A Girl Named Ella

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iUniverse, Dec 30, 2011 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 208 pages
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Bel Stuart has dedicated thirty-five years of her life to the service of the federal government, and now she has decided it’s time to retire and explore other interests. A widow with the rest of her life ahead of her, Bel decides to try her hand at something new. So when she sees a posting for a caretaker position for a large and beautiful estate overlooking the Pacific Ocean, she can’t apply quickly enough.

When she reports for her first day of duty, she is overwhelmed, almost in awe. She settles in quickly and enthusiastically with her two little dogs for company; she soon comes to realize, however, that they are not alone in the rambling, gothic mansion. She senses the presence of someone—a spirit who means her no harm, and who may, in fact, actually need her help.

Young Ella lived out her short life in the home, and she lost her battle to cancer at the age of ten. Now her spirit remains, desperate for help. She reaches out to Bel, who accepts a different type of caretaking assignment to help the young girl’s wandering spirit. With the help—and more—of the estate’s gardener, Ray, she promises to do all she can to help young Ella finally find peace.

 

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Contents

Retirement Begins
1
Bels Childhood
9
Life Continues
17
A Dream Comes True
22
Day OneMendocino
31
The Shed
36
The Schedule
42
Ray Hunter
50
The Smell of Lilacs
132
Ella Turns Ten
134
Sunday
136
Ellas Grave
141
Holy Ground
145
Catch Up
150
Ray
155
Annie and Lucy
158

The Basement
54
The House
65
The Presence
72
The Attic
83
Revelation
87
Ella Speaks
91
Ray
96
Sensations
101
The Harvest
105
Bels Appeal
109
Saturday
114
Ray Comes to the Rescue
118
The Cellar
122
The Blue Room
127
Ella
130
The Inquest
161
The Burial
164
Routine Reestablished
167
Saturday
172
Gifts
175
Leaving
177
Fresno
180
Mary
183
Ray
185
Bel
186
Winter in Fresno
188
Ray
191
Ray and Bel
194
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