Can magic reunite Lenora with her family—or is it more sinister than she realizes?
Twelve-year-old Lenora’s world is turned upside down after an explosion takes her family away. Lost and alone, she has nowhere to go. That is, until her estranged Uncle Richard shows up. Quiet and stern, he spends most of his time in his study conducting research and experimenting. He has one rule for Lenora: Stay far away from the woods. Years ago, her cousin Bobby went into those woods, and he never came out.
Now, Uncle Richard will do anything he can to destroy them. Lenora knows she is meant to stay away, but she is drawn to the woods. Against her uncle’s wishes, she enters and finds a world full of enchantment! Here, she befriends Bela the Scorlaman, keeper of Gilgevnah Woods. He shows her the wonder and the mystery of the woods, but he also makes promises that seem too good to be true. He promises he can reunite her with her family. He’ll even take her to see her cousin Bobby. Will Lenora find peace in the magic of Gilgevnah Woods, or will she find that there is something darker than she could have ever imagined?
The Woods is an entrancing magical realism novel dealing with loss, grief, and acceptance from author R. L. Toalson.