Sailing out of Darkness

Sailing out of Darkness

by Normandie Fischer


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Love conquers all? Maybe for some people.

Samantha flees Dodge--or rather Beaufort, NC--to free herself from a relationship that should never have happened. But does she leave in time to stave off trouble for others as well as herself?

Teo isn't looking for romance or anything other than the next plot point for his mystery series--until a strange and compelling vision shows up in the waters near his home on the Italian Riviera. A vision who looks remarkably like the new woman in town.

Will a friendship forged over dinner or an espresso or during a trip to Venice grow into more? Or will the past become a disturbing present as consequences escalate, and the fallout threatens them all?

Grab your copy of this haunting story of mistakes and loss... and the grace that abounds through forgiveness.

“Beautiful gorgeous imagery… take your breath away awesomeness…” Sammy the Bookworm.

"This is a book with mature conversations, romance that is raw, emotional, and truly real." Spiced Latte Reviews

"Each sentence in a Normandie Fischer book reads like a warm hug and a tall glass of lemonade." MeezCarrie

A stand-alone novel set in the Carolinas and Italy. The first edition was a finalist for the 2014 Aspen Gold, Selah Award, and The Maggie from the GA RWA.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997185539
Publisher: Sleepy Creek Press, Normandie Fischer
Publication date: 02/24/2017
Series: Carolina Coast , #4
Edition description: edition
Pages: 396
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.88(d)

