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After three years on a whaling voyage, Henry Macy returns to Nantucket to news that his grandmother has passed, bequeathing her vast fortune to him and his sister, Hitty. And it was truly vast. But Lillian Coffin was no fool. The inheritance comes with a steep cost, including when they should marry and whom–a Quaker in good standing, of course. But if they relinquish the inheritance, it all goes to Tristram Macy, their father’s thieving business partner.

As Hitty and Henry seek a way to satisfy the will’s conditions, they’ll be faced with obstacles on every side–and it may be that Lillian Coffin will have the last word after all.

At first, I was disappointed in this book, as I thought it was Amish, which it is not.  This is a Quaker book, but more, about life on Nantucket Island and love.  This story begins as Henry has come off the whaling boat and Grandmother Lilly, having passed away, names the twins, Henry and Hitty as her heirs.  But there’s a hitch to it.  There are conditions, which least of all, they have to live in her mansion.  In 5 years, they both have to be married to upstanding Quakers, which is difficult to find, considering most of the Friends are old.  If they don’t, her very large inheritance goes to an uncle, who squandered their father’s money in a business adventure.  So, as the saying goes, what a tangled web we weave.  Henry has his eyes on Anna, who is only interested in the abolitionist movement.  Hitty has her eyes on Isaac, but Benjamin, the lawyer’s assistant, has his eyes on her.  So, how does this turn out?  You will need to read the book to find out!


Suzanne Woods Fisher is a bestselling author of Amish fiction and non-fiction. Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, who was raised Plain in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. She travels back east a couple of times each year for research. For fun, too.

Suzanne has a great admiration for the Plain people and believes they provide wonderful examples to the world. She has an underlying belief in her books–you don’t have to “go Amish” to incorporate many of their principles into your life: simplicity, living with less, appreciating nature, forgiving others more readily, trusting in God.

When Suzanne isn’t writing, playing tennis, or bragging to her friends about her grandbabies (so cute!), she is raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To her way of thinking, you just can’t take life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through your house with someone’s underwear in its mouth.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for this review.

Love – A Decision

13 06 2015



2 John 6 – Love. We all talk about love, but what exactly is it?

Well, I can tell you it isn’t feelings. It isn’t that “fuzzy”

feeling. It is a decision. You decide whether or not you are

going to love that person. And as this verse says, we love by

doing God’s commands, and one of them is love. If we do

what He wants us to do, that shows that you love Him. It is

the same with other people. If you do things for them, it

shows that you love them. When you begin to live for

yourself, the love is not shown. That is when I would ask

you, “Do you really love them?” God showed His love for us

by sacrificing His only Son for us so we could live with Him

forever. Well, I want to live with Him, so I will show my love

by doing for Him. Will you?

Nothing Can Separate Us

9 06 2015



Romans 8:38-39 – If you ever think that you can walk away

from God’s love or that He doesn’t love because of what

you’ve done, here is the answer. There is nothing that can

separate us! Wow! Now how awesome is that? I would also

add to this list: terrorists. They may think they are

separating us from God and His love, but No Can Do!



There is nothing that can separate us from His love. That is,

unless you choose to turn your back on Him and choose not

to be His child. He will still love you all the way to hell. Yes, I

said the H-word. There is a hell and a heaven…not just

heaven, but we need to make sure we know where we are

going. There is just the two choices. Choose Jesus? Heaven.

Not choose Jesus? Hell. Pretty simple. I choose Jesus. So

just choose Jesus today and know that He loves you, no

matter what.


Walk in Love

19 03 2015



If you don’t love, you are not of God. Ouch! That hits deep. It

doesn’t say part of the time. That means it is full time. I

never want to be known as not of God.  As verse 20 says, if

we can’t love someone we can see, how can we love God,

whom we have not seen? We are the only ‘Jesus’ many

people see. Are we loving them that are un-lovable? That is

where we bring it home. Do they see Jesus in us? Pounding

them with the Gospel will not bring them in. Loving them

will. Do things for them in love that they don’t expect. Help

them, in love, with things they need. Do it all in love. I ask

you today to read all of 1 John, then walk in love throughout

the whole day. Have a lovely day.