The Wedding Dress

The Wedding Dress

Mary O'Donnell

Mary O'Donnell

Annie Dawson’s attic in Grey Gables has divested itself of many treasures since the Texan inherited her grandmother’s home in Stony Point, Maine, but none as romantic and mysterious as the beautiful wedding dress she finds gracing an old mannequin concealed beneath a sheet along with a hand-crafted veil and pair of gloves. The dress carries an indelible link back to the first inhabitant of the Victorian mansion, a courageous seafaring captain whose name Annie has never heard until she uncovers the wedding dress in the attic. Captain Zacharias Grey built Grey Gables with the intent of making the house and Stony Point the home for his new bride and their family. At about the time Annie discovers the wedding dress, the youngest son of Gwendolyn Palmer, Annie’s Hook and Needle Club friend, returns home to Stony Point with a wedding-related surprise of his own— a stunning redhead from County Kerry in Ireland whom he introduces as his fiancée. Dervla O’Keefe swept Tony Palmer off his feet while he toured the British Isles after completing his MBA at Harvard. But the fairy-tale love story isn’t exactly the surprise that Gwendolyn had expected. Meanwhile, renowned artist Andrew Gareth has made Stony Point the latest subject of his quest to capture on canvas the character of all the states of the Union. Grey Gables is central to his plans for his Maine exhibition. But his interest seems to go much deeper than it should. Has his life’s path somehow intertwined with Stony Point and Grey Gables? Join Annie and her friends in the Hook and Needle Club as they join forces to connect all of the clues and solve the mystery of the wedding dress—and how it found its way into Annie’s attic.
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The Tapestry in the Attic

The Tapestry in the Attic

Mary O'Donnell

Mary O'Donnell

Annie Dawson was just a child when she first noticed the small tapestry hanging on a wall in Grey Gables, the Victorian house bequeathed to her by her grandmother, Betsy Holden. The tapestry was as much a part of the home as any other part of the beautiful house situated on a hill overlooking the seacoast on the outskirts of rustic and quaint Stony Point, Maine.But when Annie and the members of the Hook and Needle Club search for props for a play to be held in Stony Point’s Cultural Center, they discover a secret hidden for more than 45 years in the old home’s attic. There is a sister tapestry—this one a wall-size work by the same needle artist, based on the ideal woman as pictured in Proverbs 31 in the Bible.Annie and her friends are drawn into the production of the play because it will benefit a fund for breast cancer research. The play, written by a native son of the village and now a nationally known playwright, will feature direction by a professor of theater arts from nearby Longfellow College and the talents of two actors of renown, now retired and living in the Stony Point area.But what artistic hand stitched the tapestries of Grey Gables? The mystery deepens as Annie and her friends discover that the larger tapestry, like the Proverbs 31 woman, has a “price above rubies.” Will the path to solving the mystery once again put Annie’s life in jeopardy? And will the very disease the Hook and Needle Club members are fighting strike down one of their own?Join our mystery-solving band of handcrafters as they tackle another whodunit from the labyrinth of Annie’s attic.
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