Sunday Book Review – The Emissary by Marcia Meara

Book reviews by D.G. Kaye


This Sunday’s Book Review is on Marcia Meara’s – The Emissary. This book is a novella spinoff of Marcia’s ‘Riverbend’ series, but it also makes a great standalone read. I’ve yet to read that series and now look even more forward to getting to those books. I found this the perfect read because I love everything angels, I love Marcia’s writing, and it’s the perfect sized shorter book to read in between the tomes when trying to keep up with my Goodread’s challenge to read 30 books by year’s end.





Was Gabe Angelino, the mysterious truck driver in Finding Hunter: Riverbend Book 2, really an angel, as Willow Green believes? Or was he simply a good man, determined to help a stranger in need? Find out, as author Marcia Meara reveals the truth in the first Riverbend spinoff novella, The Emissary.

An angel’s work is never done—that’s part of the gig. But angels hadn’t been created to deal with such a vastly over-populated planet, rife with misery, suffering, and general chaos. Helping souls in peril has become a nearly impossible job, and even angelic tempers are frayed.

The archangel Azrael has had enough. He believes he’s found a way to ease their burden while saving jeopardized humans, too—hired help.

When Jake Daughtry lost his life rescuing a total stranger from certain death, he was on the fast track to Heaven. But that was before Azrael pulled him right out of line at the Pearly Gates. Now, as an Emissary to the Angels, Jake is taking to the highway in a quest to help souls in trouble. But the innate stubbornness of human beings bent on self-destruction is a challenge unlike any he’s ever faced.

It’s up to Jake and Azrael to bridge the gap between humans and angels. Will they ever convince the Council of Angels this endeavor is worthwhile? Can Jake figure out how to play by Azrael’s complicated rules? Will Azrael ever master the use of contractions in general conversation?

To find out the answers, hop on board Jake’s big red-and-white semi and travel the roads from the Florida Keys to north Georgia on an adventure that will make you laugh hard and cry even harder.


My 5 Star Review:


I loved this book. And I’ve enjoyed all books I’ve read by Marcia Meara. Marcia has a knack for building interesting characters who capture our emotions. Although I’ve yet to read the Riverbend series this book could definitely be read as a standalone. And if you enjoy reading heartwarming stories about angels then this book won’t disappoint.

The story has an interesting concept where Jake becomes an emissary – an assistant to the angel Azreal. This is a new concept where the angels have come up with a new idea to send back good humans to earth to help angels help others and so Jake is the first chosen to fill this new position because even angels are inundated with people who need them.

When Jake dies, instead of going to heaven he is sent back to earth in his human form to do good deeds, guided by Azrael. There’s a nice spin on Jake’s ability to still be able to feel human emotions despite his being dead and functioning as a human. And as we get absorbed in the story Jake takes on his first case saving a boy from a corrupt life of living on the streets, but he soon finds out he’s getting very attached to the boy. And as the story unfolds, Jake learns to deal with his own emotions as he teaches the boy about life, love and responsibility.

I am looking forward to future books in this series. It’s a touching and sometimes humorous read that you may find yourself reading in one sitting.

44 thoughts on “Sunday Book Review – The Emissary by Marcia Meara

  1. When Jake dies, instead of going to heaven he is sent back to earth in his human form to do good deeds, guided by Azrael.

    I love this.

    Off to check out the book and download a sample if I can.


  2. I’m way behind on my blog reading, Debby, but for some strange reason, THIS post caught my eye! 😀 Thank you so much for such a great review, and I’m delighted that you enjoyed The Emissary. (BTW, I’ve just finished editing The Emissary 2, and hope to have that one published soon.)The angel, Azrael, was one of the most fun characters I’ve ever written, and the relationship between the main characters kicks up a notch in TE2. When you have time, I hope you’ll enjoy that one, as well. In the meantime, I’ll be sharing your review hither and yon. THANKS again!


    1. So glad you found this Marsh. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely look forward to reading the next one!!! (PS I saw your comment twice here, I’m sorry if you had troubles commenting, I’m hearing that from a few, danged glitchy WP. But glad you saw this. ❤ xx


      1. I’m usually able to find the posts, Deb, but can seldom comment. Looks like this time, it finally showed up. That’s an improvement. 😀 Thanks again for the great review!! ❤


      2. My pleasure Marsh. And so glad you were able to comment here. I know some are having problems here but I can’t figure out what. Hopefully WP will stop throwing glitches. 🙂 xx


      1. Great! I’m setting up a cover reveal post for a week from Thursday, and hope to have be doing Release posts a week or two after that. So glad you’re excited about it! 🙂


    1. Thanks, Jacqui! I hope you get a chance to read it! A bit tongue-in-cheek, with a lot of “what-iffery” added for fun, but a message or two tucked, as well. 🙂


  3. Great review! I haven’t yet read any of Marcia’s books but I’ve been intrigued by this one in particular (partly because an angel called Azrael is a character in one of my series). It must go on my list, for sure! Thanks, Debby!


    1. Thanks, Olga! Just don’t expect any serious angelic discussions in this one, other than an overall message of love and redemption. Very little, if any, in the way of dogma, as it’s all just a quick ride through some “wouldn’t it be interesting.” 🙂 I do hope you’ll get to read it one day, and let me know what you think. ❤


    1. Thanks for letting me know Robbie. I still haven’t figured this weird glitchy thing out. Even sometimes when I log in to my own blog, it will flash ‘can’t reach site’ then 2 seconds later it opens up. The mysteries of WP 🙂


    2. Thanks, Robbie! I’m glad you enjoyed Swamp Ghosts, and I hope you’ll have a chance to read the Emissary series one day. It was great fun to write! 🙂


    1. Glad you like the way it sounds, Lisa. Hope you’ll enjoy it when you have time to check it out. Thanks for taking the time to comment, too. 🙂


  4. This sounds like a great pick-me-up book. My curiosity has been piqued! ❤ I like books which are not too long. There's so much to read out there that a short book is often less time consuming and yet enlightening and entertaining. The Emissary sounds like one of these. 🙂


  5. Wonderful review, Debby! Congrats, Marcia! I read Marcia’s first book in the Robin Ridge Series an enjoyed it. This book sounds like something I would like to read. I will have to add it to my TBR list. 🤗 ❤️ to you both xx


  6. Great review of I’m sure a fascinating read. I read Marcia’s first book she wrote and couldn’t believe it was a “first” anything – great characters and setting and plot. And a bit spooky! We don’t get to read enough about angels, and we sure need them this day and age.


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