The curse is just on the women of the Shire family. After Addie's mother committed suicide when Addie was twelve, Addie went and had her tubes tied because she didn't want to bring any more troubled girl babies into the world.
Addie is contacted by her Aunt Grace and ordered to come back to Alexandria to deal with family problems. Her dysfunctional sister Janet has had a baby girl and the one person who is able to cope with her is Addie. Leaving her fiancée Scott, who knows nothing about her family problems, and going to Alexandria was one thing Addie swore she would never do. She gets to town and realizes there is another girl child who may have the curse. Addie brings the baby home to her Aunt Grace's Salvage business to try and sort things out. Social services is unable to find a suitable foster family much to Addie's chagrin, so she decides to stay for a month until her sister gets out of treatment, hoping she will be able to take her daughter then.
What Addie finds is a life that she has tried to forget and the family she has missed. When jobs come up for her Aunt's salvage business and her aunt is unable to do it, Addie decides to dive back into the job she always liked, tearing down old buildings to discover their secrets. When she finds two witches' bottles in two different houses, she starts to learn about the ancestor who was convicted of witchcraft and sent to the new colonies from Scotland to be sold as an indentured servant. As the history comes together to tell the story of her family, she understands why they are cursed.
When Scott finds out Addie is not coming back for a while, Scott comes looking for her. When he finds out the problem he tries to fix it to his satisfaction. What he does is something I never saw coming.
This story grabbed ahold of me from the very beginning as I like to read about witches and curses and the history behind it. The story bounces back and forth between the 1700s and present day Alexandria, Virginia.
This wasn't a book I would have chosen on my own but was happy it was brought to my attention and am glad to give it a positive review.
I give this novel 4 Blue Ribbons on Romance Junkies' website and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys American history and about the new colonies. Also, those who like to learn more about the way of life in the 1700s will enjoy this novel. I love this author's way of telling a story and will be looking for more of her books.