The Water Keeper

The Water Keeper

A riveting new 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 for 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 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.

Title:The Water Keeper
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780785230915
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    The Water Keeper Reviews

  • Elyse  Walters

    Hoopla Audiobook.... narrated by Jonathan RiggsI’ve been meaning to read Charles Martin for years. you know... ‘one of these days’. The book covers are usually all eye-catching and reviews seem...

  • Dave

    In the movie "The Wrath of Khan," Spock says, “Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” Captain Kirk answers, “Or the one.” The Water Keeper adopts Cap...

  • Chelsey (a_novel_idea11)

    Murph is a mysterious man with a haunted past. He lives and works in a chapel in Florida when he’s not on a mission or on the water. Nearby is a popular sandbar where boats dock to party and enjoy t...

  • DeAnn

    4 Mission Impossible StarsI picked this one up when I saw a few stellar reviews from fellow Goodreads friends. I have never read this author before and for some reason the cover made me think it would...

  • Lisa

    The Water Keeper is a riveting and breathless boat trip down the Florida Intercoastal Waterway SUMMARYMurphy Shephard is a man with many secrets. He lives alone on a island in Northeast Florida, tendi...

  • Anna

    This novel deals with the serious and difficult topic of sex trafficking.Murphy, a broken and lonely man, is a caretaker of a remote chapel on an island off the coast of Florida and captains a small b...

  • Missy

    Ok, I think I have stopped crying enough to write this review. Charles Martin can make me ugly cry in every book. This story is about Murph Shepard, a loner, a priest, broken-hearted, and will stop at...

  • Melissa

    "Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of GodOh, it chases me down, fights 'til I'm found, leaves the ninety-nine"This song echoed through my head throughout my reading of this novel. The ...

  • Skip

    Like his other books, Charles Martin's themes of love, hope and redemption are prevalent in this story, which revolve around sex trafficking. Murphy Shepherd lives a double or perhaps triple life, pos...

  • Judy

    One awesome read! Themes of love and redemption run through this story surrounding the evil abduction of girls for sex trafficking. These themes are familiar in all the Charles Martin stories I've rea...