Wake Robin Ridge #1 by Marcia Meara #bookreview #suspense

“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.

A story of evil trumped by the power of love and redemption, Wake-Robin Ridge will transport you to the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and introduce you to characters you won’t soon forget. 

I enjoyed the slower pace of this novel while getting to know these characters, along with their pets (you can never go wrong adding furry friends to a story).  Being familiar with the Asheville, NC area, I loved the author’s vivid descriptions of the neighboring fictional small town of Wake-Robin Ridge.  The mountains are beautiful, and I could completely understand why Sarah relocates there to begin her writing career.  Ruthie’s story is both heartbreaking and inspiring, and I wondered how the two stories would intertwine.  And then the ghost showed up – color me thrilled.  What follows is a harrowing, lovely, bittersweet tale that provides answers to years old questions.

Wake-Robin Ridge contains two touching love stories with a supernatural twist, a lesson on coming to terms with your past, dropping the barriers, and allowing yourself to find happiness.  A true pleasure to read.

***I’ll be traveling today and tomorrow, so I may not get to comments for a couple days.  Have a great weekend!***


49 thoughts on “Wake Robin Ridge #1 by Marcia Meara #bookreview #suspense

  1. Thank you so much for this wonderful review, Teri! I’m so glad you enjoyed Wake-Robin Ridge. It was originally meant to be a bucket list thing, but grew into a series (4 books, so far) and I’m happy to say I still enjoy writing these mountain tales, especially with the addition of that little boy named Rabbit, who really shook up Sarah (and Mac’s) world! 🙂 Definitely sharing this! 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, Staci! I was so thrilled to publish this first book, I can’t begin to tell you. And to see it still getting good reviews is pure joy! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment, too! So glad you liked this one. 🙂 ❤

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      1. That’s music to my ears, Teri. I keep reading about leaving out all the descriptive stuff, but next to characters I can invest in, that’s my favorite part of most books I read, and it’s the way I like to tell a story. I want readers to feel like they are there, looking over the shoulders of each of my characters and experiencing the world just as they do. It won’t work for every reader, but as long as “enough” folks enjoy it, I’ll keep writing that way. 🙂 ❤


    1. I’ll be eager to hear your thoughts on this one, Priscilla. I like to think I’ve learned more about writing with each book, but as my first, this one holds a special place in my heart. And I thoroughly envied Sarah and her move to her mountain cabin, my idea of heaven on earth! 😀 Thanks for stopping by! ❤


      1. Me, too, Teri. But having said that, there’s nothing supernatural going on in my other series, mostly because the people in Riverbend are weird enough all by themselves. 😀 And besides, Wake-Robin Ridge is the perfect backdrop for things that go bump in the night. 😉 ❤


    1. Glad you like the sound of it, Books, Teacup, and Reviews, but I do have to warn you, it’s not ALL cozy. That ghost Teri mentions does have a somewhat unpleasant agenda for sure. 😀 Thanks for stopping by today and taking a moment to comment. 🙂 It’s much appreciated! 🙂

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    1. For now, I hope the Painter Brothers are keeping you entertained, Joan. And I’ll continue to look forward to hearing what you think about Wake-Robin Ridge, where things still go bump in the night. 😀 ❤ Thanks for stopping by today! 🙂 ❤

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    1. Oh, how I love those North Carolina mountains, Teagan. I’ve dreamed of a cabin just like Sarah bought (only without the unexpected nighttime visitor) for years! Doesn’t look like it was meant to be, but when I write about that area near Lake Lure and Chimney Rock and Asheville, it’s almost like living there! 😀 Thanks for stopping by today! ❤

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