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The Water Keeper

Updated: Dec 30, 2020

The Water Keeper is a riveting and breathless boat trip down the Florida Intercoastal Waterway



Murphy Shephard is a man with many secrets. He lives alone on a island in Northeast Florida, tending the grounds of a church with no priest and no parishioners. He has quietly dedicated his life to rescuing women in peril. No one know who he is or what he does. But as he mourns the recent loss of his mentor and friend, Murph himself may be more lost than he realizes.

When he pulls a beautiful woman name Summer out of the Florida Intercoastal Waterway, Murph’s cruise to lay his mentor to rest in the water of the Keys, takes a unplanned and dangerous turn. Drawn to help Summer find her missing daughter, Murphy is pulled once again, into the dark and dangerous world of human-trafficking.

Murphy gets help from some unexpected new friends, including a faithful Labrador he plucks from the ocean, and an ex-convict name Clay. Murph races against the clock to locate Summer’s daughter. At the same time he is unknowingly uncovering secrets of his past.


THE WATER KEEPER is another fabulously powerful novel by Charles Martin. It’s a story of love, friendship, sacrifice, dedication and forgiveness. The writing is absorbing and beautiful, and each of the characters are well drawn. This is a BlueStockingBest read for 2020.

Murph is an amazingly strong, sensitive and faith-filled man. His past, present and future collide in this smartly structured action-packed thriller. Just be prepared for a fast and furious roller-coaster of a boat ride.

There is danger around every bend, as Murph races down the Intercoastal to find the bad guys and rescue Summer’s daughter before it’s to late. A big shout out to Gunner, the resilient Labrador Retriever. Even he helps bring the story to life with his boundless energy, stamina and loyalty.

Author Charles Martin lives in Jacksonville, Florida and has portrayed the beauty of the eastern coastline of Florida magnificently. This is his fourteenth novel. His prior novels include Send Down the Rain Long Way Gone and The Mountain Between Us, which was made into a major motion picture

Thanks to Netgalley and Thomas Nelson for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher Thomas Nelson

Published May 5, 2020

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