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Heavy Weather

(Carolina Coast #2)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  417 ratings  ·  83 reviews
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.

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Published March 10th 2015 by Sleepy Creek Press
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Raven Haired Girl
May 22, 2015 added it
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I was taken with the southern environs – smooth, relaxing, slow easy feel. Even a slight twang detected, food, hospitality, strong sense of community, weather all richly depicted.

Fischer captured the ravages of abuse in a plausible and affecting manner. A serious topic handled deftly without over exploiting creating a circus. You feel every blow, the palatable fear, the guilt and shame, the quick and passing judgement Annie Mac suffered.

Great characterization. You are well acquainted with the pl
Barbara White
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This novel has it all: suspense, romance, small southern town charm, and a very real depiction of the dark side of family life. Normandie Fischer is a wonderful voice in southern women’s fiction. Having read her debut, BECALMED, I knew this. What I didn’t expect was the raw and honest portrayal of domestic violence that sucked me into the story. Normandie didn’t sugarcoat the abuse, but she gave us such hope in what could have been a hopeless situation. Her portrayal of the abuser, Roy, was utte ...more
Barbara Davis
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In Heavy Weather, Normandie Fisher has created a coastal Carolina setting so palpable you can almost smell the plough mud, as well as a cast of characters so touchingly authentic you'll want to invite them over for a barbecue. Fisher takes the reader on an emotional journey that is both heartfelt and richly written as her characters stumble, sometimes grudgingly, toward healing and forgiveness. A deep and lovely story about the unshakable bonds of friendship and the healing power of love.
Lady Delacour
Sweet Tea,
Lovely group of friends
and Drama!
Dramatic story unveils
all while sippen on sweet tea!
Narrator did a fairly nice job.
Interesting clean story..
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

“Maybe she wasn’t qualified, maybe she couldn’t do much, but the folk wielding power would have to flatten her if they wanted to pawn Ty and Katie off on Social Services.”

“I think that’s what we all want more than anything else in the world. To belong to someone. And to have someone who belongs to us.”

“… he’d done the gene pool a huge favor by eliminating someone so dumb. Daddy always said there weren’t room enough in the world for all the fools inhabiting it.”

“This time platitud
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In the next installment in the Carolina Coast series readers are reunited with characters from the other book, and meet new ones. The storyline is focused on domestic violence, which for some may be hard to deal with, but stay with the story, it does have a positive ending.

Annie Mac's husband has vowed he will get his baby girl from her, no matter what he has to do to achieve his goal. Annie feels she has no one to turn to and feels her time is up. Hannah Morgan comes across Annie Mac's children
Kerry Johnson
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Normandie Fischer's Heavy Weather is Southern fiction so vivid the humidity dampens your skin and the characters breathe into life amidst its pages.

The writing is lyrical and lovely, touching on human emotion and hurt and, at times, the dark places we don't want to acknowledge.

The author doesn't pull punches, right away introducing readers to Annie Mac, a young woman trapped in domestic abuse, showing us its ugly repercussions in Annie Mac's life and the lives of her two young children.

Jane Lebak
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We're back in Beaufort (and no, you don't have to have read Becalmed to immediately get immersed in this story, the second in the series) and now we're focusing on Hannah. She finds two terrified children hiding in a bush, and when she goes to look for their mother, she finds the woman beaten and left for dead. She takes the children into her home, and thus begins the rallying of a whole town. Save the children. Save their mother. Stop the abuser from striking again. Because they've got his daug ...more
April McGowan
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Normandie Fischer knows sailing and respects the ocean and its power and knows how to translate the danger and excitement of living along the edges of that power into story and place in such a way you carry it with you. This book, like its predecessor, draws you into the story immediately and plunks you down into the rich lives of those living along the eastern seaboard. It's a bit like the Mitford series by Jan Karon--except these are mixed with heavy doses of intrigue, mystery and danger. Her ...more
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a hard week’s reading for me – I had somehow ended up with two books dealing with domestic violence in quick succession. It’s odd how that happens sometimes. When I accept books for review it’s often months in advance and I have no idea how they really land in my schedule. It’s not an easy subject to read about.

