Smorgasbord Posts from My Archives – Past Book Reviews 2020 – #Paranormal – Wake Robin Ridge: Book One by Marcia Meara

I read some amazing books in 2020 and I would like to share them again with you, updated with the authors most recent releases and their biography.

Today I am sharing my review from June 2020 for Wake Robin Ridge: Book One by Marcia Meara

About the book

Marcia Meara, author of Swamp Ghosts and Finding Hunter, has set Book One of her Wake-Robin Ridge series amid the haunting beauty of the North Carolina mountains, where ghosts walk, ancient legends abound, and things still go bump in the night.

“A PHONE RINGING AT 2:00 A.M. never means anything good. Calls at 2:00 A.M. are bad news. Someone has died. Someone is hurt. Or someone needs help.”

On a bitter cold January night in 1965, death came calling at an isolated little cabin on Wake-Robin Ridge. Now, nearly 50 years later, librarian Sarah Gray has quit her job and moved into the same cabin, hoping the peace and quiet of her woodland retreat will allow her to concentrate on writing her first novel. Instead she finds herself distracted by her only neighbor, the enigmatic and reclusive MacKenzie Cole, who lives on top of the mountain with his Irish wolfhound as his sole companion.

As their tentative friendship grows, Sarah learns the truth about the heartbreaking secret causing Mac to hide from the world. But before the two can sort out their feelings for each other, they find themselves plunged into a night of terror neither could have anticipated. Now they must unravel the horrifying events of a murder committed decades earlier. In doing so, they discover that the only thing stronger than a hatred that will not die is a heart willing to sacrifice everything for another.

My review for the book 13th June 2020

A very enjoyable read with elements of romance, paranormal and mystery coming together in a story that will keep you intrigued to the end.

The setting of the story is spectacular, and the author takes us through the year with great visual effect, as the seasons change so dramatically in the North Carolina mountains. The love stories spanning the 50 years, are interconnected through the cabin that Sarah Grey has bought as a writing retreat, and escape from a life that had become far too predictable.

The relationships between the characters are told in parallel, with flashbacks and letters that reveal the truth about the terrible tragedy back in the 1960s that resulted in present day events.

Marcia Meara shows a deep understanding of human nature and takes time to build up the relationship between Mac and Sarah, allowing the reader an opportunity to engage with the characters in a meaningful way. Equally well told is the love story between Ruthie and Frank. Hopes for their future together were blighted by her past and the evil that was looming on the edges of this idyllic spot. The author does a great job in bringing all these strands from past and present together and creating a tense and frightening build up to the climax in the 1960s and the long lasting aftershocks that cause turmoil in the present day.

What is the mystery behind the terrifying events on one particular night every year and how can it be stopped?  You will need to read the book to find out. Which I highly recommend that you do.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

A selection of books by Marcia Meara

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US And : Amazon UK – Marcia Meara on: Goodreads – Blog:Marcia Meara WritesTwitter: @MarciaMeara

Marcia Meara lives in central Florida, just north of Orlando, with her husband of over thirty years, four big cats, and one small dachshund.

When not writing or blogging, she spends her time gardening, and enjoying the surprising amount of wildlife that manages to make a home in her suburban yard. She enjoys nature. Really, really enjoys it. All of it! Well, almost all of it, anyway. From birds, to furry critters, to her very favorites, snakes. The exception would be spiders, which she truly loathes, convinced that anything with eight hairy legs is surely up to no good. She does not, however, kill spiders anymore, since she knows they have their place in the world. Besides, her husband now handles her Arachnid Catch and Release Program, and she’s good with that.

Spiders aside, the one thing Marcia would like to tell each of her readers is that it’s never too late to make your dreams come true. If, at the age of 69, she could write and publish a book (and thus fulfill 64 years of longing to do that very thing), you can make your own dreams a reality, too. Go for it! What have you got to lose?


Thanks for dropping by today and I hope you have enjoyed my review and will check out this book and the others by Marcia Meara. Thanks Sally

59 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from My Archives – Past Book Reviews 2020 – #Paranormal – Wake Robin Ridge: Book One by Marcia Meara

  1. Thank you so much for featuring my first book today, Sally. Wake-Robin Ridge was meant to be a bucket list item, one and done, but even after all these years, my life is still full of surprises. Once I started reading the reviews, I just had to try another book. And another. Now, I plan to keep on writing until I fall face down on the keyboard, and getting to know wonderful folks like you in the writing community has made it fun every step of the way! You still and always ROCK, Sally! Have a great day and an even greater weekend! 🙂 ❤

    Sharing this one! 😀

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      • I am working on ideas for the WRR spinoff novellas, even as I plot some new twists for my 4th Riverbend book. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy what the gang gets up to in the future tales! 😀 Doin’ my best to keep on rockin’, too, though I’ll never be able to keep up with you. Still, I’m okay with that. It isn’t a contest. It’s a life style! 😀 ❤

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      • Lol..not doing a lot of rockin’ at the moment I am afraid.. my dodgy knee dislocated again.. probably too much Status Quo when peeling the carrots.. it takes a couple of weeks to settle down.. I put it back in and give it a good talking too.. I am not doing as much walking as I should as it has been appalling weather… and the treadmill just did not appeal.. have to do better..♥


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    • Oh, I’d love to hear what you think about the goings-on along Wake-Robin Ridge, Michael! Can’t wait to get your thoughts.

      And yep, I do love gardening, though right now, you’d be hard pressed to tell it by the sad shape of our yard. We have still not recovered from Hurricane Irma, which smashed the entire back garden beds and all the hedges out front, along with crushing our garage. It pretty much ruined 16 years of hard work, but we ARE making a valiant effort to get it back together again. It just takes a lot longer these days. Backs and knees are less forgiving after a certain age, for sure! But we will NOT give up.

      Sitting on our back patio, sipping tea (coffee for Mark) and watching our hummingbirds and cardinals (and the occasional black racer) visiting the garden was SO very good for the soul. Can’t wait to get it back to something beautiful again. (Though I do plan to make it easier maintenance this time around.)

      Thanks for stopping by and taking a moment to say hello! It’s very appreciated! 🙂

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  3. Wonderful review, Sally, of the start of a series that just gets better and better. I loved this first book, and then Rabbit came along in the second one and I lost my heart to him! xx

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    • Thanks so much, Craig. You know, in spite of the romantic bits (not your thing, I realize), you might enjoy the things that go bump in the night in this one. Some creepy stuff, and some fairly scary bits, too, I think. NOT that I’m pushing you toward my book or anything, you understand. Just sayin’ is all. 😀 😀 😀

      Thanks for stopping by and taking a moment to comment, Craig. VERY much appreciated. 😀

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