A Carolina Coast Novella
by Normandie Fischer
Two orphans. One barn. And a community in need of miracles.
Linney needs protecting, and Louis is the only one left to save her. She may be his big sister, but her Down Syndrome will get her put in an institution if he doesn’t hide her well. Only, it’s getting harder and harder to pretend he’s older than ten and to keep her safe and warm in this old storage barn. Especially at Christmas, when all his sister wants is a tree with lights, like the one at the church next door.
Pageant preparations are in full swing, and Annie Mac and her crew are involved in the excitement. So is Lieutenant Clay Dougherty, her kids' faux-father and the man who still makes her yearn for a whole lot more than she’s comfortable offering, especially when she's plagued by crazy-making nightmares.
In this heartwarming tale of magic and miracles, the Beaufort, North Carolina, folk return to rescue more than themselves.
She didn't want to be the crazy mother who raised crazy kids. There had to be an answer, somewhere. Because, if there weren't, she didn't know how she'd cope. The thing about being crazy, the real truth that scared the daylights out of her, was that sooner or later folk would find out, and when they did, she'd lose her babies, and then she'd die.
A promise was a promise - unless it became an impossibility. And then it was merely a regret.
Katie wasn't hampered by her any of her mother's concerns. She pushed past the other children and between the shepherds to march right up to Linney... And she sang the words she'd learned... As the song ended, Katie spoke into the hush of the church, loudly enough to be heard all the way to the back. 'I'm an angel. I'm suppose to take care of you.'
I'm feeling dizzy. A few days ago I was on the verge of homelessness and poverty. Then I shifted income brackets with one phone call. And now I'm contemplating marriage and a family trip to France.
I'm marrying you for your kids... What can I say? Katie has killer eyelashes. She won my heart the first time she flashed them at me.
The wonder of Linney was that she could love without thinking much. If you were good to her, she'd give you the moon back.
About the Author
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.
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