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Compulsion (Heirs of Watson Island Book 1) by [Boone, Martina]
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Book 1 of 3 in Heirs of Watson Island (3 Book Series)

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Gr 9 Up—After the death of her mother, and her loving caretaker Mark's losing battle with cancer sends him to hospice, Barrie Watson makes her way from San Francisco to live with her Aunt Pru on her family's estate on Watson Island in South Carolina. Curious about her father, who died in a fire that led to her mother's facial scars and reclusiveness, Barrie is eager to meet relatives on both sides of her family for the first time. What she discovers is far more complicated than the open-armed reunion she'd desired. Watson Island is bound by an old curse that has kept its three founding families, the Watsons, the Beauforts, and the Colesworths, at odds with one another for years. The mysterious Fire Carrier that appears over the river outside of her window each night holds the key to some part of the curse, and the yunwi (spirits that keep watch around Watson Landing) are clearly trying to communicate something to the protagonist. She uses her gift for finding things that have been lost, with some help from dreamy Eight Beaufort, to figure out the secrets that have held her family captive. A little bit Gone with the Wind, a little bit Romeo and Juliet, along with a hearty dose of the paranormal, Boone's debut mixes a Southern gothic setting with fantasy and romance for an engrossing, albeit over-the-top mystery. Although the plot at times becomes overly complicated and the drama is of the hand-to-the-forehead fainting variety, this book will appeal to fans of paranormal and traditional romances.—Joanna Sondheim, Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, New York City

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"Skillfully blends rich magic and folklore with adventure, sweeping romance, and hidden treasure . . . An impressive start to the Heirs of Watson Island series." (Publisher's Weekly)

"Eight Beaufort is so swoon-worthy that it's ridiculous. Move over Four, Eight is here to stay!" (RT Book Reviews, RT Editors Best Books of 2014)

"Boone's southern gothic certainly delivers a compelling mystery about feuding families and buried secrets, not to mention a steamy romance." (Booklist)

"A paranormal Southern gothic with decadent settings, mysterious magic and family histories rife with debauchery."(Kirkus Reviews)

"Darkly romantic and steeped in Southern Gothic charm, you'll be compelled to get lost in the Heirs of Watson Islandseries." (#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout )
"The perfect Southern family saga: charming and steamy on the surface, with cold-blooded secrets buried down deep. (Kendare Blake, NYT bestselling author of THREE DARK CROWNS and ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD)

"A fresh twist on the Southern Gothic--haunting, atmospheric, and absorbing." (Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU and the Evernight and Spellcaster series )

"A stunningly magical debut with a delicious slow burn to be savored. I want to live in this story world!" (Wendy Higgins, NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy )

"Beautifully written, with vivid characters, a generations-old feud, and romance that leaps off the page, this Southern ghost story left me lingering over every word, and yet wanting to race to thecompelling finish. Martina Boone's COMPULSION is not to be missed." (Megan Shepherd, NYT bestselling author of THE CAGE and THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER )

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  • File Size: 3828 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (October 28, 2014)
  • Publication Date: October 28, 2014
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IBHSAMO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,868 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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