Nothing prepares her for what she finds there. Her pupils are the daughters of the Cherokee elite—educated and more wealthy than she, and the school is cloaked in mystery. A student drowned in the river last year, and the girls whisper that she was killed by a jealous lover. Willie's room is the very room the dead girl slept in. The students say her spirit haunts it.
Willie doesn't believe in ghosts, but when strange things start happening at the school, she isn't sure anymore. She's also not sure what to make of a boy from the nearby boys' school who has taken an interest in her—his past is cloaked in secrets. Soon, even she has to admit that the revenant may be trying to tell her something. . . .(
She's not prepared for what she finds at the school. Her students are the daughters of the Cherokee elite--educated and wealthy. There's almost a mystery about a student who drowned. The girls whisper that her spirit haunts the very room Willie now occupies.
Willie doesn't believe in ghosts but she can't explain the strange things that happen around her. She also can't deny an attraction to one of the boys from the nearby Cherokee boys' school. He's taken an interest to her too but his past is also a mystery.
Even Willie can't deny the revenant-the one who has returned-might have a message for her. Will she be able find out the truth before others unveil her own secret?
I really loved this! This historical ghost story had me reading till very early in the morning. I love the details of the time period. I'm a huge fan of after Civil War ghost tales. Gensler nails the voice, mood, and feel of the 1890s perfectly.
This coming of age story shows Willie as a girl with spunk and courage, willing to find out more even when her beliefs are challenged. And there's even a hint of a forbidden romance. Eli is mysterious, charming, and a real gentleman. No wonder Willie falls for him!
The mood evokes a gothic feel especially when more secrets are revealed. The mystery had twists and turns throughout. I admit I was surprised at the revelation!
It's also interesting how racism is portrayed between the girls. The snobbery of the rich girls towards those with a more traditional background is handled in a believeable and realistic way.
I love books that put a unique twist on an otherwise familiar paranormal tale. This book does a great job weaving it's own spell over the reader. A must read for all who love a good story.