I received this book for free from NetGalley.com . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz
Published by Mira Books on March 28th 2017
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Literary, Romance, 20th Century
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From the bestselling author of The Bourbon Thief comes a sweeping tale of loss and courage, where one woman discovers that her destiny is written in sand, not carved in stone.
Faye Barlow is drowning. After the death of her beloved husband, Will, she cannot escape her grief and most days can barely get out of bed. But when she's offered a job photographing South Carolina's storied coast, she accepts. Photography, after all, is the only passion she has left.
In the quaint beach town, Faye falls in love again when she sees the crumbling yet beautiful Bride Island lighthouse and becomes obsessed with the legend surrounding The Lady of the Light—the keeper's daughter who died in a mysterious drowning in 1921. Like a moth to a flame, Faye is drawn to the lighthouse for reasons she can't explain. While visiting it one night, she is struck by a rogue wave and a force impossible to resist drags Faye into the past—and into a love story that is not her own.
Fate is changeable. Broken hearts can mend. But can she love two men separated by a lifetime?
I find myself a bit torn with this book. I quite enjoyed it but I am struggling with explaining why it resonated with me. This is definitely a different style of writing by an author who I have enjoyed getting to read and meet but it still resonates as a Tiffany Reisz story even without the sexual content.
We get to see a woman who hasn’t been herself in years. She’s at a huge crossroads where life is not really something she cares to embrace but at the same time she does have a very strong spirit that pulls her forward no matter how much another part of her wants to let go. I felt for her as we are introduced to her at a moment where she finally lets some things go. I found myself intrigued by the idea of having someone that meant so much to you in such a short time. I also felt for the fact that the man she married out of grief? obligation? comfort? had to suffer as well. Neither of them deserved what happened but I will say that the reader can rest assured as the story is told and resolved for them.
The time travel aspect was something I wasn’t certain that I’d enjoy but I found myself comfortably following the story line as we moved from now to then and back again. There was a sense of continuity in both timelines that wouldn’t exist had we not done the jumps. I also loved the priest who made me laugh with his humor and candor. I think the underlying theme is one of hope in the face of adversity and that having the love of your life stolen from you way too soon does not mean life is over. I think that this story highlights that love can happen again if one is very lucky and open to the chance.
I’m rambling and I know I am but this underscores why I am struggling with explaining this book. I can just say that I quite enjoyed it and hope that others will give this a chance. I hope you are drawn in to the story and want to know how it all works out.