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Chrysteen  Braun

The Maidservant in Cabin Number One

Literature & Fiction

When she is only ten, Ruth Ann Landry becomes a maidservant for a wealthy family in Seattle where her mother also works. When she is seventeen, she accompanies the family to Los Angeles, and makes the decision to never return. Although she carries another man's child, Ruth finds her way up to the mountains in Lake Arrowhead, and begins a new life in the cabins that are the beginning of the Guest Book Trilogy.

The Maidservant in Cabin Number One is Ruth's story; about how she starts over, survives loss, and picks herself up to begin again.

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The Girls in Cabin Number Three

Literature & Fiction

“Braun’s a top-notch storyteller; The Girls in Cabin Number Three is well plotted with clearly defined and relatable characters. Her research is exemplary.”
—Kate Osborn, formerly with the Mountain News, Lake Arrowhead

“Annie meets Carrie Davis, a new guest who slowly begins to unravel secrets from her own family’s past in the second part of The Guest Book Trilogy: The Girls in Cabin Number Three… with plenty of intrigue in an idyllic mountain locale.”
—Susan Denley, former Associate Features Editor, Los Angeles Times.

In book two of the Guest Book Trilogy, eighty-one-year-old Annie Parker recounts taking on, against the wishes of her new love Noah, an out-of-town design project that leads her down a path that is more than she bargained for.

Back in Lake Arrowhead, California, a long-awaited mystery is buried in Cabin Number Three. Annie meets Carrie Davis who wants to update her childhood home on the lake and feels a tie to Annie’s cabins. Apparently, Carrie’s parents stayed here during the Roaring ‘20s when Bugsy Siegel ran an underground speakeasy and distillery. Unconvinced, Annie decides to investigate and finds their names in the old guest books—Elizabeth Davis and Thomas Meyer. As exciting as that sounds, it’s only the start of a winding tale that Carrie and the new man in her life uncover. The pair unravel a family history filled with gangsters, working girls, and a surprising twist to a family tree.

The Girls in Cabin Number Three combines women’s fiction with romance, cozy noir mystery, and suspense—all wrapped up in the majestic environs of this lovely lakeside haven.

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The Girls in Cabin Number Three

In Book Two of the trilogy, Annie is now eighty-one. I wanted to continue with her story when she starts a new life in the mountain town of Lake Arrowhead, Ca. in the beginning of the 1980s. She has a new love, but everything changes when she takes on an out-of-town design job for a wealthy client. When she returns, Noah has gone. Determined that her work will carry her through this emotional time, she meets a new client whose mother stayed in one of Annie's refurbished cabins in the 1930s. During prohibition, there was a speakeasy called the Tudor House, complete with underworld ties, and we meet Elizabeth Davis, who was entrusted to manage the operation.

The Girls in Cabin Number Three

In Book Two of the trilogy, Annie is now eighty-one. I wanted to continue with her story when she starts a new life in the mountain town of Lake Arrowhead, Ca. in the beginning of the 1980s. She has a new love, but everything changes when she takes on an out-of-town design job for a wealthy client. When she returns, Noah has gone. Determined that her work will carry her through this emotional time, she meets a new client whose mother stayed in one of Annie's refurbished cabins in the 1930s. During prohibition, there was a speakeasy called the Tudor House, complete with underworld ties, and we meet Elizabeth Davis, who was entrusted to manage the operation.

The Girls in Cabin Number Three

In Book Two of the trilogy, Annie is now eighty-one. I wanted to continue with her story when she starts a new life in the mountain town of Lake Arrowhead, Ca. in the beginning of the 1980s. She has a new love, but everything changes when she takes on an out-of-town design job for a wealthy client. When she returns, Noah has gone. Determined that her work will carry her through this emotional time, she meets a new client whose mother stayed in one of Annie's refurbished cabins in the 1930s. During prohibition, there was a speakeasy called the Tudor House, complete with underworld ties, and we meet Elizabeth Davis, who was entrusted to manage the operation.

The Girls in Cabin Number Three

In Book Two of the trilogy, Annie is now eighty-one. I wanted to continue with her story when she starts a new life in the mountain town of Lake Arrowhead, Ca. in the beginning of the 1980s. She has a new love, but everything changes when she takes on an out-of-town design job for a wealthy client. When she returns, Noah has gone. Determined that her work will carry her through this emotional time, she meets a new client whose mother stayed in one of Annie's refurbished cabins in the 1930s. During prohibition, there was a speakeasy called the Tudor House, complete with underworld ties, and we meet Elizabeth Davis, who was entrusted to manage the operation.

