Wake-Robin Ridge by Marcia Meara
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Wake-Robin Ridge is a romance with a ghost story. Wake-Robin’s are a species of flower native to North America. This book is set primarily in the Mountains of North Carolina with a time-slip format between the 1960’s and 2011.
We meet Lloyd Carter a child who suffered from vicious whippings by his father which moulded the man he grew to be. He became an angry controller and bully who made wife Ruthie’s life a misery. After one too many beatings she ran away, but Lloyd vowed to find her and get his revenge.
In 2011 Sarah Gray upped sticks and went to live in a log cabin in the Mountains. She wants to write a book and live away from busy cites. Her only neighbour is Mackenzie Cole, a quiet man who keeps himself private. But it’s a small place and they meet often and begin a slow friendship. One you know will simmer gently into something more.
One night Sarah has a frightening ghostly experience and later finds evidence which leads to the trail of a hidden murder.
This is a slow gentle read, the characters are ordinary people and we are taken on a journey which covers much of their everyday habits. There are a couple of wonderful pets and I did enjoy the ghostly element which will surface again in book 2.
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An interesting review – do like the idea of the time-slip.
Time slips are a good tool if used well.
Thanks for the review, Rosie. Atmospheric and intriguing.
Thank you for the lovely review, Rosie. As you know, this was my first book…a Bucket List type of thing…until I received so many great 4 and 5 star reviews, and people started emailing me, wanting more. That was the point at which I knew I was going to keep on writing, and now, it has become the most enjoyable thing I’ve ever done.
With four novels published in two years, life has gotten very interesting, filled with requests to visit local book events and meet new readers. I’m now writing the third book in the Wake-Robin series. I like to think each book is better than the one before, but I’m deeply glad I got off to a good start with the first one.
You’re welcome, my review of the next book is tomorrow.
Awww, thanks, Rosie! That’s great! I look forward to it.
Congrats on a wonderful story, Marcia. Already have Wake-Robin Ridge in my Wish List. I hope I live long enough to read all the books I’m “dying to read.” Since I started following Rosie’s review blog, I’ve added quite a few titles!
Thanks, Linda. I know just what you mean. My To Be Read pile runneth over. I figure I’ll have to live to be at least 132 before I empty it. And with the rate new stuff keeps coming in, maybe not even then! 🙂 When you get to mine, I hope you like it! My heart is in them thar mountains, even though the rest of me is here in Florida. 😀
Sounds like a nice book to get lost in for a little while. I like the idea that pets were included … and a ghost or two. 🙂
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Marcia’s books have some great animals in them.
A person after my own heart. I love giving my characters pets. I think it gives readers a clue as to who they are. In Swamp Ghosts, some of the pets are a bit…unusual, shall we say. 😀