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Sailing out of Darkness 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally, a book with some morality to it! A good, well-written, clean book! Very enjoyable. Refreshing. It was silly in places, boring in others, especially, with all of the introspection going on. Still, it presents real people with real problems and dealing with the guilt that comes when a Christian willingly breaks God's laws. True, Samantha should have known the answer to that and asked Jesus Christ to forgive her and to take the guilt away. Then, remind herself that she was forgiven until guilt gave up and left her alone. She did go a lttle too far with so much focus on herself that she hurt other people. Over and over. Punctuation is good. Grammar could use a little work. Especially, in/into, him/he or his, you and me (I), missing words such as "that" make sentences confusing. "Them" and "they" are still plural. "He" is still the correct word when gender is unknown. We have let insecure or power-seeking women prostitute our language. Good for using "badly" instead of "bad."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I almost quit reading multiple times through the first half, but it finally got better, and then annoying once again. I loved Teo but Sam was overwhelmingly whiny and annoying. For someone who professed faith in Jesus, she had zero understanding of our complete depravity and that fact that we are all sinners and deserve condemnation; yet because of the grace of God through Jesus Christ's sacrifice, we are completely forgiven and redeemed. While romantic love is wonderful, a woman should be strong on her own and firmly established in her faith, rather than constantly looking for a man to fulfill her. This was defintely not one of my faves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Faith comes in many forms dreams, wind or voices God is every where we need to trust each sign and follow his lead. Normandie Fischer provides God's plan through Sam and Teo story. Using both Rhea who's prays guided her friend through her storm and informing her the power of forgiveness for oneself. Revealing the woman/Love of ones life through whispered dreams.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sure, successful woman business owner meets successful perfect man and we get to follow their dream life in Italy, but the REAL part is the inner trouble that cripples so many until they finally turn to God. Even when we live the dream, it's not good unless we accept His goodness. This book delivers the romantic fantasy and the gritty reality. Excellent writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a native of NC the setting first drew me. But the rich depth of the characters and emotions hooked me. A thoughtful and bittersweet novel full of life both joyful and grim. And a glimpse of the nature of salvation in the midst of despair. Also a satisfying ending. Touche.
hes7 More than 1 year ago
A novel with both Italian adventure and Carolina charm, Sailing Out of Darkness is an enjoyable summer read with a heavy dose of pain and healing, sin and forgiveness, faith and love. Both Samantha and Teo have their flaws, mistakes, and difficult pasts, but as the relationship begins and grows, it’s easy to hope for resolution, grace, and redemption for them. Normandie Fischer writes their story compellingly, and once the first few chapters captured my attention, I had to keep reading and reading. It’s a pleasure to read, satisfying to the end, and fans of contemporary fiction will not be disappointed. I recommend Sailing Out of Darkness. Thanks to Celebrate Lit, I received a complimentary copy of Sailing Out of Darkness and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
What I really liked about Sailing Out of Darkness was the depth of character. Sam wasn't easy to figure out. The hurts of her past made her a complex character. I loved that she had people close to her that were encouragers, who would speak to her heart, and to whom she would listen. I also appreciated that the trip was not a quick fix to help her move beyond her past. Even though the new setting and plenty of alone time helped, she still had plenty of hurt to get over. This book is recommended for women who are looking for a solid read. It's not fluffy. Also those mourning the pain of loss, especially divorce, will appreciate this book. I received a copy of this book from the author, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful romantic book. I loved Samantha and Teo. They both grow in their lives. They learn to forgive themselves in many ways. I needed to find out more about each character as the story developed. This was well written. I enjoyed finding a new author to read. This makes Italy sound very inviting. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
CafinatedReads2009 More than 1 year ago
Wow! Powerful. Powerful, powerful, powerful. I wasn't quite sure what to think about this book when I got it. I mean, a story of a non marital affair? Not always my cup of tea. But, taking on a new-to-me author, I dived into it with an open mind. Especially, with a past like mine, with my first marriage. I was very, very surprised! This book had all the feels and then some! I was captivated, twisted up inside, only to be let down gently with reminders of seeking out God and praying through. The characters within the pages of this book are not just characters. They are chiseled with the perfect amount of flaws, they are detailed with the perfect amount of emotions and they steal your heart when you meet them. From anger, to hurt, to scared and untrusting, Samantha, Teo, Jack, India and even Tootie will leave you wanting to continue on with them. Each one is perfect for their roles, even Jack, whom I loved to hate! The emotions behind this book. Lordy, I felt them all. My heart was wrenched, my mind was twisted, my soul was reminded that not all who are lost are truly broken and hopeless. All is takes is forgiveness and acceptance and having faith in the Lord to bring you through the storm. It is definitely all empowering and thought provoking! If you are looking for a light, quick read, don't get this book. If you are looking for a 4 star worthy, emotionally gripping, thought provoking, roller coaster ride, then absolutely get this book. You'll be left feeling like you need more, yet wondering what Normandie just did to your heart and soul. Well done, Normandie Fisher. Well, done! