this book is infused with the author's own passion and I love being able to read personality and heart in projects obviously cherished by I quite enjoy Coble's ability to toggle between the romantic suspense she continually produces (to bestselling results) and her occasional forays into historical fiction. There was something about Freedom's Light that sparked off the page beyond the expert historical research and the setting and time period that is one of my favourites to read. I believe that this book is infused with the author's own passion and I love being able to read personality and heart in projects obviously cherished by their creators. Fascinating characters and a readable pace make this the perfect historical retreat. I appreciated the depth of historical detail and the ease in which the author's voice fits in this Revolutionary world. with thanks to Netgalley

  10. 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.

  11. 5 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.*

  12. 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

  13. 5 out of 5

    Yvette

    Fans of Colleen Coble are in for a treat with the publication of this early novel, as are those with a taste for stories set in the American Revolution but reminiscent of Victorian melodrama, with sin leading to death and madness. Widowed lighthouse-keeper Hannah sends for her younger sister, out of loneliness and to give Lydia a respite from their unhappy family home, not considering how unsuitable the sixteen-year-old's temperament is for the isolation of her cottage and the strictly enforced m Fans of Colleen Coble are in for a treat with the publication of this early novel, as are those with a taste for stories set in the American Revolution but reminiscent of Victorian melodrama, with sin leading to death and madness. Widowed lighthouse-keeper Hannah sends for her younger sister, out of loneliness and to give Lydia a respite from their unhappy family home, not considering how unsuitable the sixteen-year-old's temperament is for the isolation of her cottage and the strictly enforced morality of the local town.  And soon Hannah, a staunch Revolutionary, finds herself sharing her home with both her Redcoat mad sister and a handsome, shipwrecked Tory captain. Hannah and Lydia show shades of Austen's Eleanor and Marianne, beyond being sisters and of similar ages with a younger sister left out of the main story as being "too young."  One practical, mature, and aware of the evil hidden behind a pleasant appearance and the other young, impetuous, and not a little foolish when it comes to first love.  I was particularly amused by a moment where Lydia ponders how, being blond, she should be the one to attract male attention over her equally pretty but darker haired sister, and laments that this is not the case. While reminding the reader of Austen is no bad thing, and the story is enjoyable even when hitting you over the head with morality and a rather heavy handed treatment of faith, it was knowing (having read enough of the author's note when meaning only to check the length of the book) that this is an early example of Colleen Coble's writing that kept my interest.  Had I been an established fan of her writing, this might well have been a sheer delight to read, though whether this was the best book of hers to start with, I cannot say. With a mixture of romance and suspense, spies and lighthouses, political differences and punitive religion, this is an entertaining read - even when the language is a bit overwrought. This review refers to a finished copy I voluntarily received from the publisher's Fiction Guild.  All opinions expressed are my own.

  14. 5 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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"

  17. 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.

  18. 4 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.”

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lisa at Farm Fresh Adventures

