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Review: Fading Starlight by Kathryn Cushman


About Fading Starlight

A Tale of Unexpected Friendship and Old Hollywood Glamour

Lauren Summers is hiding. Her fashion house internship should have launched her career, but a red carpet accident has left her blackballed. The only job she finds is unpaid, but comes with free lodging–a run-down cottage in the shadow of a cliff-side mansion. Unsure of what comes next, she’s surprised to be contacted by a reporter researching a reclusive former Hollywood ingEnue who lives in the nearby mansion.

Kendall Joiner wants Lauren’s help uncovering the old woman’s secrets. In return, she’ll prove the red carpet accident was a publicity stunt so Lauren can regain her former job. With all her dreams in front of her, Lauren’s tempted by the offer, but as she and the old woman get to know each other, Lauren realizes nothing is quite as it seems.

My Review

I really liked Lauren, her personality, integrity, grace, most of all her unwavering faith. A darn good person wronged but carried on and made her dream come true, her faith playing a major role. When Lauren could have slipped she delved into her faith even more and strived to be better. Great messages throughout the narrative paired with fabulous Biblical references. Lauren led Charlotte to a path of trust, her walls eventually crumbling through a series of tests, each entering each other’s life for a reason. Hearing Charlotte’s story provided a deeper understanding of what made this woman tick. Lauren was a wonderful compliment to Charlotte showing her kindness without strings exists in this harsh, selfish world. Wonderful secondary characters, uplifting story in general as well as one woman leading a Christian life, embracing and sharing her gift from God.

About Kathryn Cushman647654

Author Kathryn “Katie” Cushman is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy.

She is the author of five novels, including Leaving Yesterday and A Promise to Remember, which were both finalists for the Carol Award in Women’s Fiction.

She is also the co-author of Angel Song with Sheila Walsh.

Kathryn and her family currently live in Santa Barbara, California.

Published May 3rd 2016 by Bethany House Publishers (first published May 2016)


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Review: Vinegar Girl (Hogarth Shakespeare) by Anne Tyler


About Vinegar Girl

Kate Battista feels stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Plus, she’s always in trouble at work – her pre-school charges adore her, but their parents don’t always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner.

Dr. Battista has other problems. After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There’s only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr, all would be lost.

When Dr. Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he’s relying – as usual – on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: this time he’s really asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men’s touchingly ludicrous campaign to bring her around?

My Review

Such an amusing loose retelling of Shakespeare. I enjoyed Kate along with Dr Battista with their quirkiness, social awkwardness and tactlessness completely entertaining.

Kate and Pyodr battle culture skirmishes. The language barrier alone will leave you laughing out loud several times. Once betrothed Kate’s status takes a turn professionally, her colleagues view her as an adult – blossoms from insignificant to significant, not the former immature silly girl lacking a verbal filter.

The entire eccentric cast creates quite an enjoyable retelling with more than your fill of clever humor. Tyler’s writing always appreciated and gratifying.

About Anne Tyler457

Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated at nineteen from Duke University and went on to do graduate work in Russian studies at Columbia University. The Beginner’s Goodbye is Anne Tyler’s nineteenth novel; her eleventh, Breathing Lessons , was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Expected publication: June 21st 2016 by Hogarth (first published June 2nd 2016)

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Review: Delilah: Treacherous Beauty (A Dangerous Beauty #3) by Angela Elwell Hunt


About Delilah

A Complex and Compelling Glimpse at One of the Bible’s Baddest Girls

Life is not easy in Philistia, especially not for a woman and child alone. When beautiful, wounded Delilah finds herself begging for food to survive, she resolves that she will find a way to defeat all the men who have taken advantage of her. She will overcome the roadblocks life has set before her, and she will find riches and victory for herself.

When she meets a legendary man called Samson, she senses that in him lies the means for her victory. By winning, seducing, and betraying the hero of the Hebrews, she will attain a position of national prominence. After all, she is beautiful, she is charming, and she is smart. No man, not even a supernaturally gifted strongman, can best her in a war of wits.

