It's 1914 in Vandermeer Manor, a lavish American estate, and Kate Vandermeer is about to celebrate her twelfth birthday. This birthday is a very special one because she is to be gifted with the Katherine necklace, a beautiful ruby heirloom necklace that has been handed down to each Katherine on their twelfth birthday. Plus, Kate's distant English cousin Beth is coming to visit for her birthday, and she is bringing her matching Elizabeth sapphire necklace. The girls stumble upon a mystery that someone has been hiding for years. . . can they finally unearth hidden family secrets? Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years.
There are more family secrets waiting to be discovered at Vandermeer Manor in America in the second book of a historical fiction mystery series.
It’s the end of June in 1914, and Beth Etheridge is traveling from her home in England’s Chatswood Manor all the way to America, to visit her cousin Kate at Vandermeer Manor in Rhode Island. The girls are thrilled to be united, especially because Beth will be in attendance when Kate receives the heirloom “Katherine” necklace: one half of a heart encrusted with gorgeous rubies. It’s the companion to Beth’s “Elizabeth” necklace. But the trip is cut short when news arrives of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. With talk of war on the horizon, Beth is ordered to return home, but Kate knows the perfect hiding place to help her stay. A wing of Vandermeer Manor is rumored to be haunted, and as the girls explore, they find a different kind of ghost—and a new trove of family secrets.
Adele Whitby wishes she lived in a grand manor home with hidden rooms and tucked-away nooks and crannies, but instead she lives in the next best thing—a condo in Florida with her husband and their two dogs, Molly and Mack. When she’s not busy writing, you can usually find her reading and relaxing on the beach under a big umbrella. She loves getting lost in a good story, especially one set in a faraway place and time.
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