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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.
An amazing story of second chances
I was drawn to this book mainly because of the cover. I kept seeing it and it literally drew me in. I read the synopsis about this being about second chances but this is more than that. The love Fisher and Lucy have for each other is the kind they you only read about in books. Yet for me I could easily envision this couple living and breathing right in front of me. Many men and women leave for months when they are in the military. The spouses left behind I have always thought they were amazing people also to wait lovingly and patiently for their loved ones to return to them. Fighting in a war and then returning home a lot of these people do suffer from PTSD. Some get help and some deal with it on their own. Fisher tries to deal with his by pushing his only light out of his heart. He is not the only one suffering though. This story is the journey of two people who you can't help but fall in love with them.
5 lighthouse stars.
Fisher and Lucy's story.
I love Fishers character and his struggle to find his way back to Lucy. I like how he tries to separate his life as a husband and a Marine. It's interesting how some people feel it is their civil duty to keep fighting the war as long as they have fellow Marines to help. It's sad reading Fisher's struggles with being a normal civilian after the war he's fought. The human mind can only forget or recover or deal with so much trauma. It's consuming to your mind and engrained in your thoughts with the images of war. It's hard to undo those images. Just as it is hard to undo actions.
Even though this story deals with PTSD there are still many layers that any one person can relate to. The issues that they encounter are common problems in any marriage.
I liked the support Lucy received from family and friends in this small town where gossip is prevalent. I liked that Lucy was able to move forward in her life after the divorce and held her head high. Lucy did not self destruct to get through the pain. Lucy focused on the inn and consumed her time working. Lucy never wallowed in grief. Lucy accepted her fate and marched forward. Lucy is a strong female character.
The journey entries were a nice addition to the internal feelings happening within Fisher. Writing ones feelings is a great tool to help a person worth out their problems and strategize ways to fix them.
Good wholesome story. Nice symbolism using the lighthouse theme.
Full of passion and pain!!!
This is an amazing story about Fisher and Lucy and the trials and tribulations they endured with Fisher's multiple deployments. This story is tragic and beautiful about the power of love and miscommunication. It's about they loyalty of family and friends. It's also about forgiveness and self-discovery. Tara Sivec has done a brilliant job giving us a glimpse inside the mind within the grasp of PTSD.
I laughed and I cried...a lot! And in the end I was filled with a deep satisfaction that everything, including death, ended up as it was meant to be. My emotions are still reeling from the intense feelings while reading this book. If I wasn't completely in awe of this author's ability before I read this book, I certainly am now. I highly recommend reading this beautifully written book.