Review: The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz

The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz

Publication Date: April 1st, 2017
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Time Travel
Length: 400 pages
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?


You can’t live in the past. It’s not living. The past is dead,” It did nothing to comfort her.
“Everything I love is dead.”
“Do you think you’re the only person who has ever lost anybody? Everybody loses somebody eventually.”
“But not everybody loses Will.”

After The Bourbon Thief, Tiffany Reisz is back with the new magical story. It is about a woman who surrounded with longing and desperation until she finally found a new hope to life. This isn't my usual kind of romance because of the mournful vibe. I feel conflicted to rate this.

Faye Barlow still couldn't forget her late husband, Will after four years. Her second marriage with Will's best friend didn't survive either. Twice widow, twice miscarriage. What's left for her? Faye accept a new photography job in Beaufort for distraction. She's quickly fascinated with her surrounding and a painting called The Lady of the Light also the story behind it.

She went to the lighthouse for the same reason anyone went to a lighthouse. She went because she needed light.

Faye is a whole mess who barely function anymore. Everything dies inside her. She meet a priest, Father Pat who paint the mysterious woman and quickly 'befriend' with him. Faye poured her heart and the story about Will. It really gutted me with her tragedy. When Pat told her about the painting, the lighthouse on Bride Island also a man name Carrick Morgan, I couldn't believe it. Is it really coincidence?

Struck by the wave, Faye surprised that she's still alive. And there is, her late husband. But no, it isn't Will, but Carrick Morgan. She's also time travels back to 1920s which is unbelievable. Of course, Faye is still in confuse AF state but she's easily blend in. Finally, Faye realize that she's in Faith Morgan's form; Carrick's daughter. I actually enjoy with the mystery around Carrick and Faith. I'm intrigued and couldn't put this book down.

The story was well-written and almost flawless. Unfortunately, I just couldn't connect with the time travels concept. I call this time paradox because Faye is about re-write her own story with different ending. Almost similar with Butterfly Effects. Anyway, after the half of it, the pace turns to slow with some unnecessary events.

I preferred the supporting character more like Father Pat. Remind me a bit of Kingsley Edge from TOS. He's smart and amused me. Also Dolly who has a bit Eleanor on her. GAH! Sorry, Faye and Carrick didn't exactly memorable characters for me. At first, the chemistry between them feels promising but in the end, it just missed the spot. Carrick is too much as the resemblance of Will (the vanilla boy from The Original Sinners series).

If you read The Bourbon Thief, there's a several mention about the previous characters and place which makes this book more interested. Overall, I wanna love this story so much because it has huge potentials but sadly I have mixed feelings in the end. The truth about the Morgans revealed with horrible facts and kind of wasted. The Night Mark is a unique story about a woman's unexpected journey with her new purpose to life with all the complex and deep emotions.

I’ll will love you and take care of you for the rest of your life.”
“Don’t you mean your life?”
“I meant what I said.”

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