Friday, June 9, 2017

"Sailing out of Darkness" by Normandie Fischer ... and a GIVEAWAY!


About the Book

Author: Normandie Fischer  
Genre: Women’s Fiction  
Release Date: February 25, 2017 (2nd Edition)  

Love conquers all? Maybe for some people.

When Samantha flies to Italy to gain distance from a disastrous affair with her childhood best friend, the last thing on her mind is romance. But Teo Anderson is nothing like her philandering ex-husband or her sailing buddy, Jack, who, despite his live-in girlfriend, caught her off guard with his flashing black eyes.

Teo has his own scars, both physical and emotional, that he represses by writing mysteries—until one strange and compelling vision comes to life in the person of Sam. Seeking answers, he offers friendship to this obviously hurting woman, a friendship that threatens to upend his fragile peace of mind.

But not even sailing the cobalt waters of the Mediterranean can assuage Sam’s guilt for destroying Jack’s relationship and hurting another woman. Soon the consequences of her behavior escalate, and the fallout threatens them all.  

Sailing out of Darkness is the haunting story of mistakes and loss…and the grace that abounds through forgiveness. Awarded: Aspen Gold, Selah, and Maggie Finalist 2014 (1st edition)

My review...

Samantha had a divorce and a rebound relationship with her childhood friend. She plans a trip to Italy to sort out her life. Teo is mystery writer who is trying to mask his own scars and demons. Neither one is in the market for a relationship. In fact, Samantha doubts that she can trust her own judgments anymore. Is it possible for her to learn to love again?

Fisher’s latest is a story of mistakes, grace, and forgiveness. It contains complex characters and is likely to hit home with many women. The characters’ struggles are realistic as they deal with issues such as pain and rejection. The story is told with alternating viewpoints. It is a nice change to have a heroine with grown-up children, as that gives a different perspective to the romance angle. This is the fourth installment in the Carolina Coast series, but it can be read as a standalone.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy as part of the Celebrate Lit blog tour program, but I was not required to leave a positive review.

Guest Post from Normandie Fischer

In Sailing out of Darkness, the female protagonist longs for something, anything that will validate her after her husband leaves. She’s propelled into such an emotional wasteland that she becomes vulnerable to what seems a safe friendship.

It isn’t. And so she flees to Italy, but the repercussions of her actions continue to affect her and others—as consequences are wont to do.

After my divorce, hurting women seemed to flock to my vicinity. (Either that, or suddenly husbands in the church were leaving in droves.) These were abandoned women, angry women, women searching for love in the wrong places. I wasn’t in any shape to minister to them as I too was struggling at the cross, but that period helped me understand how woefully ignorant and unprepared many church goers are when it comes to hearing the cries of the hurting. I know of two women (to whom I dedicated the book) who actually killed themselves because no one listened or reached out a hand when they needed it.

The process of divorce and healing taught me about grace in a way that I’d never fully internalized. I’d ministered and counseled for years about the Love of God. I’d preached and written about it, but part of me, the part that needed healing, still held on to the idea that I had to be perfect to be loved by God and by man. I knew better, but the heart and the head weren’t working well together, especially during my years of living with an alcoholic husband and during divorce recovery after he left. As I wrote about Sam’s guilt and helped her find peace, I think new pieces slid into place for me as well. Nothing, absolutely nothing, can separate us from the love of God. And that’s probably the most powerful message we have to share with this hurting world.

Blog Stops

This giveaway is hosted by Celebrate Lit. Follow along with the tour for a list of stops!


To celebrate her tour, Normandie is giving away a Kindle! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

About Normandie...

Normandie Fischer is a sailor who writes and a writer who sails. After studying sculpture in Italy, she returned to the States, graduated summa cum laude, and went to work in the publishing field as an editor. She and her husband retired from cruising Pacific Mexico on their 50-foot ketch, Sea Venture, to care for her aging mother and enjoy her two grown children and her grandchildren. She is the author of six books: Becalmed (2013), Heavy Weather (2015), Twilight Christmas (2016), Two from Isaac's House (2015), From Fire into Fire (2016), and Sailing out of Darkness (2013 and 2017).


  1. Leslie, thank you so much for taking the time to read and review Sailing out of Darkness. Sending many blessings your way.


    1. You're welcome. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the blessings!

  2. Thank you Leslie for introducing a new author! I love the title and book cover if I don't win a copy of it, I'll be buying it. :-).

    What an honor that she dedicated the book to those women.

    Thank you again Leslie!

    1. You're very welcome. Happy to help :-) Yes, the cover is gorgeous!

      Good luck, and thanks for stopping by!

    2. I do hope you enjoy the read, Tiger Lily! The narrator of both Heavy Weather and Twilight Christmas is in the process of creating an audiobook of this title also. I'm so excited!