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Catherine's Ring
by Elena Dorothy Bowman   

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Historical Fiction

Publisher:  Write Words, Inc. ISBN-10:  1613860056 Type: 
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275

Copyright:  Dec 2. 2010 ISBN-13:  9781613860052
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In a small fictional town in the northeast corner of Massachusetts a mysterious package from out of the past had the residents buzzing

In a small fictional town in the northeast corner of Massachusetts a mysterious package from out of the past had the residents buzzing.  The original recipient had long since passed, and the sender of the package had died at sea in a tragedy that stunned the world. Where had this package been all these years, and why, even if it was postmarked the year it was sent, was it never delivered? When the present day recipient received the mysterious package, he wondered if he opened it, would he be opening a Pandora's Box. But, neither he nor his wife were aware that his thoughts would ring true, or the strange events and entities that would envelop his family and the family of the original sender. 

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Catherine's Ring

Prologue

In a small fictional town in the northeast corner of Massachusetts a mysterious package from out of the past had the residents buzzing. Unfortunately, the person for whom the package was intended had long since passed away. Given the problem of what to do with the package, the Post Mistress, of this traditional town, decided to pass the problem off to the descendant of the deceased. There were many descendants living in the town, but the one she sent it to had been named after the deceased. Therefore, it stood to reason, even if he no longer lived in the town of Wikersburg, Massachusetts, he should be the recipient of the package.
When the package arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Nicholas Lindin, the recipient named after his Great-Grandfather was surprised to see it. He couldn't understand why the Post Mistress in the town he grew up in would send him a package. It wasn't until he opened her package, discovered her letter and the much smaller package tucked inside, that had obviously seen better days, when it totally confused him.
In her letter, the Post Mistress explained why she sent the disheveled package to him and not to another member of the family. Simply because of the date stamped on the package, and due to the fact that he was the only Nicholas Lindin she knew. His wife, Maria was just as taken with the package, particularly the smaller one, as her husband and didn't know what to make of the situation or why he was chosen to receive it.
Nicholas stared at the date on the smaller package for a long time before he asked his wife to look at it, because he wasn't sure he was reading it correctly. When she agreed with him that the date was the same as he thought, he didn't want to open it. Opening it to him would be opening a Pandora's Box. But what he didn't know was how true that would turn out to be.
The date stamped on the battered package was 1915 and inside this package was a letter from a young woman to the boy she loved. She wrote her parents were against their marriage so her father was sending her off to England to separate them. Why did her parents object? They were of different religions and in 1915 that was not acceptable. Inside the package was a beautiful and captivating diamond, ruby and emerald ring that the girl's father had created for her and her sister of gems he had acquired in the Orient.
But what was unforeseen by her parents, particularly her father, was that 1915 was a dangerous time for sailing across the ocean. In particular, it was extremely dangerous to book passage on the HMS Lusitania. Catherine Barton sailed away on the Lusitania on May 1, 1915, and on the 7th of May, somewhere in the Irish Sea, the U20 a German submarine sent a torpedo into that cruise ship and Catherine Barton, along with thousands of others, lost her life.
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The hunt for who deliberately held onto the package for one hundred years then decided to drop in the Post Office and push it under the counter was on, and what the significance of that action was is what brought Nicholas and Maria to search for answers. Unaware that a second ring, created for Catherine's twin sister Caroline, would soon become apparent when a young British girl, a descendant of Caroline Barton, was just as determined to discover where her Great-Grandaunt's ring disappeared to. She became enthralled with the quest when she read her Great-Grandaunt's letters to her deceased sister and discovered the existence and disappearance of Catherine's Ring.
Lord Alexander-V reluctantly allowed his daughter Catherine to travel to the United States to search for answers. She didn't go alone, her mother, Lady Bridgette Alexander, accompanied her and both were escorted by a member of the British Consulate in Boston. At least, that's who they thought he was. But appearances can be deceiving, particularly when one is entrusted with the lives and safety of the members of Royalty.
As the search for answers continued, the Lindins and the Alexanders became more than good friends, enmeshed in the search for answers, they became as members of one family, determined to discover who, what or why. For all of their efforts, they could only resolve part of what had occurred, but many questions went unanswered, questions they wondered if they would every find answers to.
Did Catherine Barton's spirit searching for so many years find its way back to her home, and was Nicholas' spirit waiting for his lost love to return all these many years? Will they discover each other in the world they once knew, even if it is to be only in the realm of the spirit world, where they can be together again? If so, what effect will that have on the living who may sense the existence of the restless spirits?
Would Catherine Alexander-V, allow herself to admit that she was really smitten with her protector Tony, and that he had more than a protector's interest in her? Will Maria and Nicholas be the recipients of a miracle that they were told could never happen? If so, what part did Catherine's Ring play in the phenomenon if it comes to pass? And what power did Catherine's Ring have over the events that haunted the families?

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100 Years of Mystery - Five Star Review
Nicholas deftly opened the package. He had to be careful with itbecause of how delicate it was from being tossed around the way it hadbeen. Inside was a thick padding of The Boston Evening Globe datedApril 21, 1915 and tied with a red ribbon to secure it. As Nicholasremoved the ribbon the newspaper began to fall away revealing a notewrapped around a red velvet box which had been placed in the middle ofthe thick padding for protection. When he opened the box he couldhardly believe what he was looking at - a beautiful Diamond, Emeraldand Ruby ring was staring up at him. Maria was flabbergasted at thesight of the ring. She couldn't help wondering how anyone could sendsomething that beautiful through the mail without insuring it. But inthose days, I guess they didn't have to worry about the mail not goingthrough? Hah! The mail didn't go through then either did it? Nevermind, that was then and this is now. Nicholas hadn't said a word, hejust held the ring in his hand and stared at its beauty and wonderedwho sent it to whom and why? And on that same day, in an elegantGeorgian Country Home, in the suburb of Cambridge, England, a younggirl named Catherine Alexander-V was presented with a ring that was thetwin of the one that Nicholas held in his hand - an incident thatneither Nicholas nor Maria could know would have a significant impacton their lives. Maria insisted that Nicholas stop staring at the ringand read the note that was included with it. There had to be a reasonand obviously the reason was in the note. Nicholas wondered how shecould be so sure, her only answer was, that there was a note with thering It was obvious. Nicholas opened the note and began to read itwhile Maria looked on...Catherine's Letter to Nicholas: 25 April 1915.

