Sunday, March 26, 2017

ARC Review:The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz

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?

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What I thought about The Night Mark

The story opens with Faye having a very difficult and depressing time in her life. She's drowning in the sadness that comes with the loss of a loved one and the loss of dreams.  Stuck in a loveless marriage, she makes the decision to try to find her old self again.  Leaving her husband, she takes a photography job that ends up changing her life in many ways.

Faye is immediately enthralled by the story of Bride Island and its abandoned lighthouse. But when she sees a picture of the lighthouse keeper, her interest becomes an obsession because he looks exactly like the love of her life, the man she mourns with the depth of her soul.  

With help from the town priest who has some history with the lighthouse keeper, she finds her way out to the island. As Faye unravels all the clues, what was a job now becomes a mission to get closer to the lighthouse, its people and its past. What she didn't anticipate is that she would get a chance to live it up close and personal when she ends up getting transported back in time to 1921.

Back in time, Faye learns the true story regarding the Lady of the Light, as she acclimates to her environment and the man who acts and looks like her beloved husband from the future. There are some tender and romantic moments here that I really liked. 

I don't want to spoil the story with any more details about what happens next, or expand upon the interconnections in the story between the people in Faye's past or present, because the driving force in reading this story is wanting to know what happens to Faye.  She really is the central character and everything that happens really revolves around her story. 

While I might not call The Night Mark a romance in the traditional sense, there were many likeable romantic elements in this story. I'd call The Night Mark more of a love story.   Faye's conversations with her dead husband were very touching and beautiful. The Night Mark is really a story of Faye finding her way to move forward after her devastating losses with help from the power of fate and destiny. 

I did have some technical issues with this story, mostly with pacing.  The middle part of the book is slow in a noticeable way and did not pull me along through the story. The last third of the book in contrast was too rushed and there were some aspects of the way this story wrapped up that I just didn't get and it left me wanting to know more.  There were also parts that were pure Tiffany Reisz with sweet and snarky banter and I loved those scenes the most.

So overall, there were aspects of this tale that I really liked, but the middle could have been executed better to draw the reader into the story even further.  Dolly and Pat are lovely secondary characters and I was glad to get their history as well. But most of all, I loved that Faye found the way to heal her heart. 

ARC provided by the publisher for review.

About the Author
Tiffany Reisz is the author of the internationally bestselling and award-winning Original Sinners series for Mira Books (Harlequin/Mills & Boon). Tiffany's books inhabit a sexy shadowy world where romance, erotica and literature meet and do immoral and possibly illegal things to each other. She describes her genre as "literary friction," a term she stole from her main character, who gets in trouble almost as often as the author herself.

If she couldn't write, she would die.


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