Fault Lines

Fault Lines

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by Rebecca Rogers Maher

Sarah Murphy plans other people's weddings. She's gorgeous and successful, but she also carries a dark secret.

At one of her events, she meets Joe Sullivan, a sexy photographer with a difficult past of his own. When he snaps a rare unguarded photograph of her and captures the real person hiding behind the facade, she feels exposed. To restore the upper hand,


Sarah Murphy plans other people's weddings. She's gorgeous and successful, but she also carries a dark secret.

At one of her events, she meets Joe Sullivan, a sexy photographer with a difficult past of his own. When he snaps a rare unguarded photograph of her and captures the real person hiding behind the facade, she feels exposed. To restore the upper hand, she tries to do what she always does: use sex to defuse the situation.

While Joe is eager to deepen his relationship with Sarah, he's aware of her emotional shield and the way she disconnects from her body. Seeing her at her most vulnerable doesn't scare him off, but he needs to know what she's hiding.

Sarah has a tough decision to make. Does she want to go on living a lonely, emotionally frozen life? Or can she finally risk revealing the truth and move forward with Joe?

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A good wedding planner makes herself invisible. She is organized and supportive. She sees to every detail. She pleases everyone. And when each element of the ceremony has unfolded as though by magic, in accordance with the miracle of the couple's union, she gets the hell out of the way. She disappears.

These were the unwritten rules of wedding planning. Sarah followed them to the letter. Her weddings were perfectly timed and gorgeously executed. And above all, they were easy on the bride and groom.

Sarah checked on the night's couple to make sure they were enjoying themselves. The bride, wearing a simple white dress, leaned against her groom and laughed, the color high in her cheeks. The man who was now her husband gazed at her with a glowing heat. Behind them a fireplace roared with color.

Sarah seized the opportunity to make sure the reception hall was in order. Her heels clicked against the slick wooden floor as she headed to the room where the party would take place. She closed the door behind her and pictured the couple's grand entrance.

Most of the time it might as well have been the plastic bride and groom from the top of the cake standing before the assembled crowd. The actual newlyweds were usually too stunned and stressed out to feel much of anything in the chaos that most weddings became. Sarah often wondered what these couples would do when the noise died down, when the preparation was over and the party ended and they had to sit down across from each other in the hotel room and actually acknowledge the commitment they had just made. Ten years later, would it matter what color the bridesmaids' dresses were?

Day after day, as the person in charge of executing these minor details, Sarah had to pretend as if it did matter, as if it mattered more than anything. She was very good at this kind of pretending.

She surveyed the composition of the room, scrolling item by item through a long mental checklist.

Every table was laid with a centerpiece of red and gold flowers. Delicate china and a simple chocolate favor graced each place setting. Just outside the candlelit hall, a violinist sat tuning his instrument, the cricket-like squeak gradually ebbing into a soft, melodious glide. A polished wood dance floor rose from the center, fronted by seats of honor soon to be occupied by the bride and groom.

The ceremony itself had been flawless. Held at a beautiful Catholic church in Brooklyn, officiated by the steadfast priest who had baptized three generations of the groom's family, it had been one of the most heartfelt weddings Sarah had ever witnessed, and in her line of work she had seen plenty.

The groom and bride—an oncology social worker and a nurse—had not been able to afford her usual fee. But Sarah had taken them on anyway. Something about them had softened her normal cynicism. It seemed to her that their marriage stood a chance of surviving. She took their reduced payment and gave them a show-stopping wedding just because she could, and because they deserved it.

She'd pulled some strings to secure a city venue they normally never could have afforded, convinced a local florist to provide the flowers at cost and encouraged the couple to mine their own connections for a professional photographer.

