In a story of enduring love, Charles and Clarissa Montgomery defy the boundaries of mortal life with a faith so strong it spans time eternal.
About the Story:
After the sudden death of her husband, the temptation to explore the historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia was just too strong for Claire LePaige to resist. Yet the closer to Shenandoah she found herself, the more eerily familiar the area seemed. And when she stumbled upon an old, ramshackle house by the river, Claire knew she had to have it, if only for the summer.
Just one drawback … it was rumored to be haunted by Charles Montgomery, the ghost of a Confederate soldier. The children saw him … tried to convince her he was real. However, Claire no more believed in ghosts than she did in reincarnation.
After a series of unexplainable coincidences, Claire’s resolve began to crumble. Had she, in another lifetime, been responsible for the timeless curse that sentenced the spirit of Charles Montgomery to an existence of endless torment?
It would become Charles’ mission to make her believe.
… The mood of the story goes on a rollercoaster. There are moments of light-hearted comedy, and moments of heartbreaking drama. Some scenes are full of suspense, and others are matter-of-fact. The book as a whole feels very well rounded, and each new event seems to tidy up loose ends of the one before it. In the end, the story comes full circle, which is incredibly satisfying. Recommended to be considered as a motion picture. Hollywood Coverage Screenwriter’s Review
…The book was intriguing. The plot was filled with mystery, history, and even a little romance. The content was very rich and kept me interested. A good book and an interesting read. The Indigo Quill Review by Lis Ann, Tennessee
… I just finished a great book, Spellbound by Ann Charlotte. It was a real page turner. S. Lee, Missouri
The Back Story:
Spellbound is a work of fiction, however, there is a back story. My fiancé passed away suddenly in 1993. The morning after his death, my radio alarm turned on with Rod Stewart’s song “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You.” I had never heard the song before and, for several weeks, every store I went into that played music was playing that song. Three times I saw him appear before me, once dressed as a Confederate soldier. Writing Spellbound became a way to keep the memory of Nik with me. Years later, while attending a paranormal conference in Springfield, Missouri, a lady from the opposite side of the auditorium came directly to me, pointed to the cover of a copy of Spellbound and told me, “He says the mustache is wrong”. She was a medium from Savannah, Georgia, who knew things only Nik and I would know.
About Ann Charlotte:
From an early age, I have been writing stories. Encouraged by my Creative Writing professor, I have pursued my dream of becoming a published author. A short story has been published by Reader’s Digest (Canadian Edition) and a work of poetry has been published in an anthology of verse. Of three full-length novels completed thus far, Spellbound is the first to be professionally produced. I am currently working on a children’s book, The Adventures of Skeeter Marie.
Born in Nova Scotia, I was raised in Ontario, Canada, and currently live in northern Idaho, U.S.A.
Setting the Scene:
My son, Jeremy, and I took a research trip to the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. Many of our experiences, with literary license, are reflected in the story. Here are a few of our photos to help you visualize the scenes in Spellbound. (Click on the image for a closer view.)
Cast of Notorious Historical Characters: