Bonus #ShareAReviewDay Post – Finding Hunter by Marcia Meara

It’s Sunday again, and time for another Bonus #ShareAReviewDay Post. I love it when a reader really gets what I’m trying to say, don’t you? And this new review of Finding Hunter: Riverbend Book 2 really touched my heart. Hope you enjoy it, and if you haven’t yet started the Riverbend series, maybe this will entice you to give it a try. There are a  lot of very quirky characters living in this little Florida town, but happily, there’s not always a serial killer trying to cause them harm. 😀 Thanks for reading and sharing! ❤


Jul 15, 2018 Alex Craigie  5 Stars it was amazing

I read Marcia Meara’s first Riverbend novel a little while ago and loved it. It combines a romantic love story with an edge-of-your-seat tension as the protagonists find themselves sucked into the horrific world of a sadistic serial killer.

Finding Hunter, the second book, doesn’t feature a serial killer but, for me, this was a book that packed an even greater emotional punch and the tension was as great – if not greater.

Finding Hunter is more terrifying because the horror in the story could happen to any one of us. It concerns the way families frequently behave, not recognising or acknowledging problems and, when things do go wrong, lashing out without thought of the damage done or its far-reaching consequences. It’s often the most perceptive characters who are hurt hardest in this life and Hunter is sensitive to everything around him, trying to do the best he can for everyone and struggling with the weight of his burden.

We first meet Willow and Hunter in Book One and we know that they’ve each hidden their love for the other for years. The characters are wonderfully developed. They’re as real as one’s own family and you walk with Willow and Hunter every step of the way, wincing, fearing, mourning and rejoicing with them every step of the way, too. They are perfect for each other and the scenes where they are able to give free reign to their feelings are expertly written. These are people with genuine emotions and needs and the love scenes, whilst handled with a light touch, are beautiful, funny and very moving without being graphic.

When tragedy strikes, Hunter goes missing both literally and figuratively and there is a very real sense of fear and dread. Willow is a wonderful character. She’s strong, intuitive and honest and prepared to do what it takes to get Hunter back. I won’t say any more for fear of dropping spoilers but I will confess to unashamedly weeping over parts of this incredible book.

So, this isn’t a book about sinister murderers and derring-do. No, it’s a truly frightening book about the frailty of the human spirit and how we respond to it. This is for people who like a great, pacy read with characters that leap off the page and who drive the story as much as the tragic incidents do. We can all identify in some way with Hunter and Willow and that makes it all the more personal and terrifying.

Five of the most sparkly of stars from me!


Before, I never thought about taking a life. Not once.
Now, the thought fills my mind day and night, and
I wonder how I’ll hide that terrible need,
As an old car swings to the shoulder,
And stops.

~ Traveling Man ~

Hunter Painter’s darkest fears have shaped his offbeat personality since he was a child, crippling him in ways invisible to those unable to see past his quiet exterior. In a sleepy Florida town known for its eccentric inhabitants, he’s always been a mystery to most.

Only one person sees beyond Hunter’s quirky facade. Willow Greene, the new age herbalist who owns the local candle and potpourri shop, has secretly loved him since they were in high school. When, sixteen years later, she discovers Hunter has loved her just as long, Willow hopes her dreams are finally coming true.

Soon, Willow learns that Hunter fears happiness at her side isn’t in the cards for him. With her natural optimism and courage, she almost convinces him he’s wrong—that they can really have that life together they both long for—but even Willow can’t stop what Hunter knows is coming.

One by one, his worst nightmares become reality, culminating in an unthinkable tragedy, which devastates everyone it touches. Willow’s battle begins in earnest as Hunter is plunged into a bleak, guilt-ridden despair, threatening to destroy not only their love, but Hunter, himself.

Finding Hunter is the story of a lost man’s desperate struggle to make his way home again, and one woman’s unshakeable faith in him and the power of their love.

Author Marcia Meara

Marcia Meara lives in central Florida, just north of Orlando, with her husband of over thirty years, four big cats, and two small dachshunds. When not writing or blogging, 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 at age 69, she finally began pursuing that dream. Her belief in the redemptive power of love is a unifying factor in both of her popular series and her poetry. Today, she’s still going strong, and plans to keep on writing until she falls face down on the keyboard, which she figures would be a pretty good way to go!

