New York Times Bestseller!
This beautifully written, heartfelt memoir touched both readers and reviewers. A true tale of self discovery, ghosts, slavery, murder, family and perseverance, this remarkable story follows 40-something Laine, an ordinary mom, who moves with her family to an 18th century Maryland plantation and wakes up suddenly psychic, and the journey she makes to find herself again.
"Laine writes that she is 'not an angel or a saint, a demon or a witch. I'm just a mom who goes to church, volunteers at her children's elementary school, and regularly burns pizza. I am completely ordinary.' Laine may be ordinary in some ways, but she tells an extraordinary story."
––Kevin James Shay, Post-Newsweek, Author of Walking through the Wall
"Laine's talents are well suited to helping historians, historical writers, taphophiles, cold case detectives, and missing persons organizations. Watching how her gifts affect her family is its on intriguing narrative."
––Dr. Katherine Ramsland, Psychology Today
"'No one is unimportant," Laine says. She teaches us that love binds us to the next world. God is right there and answers prayers of all people, living or dead."
––Janet Bernice, Ancestry Magazine
Who knew Laine Crosby, former marketing executive at The Weather Channel, had the gift of being a Psychic Medium? Not even Laine, that is, until she moved from Atlanta to the property of an eighteenth century Maryland plantation and woke up talking to a former slave buried in her backyard! Besides going through culture shock, she soon learned that the property was loaded with spirits, largely from a slave cemetery. When they overheard her tell her kids about spiritual realities, they came calling. Lots of them.
Investigative Medium - the Awakening, examines the gift that was thrust upon Laine who was at first surprised, and then upset, and over time and through experience, embracing of this new way of life. Laine’s husband, Chris, twins Annie and Caleb, and even her Jack Russell terrier “Steve” have peripheral ghostly involvement, so it is a family affair, although at first an unsettling one.
Along Laine’s journey, she meets an unlikely friend, the spirit of Jannette, once nanny to the children on the plantation where she lives. Laine finds similarities in her own life and Jannette's, and with Jannette's friendship, Laine begins her journey down a path of self discovery. Jannette has had a similar tussle with racism and sexism from her 19th-century circumstances to Laine’s struggle with prejudices against her spiritual abilities. So, the two stories are parallel. With Laine’s new abilities, she becomes Jannette's voice, bringing her back from the antebellum South to tell the incredible story of her life as a slave, and a tender romance is revealed. Interwoven with Laine’s personal story, are the first hand accounts of former slaves Jannette and Bill, and others.
Once Laine accepts her gift, it is her mother who, from beyond the grave, helps Laine find a way to surrender, and at long last give up on the life she dreamed of having, in order to have the life she was meant to live. Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Investigative Medium - the Awakening is funny, thrilling and inspiring. The book examines the gift thrust upon Laine, and her acceptance and eventual surrender to the life she is supposed to live.
Investigative Medium - the Awakening is a fast read, but put on your seat belts, it's a thriller along the way!