The Girls in Cabin Number Three

In Book Two of the trilogy, Annie is now eighty-one. I wanted to continue with her story when she starts a new life in the mountain town of Lake Arrowhead, Ca. in the beginning of the 1980s. She has a new love, but everything changes when she takes on an out-of-town design job for a wealthy client. When she returns, Noah has gone. Determined that her work will carry her through this emotional time, she meets a new client whose mother stayed in one of Annie's refurbished cabins in the 1930s. During prohibition, there was a speakeasy called the Tudor House, complete with underworld ties, and we meet Elizabeth Davis, who was entrusted to manage the operation.

The Girls in Cabin Number Three

In Book Two of the trilogy, Annie is now eighty-one. I wanted to continue with her story when she starts a new life in the mountain town of Lake Arrowhead, Ca. in the beginning of the 1980s. She has a new love, but everything changes when she takes on an out-of-town design job for a wealthy client. When she returns, Noah has gone. Determined that her work will carry her through this emotional time, she meets a new client whose mother stayed in one of Annie's refurbished cabins in the 1930s. During prohibition, there was a speakeasy called the Tudor House, complete with underworld ties, and we meet Elizabeth Davis, who was entrusted to manage the operation.

The Girls in Cabin Number Three

In Book Two of the trilogy, Annie is now eighty-one. I wanted to continue with her story when she starts a new life in the mountain town of Lake Arrowhead, Ca. in the beginning of the 1980s. She has a new love, but everything changes when she takes on an out-of-town design job for a wealthy client. When she returns, Noah has gone. Determined that her work will carry her through this emotional time, she meets a new client whose mother stayed in one of Annie's refurbished cabins in the 1930s. During prohibition, there was a speakeasy called the Tudor House, complete with underworld ties, and we meet Elizabeth Davis, who was entrusted to manage the operation.

The Girls in Cabin Number Three

In Book Two of the trilogy, Annie is now eighty-one. I wanted to continue with her story when she starts a new life in the mountain town of Lake Arrowhead, Ca. in the beginning of the 1980s. She has a new love, but everything changes when she takes on an out-of-town design job for a wealthy client. When she returns, Noah has gone. Determined that her work will carry her through this emotional time, she meets a new client whose mother stayed in one of Annie's refurbished cabins in the 1930s. During prohibition, there was a speakeasy called the Tudor House, complete with underworld ties, and we meet Elizabeth Davis, who was entrusted to manage the operation

The Girls in Cabin Number Three

In Book Two of the trilogy, Annie is now eighty-one. I wanted to continue with her story when she starts a new life in the mountain town of Lake Arrowhead, Ca. in the beginning of the 1980s. She has a new love, but everything changes when she takes on an out-of-town design job for a wealthy client. When she returns, Noah has gone. Determined that her work will carry her through this emotional time, she meets a new client whose mother stayed in one of Annie's refurbished cabins in the 1930s. During prohibition, there was a speakeasy called the Tudor House, complete with underworld ties, and we meet Elizabeth Davis, who was entrusted to manage the operation.

The Girls in Cabin Number Three

In Book Two of the trilogy, Annie is now eighty-one. I wanted to continue with her story when she starts a new life in the mountain town of Lake Arrowhead, Ca. in the beginning of the 1980s. She has a new love, but everything changes when she takes on an out-of-town design job for a wealthy client. When she returns, Noah has gone. Determined that her work will carry her through this emotional time, she meets a new client whose mother stayed in one of Annie's refurbished cabins in the 1930s. During prohibition, there was a speakeasy called the Tudor House, complete with underworld ties, and we meet Elizabeth Davis, who was entrusted to manage the operation.

The Girls in Cabin Number Three

In Book Two of the trilogy, Annie is now eighty-one. I wanted to continue with her story when she starts a new life in the mountain town of Lake Arrowhead, Ca. in the beginning of the 1980s. She has a new love, but everything changes when she takes on an out-of-town design job for a wealthy client. When she returns, Noah has gone. Determined that her work will carry her through this emotional time, she meets a new client whose mother stayed in one of Annie's refurbished cabins in the 1930s. During prohibition, there was a speakeasy called the Tudor House, complete with underworld ties, and we meet Elizabeth Davis, who was entrusted to manage the operation.