BUY HERE: Finding Hunter: Riverbend Book 2

Marcia has published six novels, one novella, and one book of poetry to date, all of which are available on Amazon: 

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

Swamp Ghosts: A Riverbend Novel
Finding Hunter: Riverbend Book 2
That Darkest Place: Riverbend Book  

The Emissary: A Riverbend Spinoff Novella 

Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love 

Marcia’s Amazon Author Page

You can reach Marcia via email at or on the following social media sites:

The Write Stuff:
Bookin’ It:
Twitter: @marciameara

35 thoughts on “Bonus #ShareAReviewDay Post – Finding Hunter by Marcia Meara

    • Thank you, Colleen. I am so thankful for every single review my books garner, and this one was just too lovely not to share. SO happy to know Hunter & Willow touched a reader’s heart in this way. This is, in many ways, my personal favorite out of all my books, so these words mean the world to me. 🙂 ❤

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        • I hope when you have a chance to read it, you’ll enjoy it, too. (Though you probably ought to read Book 1, first, I do think it can be read as a stand-alone. You just wouldn’t have the benefit of knowing the backstory, though I do add enough so it makes sense.) Anyway, I’ll be eager to hear what you think if you get a chance to read it. 🙂 ❤

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            • Ha, we were cross-posting! I do hope you get to read Swamp Ghosts, and you enjoy it. Then you can think about Hunter and That Darkest Place. Lots of interconnections going on in this little town. 😀

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              • It looks fabulous. I moved from Pensacola, FL to Colorado a few years ago. My first book is about the swamp too. I have to add your book to my August book purchases. I’m all tapped out for this month. I could put us in the poor house with all the books I buy! LOL! I have you on my calendar. ❤

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                • Aw, SMOOCHES! I hope you enjoy it, and are all primed for Finding Hunter when you finish. I also hope Swamp Ghosts isn’t “the book that broke the budget’s back.” 😀 😀 😀

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          • Ooops, I misread, Colleen. You were talking about Book 1, and that really would be the best way to read them. But either way, I’ll look forward to your thoughts. 🙂


    • Thank you so much, Olga. I just loved this one, and since it’s fairly new, I wanted to pass it along. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. VERY appreciated! 🙂 ❤


    • Thank you so much, Lana! I’m glad the books sounds suspenseful and compelling. I certainly aimed for both of those things. And yes, I’m with you on the small town thing. So much going on behind closed doors. 😀 Glad you liked the blurb, too, thanks.

      My cats pretty much rule the household. The dachshunds are MUCH louder, but they are both elderly, and don’t have the clout they once did. 😀 (Of course, the cats never HAVE listened to them. 😀 )

      Thanks for stopping by today and taking the time to comment. It’s very much appreciated, for sure. 🙂 ❤

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    • Thank you so much, Mary!! It IS a lovely review, which is good for my heart, but ALL reviews count towards helping us increase sales. Even if they only say, “I love this book.” (And leave 5 stars, hahaha). So don’t be intimidated by any other reviews. When you enjoy a book, let the world know, and we will love your reviews JUST AS MUCH, I promise.

      So nice to hear that you agree with this one, because honestly, Hunter is my favorite character, and Finding Hunter is my personal favorite book. I love all my characters, of course, but Hunter just speaks to me. (What can I say? I’ve always been a sucker for an angsty misfit.) Thanks for taking the time to stop by today, and for leaving such a sweet comment. I’m going to catch up on my blog reading one of these days, and I’ve saved a few of your posts in my Inbox, eagerly awaiting time to peruse them at my leisure. 🙂 ❤

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    • Thanks, Diana. And yep, I knew as soon as I introduced Hunter as the hero’s best friend in Book 1, he had a story that had to be told. And guess what? He has 2 brothers, and by the end of Finding Hunter, I’d left them in circumstances that had to be sorted out. So Book 3 tells the story of the other two Painter boys, and now I can move on to a few new folks in Book 4. Of course, in a town the size of Riverbend, familiar faces pop up here and there, and everyone knows everyone else. 🙂

      Glad you think it sounds interesting, and hope you’ll have time to check it out someday. (I know how that TBR pile is for most of us writers, believe me.) Thanks for stopping by and for taking time to comment! 🙂 ❤ (And one of these Tuesdays, we should be featuring one of YOUR favorite reviews!)

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    • Thanks so much, Balroop. I hope you’ll enjoy it, and find it makes a good follow-up to Swamp Ghosts, even without the serial killer. 😯 So nice to hear from you this morning. Thanks for taking the time to comment, as well. 🙂 ❤

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