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Read the first chapter of A Sound Among the Trees.

A house stuck in time. A line of women with a heritage of loss.

As a young bride, Susannah Page was rumored to be a Civil War spy for the North, a traitor to her Virginian roots. Her great-granddaughter Adelaide, the current matriarch of Holly Oak, doesn’t believe that Susannah’s ghost haunts the antebellum mansion, looking for a pardon but rather the house itself bears a grudge toward its tragic past.


  • My husband and I had a house for years he insisted was inhabited by the Indian. I never saw the Indian or know for sure it was an Indian, but there was definitely a presence in the home. Numerous sounds heart by a number of residents and visitors proved it over and over.

    I was never scared, but I believe in spirits and haven’t encountered one that seemed other than benign.

    My stepson had a different experience. He woke up alone (we were out of town) in the house, completely terrified, and got in his car and drove 15 miles to his mother’s house in the middle of the night. I think he was 25, had lived away for many years in a number of towns, not usually scared of anything. He was positively pale when he recounted his story, and he said, “I got out of there.”

    A few years later he was there with his girlfriend, who woke him up in the middle of the night to tell him she could hear ‘the walls breathing.’

    I was alone one night, hubby out of town, and I heard the garage door open, the door to the den open, the footsteps across the den, kitchen, hall, up the stairs. Nobody. I got up to look, and would sometimes address ‘the Indian’ when it would happen. Doors would slam, windows would open. Still never scared.

    I’m fascinated by this phenomenan. In our new house, where we believe the previous owner died, we’ve had similar experiences. Not scary, but I occasionally lock the door to the bedroom and keep my phone by the bed.

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