Review: The Confessions by Tiffany Reisz

Title: The Confessions
Author: Tiffany Reisz

Series: Original Sinners
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult
Publisher: 8th Circle Press

Pub Date: March 15, 2016
Rating: 5 Stars

Our thoughts...
Embracing ~ Familiar ~ Peace
Let me start by saying if you have not read all of the books in the Original Sinners series DO NOT read this. This is strictly for those who know the story because there is a lot of back story. With that being said, if you have read the entire series (thus far) you will LOVE The Confessions. These stories are like a warm embrace from an old friend or a blanket fresh out of the dryer. They will bring comfort and joy while giving a little more insight into tales we are familiar with. This is also more of a novella.

Both The Confessions of Marcus Stearns and The Confessions of Eleanor Schreiber are told from the perspective of Father Stuart Ballard, which really adds a fun and unique perspective to the tales. As many of you will recall, Father Ballard is Søren's long-time confessor. The Confessions of Marcus Stearns "takes place during the historical timeframe of the Original Sinners White Years novels The Saint and The King" so you know it's a turbulent time in Søren's life. Søren has been coming to Father Ballard for about eleven years at this point so he is pretty well caught up on Søren's sins and even still, Søren manages to surprise him. His confession is quiet but the emotions are so very loud, his heart troubled. If you didn't feel for him before or believe in his love for his Little One, you will after reading this. 

The Confessions of Eleanor Schreiber "takes place the year before the present-day events of The Virgin and The Queen"  and our lovely Nora sure has quite the confession! I was so surprised about what she told Father Ballard but it makes complete sense and it was nice to see her be vulnerable in a new way. She is the same Nora we have fallen in love (and/or lust) with but with a new spot of insecurity. Just like with Søren, if you (miraculously) weren't charmed or enchanted by Nora before, you will be now, just as Father Ballard is pulled in by their encounter. 

The Confessions of Tiffany Reisz is a fun interview/conversation Reisz had with Cyndy Aleo earlier this year and it is a real treat! DO NOT SKIP THIS! It provides insight into the brain of Reisz and is full of fun dialogue and witty banter. 

There are twenty-one facts about Søren at the very end that are enlightening and fun to read. It's like "you think you know, but you have no idea" kind of things. It further demonstrates how intelligent and thoughtful Reisz is as a writer and supports the awe and gratitude I have for that woman's talents. 

If you have read the Original Sinners series you want this novella in your life. It's is a short, beautiful, charming read and I know I'll come back to it time and time again. 

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