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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Tiffany Reisz is the author of the highly acclaimed series The Original Sinners. Her first novel, THE SIREN, won the RT Editor's Choice Award for Best Erotic Romance of 2012. Slightly shameless, Tiffany dropped out of a conservative Southern seminary in order to pursue a career as a writer. This move, while possibly putting her eternal salvation in peril, has worked out better than she anticipated. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her boyfriend, author Andrew Shaffer.
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Review by Michelle:
I admit I have yet to come across a fantasy book that I like. I mean, I loathed when I was made to read The Hobbit in school, was never into Narnia, and as much as I hate to own up to it, I couldn't even bring myself to read a single Harry Potter book. But when I saw the name Tiffany Reisz on the cover, I knew The Night Mark was something that I absolutely had to give a try.
To be honest, up until about the 80% mark, I still hadn't actually decided what to think about the book. Despite not exactly sounding like something that I would typically be too terribly interested in, because well, time travel. And while The Night Mark is predominantly unlike anything I've ever read by this author before, every so often you get a glimpse of what we have all come to know and love from Tiffany Reisz; a sassy retort from our heroine, her whip like intellect and sense of humor, her faith, and her charm and charisma that jumps right up off of the page at you. Even after I really got into the meat and potatoes of the story, there were still times when I found that I just wasn't quite connecting with the story the way I have become accustomed to with a Reisz book and I found I wasn't as enamored and enchanted as I usually am. Yet there was still something there, something that kept me going, something that kept me interested, something that had me on the hook and kept me reading. I can't say I was disinterested up until that 80% mark, I can't say I wasn't enjoying the story, but I couldn't really say that I was loving it either. I wouldn't call it a real page turner and I can't say that some of the parts weren't a bit too slow and dragging for me. Once I did reach that point though, I was hit with the twist. And let me tell you, that twist is really something else. A twist that would have easily been predictable or even boring in about a million other books became a game changer, a heartbreaker, and a stunner in this one. And then the twists just kept piling up. A twist upon a twist upon a twist, all compounding and weaving together and accumulating to shock you, to entice you, and to keep you coming back for more. In the end, Ms. Reisz weaves a sweet story about more than just fantasy as our heroine finally finds herself and her place.
Tiffany Reisz is an undeniably amazing author and storyteller with an incomparable wit and a true way with words. If you are looking for a little something different from an author you know you can trust, The Night Mark may be just what you are looking for.
*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 3.5 Stars