In a dusty corner of a basement in a rambling Victorian house in northern New Hampshire, a door has long been sealed shut with 39 six-inch-long carriage bolts. The home's new owners are Chip and Emily Linton and their twin ten-year-old daughters. Together they hope to rebuild their lives there... read more
Chip Linton was a pilot whose plane crashed due to a flock of geese. He suffers a break down and he and his family move to New Hamshire to a house with a secret history. The town of Bethel is a little strange and as Chip, his wife, Emily and their twin daughters, Hallie and Garnet, start to... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Chip Linton was a pilot whose plane crashed due to a flock of geese. He suffers a break down and he and his family move to New Hamshire to a house with a secret history. The town of Bethel is a little strange and as Chip, his wife, Emily and their twin daughters, Hallie and Garnet, start to settle into the house, they meet many of the townspeople who seem to show a marked interest in Hallie and Garnet. They all have greenhouses and grow herbs, some used for cooking and some used for tinctures to cure various ailments. Emily and the girls are drawn into growing their own herbs despite a couple of women who warn Emily that the women are really witches. Even some of the men, such as John Hardin, Emily's new boss, are encouraging Emily and the girls to use new names--all the women have names of plants or herbs. Hallie seems interested, but Garnet rebels and even Emily is reluctant to completely trust the women who seem so insistent. Chip is haunted by three people who died in the plane crash and Reseda, one of the herbalists, tries to help him and send the ghosts away. Anise, another herbalist, seems to have caused some of Chip's problems with her cookies and other baked goods she always gives to the Lintons. Finally, the goal is revealed and Emily understands why the women are so interested in her daughters. The question is if she will take them away or if she will fall in with the plan.
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