Author, Books

Two Book Reviews!

Swamp Ghosts

by Marcia Meara

The Facts: Marcia Meara, author of the popular Wake-Robin Ridge books, sets her second series in the sleepy little town of Riverbend, Florida, where the hungry creatures swimming in the dark waters of the St. Johns River aren’t nearly as dangerous as those walking along the quiet neighborhood streets.

Wildlife photographer Gunnar Wolfe looked like the kind of guy every man wanted to be and every woman just plain wanted, and the St. Johns River of central Florida drew him like a magnet. EcoTour boat owner Maggie Devlin knew all the river’s secrets, including the deadliest ones found in the swamps. But neither Maggie nor Gunn was prepared for the danger that would come after them on two legs.

On a quest to make history photographing the rarest birds of them all, Gunnar hires the fiery, no-nonsense Maggie to canoe him into the most remote wetland areas in the state. He was unprepared for how much he would enjoy both the trips and Maggie’s company. He soon realizes he wants more than she’s able to give, but before he can win her over, they make a grisly discovery that changes everything, and turns the quiet little town of Riverbend upside down. A serial killer is on the prowl among them.

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My Thoughts: In one word, WOW. This book is such a great read! I had to force myself to stop reading so I could go to work. I also had to remind myself I was only reading a story because I was pulled so deeply into the book.

Swamp Ghosts has a lot to offer. Suspense, humor, romance. And you read from multiple points of view, and for this story and what’s going on, it works so well. There are quite a few surprises along the way, and you’re left wondering what will happen next. Definitely some edge-of-your-seat moments!

The characters are well-written. You can’t help but fall in love with a few of the main ones, like Maggie and Gunn. Even the side characters have their charms.

Overall, I loved reading Swamp Ghosts. I highly recommend giving it a look if you enjoy the mixture of suspense and romance.

Twenty-One Minutes

by Verwayne Greenhoe

The Facts: The true story of a medic who finds himself at the site of a horrific accident involving more than a dozen victims. As the medics work to rescue the survivors, Mitch finds one man hopelessly trapped and running out of time. The medic stays with the man, and a conversation between the two begins. It all transpires over twenty-one minutes, but it changed the life of the medic.

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My Thoughts: This was a short read but so powerful. The author put me in the story, and I felt every moment. Oh my word, what a story to share. Please read this.


21 thoughts on “Two Book Reviews!”

  1. Thank you, Mar!

    This story shaped my life. I was about to be married, and you think you are invincible when you are young. I learned quickly as a paramedic that your life can change forever in a matter of seconds.

    I understand that some people will say they can’t talk to strangers. In this story, I was working with a man who knew he would die soon. What do you talk about with someone like that?

    Thank you for the kind words.

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  2. Thank you so much for you wonderful review of Swamp Ghosts, Mar. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and really appreciate your sharing your thoughts about it. I’m especially happy that you enjoyed meeting some of the good folks who live in Riverbend. I got a lot of pleasure out of giving them each their own voice, and hoped they would feel as real to others as they did (and still do) to me.

    And big congratulations to Verwayne for such a super review, too. The story sounds absolutely riveting, and I’ll be checking it out shortly.

    Have a great day! 😊❤️😊

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    1. Thanks so much, Marcia! You did an incredible job with the characters. Per usual, I was sad to see Swamp Ghosts end, so of course, I can’t wait til the next one!

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  3. So glad you enjoyed it that much, Mar, and if you don’t know, there are two more books out in the series, though they focus on the Painter brothers, who are each very different souls. (Finding Hunter and That Darkest Place.) When you get a chance to check them out, I hope you’ll enjoy them, as well.

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