My Review

Hunt does a wonderful job with her interpretation of Samson and Delilah.

Achish was beyond loathsome, he makes your skin crawl. The fact Hunt provided an in-depth back story for Delilah explained her actions were motivated far more than by greed alone, she was blinded by vengeance, still her end choice was heartbreaking. Samson despite his fall to temptation embraced his faith and carried out his mission.

Love the messages of faith, forgiveness, and temptation. Hunt managed to alter an unpleasant story into a work more satisfying with a different and complex perspective on Delilah than what the Bible depicts.

Thoroughly enamored by the A Dangerous Beauty series, Hunt crafts wonderful Christian Biblical fiction at its finest.

Delilah read fine as a standalone, however, I encourage you to read all the books in the A Dangerous Beauty series, all fabulously crafted.

About Angela Elwell Hunt11dBT86byQL

Christy-Award winner Angela Hunt writes for readers who have learned to expect the unexpected in novels from this versatile author. With over three million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than 100 works ranging from picture books (The Tale of Three Trees) to novels.

Now that her two children have reached their twenties, Angie and her husband live in Florida with Very Big Dogs (a direct result of watching Turner and Hooch and Sandlot too many times). This affinity for mastiffs has not been without its rewards–one of their dogs was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly as the second-largest canine in America. Their dog received this dubious honor after an all-expenses-paid trip to Manhattan for the dog and the Hunts, complete with VIP air travel and a stretch limo in which they toured New York City.

Afterward, the dog gave out pawtographs at the airport.

Angela admits to being fascinated by animals, medicine, psychology, unexplained phenomena, and “just about everything” except sports. Books, she says, have always shaped her life— in the fifth grade she learned how to flirt from reading Gone with the Wind.

Her books have won the coveted Christy Award, several Angel Awards from Excellence in Media, and the Gold and Silver Medallions from Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award. In 2007, her novel The Note was featured as a Christmas movie on the Hallmark channel. Romantic Times Book Club presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.

In 2006, Angela completed her Master of Biblical Studies in Theology degree and completed her doctorate in 2008. When she’s not home reading or writing, Angie often travels to teach writing workshops at schools and writers’ conferences. And to talk about her dogs, of course.

Expected publication: June 7th 2016 by Bethany House Publishers


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Review: Connected Underneath by Linda Legters


About Connected Underneath

Madena, upstate New York. Like any other small town, everybody keeps an eye on everybody else’s business without recognizing the secrets that connect them. The wheelchair-bound Celeste conjures up lives from what she sees and thinks she sees while peering through binoculars from her kitchen fan vent. Fifteen-year old Persephone trades sex for tattoo sessions that get her high and help her forget her girlfriend doesn’t love her. Theo was the high-school bad boy who couldn’t have the respectable girl he adored from afar, but now, sitting behind the counter of the last video store in town, worries wretchedly about the restless daughter he never understood. Natalie, trying to grasp the last shreds of respectability, would do anything to forget the baby she gave up long ago, including betray her husband and son. Celeste, longing to connect, combines truth with fantasy, intervenes and interferes, finally understanding that things have gone terribly wrong and that she stands at the heart of disaster.

Connected Underneath is a lyrical, scalpel-keen dissection of the ties that bind and of those that dissolve.

My Review

An emotional read exploring the dangers of harboring secrets, adoption and single parenting of a teen, relationships.

Theo and Seph are on the verge of a major collision. Theo desperate to mend rents in the relationship with his daughter as he achingly tries to figure out how along with what’s eating her alive, clawing at maintaining the thin tether of connection. Parents will be able to relate to Theo’s dilemma and conundrum. His pain, confusion and love for Seph is evident, I thoroughly empathized with his struggle. Natalie and Celeste frustrated me to no end, selfish troublemakers period. I felt for Seph, confused, wounded, lost. Interesting perspectives from protagonists, truly reveling their inner thoughts and feelings, no doubt all the characters are seriously flawed with yearnings for more as they flounder.

