After her dad dies and she breaks up with her fiancé, Jane is determined to make a fresh start. Having inherited a family home up on Roan Mountain that has been passed down through the generations, she decides to renovate it.
The work is monumental but makes her feel closer to her father. Soon Jane becomes close to the handyman who is helping restore the home...and begins to wonder if there's a spark between them.
But soon a possible romance is the last thing on Jane's mind. Unexplained things begin happening, such as the discovery of a Civil War-era gun hidden in the wall. Old letters and journals she finds in a steamer chest begin to tell the stories of her ancestors. While Jane relishes learning about their lives, it's not long before she begins to feel they are trying to tell her something.
Just why was that gun hidden? What truth is there that the spirits seemingly want to convey?
Inspired by her own search for her ancestors in the Appalachian Mountains, author Martha Arrowood Pelc weaves an intriguing paranormal story centered on family and the hope for love.
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About the Author
Author Martha Arrowood Pelc grew up in Gastonia, North Carolina, and still feels that pull of the North Carolina mountains that she shared with her dad. She has accompanied her husband on many trips back for a better understanding of who she is and who her ancestors were. Finding out how they lived and died became Pelc's quest and ultimately led her to find herself, as well.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Gracie Bradford for Readers' Favorite In Love and Mercy: Up On Roan Mountain by Martha Arrowood Pelc, Ollie, the first character introduced, faces more in her short life than most adults face in a lifetime. There is a mix of love and major tragedy in each family that’s compelling and makes the reader want to know what will happen next. Joan is a strong-willed woman determined to return to her family homestead, only to find that the 100-year-old house is crumbling, requiring major renovation. While making the structural changes, she has to distinguish between what appears to be a dream, or reality versus the presence of ghosts from past relatives whom she encounters in various locations of the house and at different times of the day. The author takes the reader through several generations of marriages, childbearing, and deaths of younger family members. A common thread between most of the generations is that the male figure is based on a strong religious foundation. The book switches from the present to the distant past, reconciling how events that occur on the mountain impact on Joan’s current day personality and struggle with relationships. The most profound storytelling is between David and Nancy, although Isabelle plays a pivotal role in plot development. There is a quote at the beginning of each chapter. The quote at the beginning of chapter one will probably resonate with most readers. The book has twists and turns that will keep the reader entertained throughout.
Great book. Enjoyed it from beginning to end. Wonderful storytelling.