The setting of a small town of Bascom is ideal for this slightly fantastic novel by Sarah Addison Allen. She always writes something bordering on the mystical, an edge of unreality always creeping in but not so much that you have to discount it altogether.
The Waverleys are different. Every generation has its own quirks and this one has its fair share. Claire makes candies and her candies imbue the eater with something more - happiness, joy, contentment and whatever the person desires. At the same time the peaceful life of the Waverleys is about to end. A strange elusive old man has entered the village. No one knows anything about him and he seems to appear and disappear at will but he holds information which he intends to use to blackmail one of the Waverleys and bring down their downfall.
At the same time we have Bay a young, innocent teen who is on the brink of her first relationship with none other than one of the Matthesons. The very same Mattheson's father who broke her mother's heart. Claire naturally wants to protect Bay from all this and more. But life has a funny way of happening despite the wants and desires of its elders and this magical family story beautifully told is one such story.
I always come away from one of these books with a slight feeling of discontent that I am living in a very mundane, practical family where none of the above exists!
Nice read from Netgalley through Hodder and Stoughton. Thank you.