Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Release Day Blitz: Fisher's Light By Tara Sivec


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.


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.

Those of you who have read my reviews in the past may or may not have known that my husband was in the military and up until last year I was a military wife.  My husband also suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.  When I originally read the blurb for Fisher’s Light I knew that this would be a book that could possibly hit close to home but knew that I needed to read this.  I was lucky enough to receive an ARC and I waited to read it until very recently.  I waited because I knew that once I started that I wouldn’t want to finish until I had devoured the entire book.  I am a huge fan of Tara Sivec’s Chocolate Lovers and Chocoholics series but never read any of her more serious books previously.  I should have known that she would have the ability to completely destroy my emotions in the same intense yet different way that she can make you laugh.

I started Fisher’s Light knowing that I most likely would be crying at some point, little did I realize that I would be crying a lot.  I cried at the loss of Fisher and Lucy’s marriage.  I cried when Fisher pushed Lucy away and was cruel.  I cried reading Fisher’s journal entries.  I cried when more and more you see just how severe his PTSD became.  I cried when Lucy didn’t know if she should trust Fisher again.  I cried because I have a husband who has PTSD, not as severe as Fisher but who I have at times watched have an anxiety attack because of a crowd or just be super nasty to me for no reason at all.  I cried for any service member who suffers, whether it be a mild, moderate or severe case, and to some life ending when they take steps to end their pain.  I cried for Lucy, who was there for her husband through deployments and trainings and yet didn’t know what her husband was silently suffering through. 

But then I smiled.  I smiled because Fisher began to prove not only to Lucy but to the town that even the most destructive of individuals can repair the damage they caused.  I smiled because Fisher was battling a new war, one for the love of his ex wife.  I smiled when Fisher slowly worked his way back into Lucy’s life and into her heart.  I smiled because in the end Fisher and Lucy may have battled separate wars, but together they won the battle to love again.

Fisher’s Light is one of the most emotional reads I have read and not just because of the subject matter, but because it is so beautifully written that your emotions can’t help but overwhelm you once you begin reading.  I have read many books about the hero’s being in the military or suffering from PTSD but I have never read one that moved me as much as Fisher’s Light.  Grab your boxes, yes boxes of tissues and read this beautiful gut wrenching, emotional journey that is Fisher’s Light.


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