BOOK REVIEW ~ FISHER’S LIGHT BY TARA SIVEC

BOOK REVIEW ~ FISHER’S LIGHT BY TARA SIVEC

Fisher,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. Lucy
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.

My first reaction after finishing this book – WOW! And then I curled up in my bed, letting the story just sink in and running scenes through my head that made me smile and cry hard. This book was an epic love story in every way, capturing beautiful highs of a couple so in love with each other, baring the ugly lows when the unexpected blazes through, and their harrowing journey full of heartbreak and hope. While the book wasn’t perfect to me, the romance aspect of it was, and that part just totally won over my heart. I feltFisher’s pain, I felt Lucy’s sorrow, I just…felt. And when I experience that kind of emotion in any book, any nit-picking and boundaries don’t have a say. I just let my heart take over and give the verdict: I love second chance romances, I love this military hero, I love this resilient heroine, and I love this book.

I can never really decide.”
Fisher and Lucy were high school sweethearts. Meeting when she was 16, he was 18; marrying when she was 20, he was 22…it was a fairytale dream come true for the both of them. But one thing that has always given Fisher purpose was his need to serve his country, and so he enlisted and became a Marine with Lucy fully supporting him behind. Throughout the 14 years they were married and through all his deployments, cracks in their marriage started to surface. Add on the severe PTSD and scarce time the two of them actually spend with each other, the once loving couple are a shell of what they were before.
“I couldn’t tell the difference between dreams and reality. I became a different man.
A dangerous man.
A suicidal man.”
With all of his experiences in combat, Fisher didn’t know how to adjust being a civilian again and didn’t know how to convey all the warring emotions in him to Lucy, the one person who he always thought could ground him and keep his demons at bay. And Lucy…this tortured woman was at a loss too – she could only stand by helplessly as she watched her husband sink deeper into a dark nightmare she couldn’t save him from. In the end, 14 years of marriage went down the drain and both have been pushed to a point where divorce and time apart was the only way to go.
But that wasn’t the end for Fisher and Lucy. Over time, Fisher got himself cleaned up and Lucy became a stronger, more independent woman. The actual story the book begins with is Fisher determined to win his beloved wife back again, and as the plot progressed in the present, there are many pivotal past moments weaved in as well. It’s common knowledge that I absolutely despise time gaps and choppy past/present POVs so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw they were done so well here. Each chapter served a purpose and they helped me better understand these characters. Even with his PTSD, Fisher made many terrible mistakes that delivered blow after blow to Lucy’s pride and heart, and having to read those scenes just…gah! They really hurt. But when I got his version of events, it was aching heart time all over again for me. Basically my heart never stopped getting a workout. As for Lucy, she is one of the most idealistic yet resilient heroines I’ve read about. She fought hard for her marriage when Fisher didn’t, she held onto hope when he gave up, and kept fighting all the way to the end. I didn’t see her as a doormat at all, because when she finally saw for her own eyes how useless it was to hold onto hope when Fisher was beyond saving then, she stood up for herself. Not going to lie, I was mentally kicking Fisher in the nuts and hugging Lucy hard here.
“It’s live driving by a car accident and not being able to tear your eyes away from the devastation because you just have to see, you have to know it’s real and that it actually happened.”
But that was the Fisher in the past. The Fisher now hasn’t lost sight of what he truly wants, and that’s Lucy and their life on the island. He also sees that the sweet, timid wife from before has changed. She’s more bold. More confident. But also more reserved. And though she tentatively lets him into her life again, Lucy’s quick to protect her heart this time, even knowing full well that Fisher’s had it all along. And that’s where the true beauty of this story lies, that no matter what tribulations and harsh experiences this couple goes through, love will always prevail.
“How many people get a second chance at love with the only person they’ve ever held in their heart?”
Forget second chances. Third, fourth, fifth…nth number of chances and Fisher and Lucy will always end up together. THAT is how strongly I can feel their depth of devotion and love for each other.
Though this was a 400-page book, it went by so fast I wished there was more. The secondary characters were wonderful and were often a source of comical relief (or extra angst depending on who). I also loved the quaint setting and for me it added a dreamy, romantic feel to the story that can’t be fabricated…it truly felt natural. The writing was seriously top-notch. I haven’t read a book from this author for almost 2 years so I’ve pretty much forgotten what her writing is like (oops!) but reading this book makes me want to revisit all her other books I missed. All in all, this story took me back to a time a few years ago when I was voraciously devouring romance after romance, loving and drowning in a sea of emotion without a care in the world. Not that I don’t do that now, but because my tastes have gotten more cynical and picky, not everything appeals to me anymore. This is one of those rare times an author has delivered a powerful, epic romance which won over that jaded heart of mine, and that’s not something I can ignore. I highly recommend this book to ALL romance fans. Let Fisher and Lucy’s story win over your heart too.
Fisher’s Light is a second chance military romance standalone. It’s not related to this author’s other books.
Rating: 4.5 stars! First half was a solid 5 star read. The second half felt rushed a little but didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the story.
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