Heavy Weather tells the story of Annie Mac, a woman who has made some mistakes in her life but the greatest is marrying Roy, a very violent man. He lives in a world all of his ow
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Heavy Weather: Normandie Fischer

A very intense book featuring Annie Mac and her children Ty and Katie. Annie Mac's ex-husband Roy has beaten her and wants to take their daughter. The story picks up speed and careens through the lives of the tight knit group of friends that take in Annie Mac and her kids. Roy makes repeated attempts to steal Katie, no matter who gets in his way. The suspense had me from start to finish. I need to go back and get the first book in this series.

The narration was wel
Susan Peterson

This was a wonderful book. The characters, some of whom we had met before, are delightful, richly-drawn, and unique. As in Becalmed, the children steal the show and our hearts, and become the stars. Ty and Katie are sweet and brave, just as Jilly was. Normandie Fischer writes about characters that we care so deeply for. This story is about abuse and evil, and how love and friendship can get you through even the worst of times.
Robin Patchen
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been a fan of Normandie Fischer since she published her debut novel, the first Carolina Coast novel, and Heavy Weather does not disappoint. The characters are rich and multi-faceted, and the plot takes twists and turns I didn't see coming. I highly recommend this one. ...more
Zan Marie Steadham
Fischer, as always, gives us a great story with deep understanding of women's trials. By returning to the Carolina coast, she utilizes a setting that is deep and rich. Sit back and enjoy! ...more
Kelly (Simply Kelina) C.
I was sent this audiobook for a blog tour.

I listened to this on audiobook. I was not the biggest fan of the narrator, but she did grow on me as the story went on. This is book two, and after listening to this I will be picking up book 1. This was a great standalone, and you do not have to read book 1 to enjoy and understand this story.

If you do not like reading about heavy topics such as family violence, substance abuse, and sexual abuse then this book is not for you. This is also told in diffe
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
Heavy Weather is engaging women's fiction. Part crime drama, part suspense, part romance, part family drama, it's captivating in a way that made me want to keep listening. I did struggle to get into the book at first—there are a lot of characters, and, with characters named "Tadie" and "Katie," I sometimes couldn't tell who was who until I'd listened long enough to learn that Tadie was Hannah's best friend, while Katie was the girl Hannah took care of. (Obviously, this would only be a problem in ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Very predictable story; somewhat interesting. Covered many relevant topics but I found the writing to be somewhat trite. I also felt that Roy's remembering what he had done to Katie could have been left out of the story. Although there were no graphic details, it made for an uncomfortable reading in my opinion and added noting of substance to the book which is why I gave it two stars instead of three. ...more
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jerjen

Heavy Weather
A Carolina Coast Novel, Book #2
By Normandie Fischer
ISBN #9780986141607
Brought to you by OBS reviewer jerjen


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 wh
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hey Guys! Today I'm reviewing the audiobook Heavy Weather by Normandie Fischer and narrated by Laura Jennings.

First off the audio is beautiful! It is amazing and her voice just breathes life into characters making them feel real and next to me as I'm listening. I loved how Jennings was able to evoke such strong feelings when I listened to each character's voice. I found Hannah's and Rita's soothing, Matt's and Clay's strong, the children's (Ty and Katie) adorable, Annie Mac's so heartbreaking, a
Susan (The Book Bag)
I have kind of been on a Southern fiction reading binge lately so this one caught my eye. I knew I would enjoy it as I have all of the other Southern fiction I have read lately but I didn't realize that I would love it as much as I did.

The stories starts off with a very intense scene which drew me into the story and made me want to keep reading. Annie Mac has suffered horrible things at the hands of her estranged husband and is left for dead.

'Evil existed. Real evil, the black-and-white kind w
Jennifer Fromke
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
In this book, Normandie Fischer revisits a familiar town in her second Carolina Coast novel. Though each story is completely independent, they share a location and and a few characters. I like how she brings smaller characters to the foreground in the second book and seamlessly eases other characters toward the sidelines, while still maintaining the integrity of each personality in the new story.

