Out of the Water was awarded the Bronze Medal for Regional Fiction in the Independent Book Awards, and was recognized as a Finalist in the Women’s Fiction category for the National Excellence in Indie Literature. 


Christy Award® winning author, Ann Marie Stewart delivers a poignant and heart-felt novel revealing five generations of secrets. Stories unravel from the stony cliffs of Kilrush, Ireland, to the pandemic grieving Boston 1919, and from a battlefront near St. Denis, France to Seattle 1981 in the search for healing.

Irish immigrant Siobhan Kildea’s impetuous flight from a Boston lover in 1919 lands her in the unfamiliar prison town of Deer Lodge, Montana, and with a new family. Her one link to the past is Antonio, who maintains a connection by trading a letter for a book, as their friendship continues through familiar classics. After a horrific tragedy, Siobhan’s farm and family threaten to unravel. Meanwhile, nurse Genevieve Marchand’s career takes an unusual turn when placed on the French battlefront in 1919. When she returns stateside, she finds the absence of a certain soldier her greatest loss. Music teacher Anna Hanson tucked herself away in the small town of Darrington, Washington, thinking her story and secret were safe. And childless Erin Ellis thought she won the lottery when she and her husband adopted, but even Erin cannot answer all of her daughter’s questions about the “other mother.” When Claire Ellis sets out to find her biological mother in 1981, she has no idea the generations of stories she will unearth and the ultimate restoration they will bring.


Categories: Fiction, Family, Women, Parenting & Relationships, Adoption



2021, pp. 426, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-955893-90-9


2021, ebook
ISBN: 978-1-955893-04-6


2021, ebook
ISBN:  978-1-955893-91-6


“Ann Marie Stewart’s Out of the Water is a heartfelt, affecting story that centers on the kind of crisis in family life for which nobody can ever be prepared – and how courage, and especially enduring and courageous love, are the only things that can help us survive.” – Jacquelyn Mitchard, NYT bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean (Oprah’s Book Club) and The Good Son

“Moving, eloquent, and tender, Ann Marie Stewart’s novel Out of the Water follows the flood and ebb of five interconnected women seeking answers, wholeness, and their own definition of home.” – Jolina Petersheim, bestselling author of How the Light Gets In

“Once you step into this story, you won’t want to leave. Out of the Water will cause ripples of mercy to move your heart.” – Chris Fabry, Christy Awar and Christian Book Award® winning author of Almost Heaven and Dogwood.

Meet The Author

Ann Marie Stewart

When Christy Award® winning author Ann Marie Stewart’s first novel, Stars in the Grass, won best debut, she was challenged and inspired for even greater storytelling. She originated the Preparing My Heart series, and her column “Ann’s Lovin’ Ewe” runs nationally in The Country Register.

When she’s not writing a story, she may be acting it out or telling it through song, as she coaches musical theatre. Waterskiing is her favorite sport, but Ann also lifts weights and walks eight miles a day on the trail near her home. Ann loves spending time with her husband and two adult daughters, watching UVA basketball, and shepherding a whole flock of fuzzy sheep on Skyemoor Farm in Virginia.



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