Mandy is a quiet teenager who just wants to blend in with the crowd rather than stand out as anything or anybody. Mandy's pretty successful at this until her parents decide it's time to move from Boston to the quiet seaside town of York Beach, Maine, to "be closer to Nana". Although Mandy has been vacationing in York every summer since she was a child, she has no desire to live there and is worried about fitting in and finding friends during her senior year of high school.
Nana owns a flower shop in town and while working alongside her, Mandy makes a few friends and observes the oddities of the little town and its inhabitants. When she finds some old and cryptic correspondance hidden inside an antique trunk handed down from her Nana, the "oddities" turn into full fledged mysteries. As she unravels the forgotten and hidden history of the town, she simultaneously unravels her own family's past and current secrets while writing her future. With bits of romance and paranormal along the way, she is able to figure out the puzzle of the correspondance, the magic she never realized was surrounding her, and visions of the past and future. Will she walk away from her personal history and her future or will she realize it's ok to be somebody, even if that somebody is nothing like everybody else?
Mandy is an unsuspecting leading lady. She's shy and kind of a whiner. Hey, she's a teenager. Teenagers are angsty, right? At first I was not cool with her. The book moved kinda slow in the beginning.
Once Mandy starts working at her grandmothers flower shop all kinds of interesting things start to happen. Turns out Mandy is from a long line of healers and she gets to learn the trade. Mandy is skeptical at first and wants nothing to do with it. Besides she has other things to worry about because the hottest guy in town just asked her out.
There is some definite mystery, people aren't who they seem to be, Mandy is in danger, and there is some major weirdness flying around. It is definitely worth the read.