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Spellbound

In a Nutshell:

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.

Only after a series of unexplainable coincidences threatened her resoluteness did Claire’s resolve begin 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.

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.

Lighthouse at Cape Forchu, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia – where Claire’s journey begins.

The catamaran “The Cat” ferried passengers from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, to Bar Harbor, Maine.

Marys Rock Tunnel along the Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, was built in 1932 and goes through 600 feet of rock.

Hawksbill Peak, at an elevation of 4051 feet, is the highest peak in the park.

Dark Hollow Falls, just off the Skyline Drive, drops 3490 feet.

After climbing Hawksbill Peak, the walk to the bottom of the falls was an easy descent. The return climb was pure torture.

Overlooking the tranquil Shenandoah Valley from the Blue Ridge Skyline Drive.

“Pluto’s Ghost” at Luray Caverns, Luray, Virginia.

The magnificent Stalactite Organ at Luray Caverns, Luray, Virginia.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cast of Notorious Historical Characters:

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