Author: Martina Boone
Publisher: Simon Pulse, 448 pages
Publication Date: October 28, 2014
Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.
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.
I loved this incredibly atmospheric Southern Gothic paranormal, filled with mystery, magic, Native American mythology, and an absolutely swoony romance. The quirky characters, the small town Southern setting, the plot…it's all sooooo good. Barrie is a wonderful main character, who has a gift for finding things. In fact, when she senses lost things, she has a compulsion to find them (hence the name). She arrives in Watson's Landing after her mother dies and becomes immersed in a fascinating family that has dark secrets and even ghosts. She also meets Eight, who has his own gift (by the way, LOVED Eight). Even though the book takes places within just a few days, maybe a week, it still felt like a slow burn romance. I know, doesn't sound possible, but it is. And it is an ADORABLE romance. I was completely absorbed in the story as Barrie finds out more about her family, her family's past, the gift she has, the gift Eight's family has, and the curse on her father's side of the family. Suspenseful and romantic, this book exudes Southern charm. Brilliant!
Posted by: Pam