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Sailing out of Darkness (Carolina Coast #4)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  149 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
An unexplained apparition, wanderings through Italy, and mayhem back home push four lives toward their day of reckoning.

The last thing on Samantha's mind is another entanglement. Fleeing a disastrous affair with her childhood best friend, she hopes for peace and forgetfulness in a trip to Italy.

Teo Anderson copes with his own issues, both physical and emotional, by writing
Paperback, 342 pages
Published December 5th 2013 by WhiteFire Publishing
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Apr 18, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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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 st
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Normandie Fischer’s novels are southern fiction wrapped in bucket-list-trip locales. It’s one of my favorite things about reading her books! The warm southern turn of a phrase juxtaposed against a romantic backdrop like Italy (or a thrilling one if you’re reading her Isaac’s House series!).

At the surface level, the story is about Sam and her decision (and failure) to avoid men for the rest of her life due to recent bad decisions. Italy seems to her like a good idea to gain new perspective so off
Angela Stanley
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Our favorite literary characters are written indelibly into our hearts as we experience them living out the very pains and hopes which have been written deeply onto our souls. Normandie has a gift of writing wounded characters to life, characters who publicly reflect the wounds we keep private. As I read of Sam and Teo’s relational struggles I began to recognize the same struggles in my life. With the turning of each page I saw more and more how my present relationships are dictated and even def ...more
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Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sailing out of Darkness is story about strength, moving on, and about trying to find yourself in the craziness of the world, and about redemption.

sailing gif photo: Sailing sail.gif

Samantha has almost given up. After her husband walked out on her with saying that he never loved her, she decides to take a step in faith and take trip to Italy where she hopes to start over and set aside the world for one minute. On her way to Italy she meets Theodore - another person that suffered emotionally and was trying to find peace and restor
Virginia Winfield
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Anne Rightler
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lovely weather...Messy lives.
Sailing Out of Darkness by Normandie Fischer is a compelling book in her Carolina Coast series. It definitely is 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
Fiction Aficionado
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Anorexia of the soul. That’s where Samantha (Sam) sees herself headed at the opening of this novel. First, her husband of twenty-three years divorced her for a younger, more voluptuous woman. Then, she reconnected with her childhood friend Jack over their mutual love of sailing, and her need to feel loved at such a vulnerable time in her life led her down a path paved with guilt and regret. When Sam finds her beloved boat vandalised, presumably by Jack’s ex-girlfriend, it finally gives her the r ...more
Susan Peterson
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The main characters, Samantha and Teo, were so real to me. They each had their share of flaws, insecurities, and painful pasts to overcome, but they were 2 lovely people who you cheered for all along their journey. The book was primarily set in Italy, and I felt like I was right there with them. The author has an amazing gift for writing characters and settings. The book was part love story, part mystery, and even a little magic.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
After a miserable divorce, Samantha finds herself swept up by a man named Jack. Except he is a liar and a cheater. Two disastrous relationships, and Sam decides to travel to Italy to recover and rediscover herself. The guilt of her choices overwhelms her. What is she to do what another man walks into her life during her trip?

Sailing out of Darkness, by Normandie Fischer, is a story of redemption as much as romance. Sam has undergone many struggles with her guilt. In order to get over her divorce
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Sailing Out of Darkness" by Normandie Fischer

Any reader who has read a novel by Normandie Fischer knows that her books are full of in-depth descriptions without overwhelming the reader; a writing style that is deep and hits the reader viscerally, yet is not filled with complicated words or a confusing writing style. Take, for example, this quote: "Every fork in the road is a moment of truth, and a choice that leads to the next one." Quite an honest statement about life no matter where we are o
Beckie Burnham
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
When a book just doesn’t resonate with a reader, it is often hard to describe why. That’s my dilemma with Sailing out of Darkness by Normandie Fischer. While the book is very well-written — the author is adept at setting a scene, and the characters are fully-developed, I just never could get it to click. This is partly due to my not liking main character Sam Ransom. While I really liked Teo, the mystery writer who befriends her, I was never drawn to Sam and didn’t really see why he was either. T ...more
DJ Sakata
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Divorce was such a harsh word. She’d purposefully left it out of her vocabulary, hoping it might never happen.

Tootie was an elf on steroids: hair that changed color on a whim, earrings that dangled past her chin, clothes in hues that popped…

Waved swelled against the pebbly sand, rolled over rocks and touched the rim of her sneakers. She left prints, voids that filled once she had passed. Her own empty spaces didn’t fill. They echoed and wailed like specters near a gr
Molly Cafinated Reads Jaber
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 c
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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,
Jennifer  Bunderle
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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-writ
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
Jennifer Garcia
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, own, 2014
Review is also on my blog, Italian Brat's Obsessions.

