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Are ghosts responsible for the mayhem and murder at the Mountaintop Theater? That’s what Melody and Don must find out.

Life is anything but a sweet plot for romance novelist Melody Harmon. Not only is she under contract to work with ex-cop-turned-suspense writer Don Bridges, but he’s also her on-again, off-again boyfriend—currently off again.

But when cast members of the local production of The Hound of the Baskervilles turn up missing, the director asks them to solve the disappearances discreetly. According to legend, the old sawmill-turned-playhouse is haunted—by ghosts known to abduct a human or two on occasion. Then the director’s mauled body is found in the woods surrounding the mountaintop theater, and Don’s granddaughter Kadie, a junior member of the cast, vanishes without a trace.

Police say wild dogs killed the director and Kadie ran away. “It’s only a legend,” they insist. But is it? Melody and Don must put aside their differences, defy the police’s orders to back off the case, and find Kadie before it’s too late.


Ghosts and things that go bump in the night are figments of mythology, right? Maybe so, and maybe not. Ghost Mountain delights the reader with homey scenes, precocious children, and a couple very much in love who can’t quite get on the same wavelength. Melody Harmon, aka Melanie Joy, romance author extraordinaire, and Don Bridges, retired detective and sleuth, couldn’t be more different. He’s astute, alert, and logical, and she’s not. He’s a planner who makes thought through decisions. She’s impromptu, often illogical, definitely governed by emotion, lives in the moment, and seldom if ever, thinks things through. She’s a bit obsessive compulsive, and he’s not. She loves her herbal tea. He’s a strong coffee man. Can these mid-life single adults ever get it together? Will they get married or will they break up forever? Will they be able to make a life for themselves and their respective families? I’ll never tell. You’ll have to buy the book to find out.


Ghost Mountain is a meandering stroll through Pennsylvania’s woodlands, hills, and valleys following a washed up romance author, Melody Harmon, and Don Bridges, who is a retired detective and suspense writer. Accompanied by their adult, and prepubescent children; friends and acquaintances; the reader is provided with a weekend of reading that alternates between romance and suspense sprinkled with mystery. Ghost Mountain is no comedy, or classic mystery, but rather a tender book filled with quite a few nail-biting moments and many unexpected chuckles. Michele Huey’s wit, wisdom, and writing skills have created a book to be savored with a cup of hot mint tea and a chocolate-raspberry scone, but a word of caution is in order. Be careful to wash your hands very well after trimming the rhododendron bush in your yard. You’ll have to read Ghost Mountain to discover why that piece of advice is relevant. Enjoy!

–Cass Wessel

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Looking for hope and encouragement in the everyday trenches of life? In this collection of Michele Huey’s devotional readings, you’ll find what readers of her weekly award-winning newspaper column have experienced for more than twenty years: a cup of inspiration, a spoonful of encouragement, and a generous outpouring of the milk of God’s love. … Savor and SELAH!

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U-turns Allowed

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If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! – 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

I’d just emailed my column to the newspaper and planned to spend the rest of that Friday morning finishing the budget work, paying bills, and finalizing the grocery list before going to town for my weekly shopping trip.

As I put the kettle on for a second cup of tea, I glanced at the time—10:30 a.m. Would I have time to enjoy it? I had to pick up the lawn mower bearings we ordered before noon, and the place was closed Saturday.

Knowing my penchant for procrastinating, pushing deadlines, and convincing myself I had time to “do one more thing” (or dawdle), I figured I’d better get out of my jammies and head for town—now.

I was about a mile from home when a thought popped into my mind: Did I turn off the burner under the kettle? I remembered thinking about it, but couldn’t remember if I actually did.

I checked the clock on the dashboard. I was pushing it, but I had to go back. If I had left it on, I wouldn’t have a house by the time I came home from town.

I made a U-turn at the intersection. Good thing. The water was boiling away when I stepped into the kitchen.

God allows U-turns, too. Look at St. Paul. Now, if there was ever a hard nut to crack, it was Saul of Tarsus. A fiery Pharisee, he was on his way to Damascus to search for Christians so he could throw them into jail when he blinded by a bright light and fell to the ground.

He heard a voice speaking to him: “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”

The words pierced his soul. “Who are you?” he asked.

“I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting. Now stand up! For I have appeared to you to appoint you as my servant and my witness.”

Saul made a U-turn and, in his own words, “I was not disobedient to that vision from heaven.”

The Bible includes many other examples of people who made U-turns: the prodigal son, Zacchaeus, Mary Magdalene, and Matthew, the despised tax collector turned disciple who wrote the Gospel that bears his name.

Contemporary author Allison Bottke made a U-turn in 1989—and went on to produce nearly two dozen books of stories of folks who found themselves in hot water and made U-turns.

“No matter what we what have done, no matter where we have been, it is never too late to change direction,” she says, “because God allows U-turns!”

What about you? Do you need a turnaround? Do you need to go back to where you went wrong, or did wrong, and make things right?

Remember, no one is so far away that God cannot see, hear, or help. In the words of Anne Graham Lotz,“He forgives and forgets, creates and cleanses, restores and rebuilds, heals and helps, reconciles and redeems, comforts and carries, lifts and loves. He is the God of the second chance, the fat chance, the slim chance, the no chance.”*

Make that U-turn now. God is waiting at the intersection.

Thank you. Lord, for allowing U-turns. Amen. 

*Anne Graham Lotz, My Jesus Is . . . Everything

Read and reflect on Acts 26:4-20.

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