Thursday, March 3, 2016

Book Review: Persuasion by Martina Boone

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. 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. (Summary from

I loved Compulsion (See Review), the Southern Gothic mystery set in modern day times as Barrie tries to understand why her mother never told her about her family and their past. But Persuasion was honestly just as good. The mystery continues as they try to dig up family treasures and mend old feuds while attempting to keep the passion of new romance alive instead and trying to decide who it's safe to trust.

The families' gifts or curses are fascinating - would you want to know everyone's deepest desires? That might be a little depressing if you know you can't help them get it. Would you want to be pulled to all things that are lost? What if some things are supposed to stay lost? I know I definitely wouldn't want to want what everyone else does...that one is definitely a curse.

I'm excited to see where Martina Boone's next book will take Barrie and Eight and if those family fences can finally be mended!

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