Tide of Mermaid Tears by Marcia Lynn McClure

Yesterday I finished the book The Tide of Mermaid Tears by Marcia Lynn McClure. It was a sad day for me because this was the final Marcia Lynn McClure book that I had yet to read. Instead of focusing on the individual book I’m going to dedicate this post to Marcia Lynn McClure and my love of all her books.

Can I just tell you how much I love Marcia Lynn McClure. She is my favorite author. The first of her books that I read was An Old Fashioned Romance. I read that book on April 22nd – less than 8 weeks ago. I was at Kim’s soccer game and I was not a very good soccer mom that day. In fact it was a little windy and cool so I sat in my car pretending to watch her game while actually reading instead. I so enjoyed that book that I requested another of her books from the library. Two weeks later Shackles of Honor came in and I read that. I was hooked at that point. One week later I picked up several books from the library and just couldn’t get enough of her books. Our local library had 10 of Marcia’s titles. Being unwilling to wait for my request for the library to purchase the rest of her titles I bought them myself. I don’t buy books! Other than Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Series & The Host and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins I can’t remember the last book I bought for me. I just don’t buy books. But within a week I had purchased the remaining 12 books that my library didn’t have. Thank goodness I had a free trial of Amazon Prime so they arrived free in 2 days. My first shipment had 3 books in it, then another 3, then I just broke down and bought the remaining 6. I downloaded the free ebook Rogue Knight. Still not having my fill I bought her 9 ebooks. I managed to read all 32 of her books in less than 8 weeks. I’m now anxiously awaiting the release of Windswept Flame and her new pirate book that are coming out soon.

I found an old interview by her that I enjoyed because it sums up exactly why I like her books:

Interviewer: Your books are known for being old-fashioned romantic instead
of being explicit. What kind of response have you seen to taking this approach?

Marcia: I have seen exactly the kind of response that I hoped for…that I was certain existed; Elation from readers who were looking for just the sort of books I write–incredibly romantic and yet safe! Something to share with your teenage daughter or your mother or your best friends! People (especially women) need moments of escape…distraction that leaves them feeling happy, positive, uplifted. That’s what I always look for in reading material…so, that’s what I write! Those who work in the industry seem surprised at my success. It’s hard for me to imagine that so few people think a book in this genre can succeed without explicit intimacy content. But it can!

Her books are all ultimately happily ever after books. When I finish her books I always feel uplifted, rejuvenated and determined to be a better person. They make me laugh out loud, sigh, giggle and smile from ear to ear. Full of romance without anything illicit. Just a wonderful reminder of how it was to be young and in love.

FYI her name is pronounced Marcia which rhymes with Garcia. Here is a little more about her:

Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Marcia Lynn McClure grew up influenced by the reminiscent stories of rugged, rural Colorado farm life fascinatingly recounted to her by her parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts… tales of runaway buckboards, mule-drawn plows and dust pneumonia; verbalized images of stream-flooded meadows, frozen over in winter, where a child could peer through the crystal clear ice in wonder at the small fish, snakes and mice sealed in the meadow grasses beneath; stories of hardship and tragedy, love and loss. But always the stories, and the people telling them, bore evidence of the wonder and worthiness of simpler, yet sometimes brutal, times.
These influential people and the family legends they detailed, coupled with her own life experiences and utterly romantic nature, led Marcia to begin writing novels as Christmas gifts for her closest friends…friends who long for a breath of the past and miss the romance of bygone eras; friends searching for moments of distraction from the stressful, demanding times we live in. And so, knowing that it is the breath of the past and the “take me in you arms and kiss me” kind of moments that so many women long to relive, Marcia spins her tales of love, life and laughter . . . adventures woven around those compelling, romantic instances that most appeal to a woman’s loving heart. Marcia feels that if her readers close one of her books with a contented sigh and a delighted smile, feeling rejuvenated, cheerful and edified, then she has achieved what she set out to do shower refreshment and happiness on anyone having experienced the story.

Here is a list of her books that are currently available:

Beneath the Honeysuckle Vine
Saphyre Snow
A Crimson Frost
The Time of Aspen Falls
The Highwayman of Tanglewood
The Whispered Kiss
The Touch of Sage
The Visions of Ransom Lake
The Heavenly Surrender
Shackles of Honor
The Fragrance of Her Name
Daydreams
Divine Deception
An Old-Fashioned Romance
To Echo the Past
Desert Fire
Love Me
Born for Thorton’s Sake
Sudden Storms
Prairie Prince
Weathered Too Young
Dusty Britches

Ebooks:

The Tide of Mermaid Tears
Kiss in the Dark
The Light of the Lover’s Moon
Sweet Cherry Ray
Kissing Cousins
The Rogue Knight
The Unobtainable One
The General’s Ambition
Indebted Deliverance
A Better Reason to Fall in Love
Coming Soon:
Windswept Flame
Not Yet Titled – Pirate Book
Content: These are clean adult romance books. The content and age appropriateness of each book varies a little but I would say they would all be appropriate for ages 16+. There is some very passionate kissing in all of the books but nothing more. I just don’t think anyone younger than about 16 could really appreciate these books. I’ll wait until my daughter is 16 to share these books with her. In every single book you find characters that have morals and values. They are honest, hard working people who despite their desires & passions always remain virtuous even if it means getting married ASAP. There is no objectionable language in any of her books. As far as violence there is nothing graphic. Men get shot, beaten & killed in some of the books but it’s never describe in great detail.
Rating: Every single one of these books received 5 stars in my book. I do have a few that are favorites but those would receive more than 5 stars if such a rating were possible.
Have you read Marcia Lynn McClure? Which of her books is your favorite?
As far as The Tide of Mermaid Tears this wasn’t really a review of that book but since reading it I can’t get the song Cherish by Madonna out of my head!