This was such a beautiful story told with such feeling and faith. It had so many wonderful and touching elements for me to enjoy: the ocean, Italy, writing, and fate. Both of the main characters had insecurities and things to overcome, but I enjoyed watching them do it. There was a bit of magic and mystery for the hero Teo and when it all comes together there’s such an amazing feeling.

Fischer writes about the love of sailing and although I can
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A crisis has a way of showing people they're not the person they think they are. After her husband leaves her for another woman, Samantha Ransom discovers she's not the strong, moral person she'd imagined herself to be. Consumed by loneliness and vulnerability, she reconnects with an friend and soon becomes the other woman.

When the jilted heart strikes back in frightening ways, Sam escapes the danger and the man she can't resist by taking the trip her husband had once promised her. But her weakn
Lynne M Hinkey
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 t ...more
Linda Yezak
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Normandie Fischer is at it again--illustrating the complex heart of the mature woman. Hers aren't the novels of first love and high hopes for the future. They aren't aimed at fresh-faced youngsters looking for romance--and a husband, children, and a house with a white picket fence. They're aimed at women who have already been there, and wear the tarnish to prove it.

After years of marriage and raising two children--now adults--Samantha "Sam" Ransom got tossed out by her husband and caught by her
Christine Lindsay
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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

This is a novel of 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 ou
Robin Patchen
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If running away actually solved anything, I'd go to Italy, too. Samantha tries it and finds her troubles weigh just as heavily on her mind beside the cobalt waters of the Mediterranean as they did along the Atlantic coast. However, when she meets Teo, she begins to find some healing. Unfortunately, more consequences of her bad decisions are on the way.

I love the way Fischer deals with her heroine's poor decisions and the results of it. The fact that much of this book takes place in a small town
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sailing Out of Darkness by Normandie Fischer takes the reader on a journey with Samantha as she recovers from a divorce and a painful love affair. Since sailing is central to Sam's life, it is an apt metaphor for her emotional journey. The story bounces between Sam's home in Maryland, where she has her own boat, and Italy, where there are lovely sights to see, delicious food to eat, and a sailboat to sail. And an attractive expatriot writer named Teo. Little by little, Sam moves on with her life ...more
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I can always tell an author who is well-traveled—they find the most lovely way to describe far-off places, making them tangible and attainable to the reader. Normandie Fischer does just that. She weaves mystery, romance and intrigue along a journey of faith for her characters—some to a happy end, some not.
The realistic portrayal of Samantha, involved in a damaging relationship with an old childhood friend, along with her doubts and weaknesses, drew me in. There are none without sin, and I apprec
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great summer read

Normandie Fischer’s Sailing Out of Darkness is a treat to be savored on a nice summer day. I love reading Normandie’s books because it’s like having a nice chat with her. Her voice, along with well drawn characters, draws the reader into the story. Even secondary characters are well developed and meaningful. The story flows smoothly, with seamless point of view shifts so that we really get to know the characters. In Sailing Out of Darkness, Normandie’s southern voice has the cad
Regina Smeltzer
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sailing out of Darkness gave me what I like most, a book that is written in a literary style, with a unique setting (Italy) and intriguing and unique characters you want to know more about after the book ends. Normandie Fischer wove her love of sailing with her knowledge of living in Italy to create a book I could not put down. I found myself savoring her use of words while being held by the plot. I could actually taste the food!

Sailing Out of Darkness shares two individuals with their own uniq
Teresa Hamilton
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book has it all. Intrigue, suspense, love, betrayal and an offer of hope.
The Character's drew me in right away. Each one with their own flair, kept the story moving and I became invested in their progress.
Sam is my hero. I was very proud of her as she balanced what she wanted with what she felt was right. She had the courage to take a stand and do something about it, even when those decisions brought her immediate discomfort.
Like Normandie's first book, Becalmed, Sailing out of Darkness lef
Jill Anderson
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book and how it broadened my horizons, so to speak! I felt like I traveled to Italy (cheap trip for me!) and as I've been on very few sailboats, I was able to experience that thrill too!

This is not your typical 'romance' book, which was good for me as I don't need all the "detail" - this was much more subtle, yet full of emotion.

And I loved how Sam shows us none of us are perfect, sometimes we do the wrong things, make the wrong decisions, and go with our gut before thinking things th
River Laker
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 relatio ...more
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