5 11 2018

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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.