BECALMED: Romance Fiction ~Normandie Fischer
“When a Southern woman with a broken heart finds herself falling for a widower with a broken boat, it’s anything but smooth sailing.”
BECALMED was the book I choose to read on our recent snowy weekend. It was a great book to just curl up in my chair by the fireplace and hunker on down to North Carolina in August. There I was in the harbor of my lovely little beach spot after just coming off the water in my sailboat; windblown, warm, cozy and off onto a good mini-vacation. This book and the lovely writing truly transported me into the world of Southern charm and a young woman’s thoughts about being a spinster at age 35.
Sara Longworth has spent the first five years of her thirties taking care of her family and their home in Beaufort, North Carolina. Her frail mother has passed on first, then her brother in Afghanistan, and so she cares for her aging father and the family home until he dies. She has opened a shop with her lifelong best friend Hannah who is a potter, to share her lovely jewelry which she designs. The shop shares work of many of the artists in the area and the tourist visitors are quite taken with their lovely art. Sara, also known as Tadie, has a lifelong love of sailing, her own boat and she is very independent and thoughtful. Only now, she is returning to the world after so much loss in such a short period of time and wishing she had a partner, maybe a child, and growing a bigger extended family. She is confident and likes herself, and she is doing a lot of evaluating how her life turned out and why she is not feeling so attractive.
Will and his seven year old daughter Jilly are living on their sailboat and traveling the oceans after the death of their wife and mother, who was killed by a drunk driver. Now the engine has been malfunctioning, they must change plans, and find a port in which they can get repairs made. Will is doing work for an Engineering firm in Atlanta and Beaufort, North Carolina is as far as the cruiser will take them without a good fix.
The story has all the great problems to solve and twists which make for a new experience. BECALMED is written by someone who knows sailing, boats, tourists and Southern traditions. The writing is almost elegantly sporting and her antagonistic character is certainly right on the mark of so many possessive southern men as the ones I encountered during my 3 years venture to that stunningly beautiful state. As I said earlier in this review, I was transported and was away from the snowy cold. I have certainly met a number of thirty five year old women who are hearing their biological clocks after their efforts on wonderful careers that filled their desires to be in the world. I think many are very happy with their choices and the things that they have accomplished; how wonderful to have a best friend and a developed extended family. For some women, the urges for a special someone are stronger; maybe just the parenting urges. The story has a realism which has been wrapped in the flowing of the Southern culture, and yet includes the contemporary dilemmas of a modern young woman. BECALMED is just a lovely read.
Normandie Fisher has at least 8 writing awards listed on the cover of the book, and the book is well-written.
This lovely read was sent to me for review by TCL Online Book Tours, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas and it is signed by the author. It was a good read for the beach or a snowy day – BECALMED