Book Review – Fisher’s Light by Tara Sivec

by Maryse on April 2, 2015 · 8 comments

in My Book Reviews

Fisher’s Light
Whoa. THAT BLURB GOT ME!!!!! Tore my heart out right from that heartbreaking letter, and I couldn’t get it out of my mind.

 “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…”

I knew it had to be next.

Jean: Fisher’s Light…. Omg guys! That sounds so good and heartbreaking and good… Lol!

Right??!!! GAH! MINE!!

And to top it all off, it was from an author that I know is absolutely hilarious, and I’ve been told that her contemporary romance novels are just as good as her comedy romance books. Plus!! This one was causing quite a 5-star stir (at least… review-wise online) and a few of my own fellow book-buds jumped in and were lovin’ it:

Amy: Finished Fisher’s Light and loved it! Like, REALLY loved it. I had a few minor annoyances but those were more because of personal reading taste sort of things. Other than that it was heartbreakingly wonderful. Did I mention that I loved it? ;)

MichelleS: Well, I squirreled and started Fisher’s Light. AMY!!!! I’m only at 15% but lordy lordy…. this stuff is so intense and full of emotion. I am going to choke on the lump that is stuck in my throat. Such an easy book to read. No wasted words. Just pure emotion. “Congratulations. You did it. You made me hate you.” I hate him right now too….. okay, back to the story…

Jean: Just finished Fisher’s Light and loved it! And Yes Amy, i did cry quite a bit with this one. Now, what to read next….

Maddie: Just finished Fishers Light by Tara Sivec…..AMAZING!!

Yep… there was no question what I’d be reading next.

And it was good. Sweet and sad love story, with the potential for a second chance, but with so much heartache to wade through.

It’s a little hard to get used to after being married to a man who made me feel like the center of his world when he was home from a deployment…until the next time he’d volunteer to go back and I started to wonder if he loved his fellow Marines more than me.

Yet… something held me back from becoming completely invested in it. Maybe I would have connected more had it been only from her POV. Because from her eyes, I was feeling it all and FURIOUS. And hurting. Because HE was hurting. He was furious. And he wouldn’t let her in anymore.

“It’s not ruined, Fisher, it’s just a little broken,” I whisper through my tears.

So well done, and would have kept me on my toes I’m sure, throughout.

“Congratulations. You did it. You made me hate you ,” I tell him as the tears fall silently down my face and he goes back to the bed, closing the lid on the suitcases and zipping them shut.

“Took you long enough ,” he says with a sarcastic laugh. “Jesus, how much more sh!t were you going to put up with before you realized that?”

Wow, right?!!! I wish it was all the way through… like that.

*skip the rest of this review if you haven’t read this book yet. I don’t exactly spoil it, but I analyze my feelings about how the remainder of the story played out*

Until maybe… you know. The end. For those of you that have read this, you know when HIS POV would have been perfect (well at least for me). The letters <— THEN. I think I would have been WOW’d all the way through had it been held back from me until that last part.

And I get why we had to have his POV. We needed to experience his personal torment. His anguish and the nightmares that plagued his existence after the atrocities he witnessed. PTSD is the prevalent theme in this one, and the author gave us a look into how it can break someone. And the disaster that follows them as they attempt to break everyone around them. The hallucinations. The guilt. The terror. The need for distance. I get that. But knowing him from the start… made it too easy on me.

Good… but for me… hoping to be “her“, his POV lessened the emotional impact somewhat, for me, as a reader, in regards to the romance angst that was integral to my keeping the pages turning. Turning what could have been a very personal reading experience into something that I read about “others”. I didn’t feel it the way I wanted to, and therefore, was able to put it down.

And there were a few moments that I suppose I struggled to believe. A few convenient reasons for certain actions that took away that initial *oomph* for me.

MichelleS: I totally agree with you on Fisher’s Light. I never cried. Early on I had a lump in my throat because of his part of the story. I really liked it, but there was a lot of the same scene over and over. 4 stars for me. Very enjoyable, just nothing earth shattering.

bev: Finished Fisher’s Light. I didn’t cry but I did really enjoy it. I think my only problem is so many of the scenes were partially repeated. The ones revisted to *see* through Fisher’s eyes were great, but otherwise a little repetitive.

Sweet, touching, well-rounded… but just not enough to keep me riveted. I stress over saying a story is “predictable” but as much as I thought, from that blurb, that this one would grab me, shake me, and squeeze me to the very end, I was far too comfortable for my own reading comfort.

3.5 stars.

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Michelle F April 2, 2015 at 10:18 PM

I just started this book yesterday. Only about half way. Definitely has emotional moments that are kicking me in the heart and guts, but then it pulls back. I’m not sure if the changing POVs makes the flow of the story feel a little choppy or what, but I’m not feeling as connected to the characters as I think I could. However, I’m still liking it. I’m still sneaking an extra couple minutes during my breaks to finish just a couple more pages. ;D

Reyna April 3, 2015 at 7:27 AM

I read this and couldn’t put it down. I cried throughout the entire story. I felt the emotion in both characters. I think the author did the different POV’s perfectly. I did feel for both characters. I highly recommended this book to my friends.

Maryse April 3, 2015 at 8:24 AM

Hi Michelle! It is good… let me know what you think once you’re done. :D

Amy April 3, 2015 at 10:41 AM

“I was far too comfortable for my own reading comfort.” <—– *snicker* That's a good one. ;)

I'll just be over here sipping my crow cocktail… :P

Maryse April 3, 2015 at 10:53 AM

*snatches crow cocktail and takes a sip* We can drink ‘em together, Amy! :D

And far more people LOVED this book, than just liked it, so it could be very well a “mood” thing.

Amy April 3, 2015 at 11:15 AM

*looks at empty glass* Wa-hoo!!! We’re starting early today!! :D

Yep, could have been a mood thing or it could be that it just didn’t work for ya…been there, done that, have the books to prove it. ;)

Maryse April 3, 2015 at 11:16 AM

Hey it’s Friday… time to celebrate! :P

Amy April 3, 2015 at 11:50 AM

*happy Friday dance* :D

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