Wednesday, March 25, 2015

ARC REVIEW and GIVEAWAY: "Fisher's Light" by Tara Sivec

Fisher's Light
by Tara Sivec

I guess this is it, huh? After fourteen years together, starting a life of our own on this island, five deployments and countless letters I’ve written you through it all, I finally go out to the mailbox and see something I’ve always dreamed of: an envelope with your handwriting on it. For one moment, I actually thought you’d changed your mind, that all the awful things you said to me were just your way of coping after everything you’d been through. I was still here, Fisher. I was still here, holding my breath, waiting for you to come back even though you told me you never would. You always said you’d find your way back to me. Out of all the lies you’ve told me, this one hurts the most.

Enclosed you will find the signed divorce papers, as requested.
I hope you find what you’re looking for. I’m sorry it wasn’t me.

To get the ending they want, Lucy and Fisher will have to go back to the beginning. Through the good and the bad, they’ll be reminded of why they always made their way back to each other, and why this time, one way or another, it will be the last time.

When I first read the blurb for Fisher’s Light, it promised to be a provocatively emotional book.  It does not disappoint.

Told from dueling perspectives, this is the story of what happens when two people who are destined for each other hit a seemingly insurmountable obstacle.  Fisher and Lucy have been together since they were young.  They seem inseparable, even when Fisher joins the military and leaves for multiple deployments, Lucy is still there holding down the fort, waiting for him to come back because he promised to do so: “Fisher has always promised me that he will find his way back to me.” But what happens when the inability to come home is not physical, but psychological? For each time Fisher returns, he brings a little more of the horrors of war back with him until it becomes too much and he loses his way.

There are some heart-dropping moments. The most gut-wrenching is when Fisher resorts to saying some very spiteful things to Lucy.  In as state of panic and hallucination, he intentionally targets her weaknesses as if he is a smart bomb and demolishes her to push her away from him.  I wondered at that moment if it was possible to step past a line from which you cannot recover or be redeemed.  This comes close.  Soon after, he leaves for two years and then returns. Can this couple reunite after that emotional upheaval?

My favorite parts of the book are during the times when Fisher tries to win Lucy back. There are no grand gestures, just Fisher trying to find a way back to Lucy’s heart.  Of course, the explosive chemistry between them doesn’t hurt his efforts, but that has never been their problem.  Even after their reunion (I’m sorry if this is a surprise), there are still some deep-seated issues.  I think this is where Tara Sivec shines.  She has keen insights into relationships.  Disillusionment is so painful. Loss of trust is very difficult from which to recover.  Love may be rekindled, but trust takes much more to re-establish.

I simply adore the ending of this story. The lighthouse connection is so lovely and poignant.  The characters deserved that beauty. 

In A Nutshell:

For a beautiful, not easy, story about a “destined” relationship, you cannot miss Fisher’s Lighthouse.  It is worth reading more than once. I did. 

Thank you to the author and Soluri PR for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.

After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She is the author of the Playing with Fire series, the Chocolate Lovers series, the Chocoholics series, the Fool Me Once series and Watch Over Me. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader's Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book.

In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she'll do and naps she'll take when she ever gets spare time.

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