A glimpse into small town life full of suspense, moments of tenderness, leaving the reader with lots to contemplate, plenty avenues open for deep discussion. Understatedly moving story.

About Linda LegtersLinda-Legters-AP

Linda Legters was born in the far western reaches of New York State. She earned her B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and her MFA from Vermont College. She lived in Boston and New York before settling in Connecticut to raise her three sons. She currently teaches at Norwalk Community College and at the Fairfield County Writers’ Studio.

Her short stories are about people from across the social spectrum and have appeared in literary journals such as Glimmer Train and Alaska Quarterly Review. She is passionate about art and music in addition to literature, and is at work on her second novel.

Find out more about Linda at her website.

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Publisher: Lethe Press (April 4, 2016)


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Review: The Bridge Ladies by Betsy Lerner

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About The Bridge Ladies

A fifty-year-old Bridge game provides an unexpected way to cross the generational divide between a daughter and her mother. Betsy Lerner takes us on a powerfully personal literary journey, where we learn a little about Bridge and a lot about life.

By turns darkly funny and deeply moving, The Bridge Ladies is the unforgettable story of a hard-won—but never-too-late—bond between mother and daughter.

My Review

I’m a sucker for a mother-daughter story – the bond tightened, repaired or reignited, whatever the case, my interest always piqued. In this instance Betsy and her mother delve into long sought after questions requiring answers, vague memories revisited, clarified, and a quasi heart to heart. It’s a slow process especially since these are two incredibly headstrong women without the best communication skills. Progress made but I found myself frustrated with Betsy. She came across as unbending, judgmental and borderline disrespectful. Yes, the age span separating the two women is great, beliefs, social norms but I couldn’t shake the feeling Betsy was resistant to understand her mothers position, there were smatterings of moments when significant headway was made and then she slipped into the old unyielding Betsy. I kept wanting to shake Betsy and tell her to embrace her mother while she can, enjoy the present and let the past go, accept your mother before it’s too late. I’d like to believe Betsy picked up my subliminal thoughts and is drowning in a more than pleasant relationship today with her mother.

I found the stories of the other bridge ladies fascinating, reading of friendship, girlhood to adulthood, ups and downs was diverting. Times have and haven’t changed.

Great memoir of a mother-daughter dynamic combined with over fifty years of friendship and familiarity between women along with their individual struggles and successes. Reading this I was reminded of the fantastic relationship I shared with my mother, luckily it was streamlined without strife. Oh how I miss my mother, a beautiful woman I emulate daily, I was truly blessed, she is missed every second. Don’t miss out Betsy!

Betsy Lerner APAbout Betsy Lerner

Betsy Lerner is the author of The Forest for the Trees and Food and Loathing. She is a recipient of the Thomas Wolfe Poetry Prize, an Academy of American Poets Poetry Prize, and the Tony Godwin Prize for Editors, and was selected as one of PEN’s Emerging Writers. Lerner is a partner with the literary agency Dunow, Carlson & Lerner and resides in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Publisher: Harper Wave (May 3, 2016)

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Clean Sweep ARC Challenge May 2016


I am looking forward to participating in the Clean Sweep ARC Challenge, hosted by the lovely Kimba of Caffeinated Reviewer. Fantastic way to clear a few ARC’s you have been wanting to read but haven’t had the opportunity. Sign up to join in on all the fun.

I have a ton of ARC’s I am hoping to read but with my life in chaos I will be happy to scratch ONE off my list.

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Review & Giveaway: Love and Miss Communication by Elyssa Friedland

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•Paperback: 400 pages
•Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (May 12, 2015)

This unforgettable debut novel asks us to look up from our screens and out at the world . . . and to imagine what life would be like with no searches, no status updates, no texts, no Tweets, no pins, and no posts

Social media backfires and Evie Rosen unplugs, taking herself off the grid, redefining her path and herself.

“The Internet was dominating my life. Not in a good way. I was wasting endless hours looking up people who meant nothing to me, checking out wedding and baby photos. Trying to find out where people lived and where they went to school and who they knew. It was a stupid waste of time. And depressing. So I stopped going online. I don’t check my e- mail or even text anymore. No Facebook or JDate either.”

