Sunday, June 19, 2022

THE WATER KEEPER by Charles Martin, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

*Murphy Shepherd Series #1
"Love is like water. No matter how you cut it, slice it, beat it, or blow it into ten trillion droplets, give it a few minutes and it will all come back together again. . . Clear. Clean. Cool. Love fills the empty places and flows from what was once the epicenter of the wound. And it's the flowing that washes out the residue of the pain and makes us whole again. That's the crazy miracle that is love."

Murphy Shepherd had loved and lost, and therefore had made it his life mission to pursue "the needs of the one", which for him "outweigh(ed) those of the ninety-nine". When a beautiful young woman knocks on the door of his island chapel one evening, scantily clad and reeking of alcohol, Murphy knows that watching her get back on the luxurious party boat hovering just off shore means the end of life as she knows it. It was the kind of boat that "people got on, but not everyone got off".

As Murphy heads down the Florida coastline on his own boat to fulfill a personal mission, his life intertwines with three others, plus a canine with at least nine lives. Their connections are nothing short of a miracle and nothing less than impossible.

With his innate ability to write raw emotion into a story, the author both tenderly and tenaciously brings the horrific industry that thrives on buying and selling "flesh" into the limelight, begging the question . . . who will put the "one" who is lost ahead of the other ninety-nine. The Good Shepherd has given us His example, will we go and do likewise?

A brilliant story . . . with more to come!

*Note: based on the subject matter, an inspirational fiction reader should expect a certain level of violence and innuendos, that if left out, would water down the truth.
*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 4.5 stars

BackCover Blurb:
A riveting story of heroism, heartache, and the power of love to heal all wounds by bestselling author Charles Martin.

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 5, 2022
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook:
Buy THE WATER KEEPER at Amazon, Christianbook .com, or Baker Book House 

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