Author: Martina Boone
Publisher: Simon Pulse, 464 pages
Publication Date: October 27, 2015
*ARC received from publisher via Edelweiss
Grieving the death of her godfather and haunted by her cousin Cassie’s betrayal, Barrie returns from a trip to San Francisco to find the Watson plantation under siege. Ghost-hunters hope to glimpse the ancient spirit who sets the river on fire each night, and reporters chase rumors of a stolen shipment of Civil War gold that may be hidden at Colesworth Place. The chaos turns dangerous as Cassie hires a team of archeologists to excavate beneath the mansion ruins. Because more is buried there than treasure.
A stranger filled with magic arrives at Watson’s Landing claiming that the key to the Watson and Beaufort gifts—and the Colesworth curse—also lies beneath the mansion. With a mix of threats and promises, the man convinces Barrie and Cassie to cast a spell there at midnight. But what he conjures may have deadly consequences.
While Barrie struggles to make sense of the escalating peril and her growing and forbidden feelings for Eight Beaufort, it’s impossible to know whom to trust and what to fight for—Eight or herself. Millions of dollars and the fate of the founding families is at stake. Now Barrie must choose between what she feels deep in her heart and what will keep Watson’s Landing safe.
I enjoyed this sequel, but it did suffer from middle book syndrome.
What I liked: Curses, Southern gothic atmosphere, quirky characters, buried treasure, mysteries. The world created by Martina Boone is fascinating. I also love love love Eight. Awesome book boyfriend.
What didn't quite work: Barrie doesn't deserve Eight. She keeps secrets from him, he's willing to sacrifice everything for her, and she is just so selfish. I wanted to shake Barrie so many times during this book.
Although the first book told a complete story (main plot resolved) this one does not. A little irksome.
I'm still in love with the series, highly recommend, but this book was frustrating.
Posted by: Pam