Henry previously thought he wanted to spend the rest of his life with a local girl, Anna, but she seems to be pulling away from good standing in the church. Hitty has thought she could have a wonderful life with local, Isaac and his daughter Bitsy, but he isn't a member of the church. They push aside the worry of who to marry and focus on learning to live in their grandmother's house. It's not a cozy, comfortable place, but when their grandfather and the attorney's secretary move it the house starts to seem a little cozier. As time goes on it seems that Benjamin, the attorney working on the estate, might be developing feelings for Hitty. Hitty thinks she could return his feelings, but each time seems to focus back on Isaac and his adorable little Bitsy. Henry has started a newspaper and found a great confidant in Marie-Claire, the secretary.
As the main focus of the story seems to be on Hitty and Henry and the inheritance there is a background story going on as well. Henry's once love of a lifetime, Anna, is now deeply involved in helping her African American student be admitted to school. She starts a conference where all those opposed to slavery attend. They even had Frederick Douglas, a fugitive slave, speak out about his life as a slave. With Henry so focused on building his newspaper and following the convention he's not really focused on the inheritance. When we don't keep our eyes open is when danger always seems to hit. I recommend The Light Before Day by Suzanne Woods Fisher as a quick and easy read with a little touch of romance, mystery and history.
**I received this book free from Revell for my honest review**