I’ve always been one to start at the beginning of a series and only read them in order. NOT NECESSARY
Ashley Farley
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
When Hannah Morgan goes for a pre-dawn walk with her Irish Setter Harvey, she stumbles upon a scene that will change her life forever. She discovers two young children hidden in the bushes outside their home, and their mama lying in a pool of her own blood on the kitchen floor. Hannah takes Katie and Ty under her wing, vowing to protect them from the madman who nearly killed their mother. Hannah enlists the support of her husband and friends and others in the community—including the local police ...more
Mary Hamilton
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Readers of Southern fiction will certainly enjoy Heavy Weather. The author has drawn the characters well. Relationships between the women are especially well-crafted and believable, as Hannah and her friends deal with childlessness, infant death and the overwhelming emotions surrounding a friend's new baby.

Roy is the despicable villain, but even he was characterized in such a way that I occasionally felt a twinge of sympathy for him. Still, the suspense kept me reading to find out whether he wou
Bernie Brown
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just reached the rousing conclusion of Normandie Fischer’s "Heavy Weather." In this story Annie Mac is savagely beaten by her husband Roy while her two small children hide in the bushes where Hannah finds them. Thus begins this tale of friendship between Hannah, Rita, Tadie, and Annie Mac - women already mothers, about to become mothers, and mothers who have lost their children. Warmed by these friendships, Annie Mac also finds refuge from Roy and a place to recover from her injuries. Clay, on ...more
Hallie Szott

Transporting its readers into a believable and supportive community to deal with the challenging topic of domestic abuse, Normandie Fischer’s Heavy Weather provides quite an emotional and worthwhile read. Though abuse is always tragic and disheartening, Fischer’s novel manages to beautifully captivate and engage with a tale of friendship and courage and mothering. Rich in well-written detail and characterization, Heavy Weather would be a wonderful, page-turning read for any fan of women’s fic
Carol Boyer
Heavy Weather is a beautiful book full of emotions that keeps your heart racing, and doesn't let go till the very end. From the start we fear for Annie Mac, who has been brutally abused by her ex-husband Roy, and fear for her sweet children, Ty and Katie, and their dog Harvey. Annie Mac feels that safety from the storms from what she has endured can never protect them from the danger she is sure is still around her. A detective Clay is determined to catch Roy and bring him to justice. Her friend ...more
Sharon Chance
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever picked up a book by a new (to you) author and after finishing said book, wonder "Where has this writing angel been all my life?" That was the feeling that I got after finishing "Heavy Weather" by Southern fiction author Normandie Fischer.

This novel has a little of everything for everybody - romance, suspense, close friendship, family drama - and it is written in a style that captivates the reader and hold their attention to the final thrilling end. I started reading around 8 p.m.
Jenny Belk
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Heavy Weather is the story of a young woman and her two children who are desperate to get help after her abusive ex-husband leaves her for dead. The citizens of the coastal town rally to offer aid and security as they attempt to apprehend and bring her abusive ex-husband to justice. It's also a developing love story that offers the possibility of a happily-ever-after. Supporting characters are other women offering friendship and support while struggling with their own issues. It's a beautiful st ...more
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading about the Beaufort folk again in this well written story. Normandie has a wonderful writing voice. It was great fun to get to know Clay and Ty, and I loved the descriptions of Clay’s place and the dog. He’s a character in his own right.  The author does a great job with the dog and kids – often valuable to a story, but hard to do authentically. It was interesting to read the antagonist’s point of view and I also enjoyed reading about folk who go above and beyond to help others ...more
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book as part of a panel of books to read for the AOE awards. This would not have been a book I would have picked on my own. A story of physical/domestic abuse and the survival. Other survival, you need to go on with life stories are mixed in this story. All which are very real and very hard to get past. If you are strong enough and have a good support group, even though you feel like you don't deserve it, you can "weather the storm" no matter how bad it is. Very good book but fo ...more
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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.

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