Well, it’s been a good run folks, but you can stick a fork in me, I’m done. I’m pretty damn sure I’ve found the best book of 2017 and it’s only April. Some things you should know about me, I love time travel romances – they are typically, second chance romance jacked up on steroids, what’s not to love about that? Also, I love Tiffany Reisz, always have, always will, can’t stop, won’t stop. I’ve read every word she’s published and honestly, can find no real fault in anything she writes. She has a knack of going places with her characters, typically these places are not easy, they are deep, sometimes distressing, sometimes hysterical but always genuine. So, when I learned of The Night Mark I knew in my heart this one would be a winner. All of my prognostication skills could not have prepared me for exactly how moved I’d be by this book. I feel like a better person after reading this book – it gave me a lightness of heart that made me feel better about the world. Big words, right? Well, that’s how beautifully Tiffany Reisz transported me on the journey of Faye/Fatih and Will/Carrick. I read somewhere that Reisz considers this the most romantic book she’s written, and I have to agree with her. The Night Mark is a beautiful love story that transcends time.
“I’ll take care of you for the rest of your life.”
That’s really all you need to know going into this book. When a man tells you that, believe it, embrace it and never let it go. 2011, Faye and Will fell in love and married, they were perfectly matched and completely in love with each other. Then he died. Absolutely devastated by her loss, in 2015 Faye decides to get lost taking pictures for a little while. Her journey takes her to a lighthouse on Bride Island in Lowcountry South Carolina. Old images of the lighthouse show pictures of a keeper that resembles Will and a Lady of the Light that strongly resembles Faye…what’s a distraught girl to do but investigate? A big wave takes her back to 1921 and then, things get really interesting. Gone is Faye’s soul crushing despair, in it’s place she finds hope.
That’s all you’re getting from me about this story. Reisz expertly crafts a painfully romantic story filled with layers of interesting and beautifully developed characters, main and secondary, that build upon each other to an exhilarating climax. We get a priest <<of course we do>>, we get a deaf 1921’s Martha Stewart-ish young housekeeper, we get atrociously bad bad guys, we get bootleggers, we even get a Bourbon Thief sighting and maybe most importantly, we get dialogue and banter that flows so naturally easy it’s lyrical. The Night Mark is so brilliantly crafted, no stone is left unturned, no emotion is left unexposed, no love is ever truly lost. So yeah, I agree with Tiffany Reisz, this is the most romantic book she’s ever written and for that I applaud her. I’m just going to say it right now, Tiffany Reisz is a national treasure, go read her.
Smooches,Tags: 5 stars, Contemporary, Tiffany Reisz, time travel