The Secret of Stone Cottage
Scugog Township, Ontario, Canada – present day
“Ghosts don’t exist!” Rebecca slammed her hands against the steering wheel. She laid her head on her hands and sobbed. “Oh, shit.” She sat up, reached for her travel mug and opened the top. After taking a deep swallow of water and letting it slide down her raw throat, she closed the lid and replaced the container in the side door. She crumpled into her car seat, leaned her head back against the headrest and let her hands fall to her sides. What was happening to her? Out for a pleasant drive in the country, she’d been searching for a small cottage. A place of sanctuary amidst the confusion and heartbreak of the past year and a half. Peace. All she wanted was peace. How had she arrived here, sitting and shaking in her car by the side of County Road Four?
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What a great read! This fast reading novel by Maighread MacKay explores a family in crisis across two centuries- well, not exactly the same family! Upon accidently discovering a stone cottage for sale- one she imagines to be her perfect getaway, modern day executive Rebecca Wainwright Connacher uncovers a lot more! True, the cottage has a draw on her, and pulls up vague memories, but when she sees the ghost... ! It's slowly revealed that Rebecca's past life is closely tied to a young woman of the 1870s (Victoria Anna McBride) and their lives have forever been entwined.
An imaginative tale with realistic characters that uses past life scenarios and regressions, this was an interesting story that will stick with me for awhile. An emotional tour de force, as well as an expose of high society and the vagaries of the peerage, but at its heart, the knowledge that in the end- love conquers all. Highly recommended.
David W. Thompson, Author
Maighread MacKay writes a compelling and suspenseful tale of the occult as she merges two incredible storylines—a tragic romance from the 1800s and a modern psychological drama—into one heck of an absorbing and impactful read.
Through her character Rebecca’s research on the stone house, Author MacKay explores the role of women in the late 1800s; from education to fashion and design, to social expectations, to the intimacy expressed in relationships between husbands and wives. MacKay has done her homework on 19th-century life in Canada since she writes about this time period with detailed descriptions of the culture, traditions, and daily life in both urban and rural settings.
Whether one reads “The Secret of Stone Cottage” as an occult mystery or a parapsychological drama, the sense of satisfaction felt during the telling of this story is palpable and long-lasting. “The Secret of Stone Cottage” is a memorable and moving read that will call out to be read over and over again. I absolutely loved this story and I highly recommend this novel for those who hold onto the hope that true love will always find a way.
Jeannie B. Richards, Author
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