A heartwarming and quietly moving novel of hope, fate, and folk magic unfolds when a young woman travels to a sleepy southern town in the Appalachian Mountains to bury her best friend.
"Dark, tender, and thought-provoking, Willa Reece beautifully weaves fantasy, feminism, and mystery in rural Appalachia." --Constance Sayers, author of A Witch in Time
At the age of eleven, Mel Smith's life found its purpose when she met Sarah Ross. Ten years later, Sarah's sudden death threatens to break her. To fulfill a final promise to her best friend, Mel travels to an idyllic small town nestled in the shadows of the Appalachian Mountains. Yet Morgan's Gap is more than a land of morning mists and deep forest shadows.
There are secrets that call to Mel, in the gaze of the gnarled and knowing woman everyone calls Granny, in a salvaged remedy book filled with the magic of simple mountain traditions, and in the connection she feels to the Ross homestead and the wilderness around it.
With every taste of sweet honey and tart blackberries, the wildwood twines further into Mel's broken heart. But a threat lingers in the woods--one that may have something to do with Sarah's untimely death and that has now set its sight on Mel. The wildwood is whispering. It has secrets to reveal--if you're willing to listen... Praise for Wildwood Whispers:
"A lovely tale of sisterly love, the power of inheritance, and the many magics of the natural world. Readers will love Reece's wonderful wisewomen and cheer for the abandoned baby who grows up to find her true home. A deeply satisfying read!" --Louisa Morgan, author of A Secret History of Witches