Monday, December 5, 2016

Twilight Christmas: A Carolina Coast Novella by Normandie Fischer ~ My Thoughts


Twilight Christmas

Twilight Christmas: A Carolina Coast Novella by Normandie Fischer
Series: Carolina Coast Novels Book 3
Kindle Edition
Published November 27th 2016 by Sleepy Creek Press

Two orphans. One barn. And a community in need of miracles.

Linney needs protecting, and Louis is the only one left to save her. She may be his big sister, but her Down Syndrome will get her put in an institution if he doesn’t hide her well. Only, it’s getting harder and harder to pretend he’s older than ten and to keep her safe and warm in this old storage barn. Especially at Christmas, when all his sister wants is a tree with lights, like the one at the church next door.

Pageant preparations are in full swing, and Annie Mac and her crew are involved in the excitement. So is Lieutenant Clay Dougherty, her kids' faux-father and the man who still makes her yearn for a whole lot more than she’s comfortable offering, especially when she's plagued by crazy-making nightmares.

In this heartwarming tale of magic and miracles, the Beaufort, North Carolina, folk return to rescue more than themselves.

My thoughts about Twilight Christmas ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First lines—'Louis drew his hand back from his mama's cheek. No matter how many times he shook her, cried out to her, begged her, she stayed cold and gray, No breathe, not tears, no nothing.'

I love Christmas stories and I am absolutely in love with Normandie Fischer's Carolina Coast series so to have one of her stories taking place at Christmas time is a dream come true.

In Twilight Christmas, we meet Linney and Louis, two young children who lose their mother. Louis knows they have to stay out of sight or the authorities will find them and separate the two of them. Linny will not survive without her little brother. Louis is such a sweet, responsible young man who realizes what he needs to do for them to stick together. This is all so much for him when really he should be enjoying just being a carefree little boy. You can't help but love and admire him for all that he does for his special sister, Linney.

I also got a chance to reconnect with the other kind and caring residents of Beaufort, people I met in the previous books of this wonderful series. I got to catch up with what has been going on in their lives since I last visited. The community now comes together to celebrate the holiday. We get to witness the magic of Christmas as they all pull together to make sure that everyone has what they need to be happy and safe.

I loved revisiting Beaufort and catching up with my old 'friends' and well as meeting new members of this caring community. I just love this series!

Other titles in the Carolina Coast series. 

Read my thoughts about Becalmed here.

Read my thoughts about Heavy Weather here.

About the author

A life-long sailor, Normandie has been writing and editing professionally since the seventies. She studied sculpture for several years in Perugia, Italy, before returning stateside to complete her degree with special honors in English. When they’re not visiting grown children who have scattered elsewhere, Normandie and her husband divide their time between their waterfront home in NC (where she takes care of her mama) and their waterborne sailing home, Sea Venture, lately returned from Pacific Mexico.

She has three women's fiction books now: Becalmed, which was the first Carolina Coast novel; Sailing out of Darkness; and now the second Carolina Coast story, Heavy Weather.

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  1. What a lovely review, Susan. Thank you for your kindness toward Louis and Linney and the Beaufort crew. They love readers like you!

    1. Thanks Normandie. I am really looking forward to reading more of this series. This one was awesome.

  2. I loved this story. It is one my favorites I have read this year.

    1. Oh me too, Ann. I just love this whole series - such great characters!


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