Isabella feels as empty and forlorn as the buildings she restores. The last living member of the Warner family, she desperately seeks the historic mansion in a sketch found in her granddad’s attic. After a long painful year of mourning his loss due to her negligence, she finally finds the derelict home of her ancestors in the Berkshires of Massachusetts and wins it at auction. With the vast resources of her renovation business, she sets out to save the haunted, decrepit Chatham Hall. Isabella hopes to find a measure of peace by owning a part of the family history her grandfather desperately wanted to discover, but angry spirits seem to have other ideas.
Jack, the owner of a small historic rehabilitation company, has been waiting his whole life to buy Chatham Hall. He’s determined to save the house he believes saved him. To survive a childhood of abuse from his father, he made the derelict building his refuge. Dark anger haunts him day and night as he tries to find a new way forward after losing the house to the bossy Isabella Warner.
Jack and Isabella put away their instant dislike and distrust to uncover the heinous crimes committed by the evil spirit haunting Chatham Hall. They are drawn closer as they peel back their shared history – until the horrifying truth threatens to tear apart the love and solace they’ve found in each other.
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EMMA GRACE WILLOW spent the past 17 years in a psychiatric hospital. She finally has the mental fortitude to venture out into a world that nearly destroyed her. With a goal to open an art therapy clinic in the old, abandoned plantation she inherited, Emma stumbles into a dark and scary dimension that tests her sanity at every turn. The shocking truth of the past could send her spiraling back into mental chaos.
JESSE RAY MORGAN is a Desert Storm vet with PTSD. He’s worked hard to keep his torturous guilt locked away by focusing on his artistry as a plaster master craftsman. When the man he credits with saving his sanity asks him to watch over a physically and emotionally abused woman without revealing his true identity, how can he say yes when he can’t even keep his own dark demons locked away?
As Jesse and Emma begin the restoration of Willow Bend Plantation, they discover nothing is as it seems. And maybe love can’t conquer all.