Heavy Weather - Normandie Fischer - Audio review & Giveaway!
ABOUT THE BOOK -
Death, life, family, domestic abuse--Heavy Weather explores all these themes in a memorable and compelling narrative. When Annie Mac's life explodes like a storm at sea, she is helpless to fight back. Left for dead, her two children targeted by her abuser, her life appears to be over. The people who help her show her how to weather a storm that she cannot control.
It takes a town to save a child. That town is Beaufort, North Carolina.Fischer
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 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?
From the author of Becalmed comes this latest tale of the Carolina coast, introducing some new characters to love--and to loathe.
Normandie had the best of several worlds: a Southern heritage, access to schooling in the DC area (which meant lots of cultural adventures), and several years of sculpture studies in Italy. It might have been better for her if she'd used all these opportunities more wisely, but it's possible that the imperfect and the unwise also add fodder for the artist and the writer.
Her life changed radically when she married the love of her life at an age when some would have said she was over the hill and way past her prime. (Clichés often speak the truth, don't they?) A lifelong sailor, she was delighted to find that Michael also longed to cruise lovely waters, which is what they did from Northern CA to Mexico, spending too-few years in the incomparable Sea of Cortez. Sea Venture, their 50' ketch, is back home in North Carolina now because Normandie's mama needed care. Still, it's gorgeous there, too, and she can write from home as easily as she could on the boat.
Her two grown children, son-in-law, and two step-sons are handsome (or gorgeous, as the case may be), talented, and a delight. And now there's a new granddaughter and grandson in the mix--woohoo! She just wishes they lived a lot closer to home.
ABOUT THE NARRATOR -
Having graduated with a Masters Degree in Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Laura has an intrinsic appreciation of the mechanisms and techniques that comprise the art of the tale. She's able to analyze the underlying moods and currents of a book and bring these into her interpretation of the author's work. She believes her place as narrator is to be the facilitator for all the nuances of the spoken word and the written word between the author and the listener. Her naturally clear and fresh voice as narrator contributes that extra dimension of enjoyment. Laura works full time as a professional narrator and voice-over artist. She has narrated titles for Tantor Media, Audible Studios, Dreamscape Media, Insatiable Press and Cherry Hill Publishing. She enjoys a quiet lifestyle in the Pacific Northwest with her loving husband and aged beagle, Dottie. Her days are filled with narrating, yoga, hiking and, of course, always reading.
MY THOUGHTS -
Well this sure is a heart string tugger!
I have to admit this one started out a little slow for me. I mean it was good, but it seemed to drag on a bit. However it did get much better as the story went on and the characters started to develop.
This is the kind of story where you start out not sure which characters to like and which ones not to like. Hannah kind of bugged me at first, she was so unsure of herself, always thinking she "couldn't handle it", I did end up liking her. The kids were great - their character personalities were perfect. Annie Mac was the one I wasn't sure about. I didn't think she was going to get her own personality, I thought the other's were just going to talk about her. But then - she had her own voice in the story and she became real to me. You couldn't help but fall in love with her.
Audio - The reader did a great job! It was easy to follow. She did the voices well without overdoing them. I liked the inflection in her voice as well as her emphasis on certain words. Sometimes all this is hard to do in an audio book.
I really enjoyed listening to this and I actually think I liked it better as an audio. I think it would have been too slow for me as a book. All-in-all and great summer read - but a bit sad, and very heartfelt with a little suspense.
I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from AudioBookWorm Promotions - Thank You!
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