The Girls in Cabin Number Three

In Book Two of the trilogy, Annie is now eighty-one. I wanted to continue with her story when she starts a new life in the mountain town of Lake Arrowhead, Ca. in the beginning of the 1980s. She has a new love, but everything changes when she takes on an out-of-town design job for a wealthy client. When she returns, Noah has gone. Determined that her work will carry her through this emotional time, she meets a new client whose mother stayed in one of Annie's refurbished cabins in the 1930s. During prohibition, there was a speakeasy called the Tudor House, complete with underworld ties, and we meet Elizabeth Davis, who was entrusted to manage the operation.

The Starlet in Cabin Number Seven

Literature & Fiction

Return to picturesque 1980s Lake Arrowhead, California where another cozy cabin sheltered amongst the sweeping pine-lined vistas holds a long-buried secret, waiting to be divulged.

In this third installment of The Guest Book Trilogy, a young Annie Parker is struggling to overcome her grief over the recent loss of her sister, when a childhood friend unexpectedly turns up seeking refuge from an ill-fated marriage. It would have been easy for Annie to sink deeper into sadness, but when she learns her newest design client, Hudson Fisher, is the son of the late film actress Celeste Williams, her curiosity is peaked. As it turns out, the Roaring 20s starlet was no stranger to the Lake Arrowhead cabins—and this revelation sparks the unraveling of a scandalous story from Hollywood’s bygone era. Did an illicit romance between this leading lady and her dashing costar take place in Cabin No. 7? What really went on behind-the-scenes during the filming of that silent picture? Will discovering a piece of the past bring closure to Annie’s present?

A heartwarming tale of friendships, forgiveness, and a touch of old Hollywood glamour, The Starlet in Cabin Number Seven will have readers captivated from beginning to end.

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The Guest Book Trilogy

Book three follows Annie Parker, 81, while she continues to write about her personal journey and starting over after she moves to Lake Arrowhead mountains many years ago. Her childhood friend, Sarah, is mentioned in the first two books, but we now have the chance to get to know her better; just when Annie was thinking of her, Sarah calls to see if she can come up and stay for a while in the mountains. Annie takes on a new design client, Hudson and Constance Fisher, and when she looks through her old guest register, she discovers Hudson's mother, actress Celeste Williams stayed in the cabins when they were built for the movie studio in the late 20s. A short romance between Celeste and the leading actor, alters her life forever.

The Guest Book Trilogy

Book three follows Annie Parker, 81, while she continues to write about her personal journey and starting over after she moves to Lake Arrowhead mountains many years ago. Her childhood friend, Sarah, is mentioned in the first two books, but we now have the chance to get to know her better; just when Annie was thinking of her, Sarah calls to see if she can come up and stay for a while in the mountains. Annie takes on a new design client, Hudson and Constance Fisher, and when she looks through her old guest register, she discovers Hudson's mother, actress Celeste Williams stayed in the cabins when they were built for the movie studio in the late 20s. A short romance between Celeste and the leading actor, alters her life forever.

The Guest Book Trilogy

Book three follows Annie Parker, 81, while she continues to write about her personal journey and starting over after she moves to Lake Arrowhead mountains many years ago. Her childhood friend, Sarah, is mentioned in the first two books, but we now have the chance to get to know her better; just when Annie was thinking of her, Sarah calls to see if she can come up and stay for a while in the mountains. Annie takes on a new design client, Hudson and Constance Fisher, and when she looks through her old guest register, she discovers Hudson's mother, actress Celeste Williams stayed in the cabins when they were built for the movie studio in the late 20s. A short romance between Celeste and the leading actor, alters her life forever.

The Man in Cabin Number Five

Literature & Fiction

Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty's The Husband's Secret and Linda Holmes's Evvie Drake Starts Over.

"A touching novel charting two women’s parallel lives, tied together by mysteries, transformation, and a cabin." —BookLife

"Chrysteen Braun creates a masterpiece with smooth storytelling that juxtaposes the serenity of the mountains with the eruptive chaos of dangerous secrets and ends with a bang. What a terrific story! What a talented writer!" —San Francisco Book Review

"Masterfully written, intriguing, mystifying, and spooky...an entertaining work that will keep the reader hooked until the end." —Readers' Favorite

"In an intriguing set of stories, each cabin on the mountain serves as the setting for a compelling tale of loss, betrayal—and love. Chrysteen Braun’s clever premise gives us a satisfying glimpse into the lives of others—both past and present." —Anne Cleeland, author of the Doyle & Acton Mystery Series

"Annie and Alyce are two women without much in common, but whose lives intersect in a place that has surprises for both of them. In telling their stories, Chrysteen Braun blends memoir and mystery in an entertaining page-turner." —Susan Denley, former Associate Features Editor, Los Angeles Times

When Annie Parker discovers her husband’s infidelity, she doesn’t let it destroy her. She packs her bags and heads to Lake Arrowhead, California, the mountainside town where her family used to summer. Immersing herself in the restoration of seven 1920s-era cabins, Annie begins to put the pieces of her life back together. But starting over is never easy.

