The Ring in the Attic

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It has been several years since Annie Dawson inherited Grey Gables, her Victorian-era home in Stony Point, Maine, from her grandmother, Elizabeth Holden. In those years she has been taken on many adventures that started in the labyrinth of her attic.

Those mysteries have often put her in danger as she has sought to solve them, usually with the help of her best friend, Alice MacFarlane, and the rest of her handcrafting amateur sleuths in Stony Point’s Hook and Needle Club.

But the discovery of a priceless ring in the attic takes Annie to the brink of physical, emotional, and spiritual breakdown. Slipping the ring onto her finger takes Annie on a rollercoaster ride that may prove to be her undoing.

Finding the ring in the attic brings Annie to a major crossroad in her life. Her beloved husband, Wayne, had died nearly five years earlier, and that was followed by the death of her beloved “Gram.” The two events led her to Stony Point.

Now one crisis after another seems to be tearing Annie away from her new home, her friends and even the new love of her life, Stony Point’s handsome, dynamic mayor. Where will it all lead? To a new start? Or does fate hold some other plans for Annie?

The answers seem to be almost mystically tied to a mysterious, beautiful band. Join Annie and her friends as they try to find the legitimate owner of The Ring in the Attic.

The Characters

Annie has lived in Brookfield, Texas, for the last 28 years but grew up in Stony Point, Maine. At 49, she is still attractive with her gray-blond hair, but since her husband, Wayne, died of a heart attack last year, her green eyes have lost their sparkle. She doesn't know quite how she fits into this new, but lonely, phase of her life. So she contents herself with her crochet projects and her garden. Still, however, her life lacks focus and meaning.

A childhood friend of Annie's, Alice has lived in Stony Point all her life. She is divorced and lives next door to Grey Gables in the small but cozy carriage house that used to be the gatekeeper's house for the mansion on the hill. Annie is delighted to reconnect with her long-lost friend.

Mary Beth is the owner of the local yarn shop, A Stitch in Time, in the center of town. She has lived in Stony Point her whole life, has never been married and seems to be the self-appointed town mother. It's nearly impossible to keep a secret around her since she knows absolutely everything going on in town.

Annie's daughter LeeAnn lives in Dallas, Texas and has an independent nature. She and her husband, Herb, have 5-year-old twins, John and Joanna. LeeAnn is worried about her mother's well-being but keeps in touch on a regular basis.