#BookReview – WAKE-ROBIN RIDGE by Marcia Meara #romance #supernatural

Today, I’m taking the briefest of breaks from reading Book #2 of this series to review Book #1.

This might tell you how much I’m enjoying this series: I’m already disappointed there are only four books so far, there must be more – please make it so!


Wake-Robin RidgeWake-Robin Ridge by Marcia Meara
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sarah leaves her dead-end library job for a remote cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains where she plans to write a book.
Ruth runs away from her abusive husband, taking his illicitly-gained money and his car, and hides out in a remote cabin…yes, you’ve guessed it – the same cabin, only 50 years apart.
The stories of these two women are told in parallel, along with that of Mac, Sarah’s gorgeous but brooding and private neighbour. Both are love stories that will eventually collide in a shocking, macabre manner, involving a ghost and a long-held secret, the unravelling of which brings Sarah and Mac finally together.
It’s hard to define this book: romance, yes. Supernatural, a little. But entertaining, engrossing and delightful, very definitely.
The author has a charming style, with beautiful descriptions, natural dialogue, and fully developed characters you would like to know in real life. Be warned, once you start this book, you will likely be late for every upcoming appointment, and prone to yawning your way through the day because you just had to stay up and finish that chapter. And then the next. And the next.
And then you have to go straight on and buy the next one…

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Take a look at WAKE-ROBIN RIDGE HERE – and don’t blame me if you get hooked!


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  1. Oh, my gosh, Debby! What a fabulous, fun review!! I’m so happy you enjoyed my first-ever book, and that you hit on all the things I was aiming for with this story. Because I only ever intended to write the one, I did pack it full, but I tried to do it in a way that would really pull readers into the story. And I’m truly thrilled it worked for you. I just had a book release party Saturday for my 4th in this series, and I got loads of love from everyone there. It’s SUPER great to have it continue this gray Monday morning.

    Of course, as you know by now, a certain little boy comes along in Book 2 who manages to wrest control of my entire romantic suspense series idea, but I’m not complaining. He has turned out to be everyone’s favorite character out of all seven of my novels, and I had to bite my tongue half off not to reveal to folks at the party what I have planned for Rabbit next. (And nope, not gonna tell you either, but I hope when you find out, you won’t be unhappy.)

    Thanks so much for this wonderful surprise, and I WILL be sharing it with the Immediate World throughout the day! 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤

    1. Glad to have brightened your dull day, Marcia 😀
      I meant every word of it, loved the book and I’m now well into Harbinger. You are so right, Rabbit has taken over completely, but that’s okay, he’s awesome. ❤

      1. Thanks, again, Debby! Everyone kept asking for “More Rabbit,” and not being one to ignore what my readers enjoy, that’s what I’ve tried to give them. Along with new characters and mysteries and various kinds of trouble along the way. Hope you continue to enjoy him! He’s a treat to write, especially since he’s so good at dictating what he wants me to say! 😀 ❤

      2. Lol, I can tell that – he’s got plenty to say, and in his own very distinctive voice ❤

  2. A wonderful review of this book, Deborah. I have this coming up next month on my TBR.

    1. Oh, I can’t wait to see what you think, Robbie! Hope you enjoy it! 🙂 ❤

      1. I know I will enjoy it, Marcia. Your writing is brilliant.

    2. Oh you’ll enjoy it Robbie, I guarantee it!

  3. What a great review, Deborah. I love Marcia’s writing and haven’t cracked open this series yet. Maybe it’s time!

    1. I would suggest so – I’ve been slow working my way through the monster TBR list I think all authors have, and it’s such a pleasure to crack open a book by an author you already know you love, and find such a gem as this series.

      1. And you just keep making me feel better and better today, Debby! SO happy you are enjoying the series! 🙂 ❤

    2. If you do give it a try, Diana, I hope you really enjoy it. And I’ll be eager to hear your thoughts on the Ridge and all the folks who live there, especially Rabbit, who comes along in Book 2. 🙂 ❤

      1. Definitely on my radar, Marcia. 🙂 As soon as I dig through a few feet of my TBR pile!

  4. This sounds amazing. I think in another life, I would live in a mountain cabin, alone…

    1. Glad you like the sound of it, Jacqui. And that’s the very reason I decided to write about “my” cabin. I’ve been to the mountains many times in the past, especially when I was active in a group of fans of the movie Last of the Mohicans, which met every year to tour the Biltmore and other filming locations. (We also had actors Wes Studi and Eric Schweig (Magua & Uncas in the movie) visit us, and exhibitions of musket firing, etc, but that’s a whole ‘nuther story).