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and CelebrateLit and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Sailing Out of Darkness takes on the difficult topic of divorce and its destructive aftermath. Samantha has been married for at least 20 years to her husband, had a set of twins with him, and then he decides to leave her for a much younger woman. Not only just leave her but tell her he never loved her. What a devastating blow that had on Samantha even if she didn’t see all the rippling affects that would cause her. I liked Samantha and I really felt for her as she tried to pull herself up out of the pit and move on with her life. She was a very successful business woman and was doing well for herself until Jack, a childhood friend steps back into her life. And with Jack she makes some really bad decisions. I think after some time passed after her divorce, Sam wanted to feel loved and needed and Jack was more than willing to fill in any and all of the voids. Except the collateral damage from that relationship was Jack’s live-in girlfriend, India. We are not eye witnesses to the affair of Jack and Sam and the blow up caused by India, we see these periods of time through regrets and memories that won’t stay buried in Sam’s mind’s eye. She is experiencing some scary incidents at her home and boat, the Alice, which are menacing in nature, but she knows she has hurt India immensely so it seems she is reluctant to point fingers. Instead, Sam takes a long desired trip to Italy to visit her daughter and to just get away for a while. In Italy she meets Teo who is an American mystery writer who is healing from scars of his own and has seen the ugliness of divorce as well. He and Sam strike up a friendship which has the promise of becoming something more for both of these scarred individuals. We get the points of view from Sam, Teo, and Jack at times. Jack’s pov provides us with the news of the home front. This story for me was an emotional read as Sam’s loneliness really reached out. It also took twists and turns that I was unprepared for and as I read late into the night I was surprised at some of the shocking revelations. This is an adult read and it deals with sensitive topics, (that may be difficult for some), but through it all there is a thread of hope and a promise for a truer love. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I appreciated the real struggle that Sam had. She gave into temptation and had trouble forgiving herself and moving past it, I definitely can understand that and I think many others can as well. I was curious about Teo, as his story isn’t revealed super early in the book but I knew he would become a source of hope of Sam. Jack made me cringe and I wanted Sam to get as far away from him as she could. Teo and Sam’s paths don’t cross for quit a few chapters, I would have like to see them meet sooner but I understand that the author was laying the ground work for that. Overall, a good book with a fantastic setting. A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Sailing Out of Darkness by Normandie Fischer is a compelling book in her Carolina Coast series. It definitely a stand alone book though; I didn't realize it was part of a series until after I read it. Samantha is a woman whose heart has fissures big enough to leak the life right out of her. Reeling from an unexpected divorce and subsequent affair, she is emotionally shot with guilt and regret that were stealing her peace. We follow her journey of freedom from her needy, anorexic soul to recovery and recognition that forgiving oneself is as important as forgiving others. Fischer does an amazing job of allowing readers to know Sam and Teo, a man who has promised to remain aloof. The richness of the characters and their inner feelings is profoundly human and resonates within the reader. Tough subjects like divorce, childhood trauma, mental illness, guilt, and depression are portrayed with a gripping honesty. And throughout the tough subjects, there is that hopeful thread of faith, faith in a God who is there through it all and who loves to give second chances. The story moves along quickly as there are twists and turns that keep the reader on edge wondering where things will go, how can this be any good. Vivid descriptions of food that make one's mouth water and wonderfully picturesque imagery of settings arouse the imagination and desire to be right there in Italy, that beautiful world of romance, or sailing on the water with Sam and her friends. Sailing Out of Darkness is a story of people struggling through storms within and sometimes even storms without. A love story that is real and powerful and not to be missed. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author via CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.
Mar-J More than 1 year ago
