They're stripping everything like vultures. My beloved husband, Ephraim, was only buried an hour ago and here are his ungrateful daughter, Agatha, and her children, already carrying the furniture out of my beautiful house. They are not their things to take, they were never her mother's things. They are mine, paid for by Ephraim's gold strike. Ephraim built the house for me. He loved me. Only sweet little Robert tried to stop his Mother, but he's only a child. What could he do? Henrietta pulled her legs up tight so she couldn't be seen from the stairs that led up to her attic hiding place.
I'm so afraid of the women in that family. They are as dangerous as rattlesnakes, even the little daughter Gertrude. If I go downstairs, that child would try to tear the diamonds from my ears and fingers and steal them away. I'll keep hiding here in the attic, writing in my journal and if they hurt me perhaps someone will find it.
Henrietta closed the book and looked for a hiding place.
I hear footsteps on the stairs... "I'm so afraid, what should I do?.."
Shoving the book into the trunk, she quickly turned to face her enemy.
Agatha's face appeared above the attic door...
"She put something cold and hard against Henrietta's temple. "I'll tell them I tried to stop you from killing yourself. You were in such despair. I just got there too late," she whispered. Henrietta struggled with all her might.There was a violent, deafening explosion.
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Our story begins, many years later, when the grandchildren of "Grandpa Robert," along with their mother, move back into Henrietta's house, unoccupied since her mysterious death. Family members all claimed that the house was "haunted" but grandsons Josh and Matt are intrigued with the idea of reclaiming the old house. They meet Lissa and the trio spends the summer trying to solve the mystery of the "Ghost House." Will they unearth the secrets of the house and survive the most perilous adventure of their young lives?
About the Author: Myra Elliott is an owner of one of the top 100 Publicity Companies in the U.S., Power PR Inc. She has spent a lifetime in PR work and advertising and is well-known as an accomplished speaker in the field, having spoken to groups of up to 1500 people. She received special recognition as a Quarter Finalist in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest in 2006. This is her first published novel.