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This is the first book in the series, The Secret of Truelock Manor.
Mercy Pruitt Truelock disappeared in 1796. Three years later, her husband, Stephen, also went missing. In 1823, Felicity Truelock, is called to the bedside of a dying servant named Esther. Esther tells her a fantastic tale of witchcraft and time travel, then begs Felicity to write her story down. Esther wants to atone. She wants Mercy and Stephen to know how sorry she is for what happened to them. She tells Felicity to write the story in a book that will be passed down from generation to generation until Mercy and Stephen return. Esther wants them to know she is sorry in hopes that they will forgive her. In 1920, a girl named Mary Ellen Comstock is nine-years-old. Her great-great Aunt Dee comes to live with Mary Ellen's family and tells the girl she is a "kindred soul." Aunt Dee shares a book with Mary Ellen, the diary of Felicity Truelock, and the book enchants the girl. She learns about Mercy Truelock and an incantation that may have sent her into the future. Mary Ellen believes the story, and awaits the day when Mercy and Stephen will to the spot where they were last seen - the beach near Truelock Manor.
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Mercy in the Moonlight was supposed to be a standalone book. As I wrote it, I found that Mary Ellen Comstock and Cyrus Greene held many secrets and also held significant information regarding Mercy Fletcher's past. I wanted to find out how they had come to know what they knew, why they disliked each other so much, and why they were so obsessed with the Truelock legend.
I began their story with Mary Ellen, a young girl with a mild rebellious streak who isn't above lying to her mother to do what she wants to do. Mary Ellen learns early how to ignore her conscience. She also learns how to manipulate those around her. Her obsession with the Truelocks soon alienates her only friends, but she can't let them go until she learns the truth about Mercy and Stephen Truelock.
Cyrus Greene is a manipulator, too, but unlike Mary Ellen, Cyrus needs other people. He doesn't want to be alone. He also loves competing with Mary Ellen. His fascination with the Truelocks lasts his whole life and he never imagines he will play an important part in discovering what happened to Mercy and Stephen Truelock.
A.L. Jambor hails from New Jersey and started writing at the tender age of 57. All her life, she collected experiences and when she started writing, she put all those memories into her stories. A multi-genre storyteller, A.L. has a favorite – mystery, with historical fantasy running a close second. She loves movies with twists and turns, silly comedies, and lush historical dramas. Married to the love of her life since 1979, A.L. has two sons and four grandchildren. She lives in sunny Florida with her husband, Hans, a chubby dog named Trixie, and a cat named Sammy. She loves to hear from her fans so drop her a line and tell her how she's doing at firstname.lastname@example.org. http://aljambor.com/ http://aljambor.blogspot.com/ https://twitter.com/ALJambor https://www.facebook.com/ALJambor
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