About the Book
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)
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About the Author
Normandie Fischer is a sailor who writes and a writer who sails. After studying sculpture in Italy, she returned to the States, graduated suma 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).
Initially, I thought the story began in a strangely disconcerting and disjointed way. Although as I was drawn into the story I realized that was the point – to make the reader feel what the character is feeling. This is a deep story of love, loss, redemption, forgiveness, grace and growth. A story not to be read quickly but rather to be savored and considered.
Sailing Out of Darkness is a richly textured story with great emotional depth that is certainly thought-provoking and decidedlly well-written. An intelligent and gifted writer, Normandie has done a superb job of guiding the reader through the characters’ complexities without passing judgment or drawing conclusions. Written with fabulous foreshadowing throughout!
Realizing that some of her readers likely have only a rudimentary understanding of the lingo, this author writes the sailing scenes in such a way as to enable the reader to share the experience with the characters rather than be turned off by the technicalities of sailing.
A solid five stars from an author I will definitely keep on my must-read list!
Warning to readers who prefer a lighter read – this book isn’t light, fluffy or full of Christianese. It is, however, a very real, relatable and at times raw story with an unmistakable faith message.
Where I completely agree with Samantha (the protagonist): “I like romance, mysteries, suspense. As long as they’re not formulaic and are well written. I enjoy stories that are intelligent and a fun read. Like Teo’s books.”
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book. A favorable review was not required, no compensation was received, and all views expressed are my own.
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.
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