This was one of those books that grabs your interest and holds on, one you really don't want to put down. However, there is an integral part of the story that is totally forgotten about when you get to the end, and that disappointed me greatly. The book centers on a woman in her 40's, Berkley, who is looking to solve a puzzle from her past involving her mother and why she left her at a young age to go to Cedar Key for a summer. Her only clues are found in a stack of postcards her mother left behind which she found after her mother passed away. She goes to Cedar Key, falls iin love with the area and the people, and makes a life for herself there, all the while trying to find out what secrets it holds regarding her mother. Throughout the story, there are hints of magic, including a plant which has been passed down from her grandmother, an antique clock, and other items. Continuing a family traditon, Berkley opens a chocolate shop on Cedar Key, and is quite successful. One of the ingredients in her chocolate is a portion of the plant mentioned earlier. When people eat her chocolate, good things begin to happen. This is the part of the story that is neglected in the ending, and I was quite curious as to what the plant was and why it had seemingly magical qualities.
That being said, the book is still an excellent read, giving you a great feel for the people and the island they love, and I would highly recommend it.