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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Mystery & Detective / Historical
  • Language:English
  • Pages:282
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9781098398439
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098398422

The Tree of Lost Secrets

A Novel

by Lynne Kennedy

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Overview
Helen Ainsley is a best-selling mystery writer struggling with cancer. She begins to doubt her storytelling ability, so to restore her confidence, she returns to her childhood home in rural Vermont in hopes that the serenity will rekindle her imagination. Ainsley Hill Farm was originally an Inn dating back to the American Revolution. With a new-found friend, an old golden retriever, and an ancient sugar maple, Helen's life is about to change. The majestic tree acts as a portal into past injustices, and Helen must bring closure to the lost memories of the dead. An ambitious and adventurous story, "The Tree of Lost Secrets" is a masterpiece of historical mystery.
Description
Helen Ainsley is a best-selling mystery writer struggling with cancer. She begins to doubt her storytelling ability, so to restore her confidence, she returns to her childhood home in rural Vermont in hopes that the serenity will rekindle her imagination. Ainsley Hill Farm was originally an Inn dating back to the American Revolution. With a new-found friend, an old golden retriever, and an ancient sugar maple, Helen's life is about to change. The majestic tree acts as a portal into past injustices, and Helen must bring closure to the lost memories of the dead. An ambitious and adventurous story, "The Tree of Lost Secrets" is a masterpiece of historical mystery. Helen moves back in time to events that were tragically impactful throughout human history. She finds herself thrown back into bloody battles of World War Two, Italy and the anti-Nazi partisan movement. She then moves back to World War One, in Nova Scotia, Canada, and the Halifax explosion, which obliterated the city in an instant and took thousands of lives. Next, Helen learns that Brattleboro was a stop on the Underground Railroad and runaway slaves used the Inn as a sanctuary on their journey north. Finally, she returns to the Inn's early days during the Revolution, where she discovers that her ancestors played a significant and dangerous role in the survival of the thirteen colonies. Through her venerable maple tree, Helen finds her own storytelling artistry re-emerge as she sets out to immortalize the heartbreaking past of the Ainsley Hill Inn.
About the author
With a Masters' Degree in Science and more than 28 years of experience as a science museum director, Lynne Kennedy has had the opportunity to study history and forensic science, both of which play significant roles in her novels. She has written six historical mysteries, each solved by modern technology. In her book, "Time Exposure: Civil War", photography meets digital photography to solve a series of murders in two centuries. "The Triangle Murders" was the winner of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Mystery Category, 2011, and was awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree Award for independent books of high standards. "Deadly Provenance" has also been awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion and was a finalist for the San Diego Book Awards. With its release, Lynne has launched a "hunt for a missing Van Gogh," the painting which features prominently in the book. "Still Life: Vase with Oleanders" has been missing since WWII. Her fourth book, "Pure Lies", won the 2014 "Best Published Mystery" award by the San Diego Book Awards, and was a finalist in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award. "Time Lapse", her fifth mystery, premiered at the end of 2016. It is a B.R.A.G. winner. Lynne's newest novel, "Hart of Madness", premiered August of 2018 to all 5-star reviews. She blogs regularly and has many loyal readers and fans. Visit her website at www.lynnekennedymysteries.com.
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