Saturday, July 17, 2021

THE WATER KEEPER by Charles Martin, Reviewed by Kim

I’m embarrassed to admit that The Water Keeper is the first book I’ve read by Charles Martin. After finishing this story, I immediately started collecting every story I could find by him! There’s just something about his writing style that makes me want to keep reading.

I was drawn into this novel from the first page. I wanted to know everyone’s story immediately, but you have to be patient because Mr. Martin gives you just enough to keep you wanting more. The wait is totally worth it once you get to the end and see how all the threads of this story come together! Some things I guessed, but others totally threw me for a loop! The secondary characters really added to this story. 

I cannot wait to catch up on Mr. Martin’s backlist that I have accumulated since finishing this story!

*I purchased this story. The faith thread is medium.

BackCover Blurb:

A riveting new story of heroism, heartache, and the power of love to heal all wounds.

Murphy Shepherd is a man with many secrets. He lives alone on an island, tending the grounds of a church with no parishioners, and he’s dedicated his life to rescuing those in peril. But as he mourns the loss of his mentor and friend, Murph himself may be more lost than he realizes.

When he pulls a beautiful woman named Summer out of Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway, Murph’s mission to lay his mentor to rest at the end of the world takes a dangerous turn. Drawn to Summer, and desperate to find her missing daughter, Murph is pulled deeper and deeper into the dark and dangerous world of modern-day slavery.

With help from some unexpected new friends, including a faithful Labrador he plucks from the ocean and an ex-convict named Clay, Murph must race against the clock to locate the girl before he is consumed by the secrets of his past—and the ghosts who tried to bury them.

With Charles Martin’s trademark lyricism and poignant prose,
The Water Keeper is at once a tender love story and a heartrending search for freedom.

Thomas Nelson Publishing, May 2020
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  1. I’ve heard such great things about his books. I must try them.

  2. Great discovery, right? He’s one of my very favorite authors, one whose books I actually pre-order!


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