ARC Review: The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz

27 Mar 2017

Book Title: The Night Mark
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Series: Standalone
Release Date: March 28th, 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
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 is proof positive that Tiffany Reisz can write just about anything and excel at it. Especially in the case of this book. I must admit, I see a new book written by Tiffany Reisz and I don't even read the blurb. I know I must read it. In the case of The Night Mark, reading the blurb might've been prudent. This book is deeply complex, emotional, and very spiritual. It involves something I tend to shy away from- time travel. I'm quite the literal person and things outside the realm of possibility usually don't interest me. So in some ways I had to push through my apprehension in reading something outside my comfort zone.

The Night Mark takes the reader on quite the journey both in the past and present. In current time, Faye is an emotionally struggling widow who regrets marrying her late husband's best friend so soon after his death. Picking up the few pieces remaining of her psyche, Faye ventures into a new path in life- moving to Beaufort SC to photograph island pictures for a fundraising calendar. What she doesn't realize is her time in Beaufort, meeting the residents and learning of the history surrounding Bride Island and the lighthouse, does she find herself thrown into the confusing realization of the parallels between her life and that of the lighthouse keepers 'daughter' Faith. One dark night spent on the island researching, one big wave, and time travels back to 1921...

The spiritual nature of the book in no way deterred my enjoyment. In many ways, I don't think this story could be told without the spiritual component. Why things happen. Faith. Fate. Tiffany Reisz has done quite the research to make the pages come to life here. Both spiritually and historically. Her descriptions of life back in the early 1900s, life of lighthouse keepers, Beaufort life truly highlights the depth of research and personal interest Ms Reisz harbors in the subject. 

 This is one book the reader will come away with a wealth of new knowledge. Though it pushed some of my reading boundaries with the whole time-travel theme, at the core of this story is love, of faith and friendship, spirituality and true enlightenment. This book is proof positive that this woman can write anything and I'll devour it. Deeply complex and emotional, The Night Mark will resonate with me for years to come.

ARC kindly provided by Harlequin via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz lives in Portland, Oregon with her boyfriend (a reformed book reviewer) and two cats (one good, one evil). She graduated with a B.A. in English from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and is making both her parents and her professors proud by writing BDSM erotica under her real name. 

When not under arrest, Tiffany enjoys Latin Dance, Latin Men, and Latin Verbs. She dropped out of a conservative southern seminary in order to pursue her dream of becoming a smut peddler. Johnny Depp’s aunt was her fourth grade teacher. Her first full-length novel THE SIREN was inspired by a desire to tie up actor Jason Isaacs (on paper). She hopes someday life will imitate art (in bed). 

THE SIREN was awarded the RT Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Erotic Romance 2012. 

If she couldn’t write, she would die.

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