Summary: It’s the dubious distinction of thirty-year-old Willa Jackson to hail from a fine old Southern family of means that met with financial ruin generations ago. The Blue Ridge Madam—built by Willa’s great-great-grandfather during Walls of Water’s heyday, and once the town’s grandest home—has stood for years as a lonely monument to misfortune and scandal. And Willa herself has long strived to build a life beyond the brooding Jackson family shadow. No easy task in a town shaped by years of tradition and the well-marked boundaries of the haves and have-nots.
I included just a snippet of the entire summary above because I don't want to give too much away. LOVED this book! I think I loved it so much because the others that I have read by this author are so surprisingly wonderful. They make each one better. Along the same lines as "Practical Magic" by Alice Hoffman, but better, better, better in every way.
My review: 5 stars
I could not put this book down! So far, I have loved every book I've read by Sarah Addison Allen, and want to read all of her works. I love the realness of the characters (like when Willa hides from Colin in the sporting goods store and he finds her), the relationships (like the typical inequality of mothers between sons - Colin - and daughters - Paxton, the magical elements woven with the slightest glint throughout the story, the reference to another book's characters, the contrast in grandmothers... I loved it all - start to finish. A new favorite!