      At any rate, at some point during the weekend, we’d always drive by an old deserted cabin sitting right at the edge of the woods, and I used to wonder about the stories it could tell. So I decided, since I couldn’t move there and experience my own, I’d make them up on paper, instead. And I wrote Wake-Robin Ridge to do just that–then kept on going! 😀 ❤

      1. Oh my, your Last of the Mohicans group sounds reminiscent of my Lord of the Rings tour of NZ, visiting film locations and meeting some of the performers (mostly stunt and extras sadly, not the big stars). Of course, I only got to do this once, NZ is a little far to go every year…

    2. Sounds like the ideal place to write a novel…

      1. Debbie, I had so much fun the the LoTM group. Folks came from all over the world, including Scotland and the Netherlands. And we did fantastic things while up there. Your New Zealand trip sounds like so much fun, too! I love stuff like that. And nothing compares to hiking up the cliff trail at Chimney Rock where all the pivotal drama played out at the end of the movie. We had the BEST times! I think I went six years in a row, and Soldier#2 is still a good friend of mine who follows me on Facebook. So it wasn’t all about star power, though those were exciting moments, as well, for sure. And yep. I think that little cabin would be a perfect place to write a novel. Sarah though so, as well, and by golly, she DID. 😀 😀 😀

      2. For me, there was nothing quite like taking a helicopter ride (the only way to get there) to the top of a mountain where one of the scenes in Fellowship of the Ring was filmed, and lying where Aragorn had hidden beneath a rock, and then riding through the forest past the leafy bank where Boromir met his end.
        It was truly AWESOME!

      3. Debby, your trip sounds amazing, except for the part about the helicopter. Eeeeek. Nope. Not gonna do that if I’m conscious and able to fight back. 😀 I don’t like flying in AIRPLANES, but less the thought of a helicopter. But I’m glad you did and were able to have so much fun. It’s sort of amazing to be standing (or lying) right where a certain actor was filmed in a favorite movie. We acted out all sorts of LoTM scenes in every location we went to, and quoted all our favorite lines on the spot, too. 😀 Good for you, getting to do that, and in a country like New Zealand, too. It always looks so gorgeous in photos. 🙂

      4. We re-enacted King Theodan’s rousing speech to his troops before the Battle of Pelennor Fields, and all charged down the hill using bull rushes for swords (no horses, unfortunately). I’ve just gone to look for the video, and file is corrupted 😦 So disappointed, it was so much fun!

      5. Aw, man! I’m so sorry that file was messed up! I’d pay MONEY to see something like that! It’s just the kind of thing my LoTM friends would have done! I can SO identify with you guys. *sigh* There’s just something about being on the spot where you were emotionally invested in a tale to bring it all to life in your mind, and to spur you to shouting bits of dialogue or reenacting entire scenes! I have pictures of me (and my friends) posing on the rock where Alice stepped off into space in LoTM, and even one of my lying on the rocky trail a la dead Mohawk, as Hawkeye ran by. (BTW, while Alice’s rock looks to be a direct fall to instant death hundreds of feet below, it’s actually hanging over more rocks, with a drop of about 10 or 12 feet. I wouldn’t have wanted to fall that far, either, but it wasn’t quite as dangerous as it looked in the movie.)

        It’s lovely to imagine you having such a good time on your LoTR expedition. ( LoTR and LoTM? I love that, too.) 😀 ❤

      6. I’ve had an idea – it might still be stored on an old laptop I haven’t used for several years – if I find it I’ll let you know 😀

  5. Fab review Deb. I too loved that book. Congrats to Marcia for receiving your beautiful review. ❤

    1. Thanks so much, Debby! It’s great to see WRR still getting some love, and this review MADE my day. I have a feeling it’s going to show up VERY soon on The Write Stuff. 😀 ❤ I'm still smiling all over the place. 🙂 ❤

      1. As it should show up on your blog. Take it in Marsh, reviews like this are the moments we wait for as authors. ❤ xx

  6. I read this book and loved it for all the same reasons – and then along came the second book and Rabbit. Many writers struggle with their follow-up book but this series just grows in your heart along with this special young boy. I’ve read every one of Marcia’s books and they’re all great keep-you-awake reads! ❤

    1. Aw, thanks, Trish! (Your check is in the mail! 😀 )

      Truly, I’m so glad you feel that way, and reading something like this review, followed by your comment, is what keeps me sitting here at the computer every day. Well that, and the fact that Rabbit would have a fit if I stopped listening to him tell me what’s going on in his life or refused to write it all down for him. 😯 😀

      Thanks for stopping by and taking time to comment. This lovely review of Debby’s has kept me smiling for days now! 😀 ❤

    2. I’m nearing the end of #3 now, and looking forward to the new one, The Light 😀

      1. Wooohoooo. I hope you are enjoying it and that The Light makes you happy. Eventually. 😀 ❤

  7. Wonderful review! I just have to read this one. I am adding it to my TBR.

    1. Yay!! I’m looking forward to seeing what you think of my very first novel, and hoping you’ll stick around to meet Rabbit in #2, as well. 😀 Then, it’s just a hop, skip, and jump to #3 and the black dog known as Ol’ Shuck, and #4 about a mysterious light. Rabbit will show you the way. 😀 (Ask Debby!) Seriously, I do hope you enjoy WRR, and that you’ll consider checking out the rest when you can. Those mountains are my favorite place in the world, even though I’m a Florida cracker. It’s been a joy to tell these stories. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment, Michelle! 🙂 ❤

      1. I’m am really looking forward to it, Marcia.

      2. I truly hope you enjoy it when you are able to check it out. I’ll be eager to hear your thoughts. 🙂 ❤

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