Peggy Grahame's self absorbed father has just died, but before he does he tells her that he was not as good a father as he could have been but that she will be taken care of by his older brother Enos in their ancestral estate Rest-and-be-thankful. He also mentions that the place is full of the ghosts of past Grahames and that Uncle Enos is obssessed with keeping the Grahame tradition alive, refusing to update the house, though he has never seen a ghost himself. Feeling trepidacious, Peggy sets off on her own to Rest-and-be-thankful and meets Pat, an english scholar along the way and he gives her a ride home in his temperamental loaner. As soon as uncle Enos sees Pat, he throws him out and refuses to explain why. As the mystery of her uncles behaviour unfolds, Peggy is visited by the ghosts of the house who help her along the way. A very charming book with a few romances and history of the revolutionary war.
I enjoyed this book very much, with its intriguing characters and bits of mystery and romance and humor, but I prefered the author's other work ("Perilous Gard") more.
My girls and I loved this book! They had to own it so they could read it over and over again.
This is a lovely example of a friendly ghost story. Some things may seem a bit dated, now, but the story itself was interesting and engaging.
A lonely girl is visited by her ancestral ghosts, who tell her very engaging stories about their lives during Revolutionary War times. These stories, incidentally, help her to solve the problems in her own life and find love. One of my very favorite youth/young adult reads, with strong women characters for its time. There is a scene in the middle of the book where one of the young women must outwit an English spy (with whom she is falling in love against her will) that would make the whole book worth reading all by itself.
I own two copies and will not be giving either of them away. Find your own!