Monday, October 26, 2015

Book Review: Persuasion by Martina Boone

Persuasion (The Heirs of Watson Island #2)
Author:  Martina Boone
Publisher:  Simon Pulse, 464 pages
Publication Date:  October 27, 2015
*ARC received from publisher via Edelweiss

From Goodreads:
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


  1. Middle book syndrome is THE WORST!!! So many series suffer from it and it gets me so frustrated. I usually like waiting till all three are out, then I can just get straight on to the final book and hope it's better.

  2. I'm a little wary to read this now (but I still will obviously). I enjoyed the first book but was already annoyed with the Barrie-Eight drama. I thought it took up too much focus when I would have loved more exploration into Watson's Landing and the curses and whatever the hell is buries at the Colesworth place. If she's even worse in this book and the plot is less solid it's probably going to end up a 2-3 star read. So much wasted potential!