The Distant Beacon

Written by Janette Oke T. Davis Bunn
Review by Kathleen Sullivan

This book is the fourth volume in the authors’ Song of Acadia series. Nicole, who has been made Lady Harrow by her uncle, sets sail for America where she has been asked to manage her uncle’s estates. Once she arrives, she finds that she is looked upon with suspicion by both sides. Fortunately, she has the help of British Captain Gordon Goodwind who, despite reservations, is dedicated to helping Nicole succeed in her quest to reach her uncle’s lands. After many adventures, they have come to a better understanding of their hearts, their faith and their loyalties.

Oke and Bunn are extremely successful writers of inspirational fiction. They fill the book with kind and strong characters who seek to do the will of God. Those who have read and enjoyed the earlier volumes will no doubt want to continue to follow the adventures on Nicole and her family. However, those who prize historical accuracy will not find much of it here. Among the more glaring faux pas are the source of Nicole’s peerage; the fact that she travels without a maid or chaperone; that she, as an unmarried woman, is being sent to take care of her uncle’s holdings in America during a time of war. Goodwind’s failure to follow naval orders in order to assist Nicole is also totally unbelievable. This book cannot be recommended as an accurate portrayal of the times.