A Boy Named Rabbit by @MarciaMeara #BookReview #Suspense




In Book 2 of the Wake-Robin Ridge series, Marcia Meara, author of Swamp Ghosts and Finding Hunter, returns to the rugged beauty of the North Carolina mountains, introducing a little boy whose remarkable gift will change the world for everyone he meets.

“Evil’s comin’, boy…comin’ fast. Look for the man with eyes like winter skies, and hair like a crow’s wing. He’s the one you gotta find.”

The remote mountain wilderness of North Carolina swallowed up the ten-year-old boy as he made his way down from the primitive camp where his grandparents had kept him hidden all his life. His dying grandmother, gifted with the Sight, set him on a quest to find the Good People, and though he is filled with fear and wary of civilization, Rabbit is determined to keep his promise to her. When he crosses paths with Sarah and MacKenzie Cole, neither their lives nor his, are ever the same again.

The extraordinary little boy called Rabbit has the power light up the darkness, and the resourcefulness to save himself from the one person his grandparents had hoped would never find him. His dangerous and bittersweet journey will touch you in unexpected ways, and once you’ve let Rabbit into your heart, you’ll never forget him.






Marcia Meara is a native Floridian, and lives in Sanford, just north of Orlando, with her husband of 30+ years, four large cats, and two small dachshunds. When not working on her books and blogs, she spends her time gardening, and enjoying the surprising amount of wildlife that manages to make a home in her suburban yard.

At the age of five, Marcia declared she wanted to be an author, and is ecstatic that a mere 64 years later, she finally wrote “Wake-Robin Ridge,” her first novel. Making up for lost time, she has published five more novels and a spinoff novella over the last four years:

A Boy Named Rabbit: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 2
Harbinger: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 3

Swamp Ghosts: Riverbend Book 1
Finding Hunter: Riverbend Book 2
That Darkest Place: Riverbend Book 3

The Emissary: A Riverbend Spinoff Novella

Marcia has also published a small chapbook of poetry, Summer Magic: Poems of Life and Love, and her work has been included in six Silver Birch Press Anthologies.

Her philosophy? It’s never too late to follow your dream. Just take that first step, and never look back. At age 73, when many people are slowing down, Marcia’s new career is just taking off. She plans to keep on writing until she falls face down on the keyboard, and would, in fact, consider that a pretty good way to go.

You can reach Marcia through her blogs and other social media:

The Write Stuff: http://marciamearawrites.com/
Bookin’ It: http://marciameara.wordpress.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marcia.meara.writer
Twitter: @marciameara
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/marciameara/



My Review

This book is a gem!

Ten year old Rabbit has only known one way of life raised in the North Carolina mountains by elderly grandparents. His grandpa disappears and his grandmother dies leaving him with the stern warning, “Evil’s comin’, boy…comin’ fast. Look for the man with eyes like winter skies, and hair like a crow’s wing. He’s the one you gotta find.”

Scared, but determined to abide by her last wishes, Rabbit packs his meagre belongings and heads across the mountains until he stumbles upon Sarah and Mac.

Sarah can’t believe her eyes when she spots a boy hiding in the woods on their property. It takes time and patience, but she finally manages to convince the boy (Rabbit) to come to her house and meet her husband, Mac.

Mac lost his own son years ago and wants nothing to do with the child Sarah has foisted onto them. He works to find Rabbit’s family so that he can get his safe, quiet home back, but he can’t help coming to care for the boy.

They’re amazed and charmed by the delight Rabbit takes in things they’ve always taken for granted; music, electricity, a fridge, even a bed.

“I been sleepin’ under the stars my whole life, an’ when I woke up here, I didn’t know where I was, an’ I couldn’t even figger who I was, neither. I lost me…you know that part what makes us each just us an’ no one else?

Meara, Marcia. A Boy Named Rabbit: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 2 (p. 88). UNKNOWN. Kindle Edition.

But trouble is coming to Angel House, as Rabbit calls it, and it will take the love and support of Rabbit’s newfound friends to give him the family he’s always wanted.

The author does an amazing job of bring the Blue Ridge Mountains to life in this tale of triumph over adversity. Rabbit’s sweet honesty creates a hero you can’t help but love.

I give A Boy Named Rabbit 5 well-deserved lovely kisses!


