The first story "The Bear's House" is about the founding families and how the town comes to be. It revolves around Hallie Brady, who perseverance and gumption prevents everyone from starving and surviving their first winter. In the process she befriends a bear cub and the magic of Blackwell begins. The remainder of the stories follow her decendants until the present, each with their own short story.
The premise was good, but it all felt stilted, I didn't really connect with any of the characters and therefore didn't really connect with the book. It was a meh read for me.