Ellie has dealt with many hardships as a 14-year-old-the death of her mother, and a long estrangement from her grandmother. But when Grandma Aurelia dies, she leaves Ellie the Vermont farmhouse where her mother grew up, and there Ellie finds the diaries of her ancestors. As she uncovers a dark family secret, she realizes that the key to understanding the present can be hidden in the past.
Tessa HopeWilson joined this world on Feb. 13, 1985, in Sidney. From that point she became a shining light for her family, the love of her life and son, Zachary Tyler, her friends and students. Growing up in the heart of western Nebraska, Tessa developed a determination that she drew upon in life and in the classroom.