Normandie Fischer definitely has a way of taking difficult subjects, divorce, love affairs and depression to create the lives of her primary characters, Samantha, Jack, Teo and India in Sailing Out of Darkness. The characters are well developed with some complexity to their lives filled with remorse, desolation and darkness that they wanted to escape through isolation. I felt like I was right there with Samantha as she traveled to and through Italy with sailing adventures to find herself, after hitting bottom when she broke the affair off with Jack. The unexpected twists and turns kept the pages turning to see what was going to happen to the heroine, Samantha. Sam meeting Teo and hearing his story of rejection by his ex and his mysterious writing quests added greater dimension to this genuine story by Fischer. The underlying message of individuals finding forgiveness within and redemption through God is not strong but gently woven into the lives of the characters by the end. This is the first book I’ve read by Fischer and she certainly knows how to connect with readers through current societal issues. Sailing Out of Darkness is book four in Fischer Carolina Coast series, but it can be read as a standalone novel, too. I received a complimentary e-book of Sailing Out of Darkness from the author. I was not required to write a positive review but have expressed by honest thoughts.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Sailing Out of Darkness is a beautiful read on so many levels. There are several reminders we all should live by: never giving up, moving on, and finding yourself. The author really knows how to write real life issues that one could relate to. The book deals with a lot of emotions and angst. Just a good, emotional, and clean read. 4 1/2 stars. I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. My review is of my own opinion.
BH More than 1 year ago
Sailing out of Darkness, written by Normandie Fischer, is book four of Carolina Coast series. In this book we see a few friends we've gotten to know in the series, but also meet a few new ones. This book is best described by using a ton of words that might not fit together, but in a tiny way give a peek at what the book is about...edgy, Christian, worldview, romance, intense, raw emotion, uplifting, inspirational, dreamy...just to name a few. Fischer has once again taken a broken women, Samantha, and shown us how a little bit of her is probably in each woman that could read this book. She's an independent woman who wants to want a man, not need a man. She's dealing with a failed marriage due to her ex's lack of understanding that marriage is forever. Then she's dealing with guilt for falling for her childhood best friend, Jack, whom she recently was reacquainted with and then he took that reacquaintance further than her moral self allowed. Guilt, piled upon guilt and then she meets a new friend, Teo. The raw emotions of Samantha's past coupled with figuring out if she could truly come to grips with wanting and not needing...what a trip each page takes you! This has some mature topics that I wouldn't suggest for teens, but the real-life issues and topics are realistic and truly something some authors won't venture to go into because it can be considered edgy. I loved the way that Fischer addressed the topics and points people to the true reliever of guilt without being preachy. This book made me chuckle, outright laugh, sit on the edge of my seat and then slide a finger below my eye to catch the tear for the struggles that were within. Well written, totally recommend! I was gifted this book by the author. All thoughts and comments are my own.
Christine_Lindsay More than 1 year ago
Sailing out of Darkness by Normandie Fischer is a rare Christian novel that is sophisticated with the mature themes of a divorced woman, and yet deep with spiritual truth. The novel in many ways reminded me of the movie Under the Tuscan Sun. However, this is no Christian fluff, but a novel of rare strength, unflinching as it addresses reality for many women today, and yet wholesome in its language and imagery. The sailing scenes take your breath away. Samantha Ransom is not perfect. She’s a bruised individual when her husband walked out on her, saying he never loved her in the first place. She struggles with singleness, and then she fails morally when she becomes involved with an old flame. Beaten emotionally, feeling ashamed, Samantha seeks healing on a trip to Italy. And there she meets another bruised individual, novelist Theodore Anderson, whose wife left him after a debilitating accident. But don’t expect them to fall into each other’s arms as in a simple formulaic romance. No, this book addresses the reality of today. I love books that are all about redemption. Throw in a mature romance, and author Normandie Fischer had me hooked from page one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the most polite, charming, even sweet (but never saccharine) language Fischer manages to present within the pages of this gripping saga of middle aged life, a plea for understanding and compassion towards the tragedies, upsets and horrible mistakes that we all either make ourselves or encounter in close quarters in others. At the same time, she never forgets the power of love, within friendship and romance! This book rings true and the subtle underpinning of grace operating within the relationships softens the sometimes unsettling message.  I thoroughly recommend Sailing Out of Darkness and look forward to more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Normandie Fischer's latest, Sailing Out of Darkness, includes some of my favorite things: sailing, travel, mystery, and even a bit of fantasy thrown in. Fischer's latest novel seamlessly melds multiple genres--romance, Christian fiction, women's lit, and literary--without settling entirely within any one. Don't think that's a criticism. For me, I found the balance just right: the romance never gets sappy, the thread of faith/Christian fiction runs through subtly, never pounding the reader over the head with it as so much of that genre does, the mystery and conflict over Samantha's past coming back to haunt her kept me on edge without becoming melodramatic, and her literal and figurative voyage of self-discovery moves at an engaging pace that never falls over the line from relatable introspection to banal self-absorption. Sam, Teo, and all of the characters' personalities come through clearly and their interactions and dialogue flow smoothly. Fischer is a master at transporting the reader into the scene. The beauty and foreignness of exploring new places is captured pitch perfect in Sam's ponderings as she makes her way through Italy. I could picture the Italian countryside, feel the rhythm of the boat on the Mediterranean Sea, and my heart ached and pulse raced when Sam confronted...well, read it to see what and how she overcomes the ordeals she faces.