27 thoughts on “A Boy Named Rabbit by @MarciaMeara #BookReview #Suspense

  1. OH, Jacquie! What a lovely review! Thank you so much! And I’m truly happy that you love Little Rabbit, too. He’s become such a part of me, I can’t imagine life without him. (He makes me look at life in a very different way than I did before he came into my life.) Further, Rabbit has managed to usurp my entire mountain series. His next adventure is Harbinger, which features the ancient Celtic legend of the black dog as an omen of death. That’s a very common legend in the Appalachians, brought over from Ireland and Scotland, and it seemed a perfect fit for this little boy with his powerful gift. Hope you’ll have a chance to read that one, too.

    I’m also hard at work on #4 in the series, which introduces the unexplained mystery of the Brown Mountain lights, and a whole new gang of folks for Rabbit to interact with.

    Your review just MADE my morning, and I can’t thank you enough for you kind words! 🙂 ❤

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    1. Please do excuse my typos, though. Gulp. I’m having a Bad Eye day! 🙂 Very blurry vision this afternoon, but that’s not a good excuse. It’s just the best one I have. 😀

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      1. In the Appalachians, the black dog is known as Ol’ Shuck, and if you see him, you (or someone you know) is going to die. Or so the legend goes. Lots of books have been written about this legend over the years, even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles. I thought it was just the kind of thing Rabbit could get his teeth into (see what I did there? 😀 ), so I incorporated a version of the Black Dog into Harbinger. It was fun to write–in a creepy sort of way. 😯 😀

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      1. So glad you think the story sounds lovely, Jennifer, and I can tell from your user name, you’d likely be very familiar with the setting of this series. (A Boy Named Rabbit is actually the 2nd book.) I love the North Carolina mountains better than any place on earth I’ve ever been. (So far. Admittedly, there are a few places I haven’t seen yet. 😀 )

        I’m enjoying telling stories set in and around the Lake Lure/Chimney Rock/Asheville area of the state, and also stories set here in central Florida. I do love the wildlife in our rivers and swamps here, but honestly, I’d move to the mountains in a heartbeat, if it were possible right now.

        Thanks for taking the time to comment, and I hope you’ll check out Rabbit’s tale when you have time. If you do, I’ll be interested in hearing what you think. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Staci. It’s wonderful to know you love Rabbit so much, believe me. And I’m getting ready to turn him loose on the pages of The Light: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 4 once again. I just re-uploaded the first 12 chapters to my beta blog, and will be picking up the story line this week, I hope. So, be watching for more of this little boy’s adventures to come your way. 😀 ❤

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  2. Interesting. I’ve never talked to anyone who didn’t already know Mac and Sarah’s story, first. I try to keep the books so they’ll make sense as stand-alones, but obviously, there were a lot of things from the first book that set up the background for the second one–most especially the reason behind Mac having lived like a hermit on top of that ridge, before finally allowing anyone into his life, and how hard he fought against opening himself up to emotional involvement again. (Some pretty scary bits here and there, too.)

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  3. That’s good, but boy, was it EVER an issue. Big drama. 😀 And then there’s the ghost. And the murder. 😀 😀 😀 WRR1 was my first book, and since I never dreamed there’d be another, I threw everything but the kitchen sink at it. Oh, wait. There was mention of that in one scene, too. 😉 When you get all caught up on your TBR pile (Oh, sometimes I crack myself up!) maybe you’ll check it out one day.

    And speaking of that, I’d like to check out some of your books, too. Do you have a suggestion as to a good starting place? They all look pretty good to me. Which is your personal favorite series, or do you love them all for different reasons?

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    1. I definitely plan on more of your books, yes!
      For mine, it depends on your taste, I guess. The Wounded Hearts series (7 books so far and counting) are suspense with a SEAL team for the heroes. Expect some foul language and a heat rating of steamy.
      For mystery, there’s The Lady Said No. It’s set in the 1950’s with a bumbling detective investigating a murder just before the Kentucky Derby. Sweet rating.
      If you like suspense with a touch of paranormal there’s the Mended Souls series (two books and counting) with a trio of angels helping people on earth while seeking redemption within their souls. Moderate heat rating.
      Then I have a few contemporary romances to add to the mix- most with a moderate heat rating.

      Hope that helps and thanks for the interest!

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      1. It does, thanks! I’m definitely going to take a look later tonight. Of course, with the teetering TBR pile I already have, it might take me a wee bit of time to get started, but I’m definitely going to check them out. (Love the covers for the beachy looking one, too.)

        Finally finished the PowerPoint presentation I’m doing Saturday, so I’ll be spending the next day or two formatting TE2 for release on the 11th. I think. (Some days I don’t know if I’m coming or going, but I’m sure you know how that is! 🙂 )

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