Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Release Day! Shoal Waters by Normandie Fischer ~ My Thoughts #ShoalWaters

 Happy Release Day!

Congratulations Normandie
on the release today of
Shoal Waters!

Shoal Waters by Normandie Fischer
Series: Carolina Coast Stories #6
Family Life Fiction, 450 pages
Published June 14, 2022 by Sleepy Creek Press

Dementia, mad gunmen, and a yearning for something more make life difficult for the Beaufort folk in this series finale.

Georgie's mind threatens to go walkabout, and she'd better get help soon if she's to stop her daughter from taking over. Enter granddaughter, Jeminy, a songwriter from L.A., and Eric, her lawyer.

Jeminy hates herself and is pretty sure God does, too. There’s that huge unforgiveable sin, plus the boyfriend/manager who dumped her and lost her a music deal. Her mistakes. Her fault.

When Mother plots to tuck Nana Georgie neatly into a nursing home to gain access to Nana’s money, Jeminy hightails it out of L.A. and back to Beaufort. God may still hate her in North Carolina, but at least she’ll be on hand to protect her beloved grandmother.

Enter Eric, the lawyer hired to help Georgie protect herself--and possibly Jeminy, too. But Eric just rescued his orphaned stepson from Social Services, and while he’s adept at legal briefs and courtroom dramas, classrooms and angry second graders are brand new territory.

Guitar in hand, Jeminy tries to write songs to jumpstart her flagging career, but when someone threatens her life, she has to ask why. Could it have to do with the money missing from her bank accounts (and maybe her unstable ex)? If she prays for help, will God even listen to someone with her baggage?

With the help of the Beaufort crew, a new father and a terrified musician struggle to safeguard everyone they love, but it’s going to take more than good neighbors to show each of them the true meaning of grace. 


My thoughts about Shoal Waters ~~

(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 line—"Hours had passed, and still wouldn't let her search. Didn't they know that Olli could have been kidnapped on his way home? Maybe beat up? Maybe worse?"

I love Normandie Fischer's Carolina Coast stories. I love the characters, the setting, and the support and friendships of the people of this wonderful community. I jumped at the chance to read this latest one!

Shoal Waters deals with some heavy topics but these are situations that a lot of people have to deal with. As the cast of characters come together to face those challenges, we witness their inner strength and the faith that will get them through the tough times. 

Jeminy has a lot on her plate—dealing with her aging Nana, her controlling mother, and a secret from the past for which she can't forgive herself. With the love and support of all of those around her, she finds her peace, but at what cost? 

There are so many characters and relationships in this amazing story. So many interwoven lives, so many people supporting one another. It was so beautiful to see it all come together. And a few characters from the other Carolina Coast books show up in Jeminy's world. It's always wonderful to visit with them again. 

I loved everything about Shoal Waters and highly recommend it. It can be read as a stand-alone but I know once you enter this world, you are going to want to read all of them.

I received an ARC of Shoal Waters from the author and this is my honest opinion.

About the author

Normandie had the best of several worlds: a Southern heritage, access to schooling in the DC area (which meant lots of cultural adventures), and several years of sculpture studies in Italy. It might have been better for her if she'd used all these opportunities more wisely, but it's possible that the imperfect and the unwise also add fodder for the artist and the writer.

She writes Southern women's fiction and romantic suspense from her waterfront base in coastal North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, her aging mother, two dogs and two cats. ~ Goodreads 

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