Pat Montella, sick of her office job and looking for any shortcut to
early retirement, receives a mysterious summons from a lawyer. A complete
stranger--ninety-one-year-old Miss Maggie Shelby of Bell Run, Virginia–
intends to bequeath her 200-acre estate to Pat. The catch is, Pat
must spend a week there first with Miss Maggie, a retired history teacher
who seems determined to make Pat her next star pupil. The past does indeed
come alive for Pat, but in ways neither she nor Miss Maggie expect: phantom
aromas of Union army chow, sounds of soldiers felling trees...and
nightmarish visions of horrific battles.
But while Pat delves into the saga of Bell Run and the family who gave
their lives to protect it more than a century earlier, she finds, stalking
her through the bewitching Virginia woodlands, a much more terrifying
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