In 1859, Cassie Bowen leaves her Philadelphia home actually owned by her brother to visit her elderly, eccentric, but wealthy Aunt Flora in Lyman's Gap. Flora's neighbor scoundrel Brent Conway, owner editor of the local newspaper, picks Cassie up at the train station and takes her to her aunt's house.
Flora tells Cassie some strange things involving the ability to see the future through a crystal ball named Sebastian and a family curse. Each new generation produces a male and a female offspring. The male marries and produces the next generation pair of children while the female remains a spinster with Sebastian as a companion.
When Flora dies, Cassie inherits everything. As she and Brent become acquainted with one another, they fall in love. However, the curse has several stipulations that see impossible to break, making a permanent relationship between Cassie and Brent very unlikely.
Fans of Americana romance with an otherworldly twist will gain much pleasure from CASSIES FORTUNE, the latest work of Linda Shertzer. The story line is entertaining as Cassie struggles to adapt from maiden aunt to her new status of wealthy eccentric. The charcaters are warm and feel real with even Sebastian having a personality. Although the forecasting element adds a weird twist, readers will feel at home with Ms. Shertzer's entertaining new tale.
I loved this book and Linda Shertzer's writing was unbelievable. I picked this book up just because it had my name in the title, lol, but I'm glad I did! Cassie is a girl whose world gets turned around when she learns about futures and crystal balls and curses and loses her aunt and inherits a huge house and fortune all in the same night. Not to mention meeting Brent, who will turn her world around once again. This is a must-read!