Monday, May 25, 2015

On Tour: Heavy Weather (A Carolina Coast Novel) by Normandie Fischer

Heavy Weather

Heavy Weather by Normandie Fischer
A Carolina Coast Novel
Paperback, 408 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by Sleepy Creek Press

Death, life, family, domestic abuse--Heavy Weather explores all these themes in a memorable and compelling narrative. When Annie Mac's life explodes like a storm at sea, she is helpless to fight back. Left for dead, her two children targeted by her abuser, her life appears to be over. The people who help her show her how to weather a storm that she cannot control.

It takes a town to save a child. That town is Beaufort, North Carolina. 

Annie Mac’s estranged husband vows that nothing will stop him from getting his baby girl. Not Annie Mac and certainly not that boy of hers. 

Only four blocks away, Hannah Morgan lives in comfort with her husband and dog, making pottery and waiting for her best friend to come home. When she discovers the two children cowering in the bushes and their mama left for dead, it doesn’t take her long to set her coterie of do-gooders to some extra-strength do-gooding. Add in Clay, a lonely police lieutenant yanked out of his comfort zone and into the heart of this small family, and who knows what will happen? 

From the author of Becalmed comes this latest tale of the Carolina coast, introducing some new characters to love--and to loathe. 

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My thoughts about Heavy Weather ~~ 

I have kind of been on a Southern fiction reading binge lately so this one caught my eye. I knew I would enjoy it as I have all of the other Southern fiction I have read lately but I didn't realize that I would love it as much as I did. 

The stories starts off with a very intense scene which drew me into the story and made me want to keep reading. Annie Mac has suffered horrible things at the hands of her estranged husband and is left for dead. 
'Evil existed. Real evil, the black-and-white kind without any gray, where a man lost his humanity and acted as if he'd signed on the devil's dotted line. It seemed that Royce Bingham was one of those.'
The community comes together to support Annie and her children while the authorities are trying to track down Roy. I was so engrossed in the story and by the characters that I felt like I was right there along with them. I experienced the joys and sorrow that the characters did. I also felt the anxiety and fear that they felt when that evil person showed his hand. 

I was sometimes so wrapped up in the intensity of the story that I couldn't allow my eyes to wander ahead on the page because I didn't want to know what was going to happen. I had to let the story unfold naturally the way is was supposed to. So ... wow! That was amazing to feel that way and to be so into the story that I was nervous right along with the characters. 

This is the second book that the author has written in her Carolina Coast series. I didn't feel at all confused by not having read the first book but I now want to go back and read the first book, Becalmed, so I can visit this world again and learn more about the wonderful characters. I really hope there will be more stories after this one. 

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. I love that feeling of not being able to glance away from the page for even a second because I just HAVE to know what happens next. What fun!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Heather! This story gets pretty intense and there are some not very nice people in it. It kept me turning the pages!

  2. Oh my, what a lovely review. Thank you so much for your kind words! Smiling here, Susan! (Perhaps even giddy that this story made you want to read more. If you're on Facebook, Women's Fiction Writers Café is talking about Sailing out of Darkness this week. I'd love to have you stop by!)

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Normandie! I so love it when authors do that. I'll go check out the FB page and thanks for letting me know about it. Are there going to be more Carolina Coast stories?

  3. By the way, I'm working on Beaufort Book 3 (Carolina Coast novels) now, which I had to separate into two books, so there will also be a Book 4!

    1. Yippee!! Keep me in mind when they are ready. I would love to read them!

    2. I will. The word will go out on Facebook, surely. So join me there!


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