Freedom's Light by Colleen Coble

Freedom's Light

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 i...

Details Freedom's Light

TitleFreedom's Light
Release DateSep 11th, 2018
PublisherThomas Nelson
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Fiction, Christian

Reviews Freedom's Light

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, e...
  • 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 engage...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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!!!!
  • Darci Swanson
    Not a genre I would normally pick up and yet I found myself not being able to put it down. Loved it!
  • 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 persona...
  • 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 jus...
  • 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 ...
  • Jill
    2 starsI 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 strug...
  • Yvette (bookworlder)
    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 i...
  • 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 b...
  • 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 wa...
  • 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....
  • •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 expres...
  • Lisa Johnson
    Title: Freedom’s LightAuthor: Colleen CoblePages: 320Year: 2018Publisher: Thomas NelsonMy 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 th...
  • 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 sur...
  • 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 y...
  • 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 thi...
  • 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 12...
  • 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 Col...
  • 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 violen...
  • 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.
  • Ethel (
    Freedom's LightWith 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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 li...
  • 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 h...