So, Taryn is an artist. She has this uncanny ability to see a broken down home, barn, etc and see the place for what it was once in the past. Different people hire her to paint old places that are either up for reconstruction, so they can see what it once was, or going to be torn down, so they can keep it alive in a picture. Taryn is very good at this, and though she's not rich by any means, she loves what she does and is able to pay the bills.
Winwood Farm, book 1, Taryn is hired by the Stokes Historical Society to paint an old farmhouse. Taryn first visits the place and takes pictures with her very old but reliable camera, Miss Daisy, I think is her name. Anyway, the camera begins picking up some strange things in each room, and shows Taryn what the inside looked like; how it was furnished, what the daughter's bedroom upstairs looked like. Taryn was taken aback by what she was seeing in the pictures she had downloaded on her computer. She called Matt and told him and he began helping her by looking up the history of the home. Matt's in Florida and I believe works for NASA. Yes, it's been awhile since I have read these.
Anyway this story has to do with an arranged marriage of Clara, a young girl in 1921, to Jonathan Fitzgerald, a much older man, by Clara's father. Clara was in love with a young man, Donald Adkins. Clara kept it a secret, but when her father found out he chained Clara to her bed, and she finally died. Her father killed Donald. While investigating with her camera and her new found psychic abilities, Taryn was learning the story a little at a time. But, someone didn't want her to know the truth and they slashed her tires, and poisoned her. But why? Who cares what happened so far in the past to make them want to harm Taryn? It's a great read and though it's not a 5 on the creep factor, it's so well written and draws you in; I have to give it and the others 5 stars! Rebecca is talented and deserves a congratulations on bringing this series alive!
Griffith's Tavern is about Taryn being called by Paul, part of a young group of people needing her to paint this rundown tavern before it is to be torn down. The same group wanting to save it and trying to raise the money to buy it. The tavern has a past and it comes to life again telling Taryn about a mail order bride named Pinella. Pinella did fall in love with the man who paid for her, and they went onto open the tavern and try and have a family. However, she miscarried the first, and Hannah, the second only lived 10 months. Later, Pinella lost her husband and began doing some things nobody would expect a respected business woman to do. Pinella's spirit was haunted by the loss of her babies, husband, and what she had to do to keep the tavern up and running. She needed someone to know her story and tell it, so her spirit could move on.
Taryn was staying at a small B&B owned by a lady named Delphina. Delphina, in the end, tried to kill Taryn when she found 2 bodies in the basement. However, Taryn got away, and Delphina told her why she had them down there. Pinella haunted Taryn until Taryn got the whole story, and was able to show the owners what was hidden in the floor. Were the young group able to save this old place or is it to be torn down to be replaced by box stores? Who is in Delphina's basement? Why?
Dark Hollow Road is written to follow suit with the other two. Except this time Matt is with Taryn. Taryn was hired to teach an art class in the local community college. Taryn learns of an 18 yr old girl, Cheyenne, who disappeared one night after a party at an old farmhouse on the property her family owned. After the students googled her and figured out why she was so well-known, Taryn was invited to a night of going over the facts of Cheyenne's disappearance with some of the teens that knew her and wanted to know what happened to her. Some people thought a local guy named Travis killed her, but the guy was innocent and branded by the town as the killer though there was no proof. In the end, secrets are revealed, and a local girl full of jealousy threatens to kill Taryn, Matt, and some kids at a bon fire. What the hell happened to Cheyenne, and what does this girl know? Why all of a sudden is she brandishing a gun? This is a story of teen jealousy gone way too far! Cheyenne experienced such trauma before she died, and if she had only known before going to the bonfire some friends are not to be trusted! Who killed her? Well, her mother finally gets her answers and you just won't believe it!
Again great series and I am looking forward to the next. I had started speaking with Rebecca over Facebook and enjoyed what short conversations we had. This author has also written true stories about haunted houses and towns she knows about and shares with her readers. I hope she is doing well, and I know she suffers from EDS. Congrats on this series! 5 stars for the mystery itself in each book.
Rebecca's newest addition to this series is Shaker Town. Taryn was hired by the people of Shaker Town, here in my state, Ky. to paint her renditions of a couple of different run-down buildings, so they could make the buildings look as they once did. Taryn and her camera, Miss Daisy, took pictures of present buildings and landscapes, but Miss Daisy was special and would show Taryn what things looked like in the past. It didn't happen with every shot, but it did happen when it mattered, and Taryn needed to see something special. Taryn knew a lot about the shakers. She had did her dissertation on them in college. She knew they believed in celibacy, and they enlarged their following by taking in people and families to work the plantation. She also knew how they would take the children away from the parents as soon as the family decided to become a shaker family. They kept children and adults separated. Taryn began seeing a young woman ghost, and learned her name was Evelyn and this ghost had a story to tell. Taryn felt something very evil, but was it a demon? She didn't actually believe in demons, but what could be so evil? Oh, there was a haunting tale to be told, and again Rebecca Patrick-Howard did her job again by getting you drawn into Taryn's world. I love these stories. I love what I learn when reading Rebecca's books.