Felicitas’ life is thrown into chaos when she begins to have dreams of Raine Zadock. Not only has she never met him, but the intimidate night in her dreams shows a positive result on her pregnancy test. She doesn’t dare tell her controlling father, Melvin Rebold, the town’s most prominent Baptist minister or her passive mother Sharon. The only person she can confide in is her grandmother Rosie, however her father forbids her to have anything to do with her, claiming she’s insane and speaks with the dead. But, before Felicitas can confess her secret, she mysteriously vanishes. During the search to find her, news of her pregnancy surfaces along with a cryptic Nocturnal Journal that cast an accusing finger on a secretive stranger.
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Author Denise Daisy
“What is this place?”
“I don’t know.”
“What do you mean you don’t know? You have to know, you brought me here.”
“I don’t know what it is though. I have my ideas, but….”
“What do you mean you have your ideas? Do you think it has something to do with Taz disappearing?”
“I don’t know.”
Esther was becoming impatient. Her quest for answers superseded any crush or would-be relationship. Now was not the time to be charming. She would grab him around the neck and choke the answers from him if need be.
“You do too know. You thought it was important enough to check out. I want to know why. Tell me what you’re thinking.”
Reed continued to hold the torch in his hand. It lit his face, outlining his strong features. Usually Esther would be nervous in his presence; tonight it was Reed that seemed anxious.
He stepped up close forcing her against the trunk of a tree his face directly in front of hers. She swallowed hard, taken back by the unintended intimacy of the moment.
“Promise me you will not tell anyone about this place.”
Emotion choked the voice from her throat. She managed a hoarse whisper.
“I think it’s some sort of gateway.”
She swallowed hard.
“Gateway to where?”
Reed bit down hard clenching his jaw. “I know it sounds crazy, but I think it is a passageway to the afterlife.”
A cold chill passed through Esther as terror invaded her. She glanced at the vapor hovering near the well and the gnarled trees standing vigil and she began to tremble. This was too much. She wanted to turn and run as fast as she could, removing herself as far from this bizarre place as possible. Instead she grabbed Reed’s hand.
“Okay, I am scared to death right now…I may pass out at any minute.”
Reed’s lips gave way to a smile.
“I’m sorry. I didn’t bring you here to scare you.”
“Then why did you being me here?”
Reed moved in pinning her closer against the tree. He placed his mouth close to her ear and whispered as if he feared being heard.
“To see if there was water. When there is water there is activity…..it means they have come.”
Esther wanted to scream and run like a banshee through the woods. Reeds words made her legs shake uncontrollably. She wished she were anywhere but where she was, yet the intimacy of the moment made a fire burn in her belly.
“Who are they?” she whispered back
She didn’t know why, but his next words chilled her to the bone, and for some reason she wished she had not asked the question. It’s better not to know some things, because sometimes with certain knowledge comes great misfortune. Yet, she had asked; and, he had whispered back into her ear. She never could have dreamed that the two words he spoke would change her life forever.
When I realized I had just read the last page, I screamed. This whole story will get inside your head (in a good way). I really identified with Felicitas and Esther both. I love how each character is depicted so vividly. I felt like I knew every single one of them. I can always tell a good writer by their ability to do just that. I was and still am the biggest LOST fan there is. You can say what you want about the ending, but that entire series was amazing in the way of character development. At the end of that show I felt like I was on the island the whole time. I felt close to Jack and Kate and Sawyer etc. And when a character died, I truly felt it. I think that is what I will be saying about this series after reading every book. I already care so much. I'm "involved" so to speak and it feels good to be. I love being transported to another world. Every time I began to read everything around me disappeared and BAM I was back in Nashville with the Rebolds and then finally in Haret. So many twists and turns. So many "oh crap" moments. So much to invest in and its worth every second.
To Nancy, a fellow reader and reviewer, I don't think you have to worry about it all being a dream. I have a feeling we will be guessing through every single book and it won't be truly revealed until the end. BUT knowing this writer, she has WAY too much substance and she cares SO much about her readers. There is no way she would do anything to insult their intelligence or jip them of such an experience. After reading The Secret's of Moonshine: The first secret and now The Haret, I trust we are all in good hands with Denise Daisy.
Denise Daisy has done it again!
After reading the secrets of moonshine, I could not wait to get my hands on another book by the lovely, phenomenally talented Denise Parton..
The Haret has not left me disappointed, I finished it within 2 days because I could not bare the thought of putting it down. Denise don't leave us hanging with the 2nd piece ;) because I never want it to end, immediately I am swept away in her reads, the suspense and mystery plus a side of romance will leave you on the edge of your seat, thank you Denise for allowing us into the creative world that you've created!!
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