Book Review: The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher

*****  Five Stars!

I know, I know. There are already so many reviews for this book.  I pride myself on being a trendsetter for some things, but definitely not for a review of this book.  With month end close deadlines and client audits, how is a girl to manage her time well enough to be able to give justice to the review that this book deserves?

Anxiety filled, romantic and just plain honest. This book made me sit in silence, think and most of all, remember.  For who among us has never had a first love?  More importantly, who among us has been lucky enough to have a second?

The story revolves around Caleb and Olivia, two people in love, one of them loving completely and the other holding back. Caleb and Olivia loved each other over a span of eight years.   The story begins a few years into the present when Caleb is involved in a car accident which causes him to have amnesia and leaves him with no memory at all of his past.  Olivia thinks this is the perfect opportunity to restart their relationship. But as the story continues, we find that there were too many words unsaid, too many secrets and so much deception that has damaged them both perhaps to the point of no return.  Tarryn Fisher has a unique writing style that deftly intersperses the past with the present as she weaves them together from chapter to chapter.  These events are so well-connected that we long to read through the pages of the present to understand their past.  And darn, that line, that one written line –  hit me straight in the gut and settled in my heart.

“You can only give your heart away once; after that, everything else will chase your first love.”

The Opportunist is a heartfelt story of the memory of your first love, how deep and passionate it is and how it can never be replicated no matter how hard you try.  It is a story of how every one of our actions has a way of impacting our life. How more often than not, there is in one way or another, some kind of finality to paying for our mistakes.  Ultimately, it is a story of acceptance and the determination to move forward with life as it presents itself to you.  Which still leads me to question – does one ever really recover from this?  Does moving forward really mean moving on?

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. GirlyMuse
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 20:18:20

    One of my all-time favorite books…can’t wait for Dirty Red to come out! 🙂

    I’m so excited about your blog, Nina! Congratulations!


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