A Carolina Coast Novella


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.

Praise on its release:

…Ms. Fischer’s writing was poignant and moving, and her magical combinations of words stung my eyes several times. But I was forced to a full stop while reading Katie’s immediate and unflinching reaction to Linny during the Christmas service. While the adults were flummoxed and at a loss, a young child knew just what was needed… my throat closes up just thinking of that scene. Sigh. Normandie Fischer has mad skills! ~Books and Bindings

…a hauntingly beautiful story of breaking free from the chains of fear and accepting love. … a story from the soul, a story of love and miracles. If you read nothing else this Christmas, read Twilight Christmas. Then share it. Yeah, it’s that kind of story. And keep a box of tissues beside you. ~ Ane Mulligan, author of Chapel Springs Revival