Water Keeper

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A riveting story of heroism, heartache, and the power of love to heal all wounds.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, a heartrending search for freedom, and a reminder that the needs of the one outweigh those of the ninety-nine.�I�m telling you, it�s an action-packed, classic Charles Martin romance novel unlike anything I�ve ever read. And remember . . . the day you pick up this book is the day you become temporarily unavailable to the world.� �Charlie Martin, son of Charles Martin�Charles Martin fans rejoice, because he�s done it again . . . a multilayered story woven together with grace and redemption, and packed tight with tension and achingly real characters.� �Lauren Denton, USA TODAY bestselling author of The Hideaway�In The Water Keeper Charles Martin crafts a compelling story with skill and sensitivity. Open the pages of this book and you�ll enter the world of characters caught up in a real-life drama that grips the heart. As with all of Charles�s books you never finish it�you continue to live there in your own imagination. Current fans won�t be disappointed; new readers will understand why Charles Martin is on the short list of contemporary authors I recommend above all others.� �Robert Whitlow, bestselling authorThe first story in a new series from Charles MartinFull-length novel (c. 110,000 words)Includes Discussion Questions for Book ClubsAlso by Charles Martin: The Mountain Between Us, Send Down the Rain, Long Way Gone, When Crickets Cry