Based on true events, Tree of Lives is a riveting two-track story of a horrific public murder in 1930 that became a long buried family secret. The lost ghost of the murderer, Raymond, roams the earth until his abused great niece, Ruth, a promising artist, confronts her deeply troubled family. It is a story of unfolding forgiveness, survival and triumph over unaddressed trauma as this determined woman navigates her thorny life path. Illustrated.
After midnight, a mysterious stranger appears at the edge of the woods and the peaceful life fifteen-year-old Ellen has with her beloved stepfather Frank is turned upside down. Small town gossip, jealousy and murder strive to tear them apart in a tale of secrets and unrequited love. Clues to the outcome hide throughout the book!
“This stand alone story is fabulous. It was a little nostalgia for me. The setting and all the drama surrounding a woman who’s car breaks down in a small town when she takes a wrong turn. There is love, a mystery and a lot of emotions.” Amazon reviewer
Targeted Age Group:: 16 and older
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
A recurring idea to follow the course of a young girl in a healthy relationship with her stepfather was my inspiration. The relationship between the mother and a friend was inspired by Norah Lofts book Lovers All Untrue which is pretty dark. The mother is at the mercy of her friend and because of her situation isn’t able to circumvent the relationship. The daughter, Ellen, figures out what’s happening on her own, and the knowledge guides her to the end.