In a youthful, spirited voice, Keylor Leigh narrates a sweeping novel that takes place on Nantucket Island in the summer of 1846. The story is told from the points of view of three characters: a lonely sea captain's wife, a progressive librarian who is also an astronomer, and a pregnant Black business owner. Leigh gives all three women distinctive voices, and listeners come to understand their viewpoints, prejudices, and longings. All three are tested by the horrendous fire that destroys many homes and businesses. The island tragedy alters the lives and perspectives of the women. This work of historical fiction is fast paced, informative, richly detailed, and filled with memorable characters. Leigh keeps the story moving and listeners engaged. D.L.G. © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2023]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2023
DD ISBN 9781488218118 $27.99
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