Whispers in the Branches

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Cover for Brandy Heineman's debut novel, Whispers in the Branches, published by Elk Lake Publishing.

2014 ACFW Genesis Finalist, Contemporary category

Every old house has its quirks…
and every family has its secrets.

Tending a void in her heart that demands to be filled, Abby Wells uproots her life in Ohio to move into the ancestral home in Georgia. Now that her mom is gone, it’s her best chance to connect with the last of her family, and she can’t deny the pull of the supposedly haunted house. The seductive comfort of believing that ghosts could be real drives her search, but Aunt Ruby’s plans for Abby don’t include revealing secrets kept for seventy years. Oh, there’s dirty laundry she’d like to air—just not her own.

Indulging in the attentions of the house’s handsome caretaker helps numb her pain, but Abby’s ex-boyfriend won’t let go of the past. He hounds her about his newfound religion in hopes of reconciling, but why reach for him or the God who couldn’t or wouldn’t spare her mom? In the stillness of the old house, the spirit world feels so close she can almost touch it.

But she doesn’t know yet that there’s more than one way to be haunted.

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About the Author

Brandy Heineman

BRANDY HEINEMAN is a Christ-follower. She’s also a book hoarder, a cat herder, a first-generation Southerner, a self-appointed family historian, and a novelist. She likes to cook when it’s convenient, and to order pizza when it’s not. An alumna of Wesleyan College (Macon, Ga.), she has written for various corporate newsletters, the ACFW Journal, Writer… Interrupted, and Book Fun Magazine. Brandy resides in metro Atlanta with her Captain of Street Cred and superhero hubby, Michael.