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.
I’ve had this book sitting on my Kindle since last year. I apparently forgot all about it and others. But I did want to read and review it like I had promised to do when I requested it from Netgalley.
First of all, I am highly surprised by this book. I have been a fan of Tiffany Reisz for a few years, but I had honestly only ever read her erotica books. As much as I love her previous books, this one is more of my pace. I loved the idea of exploring Lowcountry in the 1921. I am a huge history buff and I have found many historical fiction books that have helped to engage my love for history. This is one of those books.
The beginning of the book was a little hard to get into. Faye is not the easiest character to relate to, especially when it’s clear that she’s riding the depression train. She’s unhappy with her marriage and apparently having a miscarriage.. or her period? It’s a real downer and almost turned me away from the book. But I was curious to see where Reisz would take the story and I carried on, and I’m glad I did.
As the reader begins to learn more about Faye and what has led her to this low point in her life, you really begin to feel for everything she’s gone through. The backstory (which will not spoil the book), is that Faye was married to the love of her life, Mark, several years earlier. They had a wonderful first year of marriage, where he was finally called up to the major league of baseball and she was expecting their first child. Sadly, fate had other plans for Faith and Mark. He was murdered in a carjacking and she eventually lost the baby. Faye’s life continues to spiral as she marries Mark’s best friend and loses herself in her grief.
Now, Faye has become determined to find herself again. She leaves her husband and finds herself exploring the coastline of South Caroline. While there, she discovers a photograph of a man who looks just like Mark… a photo from the early 1900’s. Her journey of discovery leads her to discovering a way into 1921 and into the body of a young woman named, Faith Morgan.
I’m not usually a fan of time travel books, but I found that I enjoyed how Reisz incorporated this aspect into her story. Overall, this is a historical fiction book that offers an element of romance and mystery. If you are looking for a typical Tiffany Reisz book, this isn’t the book for you. But if you are open to it, I do think others will enjoy how the author is expanding her work into other genres and types of storylines.
Reviewer’s note: I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.