April Rue Stoner has an uncanny gift; she can see the spirits afoot deep in the Ozark hills of Blackburn County, Arkansas. Things happen there. Ghosts walk. Elemental creatures dance to the wild music of the rhythms of Nature.

But the thing she fears most is the unexplained deaths of people her Granny has known all her life, and the mysterious ways that land is changing hands. The hills she grew up in are being ravaged by bulldozers, chainsaws, and hunters of man and beast. As old-growth trees fall to developers, rivers are dammed, hollows are flooded, and residents are driven from land settled by their many-times-great-grandparents, can she use her gift to find the one responsible--and stop the killing before everything she’s ever known is gone?
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April Rue is a young college woman, learning to deal and understand why she has the ability to see in the past as well as into the future. This incredible talent is considered to be “magic” happening in the most appropriate places Blackburn County in the Ozarks.

With an attachment for trees she finds herself not only talking to them but they respond. Her abilities don’t stop there as her psyche powers, allowing her to see the past and future, also allow her to photograph these images. One image in particular is one of joy, seeing her deceased mother at a nearby pond. However, this image not only comes with happiness but with a dark side as well. A greedy land developer, bulldozing and cutting this very land that April has a connection with, is threatening to destroy the very existence this land has only known.

Lee Barwood clearly loves the Ozarks with her colorful and descriptive settings as well as her realistic characters she brings to readers what one may expect in the mysterious Ozarks including spirits of good and evil.

If you have a fondness for the Ozarks this book will transform you right to the setting. Even if you have no clue about the Ozarks but you love a bit of fantasy and possible realism together, you’ll enjoy this book and find yourself wanting more. Lee Barwood takes the reader on a journey of no return, aiding in one’s appreciation for our lands and the natural habitats it gifts us. From the first page on, you’ll push yourself until the last page read.

Skye Lindborg