Alyce Murphy needs closure. When she discovers her father did not die from a heart attack, as she’s been led to believe for the last 30 years, but in a murder/suicide, she is determined to uncover the truth of his death. But when she visits the cabin where her father ended his life, Alyce has to accept she may never know the true story.

Annie is looking toward her future while Alyce needs to put the past to rest. In parallel stories, both women are drawn to the rustic mountainside cabins as they search for the missing pieces—but they soon discover that the cabins have their own stories to tell.

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The cabins have stories to tell…

When Annie Parker turns 80, she decides to undertake writing about a time in her life when her world turned upside down. In her 30's she escapes to the serenity of the Lake Arrowhead mountains, where where her family had a second home on the lake. Her life parallels with Alyce Murphy who discovers thirty years later, that her father never died of a heart attack as she was led to believe, but from a murder suicide. Both women look for answers and their lives eventually cross as Annie learns the cabins have stories their own stories to tell.

The cabins have stories to tell…

When Annie Parker turns 80, she decides to undertake writing about a time in her life when her world turned upside down. In her 30's she escapes to the serenity of the Lake Arrowhead mountains, where where her family had a second home on the lake. Her life parallels with Alyce Murphy who discovers thirty years later, that her father never died of a heart attack as she was led to believe, but from a murder suicide. Both women look for answers and their lives eventually cross as Annie learns the cabins have stories their own stories to tell.

The cabins have stories to tell…

When Annie Parker turns 80, she decides to undertake writing about a time in her life when her world turned upside down. In her 30's she escapes to the serenity of the Lake Arrowhead mountains, where where her family had a second home on the lake. Her life parallels with Alyce Murphy who discovers thirty years later, that her father never died of a heart attack as she was led to believe, but from a murder suicide. Both women look for answers and their lives eventually cross as Annie learns the cabins have stories their own stories to tell.

The cabins have stories to tell…

When Annie Parker turns 80, she decides to undertake writing about a time in her life when her world turned upside down. In her 30's she escapes to the serenity of the Lake Arrowhead mountains, where where her family had a second home on the lake. Her life parallels with Alyce Murphy who discovers thirty years later, that her father never died of a heart attack as she was led to believe, but from a murder suicide. Both women look for answers and their lives eventually cross as Annie learns the cabins have stories their own stories to tell.

The cabins have stories to tell…

When Annie Parker turns 80, she decides to undertake writing about a time in her life when her world turned upside down. In her 30's she escapes to the serenity of the Lake Arrowhead mountains, where where her family had a second home on the lake. Her life parallels with Alyce Murphy who discovers thirty years later, that her father never died of a heart attack as she was led to believe, but from a murder suicide. Both women look for answers and their lives eventually cross as Annie learns the cabins have stories their own stories to tell.

The cabins have stories to tell…

When Annie Parker turns 80, she decides to undertake writing about a time in her life when her world turned upside down. In her 30's she escapes to the serenity of the Lake Arrowhead mountains, where where her family had a second home on the lake. Her life parallels with Alyce Murphy who discovers thirty years later, that her father never died of a heart attack as she was led to believe, but from a murder suicide. Both women look for answers and their lives eventually cross as Annie learns the cabins have stories their own stories to tell.

The cabins have stories to tell…

When Annie Parker turns 80, she decides to undertake writing about a time in her life when her world turned upside down. In her 30's she escapes to the serenity of the Lake Arrowhead mountains, where where her family had a second home on the lake. Her life parallels with Alyce Murphy who discovers thirty years later, that her father never died of a heart attack as she was led to believe, but from a murder suicide. Both women look for answers and their lives eventually cross as Annie learns the cabins have stories their own stories to tell.