The post office in Nicholas Lindin's home town was being remodeledand when one of the counters was moved a mysterious package was found.The package was addressed to Nicholas Lindin but the posted date was1915...98 years earlier. The package contained a ring and a letter fromCatherine Barton and was addressed to the boy she loved. NicholasLindin, the Great-Grandfather of the Nicholas Lindin of today.Apparently Catherine's father refused to allow his daughter to marry aman outside of the family religion so he decided to separate them bysending her to England for a year. He had no idea that she would nevermake it to England but instead end up at the bottom of the ocean.

Catherine's father, Joseph Barton was a gemologist who traveled theworld acquiring priceless gems. On one of his trips he ran across aTribal Leader who was also a Medicine Man and Spiritual Leader of histribe. He had a pouch of gems that he was willing to sell to Joseph fora mere $500 in gold coins. But, he told Joseph, the gems were special.They were mystical and to prove this, the man cut his own wrist with asharp rock and placed several of the gems on the bleeding wound. Thecut healed almost immediately. Joseph paid the man with the intentionof having the stones made into a necklace for his mother, which he did.As time proceeded, Joseph and his wife had twin girls and as a gift toher granddaughters, Joseph's mother had 2 identical rings made usingsome of the diamonds, rubies and emeralds for both girls. Their nameswere Catherine and Caroline and they were inseparable, that is untilJoseph decided to send Catherine to England.

Catherine's twin sister Caroline's ring was passed down over thegenerations and finally ended up in the hand of her Great-GranddaughterCaroline Alexander. But what happened to Catherine's ring? Could ithave actually sat under the counter for almost 100 years and not beendiscovered? That sounds quite unlikely. Could a friend have hidden itand it finally turned up after all of those years? As the 2 rings comeback to form a full circle, some of the questions are answered.

Catherine's Ring is full of mystery, suspense and ghosts. And as anadded treat, there you will even learn a little history. The onlyproblem I had with Catherine's Ring was that I wanted it to continue. Iwanted it to take me into the next generation and then the next. Butthe ending was beautiful, I just hope Author Elena Dorothy Bowman willcarry on with the ring's next journey.



A Story to Cherish - Five Star Review
This novel sucked me in from page one. I work full time, have two children, in the middle of moving, and I still managed to finish this book within two days. I loved the imagery and the constant suspense from chapter to chapter. The author did a great job of interjecting some history in the book as well.
The book is about two families, two twin sisters, and two identical rings. One descendant family is located in the United States and the other from "across the pond" in England. The family in England was descended from a Caroline Barton, and the family in the United States descended from aCatherine Barton.
The two rings had their origin with Catherine and Caroline's father, Joseph Barton. Joseph had given each of his daughters identical rings whose gems were said to have mystical properties. He acquired these gems in exchange for some gold coins from a tribal leader and medicine man on one of his journeys in the late 1800's to a far off land. Catherine was sent to States by her father, Joseph Barton, because she was in love with a Nicholas Linden (her one true love) and they were of two different faiths. Her father did not approve of an inter-faith relationship and thought that Catherine would have time to think and forget about Nicholas if he sent her across the pond to live with his sister-in-law. Fate intervened though and took Catherine during the sinking of the Lusitania.
Before she left however, she confided in her sister and told Caroline that she would be giving her ring to Nicholas to hold in his safe-keeping while she was gone. From the time of the disaster though, Caroline knew that her twin sister Catherine was gone and she was devastated. Caroline wrote letters to her dead sister Catherine until the day of her own death. Some 98 years later after the sinking, the beautiful ring was finally delivered to Nicholas' descendant, also named Nicholas Linden.
The book details Nicholas and Maria Linden'sjourney in discovering why the ring was delivered to them and not to the original Nicholas Linden. During this journey, Maria starts seeing the spirit of a lovely young woman. Many questions came up along the way - Where was the package all this time? Why was it mysteriously discovered in the post office long forgotten under a counter during renovations? Was someone really just holding on to it all this time for a reason or was it misplaced by a clerk in the post office all those years ago? Did Catherine give it to a confidante instead and not mail the package at all? On the other side of the Atlantic, Caroline Barton's descendant, Catherine (name sake) is on her own quest to discover what happened to her great grandaunt's ring.
She is in possession of her great grandmother's (Caroline's) ring since it was passed down to her through the generations. She discovers some papers and various letters in her ancestral home in England that really peaks her interest and makes her wonder what ever happened to the other ring. This drives her to make her way to the States with her mother and meet Nicholas and Maria. Together, the two families forge ahead and work together to uncover the mystery surrounding the rings, the visions of the young woman, and the mysterious story behind it.
I don't want to give too much away because I want you to read this book! The ending was wonderful - everything I was hoping it would be. Mrs. Bowman has an instinctual talent for weaving a beautiful story into a haunting and suspenseful whole. I would recommend this for all readers of every age.

Tina Boulos, Parapsychologist.



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