Tending a void in her heart that demands to be filled, Abby Wells uproots her life in Ohio to move into the ancestral home in Georgia. Now that her mom is gone, it's her best chance to connect with the last of her family, and she can't deny the pull of the supposedly haunted house. The seductive comfort of believing that ghosts could be real drives her search, but Aunt Ruby's plans for Abby don't include revealing secrets kept for seventy years. Oh, there's dirty laundry she'd like to air-just not her own.
Indulging in the attentions of the house's handsome caretaker helps numb her pain, but Abby's ex-boyfriend won't let go of the past. He hounds her about his newfound religion in hopes of reconciling, but why reach for him or the God who couldn't or wouldn't spare her mom? In the stillness of the old house, the spirit world feels so close she can almost touch it. But she doesn't know yet that there's more than one way to be haunted.
BRANDY HEINEMAN pens dual time frame novels from a Christian worldview, including Genesis finalist Whispers in the Branches. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and an alumna of Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. She and her husband, Michael, reside in metro Atlanta.
Visit her website at http://brandyheineman.com.
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Thank you for the thoughtful review, Karen! I've got to say, I'm such a fan of Meg Moseley, and it's quite a thrill to see my story called comparable to one of hers! Gone South is one of my favorites!
Just downloaded it
Clicked on the EPUB link and got a ZIP file. When it's unzipped, there's no EPUB file, just a bunch of XHTML files. My Nook won't read the XHTML or ZIP files. So I'm doing something wrong but not sure what.
Can I download a PDF instead?
Downloaded today, no problems. Thanks!
Downloaded today -- thanks.
I have downloaded and read Whispers in the Branches. I posted the following review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and GoodReads.
If you like genealogy research, you will enjoy Abby Wells’ delving into her family history in Whispers in the Branches by Brandy Heineman. Abby writes to her great aunt with questions about her family. Aunt Ruby, quite the character herself, invites Abby to visit. Since Abby is currently out of work, she goes to Georgia for an extended visit. Abby has to deal with relationships with both her family in Georgia and her Ohio friends. She has real questions about a young man she meets in Georgia. Abby learns about the history of the area in Georgia where her family resided as she searches for her roots. She has real questions about a young man she meets in Georgia. And she wonders if there really are ghosts and is the old house really haunted. Through it all Abby is searching for what has real meaning for her life. I enjoyed reading Whispers in the Branches and recommend it to readers of contemporary Christian fiction. I received a copy from the publisher by way of The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.
I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Billie. Thank you for reviewing and especially for highlighting how Abby struggles in her relationships--pushing everyone away doesn't do much for a broken heart. Thank you for reading!
Surely every man walks about as a phantom; surely they make an uproar for nothing; He amasses riches and does not know who will gather them. Psalm 39:6
The story opens Jan. 18, 21012 with Ruby Watts, an 88 year old causing others to whisper things like, 'she ain't right" or "old and funny", assuming she can't hear, but she can and has her memory too. Her nephew, 54 year old Blake often comes by for food and/or money, but has no real relationship with his aunt.
Then there is Abby Wells, great niece to Ruby, whom after losing her mom to cancer, contacts her Aunt to visit and hopefully do some filling in of the missing information on her family tree. One would think it would be about her father, Richard but she was more interested in finding out about her grandparents and before. She lives in Akron, OH and has also recently lost her job and her boyfriend, Greg.
Abby immediately gets into things while looking for somewhere to put her stuff in the room she has been assigned. Not only does she find something, she adds it to her bag. When Abby's questions get too much for Aunt Ruby, she sends her off on an errand for lunch, and a visit by the old family home, a real haunted house, where she lived until she married John. Ruby's caretaker Will will meet her there.
Snooping must run in the family as once Abby leaves Aunt Ruby starts her search through Abby's things.
Will turns out not to be some old caretaker, but a young man, perhaps college age. This definitely throws Abby for a loop. Not at all what she expected.
The visit leaves her with more questions than answers and when her room mate, Sarah, and sister of her ex-boyfriend Greg speaks of moving out, Abby makes a bold move to be closer to her family and learn more about them first-hand.
Only problem is no one really wants to share, in fact she feels as if they, Aunt Ruby and Uncle don't really want her there. And as she reads and rereads her lease she is taken aback with one part especially.
"Rent payable by cash or check in person or by mail is due the first of the month unless it's a Sunday and then the second, and payments don't count toward any post or future debts." pg. 50
Abby is not sure what to make of this or her aunt, but moves in, and then has to deal with a ghost...or is it just her imagination. Is that a murky figure of a man watching her, or just a gnarly cobweb?
"If you're real, fine. Haunt me. I want to be convinced." pg. 65
Her aunt is less than forthcoming and Will is of little help, so she does what she does best, and starts digging through old files at the town office. What will she find? Whom will she find?
I have never read a book like this one! It was interesting, to say the least, even if you are not into family history, more so if you are! The characters well developed, and easily liked or strongly disliked. The story is well written and easily transitions from earlier years to now, and you just may find yourself believing in ghosts. I highly recommend this read which has a little bit of everything, and kept me engaged from beginning to end.
Pick up this book today, make yourself a tea and sit back and enjoy. You'll be glad you did.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review by bookfun.org. Thanks so much!
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