I wasn’t expecting much from the summary, however, the narrative slants heavily towards a romantic story line with the self imposed anti social media camp secondary. I knew from the beginning how the story would unfold, complete with predictability. No surprises for this reader.

“No more stalking ­people on Google.
No more Facebooking exes.
No more reading twits on Twitter.
No more posting pictures and waiting for “likes.”
No more refreshing Gmail every thirty seconds.
No more hashtagging meaningless combinations of words.
No more Instagramming every instant.
No more Foursquaring her whereabouts.
No more bidding on eBay for the thrill of competition.
No more pretend job hunting on Monster.
No more blogs. (She was slandered on one, for God’s sake!)
No more watching two-­year-­olds boogie to Beyoncé on YouTube.
No more playing Scrabble against house-­bound Aspergians.
No more Candy Crush, that time-­sucking psychedelic mess of sugar balls. And, best of all, no more OkCupid, JDate, eHarmony, and Match.”

I struggled with Evie, just couldn’t take to her, leaving me feeling indifferent towards her. For a 34 year old she certainly comes across much younger in an immature manner. Lacking a sense of self, requiring the validation of a man, a relationship et al, her flightiness left me discouraged and frustrated. Once again societal expectations trump, and dictates what one should aspire to feel complete. Her self absorption tendencies grated my nerves. The constant whining over her ex becomes very tiresome, basically you want to shake sense into this dazed and confused lost soul.

I liked the way her relationship with Edward progresses, pure and simple. Her rock solid connection with her bubbe was endearing and beautiful. Edward and her bubbe brought out Evie’s soft side, well as much permitted given Evie’s inflicted torment.

Cute story but there was much to explore in the unplugged/off the grid area. Endless skipped opportunities Friedland could have capitalized on.

Friedland was on to something with great potential, by taking another direction she missed plenty of areas to expand and delve deeper. Further development could have vastly improved the entire book. Evie and the weak plot left me at a loss.

Elyssa FriedlandAbout Elyssa Friedland

Elyssa Friedland attended Yale University, where she served as managing editor of the Yale Daily News. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School and subsequently worked as an associate at a major firm. Prior to law school, Elyssa wrote for several publications, including Modern Bride, New York magazine, Columbia Journalism Review, CBS, Yale Alumni Magazine, and Your Prom. She grew up in New Jersey and currently lives in New York City with her husband and three young children.

Find out more about Elyssa at her website, and connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.


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Review & Giveaway: The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy

18490777•Hardcover: 320 pages
•Publisher: Crown (May 5, 2015)

When Sarah Brown, daughter of abolitionist John Brown, realizes that her artistic talents may be able to help save the lives of slaves fleeing north, she becomes one of the Underground Railroadís leading mapmakers, taking her cues from the slave code quilts and hiding her maps within her paintings.

Eden, a modern woman desperate to conceive a child with her husband, moves to an old house in the suburbs and discovers a porcelain head hidden in the root cellar-the remains of an Underground Railroad doll with an extraordinary past of secret messages, danger and deliverance.

Ingeniously plotted to a riveting end, Sarah and Eden’s woven lives connect the past to the present, forcing each of them to define courage, family, love, and legacy in a new way.

I’m not a huge fan of split narratives. I feel as if one narrative overshadows the other, certainly was the case in this instance.

I found Sarah Brown and her family’s narrative of the past riveting and fascinating. Abolitionists, risking all to annihilate slavery as well helping slaves escape. Historical facts cited made for a wonderful narrative along with an intriguing cast of characters. I wasn’t thrilled or taken with Eden and her present day narrative. Her poor attitude, anger failed to win me over. Her infertility issue become overbearing and frankly I tiered of hearing her woe is me attitude. In other words, I didn’t like Eden, comparing her to Sarah is similar to night and day with Sarah winning. I found Cleo and Cricket a breath of fresh air adding a soft touch to the rough and jagged edges of Eden. No doubt Cleo and Cricket deserve accolades as opposed to the surly Eden.

