Wyn leaves Magnolia Creek Alabama when her mother dies and does not plan on coming back, but years later when her brother Patrick is imprisoned for a crime he did not commit she returns to care for Byrd, her niece who has lost both her parents, and to clear her brother’s name. As you would expect the truth is never easy to see or easy to take and Wyn has her share of ups and downs as she tries to reconcile the place that Magnolia Creek is now with the home she remembers, and if reconciling the town wasn’t hard enough the people are even harder. The more Wyn looks into the past for answers to try to free Patrick the more she learns about herself and her place in the world. I loved the characters and the family dynamics of this novel. Both of Wyn’s parents are obsessed in their own ways, and only as an adult can she begin to accept them for who they are. The dynamic is this book are wonderful, the town comes alive in your mind and I was sad to leave it when I had read the last page. This is a story of family, of love, and betrayal, laced with magic and hope. A great summer read.