Surfacing by Isabelle Santiago
Publisher: Freya’s Bower
Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Length: Short (72 pages)
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Vervain
Paige Jacobs lives the perfect life with her fiancé, Ryan, but the memory--or fantasy--of a gorgeous boy with silver eyes consumes her. Her sister Aimee, the only one who knows the dangerous secrets of her past, refuses to talk about them.
Feeling very much alone and obsessing over the haunting memories, Paige decides to write a book in hope of finally dispelling the precious memories so she can move on. Every chapter she writes brings her closer to the boy she'd loved so much in her youth. Then one morning in a coffee shop, she encounters a man with silver eyes.
Has she crossed the line between reality and fantasy?
Paige has spent ten years trying to forget the boy she fell in love with, a boy who had to return to a home farther than anyone imagined. Now she finds herself engaged to a wonderful man, yet she feels empty. Ryan loves her, of that she has no doubt, but when she closes her eyes at night it’s Xen’s face that haunts her dreams. Despairing of ever being able to forget Xen and move on, Paige decides to turn her journal into a book – reliving the time she spent with Xen, the happiest times of her life. Until she enters a coffee shop one day and comes face to face with the love of her life. Xen has come back.
As Xen and Paige reconnect, it forces her to re-evaluate her life. She isn’t proud of the way she feels when she’s with Xen, not when she’s engaged to Ryan… but she can’t seem to keep herself away. It’s like their magnets, polar opposites, drawn to one another. In the end, will she able to make the hardest decision of her life? Will she be able to choose between the boy she lost her heart and soul to and the man she’s pledged to marry?
While there were a few editing errors here and there, overall the story was well put together and flowed the way it should. The characters were well developed, making it easy to put yourself in their shoes. I especially loved the haunted feel of Paige’s character prior to Xen showing back up in her life. The author did a wonderful job describing the heroine’s thoughts and feelings, the words forming pictures as clear as day.
Throughout the story, I felt the same as Paige… torn between Ryan and Xen. It didn’t seem fair to Ryan that he could possibly lose her after loving her so well, but at the same time part of me hoped that Xen and Paige would get back together. After all, how often does a once in a lifetime love come around?
Star-crossed lovers, raw emotion, and a love that transcends times and space… Surfacing is a story about the love of a lifetime. Don’t miss out on what could be one of the best stories of your life.