September 2013

A haunting in the Blue Ridge Mountains

By Cassandra King
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Sightseers once ventured deep into the Blue Ridge Mountains to gaze upon Moonrise, a house that seemed to spring from its lush gardens. But since the death of Emmet Justice’s first wife, Rosalyn, not quite a year ago, her family estate has fallen into disrepair. It’s not a place Emmet wants to visit, but his second wife, Helen—who has been obsessed with Moonrise since first hearing about it—insists.

And so the newlyweds travel from their South Florida home to Highlands, North Carolina, the mountain town where Emmet, Rosalyn and their close-knit group of friends had summered for years. Helen is immediately the odd woman out; although Emmet is crazy about his new bride, his friends—particularly the women—are skeptical. Kit and Tansy, Rosalyn’s best friends, are convinced that Helen has latched onto the handsome, wealthy TV journalist because of the lifestyle he offers, and they’re eager to make Emmet aware.

But the friends’ judgment is only one of Helen’s worries. Although she was determined to get to Moonrise, the home and the secrets it holds have left her questioning not only her insistence on visiting, but also Rosalyn’s untimely death. Rosalyn careened off a mountain road during a mysterious visit to the property. Does Emmet know more than he’s saying about his first wife’s death?

In Moonrise, the latest novel by best-selling author Cassandra King, the memories, if not the spirit, of Emmet’s late wife haunt all who knew her (and some who didn’t). Tempers flare in the summer heat, and the secrets in these mountains keep fires burning hot even on the coolest evenings. The characters and landscape will draw readers in as Helen tries to untangle the mysteries of this enchanting novel.

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By Cassandra King
Maiden Lane Press
ISBN 9781940210001

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