Under the Witness Tree

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After inheriting an old plantation house from an aunt she didn’t know existed, Dhari Weston heads 800 miles south to see the place and meets intriguing Dr. Erin Hughes, a local history professor with a passion for old houses. Dhari’s life is complicated enough without meeting such an attractive and intelligent woman: Her mother needs her, her father relies on her and her girlfriend worries her. But when Erin finds old letters and a diary, Dhari knows she can’t leave until she ...

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After inheriting an old plantation house from an aunt she didn’t know existed, Dhari Weston heads 800 miles south to see the place and meets intriguing Dr. Erin Hughes, a local history professor with a passion for old houses. Dhari’s life is complicated enough without meeting such an attractive and intelligent woman: Her mother needs her, her father relies on her and her girlfriend worries her. But when Erin finds old letters and a diary, Dhari knows she can’t leave until she finds out the truth . . .

Marianne K. Martin is the best-selling author of five novels including Mirrors and Love in the Balance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932859003
  • Publisher: Bywater Books MI
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.46 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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Among her varied careers, Marianne K. Martin has been a public school teacher, a photojournalist, and collegiate field hockey coach. She currently resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2004

    History and Love Combine

    Under the Witness Tree is a beautiful love story set in the South, with connections back to the Civil War and family secrets since that time. Dhari Weston discovers a great-aunt she never knew when Anna Grayson dies and leaves Dhari her historical mansion. Dhari wrestles with what to do with her new property, whether to sell it immediately or leave her fast-paced, stressful job in Michigan and move to Georgia, where the pace of life is much slower. I read this book in one sitting, being simply unable to put it down. The characters are so well drawn that by the end of the book I felt as if I had several new friends, and I could relate to the struggles and issues they faced. I recommend this book heartily to anyone who loves a good love story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2006

    You won¿t be able to put the book down!

    Dhari Weston inherits an old house by a distant relative, an aunt she didn¿t even know. So why in the world would she leave the house to Dhari? Dhari is convinced no one would want to live there when she sees what condition the old house is in. But someone does. There she meets an old woman by the name of Nessie Tinker. Nessie has lived near the old house all her life and knows its secrets. One of which could be that the house seems to be waiting for someone. Does Nessie know who it is? Does she know what event a majestic old tree, known as a ¿Witness Tree¿, growing near the house might have bore silent witness to? If she does, will she tell? University professor, Dr. Erin Hughes has a love of the Civil War era frequently lecturing on the era and the role of women during the war. And she loves old houses. Dhari is pointed in Erin¿s direction when she seeks information on the old house and the possibility that the house could be pre-Civil War. Upon seeing the old house, Erin is immediately captivated by both the house and the witness tree. Dhari, whose life back home has its own set of problems, is only interested in selling the house. But something ¿ or is it someone ¿ keeps drawing her back to the old house. Could it be the house calling to her? The house it seems may also be calling to Erin. Together both women begin to explore the mystery contained within. As they spend more and more time together, a friendship is formed. A friendship that could lead to more if only both women would let feelings they are holding close to their own hearts surface. Will they or will the secrets of the old house be too much to overcome? Under the Witness Tree is a fantastic book. The author blends a truly terrific mix of romance, with just the right amount of intrigue and suspense in a tale that keeps you guessing until the very end. Sit down and rest beneath the witness tree and let the secrets unfold to your heart¿s desire.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2004

    Moonlight, Madness, and Mystery

    I bought this book based on the blurb on the back and read it in one sitting. Sherman¿s march to the sea, an old plantation, family secrets and entanglements, the beautiful Erin Hughes, what could be better? I didn¿t expect to find so much in such a small package though. If I tried to list all the various plots and subplots, this review would be as long as the novel I am strongly recommending. I¿m still trying to fathom how the author accomplished this. Main character Dhari Weston has a life that is becoming too typical of us all: she is busy with deadlines at work, overwhelmed with care giving for a mentally unstable mother, over burdened with guilt and a secret fear that her mother¿s condition might be genetic. She has a girlfriend, but she doesn¿t have enough time to even speculate whether Jamie is being faithful or not. (How busy is that?) On top of everything, she inherits a Southern plantation from an aunt she never knew: one more thing to take care of. Taking time away from the job, the girlfriend who needs watching, the mother¿s undiagnosed but very real illness, she flies to Atlanta, determined to handle the sale of the property quickly and get back on track. There she meets the appealing Dr. Erin Hughes, brought in to research the provenance and history of the place she inherited, and Nessie Tinker, an old friend of her aunt¿s, and as facts from her family¿s past are revealed, so is her affection for both Nessie and the lovely Erin. More complications in a too complicated life. Unwillingly drawn into the secrets from the past, including an extramarital relationship during the Civil War uncovered in dairies and letters, and reluctantly admitting to an attraction to Erin, the appeal of the old plantation, and her family¿s hidden background, Dhari finds herself revealing secrets of her own, facing fears, struggling to overcome them, and doing something people like her find all too difficult to accomplish: letting go of some of the responsibility for things she can¿t control or change. All of us should take a step back and look at what we sacrifice in our too busy lives. And we should take the kind of chance Erin and Dhari take, when presented to us. I was born and raised in the South, and graduated with a degree in history, so I can attest to the accuracy of the research that must have gone into this work. The characters were deftly drawn, the settings believable, the plots intriguing. Only one mystery is left: how did so much get crammed into so few pages? Nessie, Erin, Dhari, Jamie, her brother Douglas, her father, her mother, especially Erin¿s father, even Pippin the dog, all are delightful and fully realized. As a writer myself, I have nothing but praise for the job done here by Ms. Martin. This is an excellently researched, well written, and very entertaining book.

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