J. M. Moreaux, author
Some secrets are too terrible to remain buried forever! Peter Acton-Vance never knew much about his mother before he and his father moved to the heavily wooded property they inherited after her death. Haunted by Charlotte’s memory, he and Henry relocate from their cozy home in Beacon Hill to the sleepy country community of Mount Isla. It’s supposed to be a fresh start, a way to put their troubles behind them. Unfortunately the past has a way of catching up with everyone, and Peter’s family is no exception. How Charlotte died is a mystery no one talks about, a source of simmering tension. Peter only has a strange crystal pendant to remind him of her. And although the Actons have a connection to the land around Pinnacle Ridge, he doesn’t know how deep those ties run, or the way it will change his life forever. When earthworks at a nearby housing site make a surprising discovery, Peter realizes there is more to the ancient forest than anyone suspects. There in its misty depths, Peter’s pendant comes to life, and something awakens in him too. The Actons' history draws him into a conflict spanning two centuries, as ancient blood feuds are reignited and vengeful foes return to settle old grudges. With his family in danger and time running out, Peter has to save Maidenwood to save everyone he loves. But to do so will take an unimaginable amount of courage. …And Peter may have to die.