After Jan and her brother discover the abandoned island mansion, she dreams of the elegance the house once knew. Empty and desolate on a small spit of land covered with brush and weeds, they return a second time thirteen years later. During the ensuing years, Jan fantasizes about owning the property one day-excruciatingly beyond her financial means. Through her career, Jan meets the debonair, handsome Roy, falling in love and loving the fall. Working and loving together, they investigate the prior ownership, hunting for the elusive Jonathon Willis, who holds the answers to their questions. They kw they can refurbish the mansion if they can just find the owner. A strange twist of fate occurs when they ultimately solve the mystery of the apparently neglected estate.
Betty Nearing is an accomplished short story writer and a contributing author to Patchwork Path anthologies: Wedding Bouquet, Christmas Stocking, and Treasure Box. She has improved her craft by completing in several on-line fiction and novel writing classes at Gotham Writing Workshop. The Island House is the result of her 50,000 word win in the 2010 National Novel Writing Month contenst. She is currently working on a novel about her Puritan ancestors--in particular a great grandmother who was tried for witchcraft, titled Hang the Witch. Based on fact, it is a creative non-fiction novel about a young girl who was ultimately convicted and sentenced to hang. Betty has always loved to write and spends most of her time, in addition to her novel, writing stories from her childhood memories and her parents memories.