Prince Street features Rae McDonald and Lisa Smyth, two women connected by the death years before of Rae's older sister Jennifer. Lisa and Jennifer were best friends and Lisa survived the car accident that killed Jennifer. Lisa is a recovering alcoholic who travels the country as a photographer, while Rae still lives in her family home in Alexandria and has a successful practice as a therapist. Both women are a bit of a mess. Rae is emotionally withdrawn, and Lisa has regular conversations in her head with Jennifer. Neither has seen each other in years. Lisa is forced to return to Alexandria to take care of her ailing Aunt Amelia, who has Alzheimer's disease and suddenly confesses she was adopted as a child--and has proof, but no explanation of why her mother never came back for her.
Enter in Margaret and Addie from the Shire Architectural Salvage Company, who arrive at Rae's house to look over the boxes of letter and documents passed down through Rae's family. Over 300 years of family history, and a mystery to be solved. Three witch bottles, three families, and a dark secret that stretches back to the early days of Alexandria. How are the families connected, and do the witch bottles carry curses that have doomed each descendant of the original settlers? Can Rae and Lisa find a way to break out of their self-imposed prisons and move on with their lives? And how do all the dots connect together?
There is a lot going on in this novel. Luckily, the author has family trees set up at the beginning of the book. I found myself looking at them over and over, trying to keep everyone straight. It is a tangled mix of history that is fascinating and makes for a good story. Can't wait to see what Mary Ellen Taylor has in store for her next novel.
Rating: 7/10 for a continuation of family and city history that keeps revealing secrets made hundreds of years ago. Strong female characters faced with emotional issues that will make or break them. I love how all the novels by Mary Ellen Taylor fit together, but are distinctly different.
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