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- Print Length: 436 pages
- Publication Date: August 26, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ET2QR1Q
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,021,015 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sarah hasn't been in her new cabin for long when she meets her neighbour, Mac, and his large half wolf half dog pet, called Rosheen. While Rosheen quickly takes to Sarah, her neighbour blows hot and cold and, despite being good looking and pleasant on the surface, manages to arouse a lot of tumultuous and conflicting emotion in Sarah who can't understand his strange and contrary behavior.
The reader is introduced to second woman, Ruth Carter, who lives in an earlier time period  and who is clearly the victim of an abusive husband. In the opening section of Ruth's story, she commits a transgression in the eyes of her husband, Lloyd, who beats her nearly to death. Lloyd is arrested and imprisoned as a result and Ruth takes his hidden money, a substantial sum, and his car and flees. Lloyd comes to hear of Ruth's actions and undertakes to get his revenge on her.
The story is a dual love story about both Sarah in 2011 and Ruth in 1962 with the injection of a murder and a frightening supernatural twist.
I enjoyed this story, but it was rather a slow burn initially for me with most of the action and revelations taking place in the second half of the book. I would describe this book as a romance with a paranormal sub-story rather than predominantly a paranormal book. The author's beautiful writing and poignant emotional descriptions keep the story moving and maintain reader interest throughout the book.
I enjoyed the characters of both Sarah and Ruth, who came across as determined women who made the best of their opportunities and made some tough decisions to help and protect their menfolk. I particularly, like Ruth how showed unbelievable fortitude and resilience.
I would recommend this book to lovers of romance and deep and emotional writing with some mystery and an exciting paranormal twist.
Wake-Robin Ridge contains two touching love stories with a supernatural twist, a lesson on coming to terms with your past, and dropping the barriers and allowing yourself to find happiness. A true pleasure to read.
The story has well developed, relatable characters. Let’s see who they are:
First, I must say that Ruth’s heart-breaking story was my favorite part. Ruth who, “After a year of looking for love, or even the occasional tender word, any vague thoughts of a happy ending for herself had vanished, and a tired sense of resignation had settled over her,” makes the worst choice in her life – Loyd Carter.
Sarah Gray a thirty-five-year-old library cataloging and research assistant, fed up with her boring job, leaves her town and moves to a dream like cabin in Wake-Robin Ridge. This is how the present day part of the story begins.
Lloyd Carter, a mean-eyed slab of a man with a well-earned reputation for violence and several run-ins with the law. If there was one thing Lloyd Carter loved in this life, it was his big, fire-engine red Impala
MacKenzie Cole, Tall, maybe 6’3”, with glossy black hair curling slightly over his ears. . . . he was strikingly good looking, with a sense of quiet strength about him. “Mysterious Mountain Man,” as Jenna called him.
Add to them Handsome the muddy, half-starved little mess, the kitten Sarah discovers the very first day she moves to the cabin, and Rosheen, Mac’s three-year-old Irish wolfhound. Even General Penny, Ruth’s dachshund who keeps her good company along her lonely years. Thus the distribution is complete.
The cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains is the channel connecting past and present; Ruth with her pain, tragedy and love and compassionate Sarah with her dreams and newly found love.
There were chapters where I went back and read some paragraphs once again. I was like a kid with a candy. I savored every word, especially the vivid scenery description.
Will Sarah manage to find out what lies behind Mac’s odd change of behavior towards her? Will she discover who is Miz Winn and what does the ghost want? Read the book and you will be rewarded with a suspenseful romantic mystery.
Wake-Robin Ridge is a masterpiece of good storytelling with meticulous attention to detail, a well-plotted tale of romance and intrigue. Marcia’s writing and descriptions are brilliant and make you feel like you can actually picture Wake-Robin Ridge and the characters in your head. You will feel as if you are watching a movie. This is definitely a "can’t put down" book.
Romance, suspense and some supernatural elements made it exactly this - a "couldn't put it down" book for me.
Top international reviews
Marcia Meara has a superb eye for detail and describes mannerisms in the characters and in their quirky pets which give a 'real' feeling to the book. She also brings the Wake-Robin Ridge area to life, the descriptions skilfully woven into the plot.
The pace of the book is frequently gentle and unhurried which makes the terror all the more shocking in contrast with its sudden and rapid escalation.
I'm moving on to the second book in the series now!
Two women, two stories, fifty years apart, their lives connecting in a terrifying way. Ruth and Frank met in the 1960s when Ruth escaped from an abusive husband and settled in a little cabin on Wake-Robin Ridge. Ruth thought she was safe and could at last find happiness when she met Frank, but it wasn’t that easy to remove Lloyd from her life. Her husband, Lloyd Carter, himself an abused child which shaped him into the man he was to become, had been imprisoned for multiple charges, including assault with the intent to kill. Ruth took her chance and made the break for freedom, taking Lloyd’s money and car. From prison, Lloyd employed his cousin to keep an eye on things for him. When he learned what Ruth had done his anger knew no bounds and he swore revenge. While he served his time, he plotted and planned, and two years later he was paroled. That’s when Ruth’s nightmare began.
Fifty years later, aspiring author Sarah Gray is working in a library in Florida, as a cataloguing and research assistant. Until one day she has a flash of realisation. She is financially secure, with no need to work, especially at such a dreary, uninspiring job. She needs to move her life forward and realise her dream of a writing a book. With that in mind, Sarah decides on a move to the mountains of North Carolina, a place she loves. There was nobody in Florida who would miss her, or that she would miss, apart from her best friend, Jenna.
What Sarah didn’t count on was the complication of meeting the complex and solitary MacKenzie Cole, who has a heartbreaking tragedy in his past, causing him to be reclusive. Sarah and Mac have a less than promising first meeting when Mac’s dog, Rosheen, a huge Irish Wolfhound, slips her lead and ends up at Sarah’s cabin. I would have loved to have been witness to the resulting meeting between Rosheen and Sarah’s cat, Handsome!
A really accomplished and skilfully written debut novel. Sarah and Mac’s story is intertwined with flashbacks to Ruth’s tragic life. The engaging characters and scenic setting are so well defined and beautifully described. There’s a wonderful sense of place and I had clear images running through my mind while reading. The author’s love of the mountains, with it’s forests, trails and rivers, shines through. A lovely touch to take the title from a pretty sounding species of spring flower, native to the mountains, with deep red blossoms called Wake-Robin.
This is my third book by Marcia Meara and, like the others, it’s a well-balanced mixture of romance, mystery and suspense with strong, distinct characters, this one with an added extra, a supernatural twist which I love. There’s evil and a hate so deep on Wake-Robin Ridge that even death can’t stop it.
A really enjoyable book.
It was a lovely love story about two people in the mountains,it has lots of twists and turns but altogether beautiful.
The scenery was so described you can imagine being there.
Altogether a really good book.I shall look out for this author again.Thanks to Kindle it was free.
Kept you guessing, intrigued and wondering on the outcome. Really enjoyed this book, even with the ghostly bit!