Former Gates County teacher publishes detective / romantic novel – The Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald
LOVETTSVILLE, VA – Former Gates County resident Janet Morris Belvin wrote a novel set in the horse country of Virginia.
The Refuge, a 200-page mystery / romance set in a fictional town in Loudoun County, offers an inviting mix of developing love and overwhelming fear in a fabulous equestrian estate.
In a setting of pastoral beauty in the horse country of northern Virginia, a bright and beautiful young woman and a handsome and honest widower reunite after a tragedy. Peyton Thurman, a London publisher in her twenties, assumes it will only take a few weeks to clear up the legal issues surrounding her parents’ untimely death in a plane crash, but settle their estate and sell their home , Greyson Plantation in Loudoun County, Virginia, is proving more difficult than she thinks, even with the help of Cameron Hill, the boss of the farm. Someone else wants this inheritance.
Peyton returns to the United States to settle her parents’ estate and oversee the sale of their historic mansion where she grew up. What she doesn’t count on is the attraction Greyson would have on her. And seeing the farm manager, Cameron Hill, disturbs her even more. Cameron shows him another hidden side of the farm operation, the Refuge. Hidden miles away in the woods, The Refuge is another Colonial-era rectory on his family’s estate, which Peyton never knew existed. The Refuge also holds another secret, which could threaten Peyton’s very life.
Belvin is also the author of Southern Stories from the Porch Swing, her memoir published in 2018. She has lived in Loudoun for eight years and is a former teacher at Gates County High School. She is an occasional columnist for the Gates County Index and writes for magazines and newspapers in North and South Carolina.
The Refuge is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, Books A Million and other bookstores or at Belvin’s online bookstore (https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Le-Refuge
Belvin can be reached at [email protected] or on her Facebook page Janet Morris Belvin, author.