Autumn's Spell

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It’s almost Halloween in scenic Magnolia Harbor, South Carolina. The innkeepers of the Magnolia Harbor Inn—sisters Grace Porter and Charlotte Wylde— prepare to host a murder mystery weekend as they welcome their new guests.
Esmay Gooding is content with her quiet life in academia. She travels to the bed-and-breakfast to study, but her plans abruptly change when she meets a kindred spirit. Will Esmay find the courage to open her heart to love?
After winning a prestigious award, composer Beck Kirby lost his creative vision. Fearing he’ll never be able to write again, he seeks refuge at the inn. Now Beck must come to terms with his sudden fame in order to revive his passion for music.
When Agatha Mistry arrives at the inn, she feels like her world is falling apart. Her murder mystery company is on the brink of financial ruin, and she’s reeling from shocking personal news. With the fate of her future hinging on this event, Agatha will stop at nothing to make it a success.
The Magnolia Harbor Inn offers its guests a special kind of peace. Will the old mansion help these troubled souls discover the strength to release their regrets so they can pursue their dreams?

The Characters

A Southern woman through and through, hospitality runs deep in Grace's veins. When the grand antebellum mansion in her hometown of Magnolia Harbor, South Carolina, was up for auction seven and a half years ago, Grace (now age 47) knew purchasing the estate with her sister, Charlotte, and remodeling it to become the Magnolia Harbor Inn was her new calling.

While she'd enjoyed many years of success working in the corporate world, the long hours and constant hustle of life in Charleston had taken its toll. Plus, it had been no small feat raising her son, Jake, on her own after a tragic accident took the life of her beloved husband when Grace was just 26 years old.

Now that Jake was grown and making a life of his own, Grace was happy to trade in the traffic jams for relaxing strolls along the sparkling shoreline of Lake Haven. Maybe she'd even wander down the lane to visit her handsome new neighbor, Spencer Lewis, who recently bought Blossom Hill Farm. A friendly gesture that Grace knew her aunt Winnie would surely approve of, but not before checking to make sure each guest at the inn has everything they need.

With an incredible knack for knowing what others need, often before they do, Winnie's intuitive nature, gentle spirit and worlds of wisdom are appreciated not only by her nieces, Grace and Charlotte, but by the guests who come to stay at the Magnolia Harbor Inn. At 69 years old, Winnie lives a fun, fulfilling and active life. She enjoys taking daily walks over to the inn, which is less than a mile away from the home she shares with her husband, Gus, and meeting up with The Busy Bees Quilting group to handcraft beautiful blankets, table runners, wall hangings and more.

Thirteen years younger than Grace, Charlotte is a smart, savvy and sensational chef who loves mixing up homemade dishes for the guests at the Magnolia Harbor Inn. In fact, purchasing the inn with her sister was just the step Charlotte needed to get out of Charleston's cutthroat restaurant business and into running the inn's kitchen as she sees fit. When she's not piping ganache onto her freshly baked pastries, Charlotte is penning recipes for her next cookbook--she already has three that made the best-seller list!