Synopsis: All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead–a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.
Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.
Huge thank you to Simon Pulse and Edelweiss for this ARC!
This book exceeded my expectations. I didn’t really know much about it when I requested it, but I loved the cover. The writing was beautiful, the paranormal aspects (the ‘curse’) was so smoothly woven into this that it didn’t feel like there was anything out of the ordinary at all. Everything just felt so right.
This book is super emotional too. Everybody is dealing with loss, betrayal, heartache… I teared up quite a few times and had my heart strings more than pulled at. There’s also some very swoon-worthy romance that flows so well and feels again just so right. Nothing in this felt forced, over the top, or unnatural. And I loved that.
It’s just a rich, beautiful, southern gothic with a lot of atmosphere. I’m really looking forward to the next one.