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Every once in a while, I read a novel that is so entrancing, so captivating that I find myself submerged in the story without realizing how much time has passed. CROSSING INTO THE MYSTIC is such a book. Ms. Koontz weaves a hypnotic web, filled with lyrical descriptions and interesting characters, drawing the reader deep into the world of Grace McKenna and wrapping them in a subtle, silky cocoon resistant to one’s will to break free . . . even if you wished for such an escape.
Grace McKenna is a sixteen year old thrust into maturity by circumstance, not by choice. After her mother and sister are killed in an automobile accident, Grace is sent to live with her aunt in Boston . . . a selfish, self-serving eccentric who lives off Grace’s inheritance. When Grace is willed her step-father’s ancestral home with the stipulation she must live there for three months before selling the property, her aunt is on board with shipping poor Grace to West Virginia alone. Grace is eager to leave her aunt’s clutches, so perhaps it’s a win-win situation . . . in the beginning.
Shortly after her arrival, Grace discovers the old, dilapidated mansion is haunted by a Civil War soldier, William Kavanaugh, who entreats her help in unraveling the mystery behind his death one hundred and fifty years ago. Her first reaction is a mixture of curiosity and fear but when Will saves her from two unscrupulous vandals, she becomes his devoted assistant.
Along the way, she meets an assortment of small town residents who add color, humor and complexity to the story. Clay Baxter adds a little more . . . even though he is engaged, the hunky twenty year old is inexplicably drawn to the independent young woman with emotional walls ten feet tall. They form an alliance, one that leads to strong feelings on both sides.
As they attempt to solve the mysterious circumstances behind Will’s death, Grace finds herself torn between two realms, two men and struggling to find her place in an adult world.
Honestly, the only negative thing I can say about this book focuses on Grace’s age. I know there are emancipated young people who live on their own at sixteen but I think I would have enjoyed her emotional journey more if she had been a bit older. Other than that, this is a wonderfully written novel that speaks to readers on so many levels. CROSSING INTO THE MYSTIC should be on everyone’s To Be Read list! I rate it 4.5 stars.
Crossing Into the Mystic:
A Civil War Paranormal Romance
The Crossings Series
Book One of a Trilogy
Print Length: 258 pages
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Three years after losing her family in a car crash, Grace MacKenna is set to inherit her stepfather’s ancestral estate among the mountains of West Virginia. Seeking solace and healing, Grace discovers the ghost of William Kavanaugh, a dashing Civil War captain in Virginia s 17th Infantry, haunts the property. When William charms Grace into investigating the mystery that led to his death a hundred and fifty years ago, she finds herself drawn into a world of chivalry and honor, but also deception with secrets too dark to speak aloud.
Meanwhile, Clay Baxter, home from service in Afghanistan, fights his own demons and ghosts. When Clay senses Grace falling deeper into the realm of the dead, he seeks to pull her back. But is he too late?
Torn between her love for two mysterious young men – one living and one dead – Grace stands in the shadows of the Antietam Battlefield with a choice: one that could leave Grace lost forever, “crossing into the Mystic.”
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/4RKylDUi0sc
- In Crossing Into The Mystic, D.L. Koontz makes a very different world real. ~ Ann Vanino
- The story is complex and unexpected and I enjoyed the twists of plot. by Felicia Bowen Bridges
- I kept going back and reading a sentence, a paragraph, some of the time the whole page.~ Tricia Scoggins
About the Author:
D. L. Koontz was born in Pennsylvania, but with her husband, now splits her time between their home in mountainous West Virginia and their cattle ranch in coastal plains Georgia. She has a son and a stepdaughter. A member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and ASJA (American Society of Journalists and Authors), she is a former journalist, business consultant, spokesperson, and college instructor. After several non-fiction books, Crossing into the Mystic is her first novel.