Title: The Night Mark
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Release Date: March 28, 2017
My Rating: 3 ♥'s
*Many thanks to the publisher, Harlequin MIRA, for an arc of this book via Netgally.
She has nothing to live for in the present, but finds there's something worth dying for in the past…
From Tiffany Reisz, the international bestselling storyteller behind The Bourbon Thief and The Original Sinners series, comes an enthralling new novel about a woman swept away by the tides who awakens to find herself in 1921, reunited with the husband she's been mourning for four years. Fans of Kate Morton and Diana Gabaldon will fall in love with the mystery, romance and beauty of an isolated South Carolina lighthouse, where a power greater than love works its magic.
The Night Mark tells the tale of a woman living in limbo, grieving the loss of the love of her life four years ago. She can't move forward, and she can't go back. She's struggling in darkness, looking for a way to turn the light back on. When she receives an unexpected offer of a photography job in Beaufort, S.C., she decides to take charge of her life once again and make the move. In doing so, Faye Barlow finds herself irresistibly drawn to a run down lighthouse standing on the edge of the ocean on Bride Island. Despite being warned away, Faye can't resist making the trip over to the lighthouse looking for answers - unaware of the unstoppable tides she set in motion - tides that will change the course of her life forever. As the story unfolds, the history of the lighthouse and the secrets it harbors come into play. What will they mean to Faye?
The time travel aspects of The Night Mark are unique - an interesting vessel through which the history of the setting, as well as the stories of the characters from 1921 are revealed. Rich in old lighthouse facts and lore, the historical aspects carry the story as readers are introduced to and pulled into the life of Carrick Morgan, the lighthouse keeper in 1921, and his connection to Faye. I'm fascinated with old lighthouses and thus found that part of the story intriguing. And yet, I still found it hard to fully connect with the characters and find the empathy I needed to buy into their story. I'm a fan of stories about "rediscovery of oneself", second chance romances, and happily-ever-afters, but I wasn't totally immersed in this one. An interesting, certainly different read that many will love, I'm sure.
My Rating: 3 ♥'s . . . And that's the truth!
Cross My Heart . . . xxx