The Brown family, specifically Sarah and their story really made the book, in fact I wish McCoy centered the entire narrative on the Browns and omitted Eden completely. Eden drew more away from the plot as opposed to adding anything of merit.

“We can’t force life to do what we want when we want it. We can’t change yesterday or control tomorrow. We can only live today as best we can. And it just might turn out better than expected.”

Disappointing nonetheless an enjoyable read despite my misgivings. I expected more instead I was handed less. I’m sure you will feel differently in your reading adventure.

Sarah McCoyAbout Sarah McCoy

SARAH McCOY is the New York TimesUSA Today, and international
bestselling author of The Baker’s Daughter, a 2012 Goodreads Choice Award Best Historical Fiction nominee; the novella “The Branch of Hazel” in Grand Central; The Time It Snowed in Puerto Ricoand The Mapmaker’s Children (Crown, May 5, 2015).

Her work has been featured in Real Simple,†The Millions, Your Health Monthly, Huffington Post and other publications. She has taught English writing at Old Dominion University and at the University of Texas at El Paso. She calls Virginia home but presently lives with her husband, an Army physician, and their dog, Gilly, in El Paso, Texas. Sarah enjoys connecting with her readers on Twitter at @SarahMMcCoy, on her Facebook Fan Page or via her website,


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Spotlight & Giveaway: The Outer Banks Series by Diann Ducharme

02_The Outer Banks House_Cover•Publication Date: June 8, 2010
•Crown Publishing

As the wounds of the Civil War are just beginning to heal, one fateful summer would forever alter the course of a young girl’s life.

In 1868, on the barren shores of post-war Outer Banks North Carolina, the once wealthy Sinclair family moves for the summer to one of the first cottages on the ocean side of the resort village of Nags Head. Seventeen-year-old Abigail is beautiful, book-smart, but sheltered by her plantation life and hemmed-in by her emotionally distant family. To make good use of time, she is encouraged by her family to teach her father’s fishing guide, the good-natured but penniless Benjamin Whimble, how to read and write. And in a twist of fate unforeseen by anyone around them, there on the porch of the cottage, the two come to love each other deeply, and to understand each other in a way that no one else does.

But when, against everything he claims to represent, Ben becomes entangled in Abby’s father’s Ku Klux Klan work, the terrible tragedy and surprising revelations that one hot Outer Banks night brings forth threaten to tear them apart forever.

With vivid historical detail and stunning emotional resonance, Diann Ducharme recounts a dramatic story of love, loss, and coming of age at a singular and rapidly changing time in one of America’s most beautiful and storied communities.

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03_Return to the Outer Banks House_Cover•Publication Date: December 10, 2014
•Kill Devil Publishing

She was the spirited daughter of a North Carolina plantation owner, and he was a poor fisherman who she tutored on the porch of her family’s Nags Head cottage. When we last saw Abigail Sinclair and Ben Whimble at the close of The Outer Banks House, they’d overcome their differences in life stations and defied convention to begin their new life together.

But now it’s seven years later, and Return to the Outer Banks House finds the couple married and in hard times—riddled by poverty, miscarriages, and weakened family ties. The strong bonds that once held them together have eroded over time, and their marriage threatens to unravel, particularly when relationships from the past and ambitions for the future find their way into the mismatched couple’s present predicament.

Can their love survive? Or are the challenges they face insurmountable? Return to the Outer Banks House carries readers back to 1875 to answer these questions and explore the ebb and flow of a rocky marriage set against the enchanting North Carolina shoreline. Replete with history, intrigue, and plenty of maritime drama, it’s an evocative tale of struggle in the Reconstruction-era South.


About the Author04_Diann Ducharme_Author

Diann was born in Indiana in 1971, but she spent the majority of her childhood in Newport News, Virginia. She majored in English literature at the University of Virginia, but she never wrote creatively until, after the birth of her second child in 2003, she sat down to write The Outer Banks House. She soon followed up with her second book, Chasing Eternity, and in 2015 the sequel to her first novel, Return to the Outer Banks House.

