#ShareAReviewDay Tuesday – Finding Hunter by Marcia Meara

I hope you’ll indulge me this afternoon, folks. I decided I was overdue in sharing one of my own reviews, so I’ve chosen a great one for my 2nd Riverbend novel, Finding Hunter. Hunter, the youngest of the Painter brothers, has a very special place in my heart. Hope you enjoy reading this one, and will pass it along where you can. Thanks!



I was looking forward to this book because I enjoyed the first one in the series so much. And now I’m eager to read book three. Marcia Meara has found her groove in the complex-character/Florida-fiction niche.

I love character-driven fiction, and this is the epitome of a character-driven piece. Hunter Painter puts a smile on your face and a tear in your eye from the first page. His story arc had me an emotional wreck, so you can imagine what he and Willow went through. And Willow… so strong, so understanding, so amazing. She is a force to be reckoned with.

These characters and the supporting cast kept me on the edge of my seat. This book depicts the horrors of PTSD from not just the person plagued by it, but also from the POV of the family and friends who so often feel helpless and are relegated to watching their loved one suffer. Meara explored this condition thoroughly and without restraint. It was an eye-opening and heart-wrenching take on the topic.

As I said, I really enjoyed this novel and can’t wait to read the next installment.

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.

Willow soon 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.

Buy Finding Hunter HERE


Author Marcia Meara
Marcia Meara lives in central Florida, just north of Orlando, with her husband of over thirty years, four big cats, and one small dachshund.

Marcia enjoys nature. Really, really enjoys it.  All of it! Well, almost all of it, anyway, from birds, to furry critters, to her very favorites, snakes. She does, however, consider squirrels to be minions of Satan, sent to drive her mad. And she truly loathes spiders, convinced that anything with eight hairy legs is surely up to no good. She does not, however, kill spiders anymore, since she knows they have their place in the world. Besides, her husband now handles her Arachnid Catch & Release Program, and she’s good with that.

Spiders aside, the one thing Marcia would like to tell each of her readers is that it’s never too late to make your dreams come true. If, at the age of 69, she could write and publish a book (and thus fulfill 64 years of longing to do that very thing), you can make your own dreams a reality, too. Go for it! What have you got to lose?



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

    • Thanks, Jacquie! I hope I did it up right. (It doesn’t do to get the Painter boys mad at you. 😀 ) And I was really thrilled with this review. It’s gotten fewer than some of my books, but still has a 5-star average, and a couple of them are stellar. I just need to get busy and do some marketing on ALL my books. Like most of us, I hate that part, but I’ve got some ideas that I hope won’t be too onerous for me to tackle. 😀

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    • He is, indeed, Mae, and once in a while, I just have to turn the spotlight on the characters who live in my head. 😀 When I scheduled this, I didn’t have anyone else lined up, either, so I figured, why not? It IS a super review, too, so it wasn’t hard to talk ME into sharing it. 😀 ❤

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  1. I’m often moved by books but rarely do they move me to tears. This amazing book made me cry several times as I felt Hunter’s pain and Willow’s beautiful and unconditional love for him. And I need to point out that the book is not all doom and gloom – so much of it was heartwarming and, often, chuckle-aloud amusing! I love this book and the understanding of the vulnerability of the human mind is handled in an extraordinarily sensitive way. Hand on heart, I recommend this book to anyone looking for a story to enthrall and to touch the heart. ❤

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    • Wow, what a wonderful testimonial, Trish! Thank you so much! And I thank you on Hunter’s behalf, as well. If it’s any consolation, I cried many times while telling his story, but he also is a very funny guy, and he made me laugh out loud, too. I’m glad you saw that in him, as well.

      He’s that misfit who never seemed to fit in anywhere, but who always saw and understood what was going on around him. But as the tagline says, people like Hunter sometimes lose their way in this harsh and unforgiving world.

      Nothing makes a writer feel better than knowing someone really sees what they were striving to say, and really “gets” a character they have presented. Your words made my day. No, my week. Heck, my whole year!! 😀 HUGS from across the Atlantic! ❤

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    • They do, indeed. And comments like some of these today are very rewarding, as well. It’s especially nice when it’s about a book that means so much to me. This is my personal favorite, I think, of everything I’ve written–so far! 😀

      Thanks for stopping by today! 🙂

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  2. First you host me and help me spread the word about my book, then you choose my review to help promote yours. I’m so delighted you liked what I said enough to choose my thoughts to highlight your work. You’re an outstanding author, Marcia, and I hope this review helps the world find your novel and enjoy it as much as I did.

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    • Man, you are making me sound like a wonderful person (and writer!) all the way around. Thanks! 🙂 My life has been so disorganized and out of control lately that YOUR words are giving me heart! I know the disruptions are temporary, but sharing your fabulous review of FH lifted my spirits out of the low point where they were wallowing. (There are a couple of other reviews for Hunter that I love a lot, too, and I’ll share those another time.)

      I was super happy to have you as a guest, especially with a book I enjoyed as much as The Gate, and it was fun to share the day with you by posting about Hunter. Glad it worked!!! And yes, I’d love it if more folks found Hunter (no pun intended) and That Darkest Place. Workin’ on it!! 😀

      In the meantime, you are ALWAYS welcome here on The Write Stuff. All you have to do is squeeze in a moment or two between everything else you’re up to. Easy, right? 😀 😀 😀

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    • That’s great to hear, Jaye! I hope you’ll enjoy Hunter when you meet him. From his funny, quirky comments to his pain and anguish, he was a wonderful character to write about, and I hope I did him well. I still keep in touch with him, you know, and he and his brothers will pop up again in future Riverbend books as secondary characters. All three of them have a lot to deal with in That Darkest Place, for instance.

      I’ll be interested in hearing your thoughts when you have time to read Finding Hunter. 🙂 ❤

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    • Thank you, Harmony! There are several reviews for FH that I dearly love, and this one was perfect for today (because writester is actually Staci Troilo, and it was fun sharing the day with her). I hope you’ll enjoy the whole series (to date) when you have a chance to read them. And I especially hope you like Hunter. 🙂

      Thanks so much for sharing!! ❤

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    • Sure are! I celebrate each and every review I get, Natalie, from the briefest to the really beautiful ones. I don’t post them here too often, since I always have lots of good things to share for other folks, but now and then I can’t resist. I had an opening and this wonderful review handy, so in it went. Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Teri! There are several for FH that I really love, and this is one of them. Such a good feeling to read something like this. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment, too. 🙂

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    • Oh, that’s great, Denise! I hope you enjoy it when you finally meet up with Gunnar Wolfe, Maggie Devlin, Willow Greene, and those Painter boys, Jackson, Forrest, and Hunter. They are just some of the folks now living in my head, thanks to this series. And if I ever finish WRR #4, The Light, there will definitely be a Riverbend #4. It’s already taking shape. 🙂

      Thanks for the congratulations, too. FH has received some pretty nice reviews, and this is one of my favorites. 🙂 ❤


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