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Så tag mit hjerte i dine hænder, men tag det varsomt og tag det blidt, det røde hjerte – nu er det dit. Det slår så roligt, det slår så dæmpet, for det har elsket, og det har lidt, nu er det stille – nu er det dit. Og det kan såres, og det kan segne, og det kan glemme og glemme tit, men glemmer aldrig, at det er dit. Det var så stærkt og så stolt, mit hjerte, det sov og drømte i lyst og leg, nu kan det knuses – men kun af dig. – Tove Ditlevsen

5 Stars

“I don’t know where to start.”

The Original Sinners series will always own a huge part of my heart. The story, the characters and the Author, Tiffany Reisz herself. So any additional time spent with Søren and Nora is a bonus. The Confessions is not a full-length novel and contains entire series spoilers. Please read the full series before reading this one.

“It hurts when we realize we can’t give everything to the person we love, that we can’t be everything to the person we love.”

The Original Sinners series is one of the most well-written, addictive, passionate, sarcastically funny and emotionally harrowing series I’ve ever read. Tiffany Reisz takes your heart, soul and mind along a journey of broken and beat up hearts. Love and its accompanying madness. Unlikely friendships, honest, pure and beautiful love. Obligations and religion. All in her very own unique, intelligent and alluring prose. If you bottled up all the tears I’ve cried from both sorrow and laughter, well it would be overwhelming to say the least.

“You were born to be a priest. It’s who you are and what you are and you will never be at peace if you leave the church. It would be like cutting the wings off an angel.”

The Confessions take place during two  – somewhat – life-changing chapters in the Original Sinners series through baring of souls and thoughts. Marcus Stearn and Eleanor Schreiber each take a turn and it was truly an honour and very insightful to be with Søren at this pivotal point of what was the beginning of something extraordinary. No one will ever measure up to Søren the priest nor Søren the man. Every word gripped me during the sparring between Father Ballard and Søren as the serious and thoughtful was entwined with dry humorous banter. A perfection which felt momentous, very personal as well as vulnerable.

Being with Nora and the circumstances surrounding her confession was quite an experience too as it centred round a time where I felt her doubt, pain and love from within, yet it was delivered in her usual sharp sense of humour and irrevocable defence. This Confession being with the much older Father Ballard, who’d heard much about her but never met her before.  I adored and loved Father Ballard in this. Cheeky and wise – what a character!

I inhaled every single word as if it was my next breath. The Confessions is not a long read so I went back immediately and re-read it to savour what I’d only just read. I will never be able to express how much this series means to me and with this, well it was just perfection. I have to say that I hope we get more no matter how long or short as I know for a fact I will never have enough. Read on for “The Confession of Tiffany Reisz.”

 “There’s a spirit in her, something that keeps her aloft, high above everything that would bring her crashing to earth….She is the freest person I’ve ever known.”

Synopsis

Three Sinners. Three confessions. And all the dirty little secrets you could possibly desire…

Father Stuart Ballard has been Marcus Stearns’ confessor since the young Jesuit was only eighteen years old. He thought he’d heard every sin the boy had to confess until Marcus uttered those three fateful words: “I met Eleanor.”

So begins the 40-page “The Confession of Marcus Stearns,”

This collection also includes “The Confession of Eleanor Schreiber,” a companion 36-page story written exclusively for The Confessions.

And, finally, all secrets are revealed in “The Confession of Tiffany Reisz,” an exclusive, in-depth interview.

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