The past and present of the Quincy family is told as Loulou has passed away and her will is read. The necklace she gives to Nell is finally found and a search for its history brings out secrets some would rather keep hidden.
I liked how each chapter was either the past or the present. As the ancestors' love triangle story is told the present day family is struggling with greed, trying to fit in, and attempting to keep the past buried. The truth does come out and it shows the family's high opinion of themselves is only that. Each character is flawed as humans are--some more than others. I liked Nell and Emerson. Pansy and Baldwin were the pits. I am still out about May, Ambrose, and Ethan. Communication would have helped a lot there.
The story was well written. The author drew me into the worlds of the Quincys. I wanted to know what happened. I also wanted to know about the necklace and Ambrose's travels. I may try to find a copy of the journal the story is based upon if it is still in print.