Miranda Moon's vivid imagination has gotten her into trouble more times than she can count. This time, she's been suspended from school. So her straight-laced younger brother, Marcus, blames her when they're relegated to their late grandparents' old cabin over Halloween weekend. But when Miranda finds a curious trinket, they're mysteriously whisked away to Wunderwood, where magic flows through the trees and everyone already knows their family name. A place even Miranda never imagined.
Just as they arrive, a sinister warlock, Thornton Crow, is freed from a long banishment. He resumes his deadly agenda to find The Tree of Mindala, the source of all the realm's magic. As Miranda and Marcus discover branches of their own family tree that they hadn't even known existed, they learn that Thornton has a score to settle with anyone in their bloodline. Especially them... Though justice has always had a way of being naturally restored in Wunderwood, Thornton's latest evil deed just may be the tipping point.
When Miranda discovers her own role in Thornton's release, she knows it's up to her to stop him from stealing not just magic, but also hope. With travel companions that could as easily be foes as friends, and only the cryptic words of a prophecy to guide her, Miranda must decide if she can carry out the task that will either save Wunderwood... or doom it forever.
Elle Jacklee's professional titles have included software programmer, bilingual sales rep, and proposal specialist. But her favorite title, besides wife and mother, is author! It's the only one that lets her call daydreaming "research." Her love for the outdoors is her greatest inspiration. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two young sons, none of whom are in a hurry to grow up, and that's just fine with her!
"Agapanthus" is a plant name and "Rush" also has a nature connection. In fact, all the characters in Wunderwood have names that are related in some way to nature, though some may seem more obvious than others. For me, it's a fun way to subtly illustrate the strong connection Wunderwoodians have with their natural environment.
The Tree of Mindala
The odd little man regarded them thoughtfully for a few seconds. Then realization swept over his broad features. “Well, that explains that, doesn't it?” He came closer, getting a better look at them. “I’m Agapanthus Rush, of the original Rush Gardeners. Pleased to meet you.” He bowed deeply, his round nose nearly touching the floor.