The cabins have stories to tell…

When Annie Parker turns 80, she decides to undertake writing about a time in her life when her world turned upside down. In her 30's she escapes to the serenity of the Lake Arrowhead mountains, where where her family had a second home on the lake. Her life parallels with Alyce Murphy who discovers thirty years later, that her father never died of a heart attack as she was led to believe, but from a murder suicide. Both women look for answers and their lives eventually cross as Annie learns the cabins have stories their own stories to tell.

The cabins have stories to tell...

When Annie Parker turns 80, she decides to undertake writing about a time in her life when her world turned upside down. In her 30's she escapes to the serenity of the Lake Arrowhead mountains, where where her family had a second home on the lake. Her life parallels with Alyce Murphy who discovers thirty years later, that her father never died of a heart attack as she was led to believe, but from a murder suicide. Both women look for answers and their lives eventually cross as Annie learns the cabins have stories their own stories to tell.

The cabins have stories to tell...

When Annie Parker turns 80, she decides to undertake writing about a time in her life when her world turned upside down. In her 30's she escapes to the serenity of the Lake Arrowhead mountains, where where her family had a second home on the lake. Her life parallels with Alyce Murphy who discovers thirty years later, that her father never died of a heart attack as she was led to believe, but from a murder suicide. Both women look for answers and their lives eventually cross as Annie learns the cabins have stories their own stories to tell.

The cabins have stories to tell...

When Annie Parker turns 80, she decides to undertake writing about a time in her life when her world turned upside down. In her 30's she escapes to the serenity of the Lake Arrowhead mountains, where where her family had a second home on the lake. Her life parallels with Alyce Murphy who discovers thirty years later, that her father never died of a heart attack as she was led to believe, but from a murder suicide. Both women look for answers and their lives eventually cross as Annie learns the cabins have stories their own stories to tell.

The cabins have stories to tell...

When Annie Parker turns 80, she decides to undertake writing about a time in her life when her world turned upside down. In her 30's she escapes to the serenity of the Lake Arrowhead mountains, where where her family had a second home on the lake. Her life parallels with Alyce Murphy who discovers thirty years later, that her father never died of a heart attack as she was led to believe, but from a murder suicide. Both women look for answers and their lives eventually cross as Annie learns the cabins have stories their own stories to tell.

The cabins have stories to tell...

When Annie Parker turns 80, she decides to undertake writing about a time in her life when her world turned upside down. In her 30's she escapes to the serenity of the Lake Arrowhead mountains, where where her family had a second home on the lake. Her life parallels with Alyce Murphy who discovers thirty years later, that her father never died of a heart attack as she was led to believe, but from a murder suicide. Both women look for answers and their lives eventually cross as Annie learns the cabins have stories their own stories to tell.

The cabins have stories to tell...

When Annie Parker turns 80, she decides to undertake writing about a time in her life when her world turned upside down. In her 30's she escapes to the serenity of the Lake Arrowhead mountains, where where her family had a second home on the lake. Her life parallels with Alyce Murphy who discovers thirty years later, that her father never died of a heart attack as she was led to believe, but from a murder suicide. Both women look for answers and their lives eventually cross as Annie learns the cabins have stories their own stories to tell.

The cabins have stories to tell...

When Annie Parker turns 80, she decides to undertake writing about a time in her life when her world turned upside down. In her 30's she escapes to the serenity of the Lake Arrowhead mountains, where where her family had a second home on the lake. Her life parallels with Alyce Murphy who discovers thirty years later, that her father never died of a heart attack as she was led to believe, but from a murder suicide. Both women look for answers and their lives eventually cross as Annie learns the cabins have stories their own stories to tell.

The cabins have stories to tell...

When Annie Parker turns 80, she decides to undertake writing about a time in her life when her world turned upside down. In her 30's she escapes to the serenity of the Lake Arrowhead mountains, where where her family had a second home on the lake. Her life parallels with Alyce Murphy who discovers thirty years later, that her father never died of a heart attack as she was led to believe, but from a murder suicide. Both women look for answers and their lives eventually cross as Annie learns the cabins have stories their own stories to tell.

The cabins have stories to tell...

When Annie Parker turns 80, she decides to undertake writing about a time in her life when her world turned upside down. In her 30's she escapes to the serenity of the Lake Arrowhead mountains, where where her family had a second home on the lake. Her life parallels with Alyce Murphy who discovers thirty years later, that her father never died of a heart attack as she was led to believe, but from a murder suicide. Both women look for answers and their lives eventually cross as Annie learns the cabins have stories their own stories to tell.

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