Sunday, March 22, 2015

Heavy Weather by Normandie Fisher

From the author of Becalmed and Sailing out of Darkness comes a novel destined to touch hearts.

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.

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 rally the sleepy town of Beaufort, NC, and 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?

Beautifully written, Heavy Weather is true southern fiction with an element of suspense that kept me turning the page. I love how Fisher weaves details, whether related to the character or the setting, into the prose, and how she portrays the townspeople coming together to help a woman and children in need, despite their initial (and warranted) hesitation and the emotion subsequent events stir. While Annie Mac's situation is unsettling at times, Heavy Weather is charming and sophisticated.

To set the stage, here are a few of my photos from the charming little town of Beaufort:




About Normandie

A life-long sailor, Normandie Fischer has been writing and editing professionally since the seventies. She and her husband retired from cruising Pacific Mexico in their ketch, Sea Venture, to care for her aging mother who accompanied them in 2013 when they sailed from Beaufort, NC, to NYC to publicize Becalmed and to welcome Normandie’s first grandchild into the world. Heavy Weather is Normandie’s third novel.