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Asked by brinana on Sun 20, Nov 2011 02:54pm :
I read this book in/ around 2000 I believe. Story is about an adopted girl
who goes to stay with her aunt who owns a very large house. She's forbidden
from a certain wing of the house, but keeps having dreams about a room with
a doll house and of a ticking grandfather clock. She falls in love with a
boy from town. Turns out she is a reincarnation of her adopted aunts sister
that she killed using belladonna out of jealousy that she was marrying a
boy (the boy the adopted girl is dating is a decendant of him) that she had
also liked, and attempts to kill the adopted girl....
Answer by admin on Sun 20, Nov 2011 09:29pm:
The book is "Legacy of Lies" (2000) by Elizabeth Chandler. It's part of the
"Dark Secrets" series.
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Various descriptions of the book:
"Megan keeps having these weird dreams...ever since she was a kid. One was
about her in this house, playing with a dollhouse. And surprisingly (not),
she goes into a room and finds that same exact dollhouse. Then things get
really creepy because she starts sleepwalking. She sees a ghost when she
looks into the mirror. Her name is Avril. Then things start coming up in
different places. Her grandma gets really freaked about this for some
"Sixteen-year-old Megan resents her grandmother, who disowned Megan's
mother for marrying a man of another race, and who does not think of Megan
and her brothers as her grandchildren because they were adopted. But at her
grandmother's request, she has come to spend two weeks at her mother's
childhood home, a large house in the Maryland countryside. When she
arrives, she immediately recognizes the house from her dreams - even though
she had never been there before, or even seen a picture of it. Now that she
is at the house, the dreams intensify, even to the point of her
sleepwalking. Then Megan discovers the story of her great-aunt Avril, who
died at age sixteen. The death was suspicious, and some people in the town
still suspect she was murdered. Soon, Megan begans to dream that she is
Avril, and then she begins to wonder if she is in fact Avril reincarnated.
With the help of her cousin by adoption, Matt, who may be a reincarnation
of Avril's lost love, Megan sets out to find the truth - before she dies in
this life as well."
"...tale centers on 16-year-old Megan, summoned to visit her grandmother in
the sprawling Maryland house the family has owned for generations. Years
before, the woman had disowned her daughter, Megan's adoptive mother, and
this visit will be Megan's first meeting with her. Megan is shocked when
she first drives up to the family home she recognizes it from recurring
dreams. Within, Grandmother is ill-tempered and unwelcoming, as is Matt,
Megan's cousin, who has lived with Grandmother since his parents' difficult
divorce. Chandler (At First Sight) lays on the plot's supernatural elements
with a heavy hand: Megan hears that her
grandmother's house is haunted, learns that she is the exact age at which
Grandmother's sister and rival, Avril, mysteriously died and one night
after hearing a voice introducing itself as Avril sees an apparition of a
girl in a mirror and then a vision of herself (or is it Avril?) lying in
her bed, dead."
"Megan had only seen her grandmother's house in her dreams and one day her
grandmother "summons" her to visit. There she meets her cousin Matt and
learns that grandmother's sister had died mysteriously when she was Megan's
age. Megan continues having strange dreams and unusual things start
happening around the house. Could the ghost of grandmother's sister be
coming back, is Megan a reincarnation of the sister, or what else could
possibly explain all the strange happenings."
"She had seen Scarborough House only in her dreams. Now Megan was here,
visiting the grandmother she'd never met, and her newfound cousin Matt, too
handsome by far, who wanted her to disappear. Grandmother was so cold, so
distant. Why did she finally reach out to Megan after all these years? And
why was Matt so determined to call her his "almost" cousin? For all her
prophetic dreams, nothing could have prepared Megan for Matt's
astonishment when he first saw her...or the reaction of perfect strangers
who looked at her with fascination-and fear...
Megan thought she knew who she was. Until she came to Grandmother's house.
Until she met Matt, who angered and attracted her as no boy had ever done
before. Then she began having dreams again, of a life she never lived, a
love she never knew...a secret that threatened to drive her to the grave."
"Megan's grandmother disowned her daughter (Megan's mother) when she
married a man of another race. The sixteen-year-old has never met her
maternal grandmother until she was recently summoned by the matriarch to
come to her Scarborough House in Maryland. When Megan arrives, she finds
her relative is disagreeable and inhospitable. Her cousin by adoption Matt
wants Megan to leave. However, what upsets Megan the most is that she has
seen this home in her dreams for years."
"It's all about Megan, an Arizona girl living with her mom, dad, and two
brothers. Megan is adopted, and is convinced that since her father is
African American that her old Grandmother wants absolutely NOTHING to do
with her. But when she requests Megan come visit her for 2 weeks, Megan is
"A grandfather clock ticked on the stairway landing"
"Every old house in Maryland has a grandfather clock in the hall or on the
Young adult fiction.