    I am happy to say that Colleen Coble's style of suspense and drama kept this book from being "just another love story" in the way I've come to expect. Bad things happened to the characters that made me just cringe. It was so hard to not want to just shake Lydia for her stupidity and obsession. So many times, I kept saying to myself that I was sure the author had based HER Lydia off the Lydia in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. I wouldn't be surprised if she did--the two Lydias have MUCH in com I am happy to say that Colleen Coble's style of suspense and drama kept this book from being "just another love story" in the way I've come to expect. Bad things happened to the characters that made me just cringe. It was so hard to not want to just shake Lydia for her stupidity and obsession. So many times, I kept saying to myself that I was sure the author had based HER Lydia off the Lydia in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. I wouldn't be surprised if she did--the two Lydias have MUCH in common. My heart hurt for Hannah, as she tried so hard to keep Lydia from making mistakes that would ruin her life. How many times do we ourselves try to "save" someone who unfortunately has to learn the hard way time and time again? I loved Birch, even in his weakness, and abhorred Galen in his vileness. At least there was a really really good villain in this book. LOL. While the novel is an inspirational fiction, the message it is trying to lead you to is woven very well into the story, so I think that even if someone wasn't a huge fan of the Christian fiction genre, they would still enjoy the book itself. This is NOT a fluffy book. The characters are very flawed in their humanity and that is one of the things I love most about this author's books. Finally, I will admit that the book brought me to tears at the end. While I had a sneaking suspicion of how it was going to end, it still moved me when it finally happened. And because I was moved to tears, I happily will give this book...5 stars! One last thing...while it doesn't talk about it inappropriately, this book DOES make mention of sex in the sense of "giving" of one's self to someone else. Or it takes you to the point where the door is closed. This is with the situation between Lydia and Galen. Because of that, I would NOT recommend this book to a younger reader. Now again, there isn't anything risque by my definition, but I just wanted to mention it so someone could be forewarned. I would rate the subject matter of the book as a whole...hmmm. PG-13. *Disclaimer: I was given this book in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation. :)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "Sometimes our lives look like the backside of that tapestry, all mixed up with no sense or pattern. But . . . . . God sees the other side and is molding us to fit the picture he has in mind. " Hannah Thomas' life has been a tangle of sad circumstances. Married briefly to a man she honored and respected but didn't love, she struggles to maintain a livelihood by continuing as a light keeper on the rocky coast of Massachusetts, during the perilous years of America's revolution. Hannah's life is dou "Sometimes our lives look like the backside of that tapestry, all mixed up with no sense or pattern. But . . . . . God sees the other side and is molding us to fit the picture he has in mind. " Hannah Thomas' life has been a tangle of sad circumstances. Married briefly to a man she honored and respected but didn't love, she struggles to maintain a livelihood by continuing as a light keeper on the rocky coast of Massachusetts, during the perilous years of America's revolution. Hannah's life is doubly upended when she pulls a badly injured Tory sea captain ashore, while at the same time offering a modicum of refuge to her younger, unpredictable sister Lydia. Coupled with strict oversight and harsh retribution for imagined offenses from community elders, Hannah's hopes and dreams for the future become as sooty as the light she so meticulously cleans. After regaining his health and returning to an appointment laced with subterfuge, Captain Birch Meredith's conscience repeatedly finds a way to replay Hannah's parting words, "Jesus must save you, I cannot", daring them to penetrate a heart that he has gladly filled with hate, bitterness and a thirst for revenge. It's a dangerous game that he plays. A simple, ingenious story that sheds light on unique aspects of the Revolutionary War, demonstrating how spies and turn-coats infiltrated just about every aspect of our nation's society in an effort to gain valuable information. My copy of this book was provided by the publisher. The opinions stated are entirely my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    I’m wondering if I read the same book that others read according to some reviews. While we all have personal opinions and beliefs that reflect that, I cannot read this with legalistic beliefs and come away with anything. It has to be read with an open mind to the real world and how turning your back on God can lead down the road to a life of depravity. Having a woman like Hannah praying for her sister and others is the glue and substance of this book and leads to God making changes in some lives I’m wondering if I read the same book that others read according to some reviews. While we all have personal opinions and beliefs that reflect that, I cannot read this with legalistic beliefs and come away with anything. It has to be read with an open mind to the real world and how turning your back on God can lead down the road to a life of depravity. Having a woman like Hannah praying for her sister and others is the glue and substance of this book and leads to God making changes in some lives who listen to the Holy Spirit pricking at their hearts. I admire the strength Hannah shows living among the strict rules of the Puritans and how she understands the grace and mercy of God and tries to reflect that in her life during the difficult times of the Revolutionary War. I admit I’ve enjoyed other books by this author more, as I had trouble connecting with some of the characters, but all in all I found it enjoyable and came away with the fact that anyone can slide down that slippery slope that Lydia followed by listening to our wants instead of what a God wants for our lives. I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.

  22. 4 out of 5

    A. Harrison

    There are spoilers and warnings for this book. Genre: Historical Christian Fiction. My Rating: 1 star. Recommadtion: 18 up. My favorite character/s: I didn't like any of the characters, Birch, and Hannah seem childish, underdeveloped, and for them to act like they did when he was leaving was horrible. Lydia was worse than Lydia in Pride and Prejudice and Galen a lot like Geroge Wickham though he might be worse. My thoughts: I did not read past page 126 because I was under the impression that this was There are spoilers and warnings for this book. Genre: Historical Christian Fiction. My Rating: 1 star. Recommadtion: 18 up. My favorite character/s: I didn't like any of the characters, Birch, and Hannah seem childish, underdeveloped, and for them to act like they did when he was leaving was horrible. Lydia was worse than Lydia in Pride and Prejudice and Galen a lot like Geroge Wickham though he might be worse. My thoughts: I did not read past page 126 because I was under the impression that this was writing as a Historical Christian Romance... But the behavior of the characters was in no way something I want to read; I was tempted to stop reading when Lydia snuck out to see Galen but thought it was because she wasn't making good choices, but after a woman started to try to seduce Birch I stopped reading! I have read other books by Colleen Cobles and even own some, but I'm not sure I will read more. For all I know though it could have gotten better due to content can only give 1 star even though it pains me to leave a 1-star review on an author's work. P.S. If anyone has read it and found redemptive qualities, please tell me!

  23. 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.

  24. 4 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....

  25. 4 out of 5

    Randy Tramp

    Hannah Thomas marries an older lighthouse keeper to escape Galen Wright's evil intentions. John is killed in the Revolutionary War. The beginning of this country is most incredible. Freedom's Light captured that time. I was drawn into the story from the story. The audio version made it come more alive. The characters were interesting, the plot exciting. Love and deceit ran deep in this story. I look forward to more books by Colleen Coble.

  26. 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.

  27. 4 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

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