The Ghost in the Gardens

The Ghost in The Gardens by [Carpenter, HL]

HL CarpenterTHE BOOK:  The Ghost in The Gardens.

PUBLISHED IN: June 2018.

THE AUTHOR: HL Carpenter.

THE EDITOR: Justine Dowsett.

THE PUBLISHER: Mirror World Publishing.

SUMMARY: Until the first spooky visit, ten year old Chrysantha Howe doesn’t think about ghosts. She thinks about plants. All. The. Time. She has her future planned out, and that future includes plants. Chrys is going to be a plant scientist like her uncle and her favorite teacher, and she’s determined to find the very rare Coralroot orchid. The ghost is not in the plan. But when her teacher disappears and the police suspect her uncle was involved, Chrys has to figure out what the ghost is trying to tell her—before it’s too late.

THE BACK STORY: The idea for The Ghost in The Gardens sprouted when we read an article about a small botanical garden and a woman who spent her entire working career cataloguing the plants in that single garden. Her dedication was inspiring, and we were awed by the variety of plant life in such a small area and how difficult finding a particular plant is.

WHY THIS TITLE?: The botanical gardens setting is the heart of the story, both for the hero and for the people she loves, including the ghost.

WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT? To solve the mystery of course! And to root for the spunky, intelligent girl solving the mystery! Oh, and Mom & Dad? Just so you know, The Ghost in The Gardens is also about friendship and family and celebrates girls with goals and the women they become.


“This is a quick, satisfying story with some beautiful turns of phrase in it. … A lovely story and recommended.”

AUTHOR PROFILE: HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at <a href=””><b> </b></a>.

AUTHOR COMMENTS: How often do you think of plants? Maybe you believe you never do. And yet you probably have a plant in your house right now. Even if you don’t tend to houseplants, you may have salad greens in the refrigerator and bags of vegetables in your freezer. The cotton garments you wear, the aspirin you take for granted, the wood chair you sit on—all plant based. Even if you’re a botanophobe, you can’t avoid plants. They’re everywhere, living on light, communicating with each other via underground root systems and with other species via color and scent, and demonstrably conscious of their environment. Whether that’s creepy or fascinating depends on your point of view. Either way, plants live among us, often overlooked and yet vital to our existence. The next time you bite into a chocolate candy, thank a plant. 🙂

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Recently retired after 35 years with the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, VA, now re-inventing myself as a novelist/nonfiction writer and writing coach in Lake George, NY.

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