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Fault Lines 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
** 4.5 stars ** Don't let the cover fool you, Fault Lines is not a romance. This is Sarah's story, of abuse, survival, being consumed in shame and "what ifs", and ultimately moving forward. It was powerful and beautiful, and RRM handles the subject matter with refreshing honesty, care, and insight. It's also a very sexy story. Joe and Sarah make a brief appearance in Tanya, so fans of The Bridge and Fault Lines should check that one out. I've said it before...very few writers can craft the perfect novella like Rebecca Rogers Maher.
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ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Wouldn't call this a romance. But it's interesting and REAL. ****This book deals with sexual abuse of a minor and how that abuse has affected the abusee years later.**** Before I start, I need to point out this book isn’t your typical romance. The main character, Sarah, has serious issues. This is the first story I’ve read by Rebecca Rogers Maher. In fact, before this book, I’ve never heard of her. I went to her website and looked her up. I will say that it was quite a treat to find an author who made a conscience decision to write about real people in real situations. I’m going to do what I don’t like to do with reviews and actually tell you what happened with the book. I generally HATE giving away too much about a book, because then why would you buy it. Like most victims of sexual abuse, Sarah knew her abuser. She was even very close to him and loved him with all her heart. The abuse occurred when Sarah was fourteen. She feels that she was old enough to have said no and thus feels in some ways she encouraged it and that it was fine. She finds relief from her demons by cutting herself. Throughout the book Sarah is a nurturer and protector. She protects her abuser by making excuses for him and she protects her mother by not telling her about the abuse and talking about her feelings for all of these years, and talking about all the sacrifices her mother made for her and feeling she has to be with her mother, when she’s going through a horrible loss. To a certain extent, it would appear that Sarah’s mother unbeknownst to her encouraged the abuse. I don’t want to say that Sarah is your typical sexual abuse survivor, because there isn’t anything typical about this sort of thing. Sarah continues to abuse her body by hooking up with guys she doesn’t care about and know will never care about her, until she made a mistake and mis-read Joe. Sarah likes to be in control and after one night, Joe turned the tables on her. I found Joe to be a remarkable man in that at the first sign of trouble he didn’t run. Through photography, Joe has learned to read people. He immediately knows that Sarah is hiding something. He just doesn’t know what and how bad it actually is. Joe isn’t a perfect man and he doesn’t pretend to be. He has his own past that he works hard to overcome every single day. Joe is a strong man and he fights for Sarah every single day. What I like about this book is that it shows Sarah as a survivor. She doesn’t see herself as that, but she is. She’s conflicted about a lot of things in her life and she tries for perfection. "Sarah", like so many other women in the world is REAL. When I got this book, I had absolutely no idea what it was really about. You don’t see a happily ever after ending. Part of me wants to say that this isn’t even a romance book. What you do get is a story that’s real. I’m sure there are hundreds, if not thousands of “Sarahs” out there. For those “Sarahs:, I think this book lets them know there is hope. The book is rather short. It’s only 126 pages. I found the ending to be very abrupt. You can only assume that Sarah and Joe were actually able to overcome all the demons from their past and realize that it’s okay to be happy and in love with someone who truly loves you and would never ever hurt you. I don’t usually recommend books which I haven’t read. However, Fault Lines is part of a trilogy written by Rebecca. The first book in the series is I’ll Become The Sea. This book showcases the story of Jane, Sarah’s best friend. Fault Lines vaguely mentions Jane having a tattered past. I am curious to see what it was and how she truly managed to overcome her demons to find her happy ending. I am definitely adding it to my to read list. I was provided an Advanced Readers Copy via NetGalley in order to review this book.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: I rate my books based on how much I enjoy the book. Honestly this is not a book that I enjoyed. Not because there's anything wrong with the book...there absolutely is not. But this is not a happy book. This book is about Sarah facing the demons from being sexually molested by her uncle when she was 14 years old. There's nothing happy about the book...except for the fact that she's getting better, but that's not an easy process to watch as you read this book. The book is extremely well-written and interesting, but I kept reading it wondering why I was doing so when the entire book was extremely depressing (at least to me.) This is not a book about romance...although there is a side-story that is somewhat romantic between Sarah and Joe. But that's not the focus of the book. The focus is on Sarah and her learning to forgive and love herself... as well as learn how to deal with her mother and dying uncle for perpetuating and letting this horrible awful thing happen to her. This is one of those gritty, soul-searching style of books that you see in places like Oprah's book club. While I understand that some people love them, I am not one of them. I like to leave a book feeling happier than when I started it. This book deals with very difficult and reality-based situations that make it a very difficult read. While, not for me, it was a very well-written book...so if those kinds of books appeal to you, then this very well may be a book that you need to add to your TBR pile. I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.