Mystery, suspense and romance flourish against a backdrop of Civil War turmoil and ancestral strife--where immortality infiltrates the ancient air breathed by all who inhabit Overhome Estate.
Ashby Overton has everything to look forward to, including a promising writing career and her wedding at summer's end. But, Overhome, her beloved historic family estate in Southern Virginia, is in financial peril and it is up to Ashby to find a solution.
Interfering with Ashby's plans is a dark paranormal force that thwarts her every effort to save Overhome. Supernatural attacks emanate from an old stone cottage on the property rumored to be a slave overseer's abode, prior to the Civil War. As the violence escalates, Ashby begins to fear for her life. Who is this angry spirit and why is his fury focused on her?
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This novel is a Southern gothic, a paranormal that combines mystery and romance. Setting is beautifully described and very much a part of the book. Ashby Overton is the first person narrator and main character in the novel. Her character is well-developed. She has previously inherited Overhome, a horse farm estate in Southwest, Virginia that dates back over two hundred years to Colonial times. There is much history here. Ashby also has a large family with complicated relationships. Ashby is getting ready to marry Luke, her longtime boyfriend and fiancé who has just finished veterinary school. But Ashby has some pressing problems. Overhome is in financial trouble. Ashby announces at a family dinner that her plan is to sell off fifty acres to a developer to ward off bankruptcy. At this point, the overhead chandelier in the dining room comes ominously close to crashing down on the family. It is the warning and initial threat of a family ghost. Ashby has discovered an eerie boarded up house on a distant part of the property. Hal Reynolds, a local historian, believes it had once been an overseer’s cottage. Ashy and her young cousin Jeff explore it together. It proves to be a creepy place inhabited by spirits. The use of diaries and family documents was an effective literary device. Because I do not want to spoil this engrossing novel for other readers, I’ll just say that the mystery associated with the family’s past history kept me reading until the very end. I recommend this novel for readers of paranormal novels and find it well-suited to adults, new adults as well as teens.
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I wasn’t sure what to expect, but after reading Miss Coryell’s well-written paranormal mystery, I was not disappointed. This is not a fast read, but one to be savored. Ashby and Luke, the main couple in the story, are engaged and I enjoyed their sweet relationship and the comfortable companionship they shared. If you enjoy well-developed characters, peppered with mystery and gripping accounts of the American Civil War, along with a not so friendly ghost or two, then I highly recommend Beneath the Stones.