Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte
“You’re my light, Lucy. You are always the light in my darkness..”
The prologue and first chapter of Fisher’s Light was indeed haunting and sad. Catching a glimpse inside the very troubled and confused mind of Jefferson Fisher was heartbreaking, causing us to well up and reach for the tissues in readiness for the sob fest we expected to follow as we delved into Lucy and Fisher’s story of love, pain, loss and second chances.
‘I remember every moment I’ve kissed this man.’
We meet Lucy and Fisher, two people, desperately in love who have lost their way and lost themselves in the process who try to find their way back to one another and are taken through past/present switches. By telling the story in alternative pov’s we were afforded the opportunity to hear both Lucy and Fisher’s account of the events that led to the dissolution of their marriage, telling of the pain and heartache they both felt and of the love they shared.
“You make everything perfect, Lucy. You’re my light and my life and all I need is your love to guide me home, not matter where I go.”
There were moments in Fisher’s Light that were pure emotion where we experienced the heartache this couple endured. Through Fishers words we understood his despair and self-hatred, through Lucy’s voice we gleamed an understanding of the confusion and pain she was experiencing.
“Sometimes there are important things to fight for right here at home.”
Notice how we said ‘we understood’ and not ‘we felt‘ their emotions. This is because, despite how beautiful and wonderfully written this story was, we didn’t quite experience the gut wrenching emotion we had anticipated in Fisher’s Light.
After discussing our feelings, we came to the conclusion this could be a case of reader preference. We are both very much ‘show us, don’t tell us’ readers and have that desperate need to live in the moment with the characters. We need to walk in their shoes, and become a part of their story. This enables us to feel their heartbreak and their joy firsthand.
In the case of Fisher’s Light, despite there being some truly beautiful and heartfelt moments throughout, there were times we felt as though we were spectators in their story rather than participants. We wanted to be present in some of the most pivotal moments that transpired rather than read about them. To connect to them, we had to live them and at times it felt we were being told ‘this happened or that happened’. In the latter part of the book there were a couple of drama points added to the story that felt unwarranted, a bit silly and not befitting the overall emotional and touching tone of the story.
Tara Sivec is a without doubt a wonderfully versatile and extremely talented author and we did enjoy Fisher’s Light. There were certainly some memorable moments we loved . Tara would elicit such strong conflicting thoughts between alternating pov’s which she executed beautifully. Upon hearing Lucy’s account of events, we would become enraged at Fisher for his treatment of her, only to switch to utmost compassion for Fisher upon hearing his account.
“We took vows – for better or for worse. Why did you think that I couldn’t handle the worse? Or that I wouldn’t want to?”
How do you find your way back to the one you love, the one who owns your heart? Well, Lucy and Fishers story is one that’s told with love. We really did enjoy this story but found it didn’t deliver the gut wrenching emotional pull we had anticipated. Readers will take Fisher and Lucy’s story to their hearts. You’ll find yourselves cheering for this couple and hoping they find the happiness they so rightly deserve, just as we did.
**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the author with thanks**