Diann has vacationed on the Outer Banks since the age of three. She even married her husband of 10 years, Sean Ducharme, in Duck, North Carolina, immediately after a stubborn Hurricane Bonnie churned through the Outer Banks. Conveniently, the family beach house in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina provided shelter while she conducted research for her historical fiction novels.

She has three beach-loving children and a border collie named Toby, who enjoys his sprints along the shore. The family lives in Manakin-Sabot, Virginia, counting down the months until summer.

For more information visit Diann Ducharme’s website. You can also follow Diann on her blog, Twitter, and Goodreads.

The Outer Banks Series Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, May 25

Spotlight & Giveaway at Raven Haired Girl

Tuesday, May 26

Guest Post & Giveaway at Susan Heim on Writing

Wednesday, May 27

Review (Book One) at Back Porchervations

Thursday, May 28

Review (Book One) at In a Minute

Friday, May 29

Interview & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Obsession

Spotlight at The Never-Ending Book

Saturday, May 30

Spotlight at Becky on Books

Sunday, May 31

Review (Book One) at Book Nerd

Monday, June 1

Review (Book Two) at Let them Read Books

Spotlight at I’d So Rather Be Reading

Tuesday, June 2

Review (Book One) at Book Lovers Paradise

Wednesday, June 3

Review (Book Two) at Back Porchervations

Thursday, June 4

Spotlight & Giveaway (Book One) at View from the Birdhouse

Friday, June 5

Review (Both Books) at Bibliotica

Sunday, June 7

Review (Book One) at Carole’s Ramblings

Monday, June 8

Review (Book One) at Ageless Pages Reviews

Guest Post at Curling Up With A Good Book

Tuesday, June 9

Review & Giveaway (Book One) at A Literary Vacation

Wednesday, June 10

Review (Both Books) at Unshelfish

Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews

Thursday, June 11

Review (Book Two) at Book Lovers Paradise

Interview at Boom Baby Reviews

Friday, June 12

Spotlight at Caroline Wilson Writes

Sunday, June 14

Review (Book Two) at Carole’s Ramblings

Monday, June 15

Review & Giveaway (Both Books) at Genre Queen

Tuesday, June 16

Interview at Books and Benches

Spotlight at The Lit Bitch

Wednesday, June 17

Review (Both Books) at Luxury Reading

Thursday, June 18

Review (Book One) at Books and Benches

Interview at Layered Pages

Friday, June 19

Review (Book One) at Build a Bookshelf

Review (Book Two) at Ageless Pages Reviews


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Review & Giveaway: Heavy Weather by Normandie Fischer

Heavy Weather

• Paperback: 408 pages
• Publisher: Sleepy Creek Press; 1 edition (March 10, 2015)

It takes a town to save a child. That town is Beaufort.

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.

I was taken with the southern environs – smooth, relaxing, slow easy feel. Even a slight twang detected, food, hospitality, strong sense of community, weather all richly depicted.

Fischer captured the ravages of abuse in a plausible and affecting manner. A serious topic handled deftly without over exploiting creating a circus. You feel every blow, the palatable fear, the guilt and shame, the quick and passing judgement Annie Mac suffered.

Great characterization. You are well acquainted with the players personalities, psychologically, emotionally along with well drawn backstory’s. An immediate rapport between the reader and characters is undeniable, their joys and sorrows will be yours as well. Their faith, hope and strength and resilience is infectious.

The multi story lines intersecting with Roy worked well, Fischer smartly weaved an intricate drama with numerous characters and secondary plots seamlessly.

A well balanced story with a beautiful theme of pliancy, hope and faith, a community pulling together offering hospitality and just plain kindness in small gestures warms your heart. Fischer possesses an interactive style, engaging with lots of dimension in her characters creating a powerful yet warm read leaving you with renewed hope.

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Normandie FischerAbout Normandie Fischer

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 theyíre 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.

Find out more about Normandie at her website, connect with her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.


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