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RELEASE DATE September 27, 2022
A deeply atmospheric story about ancestral magic, an unsolved murder, and a second chance at true love.
Emery Blackwood’s life changed forever the night her best friend was found dead and the love of her life, August Salt, was accused of murdering her. Years later, she is doing what her teenage self swore she never would: living a quiet existence on the misty, remote shores of Saoirse Island and running the family’s business, Blackwood’s Tea Shoppe Herbal Tonics & Tea Leaf Readings.
But when the island, rooted in folklore and magic, begins to show signs of strange happenings, Emery knows that something is coming. The morning she wakes to find that every single tree on Saoirse has turned color in a single night, August returns for the first time in fourteen years and unearths the past that the town has tried desperately to forget.
August knows he is not welcome on Saiorse, not after the night everything changed. As a fire raged on at the Salt family orchard, Lily Morgan was found dead in the dark woods, shaking the bedrock of their tight-knit community and branding August a murderer. When he returns to bury his mother’s ashes, he must confront the people who turned their backs on him and face the one wound from his past that has never healed—Emery.
The town has more than one reason to want August gone, and the emergence of deep betrayals and hidden promises spanning generations threaten to reveal the truth behind Lily’s mysterious death once and for all.
**I received an e-arc from NetGalley for an honest review**
This is Adrienne Young's adult debut novel and guys, it's pretty darn great!
If you love a good mystery with witchy vibes and rekindled romance, then this is the book for you. Adrienne's writing is beautiful, spellbinding, and will have you reading until you solve the murder. From the very first pages you are met with mystery after mystery making you turn the pages, to then be given another crumb to the mystery, and you keep reading because you need to know what happens.
I really enjoyed this book and I feel this is Adrienne's strongest book to date. I'm looking forward to more of her adult books.