Upon Stella Sparrow's thirteenth birthday she develops a skill to see how other people will die. Each of the woman born in the Sparrow clan has a different ability. Her mother (Jenny) sees other people's dreams and her grandmother (Elinor) can see when people lie. When Stella tries to prevent a murder, her father is accused of homicide.
Jenny must try to protect her daughter from all the media and turmoil of the trial and decides to send her to her hometown of Unity and the ancestral home, Cake House. The problem is Jenny has been estranged from her mother for years and they must now join forces to protect Stella. Stella loves it in Unity and is attracted to two boys, one good and one bad.
This is a wonderful story about the relationships of the females in a family, the conflict of mother-daughter and the pangs of growing up and growing wiser. It is also about choosing the love of your life and not the lust of your life. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the magic it created.
First Line: "Anyone born and bred in Massachusetts learns early on to recognize the end of winter."