In Hidden Shadows, by Linda Lucretia Shuler, widow Cassandra Brighton moves to her grandmother’s ancestral home in the Texas Hill Country to fulfill a deathbed promise to live there a year. Cassie explores the landscape of Texas as well as her grandmother’s house. She meets her elderly neighbors and gradually comes to love the folks in her small Texas community, develops a romantic interest in the artist Hawk and a respect and love for his idiosyncratic mother, Tatty. Cassie’s new home is not just filled with clutter. Ghosts, good and bad, live there, haunting her, before revealing the family tragedies and secrets. Cassie learns to let go of her husband’s too-early death, finds the child she never had, and opens herself up to the possibility of new love. Each character is well-rounded with both charm and edge to their personalities. Shuler’s writing is lyrical, blending magical realism, Native American beliefs, and a touch of romance.