By Vicki Lane
Elizabeth Goodweather is familiar with what it’s prefer to be an interloper, to maintain secrets and techniques and nurse wounds. yet Elizabeth raised a relatives in those mist-shrouded North Carolina hills and is deeply settled on her small farm—even discovering the gap to enable a brand new guy into her existence. every thing alterations while her daughter Rosemary returns domestic, made up our minds to unravel a nineteen-year-old riddle: the mysterious disappearance of her ally, Maythorn Mullins, whilst the ladies have been simply ten.Soon Elizabeth and her daughter are prying into the unusual heritage of the Mullins relations, confronting a posh thicket of relationships and exploring a realm of magic and Cherokee legend that Maythorn shared secretly with Rosemary. yet so much of all, they are going to observe that at the back of a child’s disappearance used to be anything extra evil and much nearer than they ever imagined....
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She grabbed their collars and hauled them away from the boy. To her surprise, he leaned out and began to pat Ursa’s broad back. The big dog’s plumy tail was waving happily as, Elizabeth realized, was Molly’s. Feeling vaguely ridiculous, she released the dogs. They instantly crowded up to Calven, obviously recognizing an old friend. ” He looked up at Elizabeth. “I know them two, seen ’em in the woods back of this. Read their names offen their collars. They’re right friendly, ain’t they? I wisht I could have me a dog but—” He broke off as Rosemary set a glass of milk and a plate with a thick ham and cheese sandwich on the little table under the window.
Elizabeth studied the boy. Phillip had called her on Thursday with a carefully worded suggestion that she abandon any further exploration of Mullmore for the time being. He had taken pains not to appear to be telling her what to do, saying only that the sheriff thought that some questionable characters could be using the abandoned house for some undefined but probably nefarious activities. And now here was one of them, eating ice cream in her kitchen. ” The child shrugged. “You got me. ” He leaned toward them and confided, “I reckon he might be lookin’ fer something.
You new people come to these mountains, buyin’ up our land and sendin’ the price of an acre up to where a pore man cain’t afford to farm no more. You let your dogs run loose in folkses fields and amongst their livestock and you put up yore yeller signs to keep folks from huntin’ the same woods they hunted with their daddies and them their daddies afore that. ” A fleck of spittle hit her cheek and Elizabeth fought back all the words that were tumbling over one another in an eager desire to justify her right to be here on this land—this land she had loved and tended for twenty-some years.