"In many ways, Holy Water is a coming of age book, not just for those in the medical professions, but for anyone searching to identify how their talents and passions can best be used in life..."

—Lee Woodruff, New York Times Bestselling Author of
 In An Instant and Those We Love Most



About the Book

Dr. Landon Ratliff travels to a medical conference in New Orleans, hoping to secure the future he has imagined. But the French Quarter has other ideas. A Tarot reader, a zydeco band, and other denizens of the Quarter force him to confront his past and future and redefine who he wants to be.

About the Author

In his professional roles as a physician, teacher, speaker, and writer, Dr. Schwab has  focused on the importance of story in understanding the human struggle to find meaning in our lives, and the ways in which a study of the humanities can benefit those who are pursuing a career in healthcare.



Back Side of a Hurricane is … immersive … a hopeful novel about healing a life in disarray, and how redemption can come from looking at your life and relationships with a new set of eyes.”

—SPR Review

"Schwab's story deserves more readers. It has prose that is compelling and evocative."

Readers' Favorite on Eddie's Boy

“What really makes the book is its prose…The quality of sentence-level writing is sustained throughout the novel…the details are sensuous and lush…"

—Judge, Writer’s Digest 22nd Annual Self-Published Book Awards on
Holy Water

"A poignant story of redemption that addresses the depth of love and what it takes to make amends. A sweet and hopeful novel that is beautifully written."

Lynne Hinton, NYT Bestselling Author, Friendship Cake on
Eddie's Boy

“Literary readers who enjoy novels about pivot points in life that lead characters in new directions will appreciate Eddie’s Boy, which comes full circle to lead an esteemed doctor to heal himself, opening up his life to new possibilities and the warm embrace of a different depth of love.”

—Midwest Book Review


“Four Stars….an artfully constructed first novel. Schwab is a capable and engaging storyteller.”

Clarion ForeWord Reviews on
Holy Water




A life-altering encounter results in crisis for one man.

A story of illness and suffering, loss and healing, love and redemption.



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