West By God Virginia
A young woman working in Washington, D.C. returns to her roots in West Virginia. She must uncover her own family's past in order to move forward to her own future. Part of that past includes solving the mystery of the skeleton of a young girl on her family's property, as well as love and what the meaning of home really is. More
Dana, a young woman in 1970, lives in Washington, D.C. Through a series of events, she returns to her family's native town in northern West Virginia. An old friend of her grandmother Ada has offered to give her possessions that had once belonged to her grandmother. Dana finds that her grandmother had left a letter for her, written years before, leaving her money and jewelry, and asking her to solve the mystery of what happened to Ada's father and why he deserted her as a child.
Dana, at this same time, travels from Washington to monitor a federal program in Southern West Virginia. She meets Seth, a little boy about to become a foster child. She finds a strong emotional connection with him, eventually becoming his guardian.
Now armed with sufficient funds from her grandmother,, Dana quits her job and moves back to her roots in Wheeling, where she explores family ties and the city's incredible history in manufacturing and steel. She falls in love with the city and with Jim, a mining engineer, who wants to marry her. The help and love of two older people who knew her family sustain and support her. Little Seth becomes part of her life, as he is now allowed to live with her.
She discovers that an empty lot on which her grandparents' house resided can be purchased. The deal done, she and Jim walk around the property, sit down to rest, and encounter a curved bone arising from the ground. They think it may be from a deer, but, curious, they take it to professionals including the police who identify it as being from a human. Further exhumation identifies it as that of a young Caucasian woman. The coroner office reports that the young woman was killed by a blow to the head, the date of death being somewhere in the 1930's.
Dana is determined to solve the mystery before she and Jim build on the property. In order to do so, she delves deeply into the lives of her grandparents, their children and the servants who lived in the house at the time of the young woman's death.
Learning about the past becomes a life-changing event for Dana, as she discovers the mystery of the body and what happened to her grandmother's father as well.
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