Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe–Book Review

Hey all!! I started using audio book recently I just finished listening to Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber and I can’t wait to share the review about this book!

Midnight at the Blackbird Café

Heather Webber’s Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe is a captivating blend of magical realism, heartwarming romance, and small-town Southern charm.

Nestled in the mountain shadows of Alabama lies the little town of Wicklow. It is here that Anna Kate has returned to bury her beloved Granny Zee, owner of the Blackbird Café.

It was supposed to be a quick trip to close the café and settle her grandmother’s estate, but despite her best intentions to avoid forming ties or even getting to know her father’s side of the family, Anna Kate finds herself inexplicably drawn to the quirky Southern town her mother ran away from so many years ago, and the mysterious blackbird pie everybody can’t stop talking about.

As the truth about her past slowly becomes clear, Anna Kate will need to decide if this lone blackbird will finally be able to take her broken wings and fly.

Print Length: 329 pages

  • Publisher: Forge Books (July 16, 2019)
  • Publication Date: July 16, 2019
  • Genre:- Magic Realism/Women Fiction
Heather Webber

Heather Webber (aka Heather Blake) is the author of more than twenty-five novels and has been twice nominated for an Agatha Award. She loves to read, drink too much coffee and tea, birdwatch, crochet, and bake. She currently lives near Cincinnati, Ohio, and is hard at work on her next book.www.heatherwebber.com | http://www.heatherblakebooks.com

I saw that this book has an almost five star rating in Goodreads and Amazon and so this is had been in my want to read list. And when I saw in Scribd that the audiobook is available, I decided to try this out, though I am a but skeptical about audio books. But to my surprise, I really enjoyed listening to this book.

Anna Kate comes to Wicklow, a small town in Alabama after her grandmother, Granny Zee died. Granny Zee owned a cafe, known as Blackbird Cafe known popular for the infamous Blackbird Pies which apparently gave healing powers to the residents who have the pie. Also, there are the actual blackbirds who comes between midnight and one in the morning and many of residents and also people from elsewhere would camp outside the cafe, just to listen to those blackbirds singing. And not only that, Anna Kate did not really want to run her grandmother’s cafe as she wanted to go to med school in Massachusetts and also the promise she made to her mother.

So I will begin my review here with the ones I like about first

  • The story starts with a journalist interviewing the residents about the cafe. Then it is also told from the perspectives of Anna Kate Carlow, who has recently moved to Wicklow to take over her grandmother’s cafe and Natalie Linden who has a child named Ollie and is dealing with personal issues on her own. As a result, the reader/listener can get an insight of what Anna Kate and Natalie think.
  • The author has really written this book in an engaging way and so had done a good job of making the reader hooked into the story (the ones who are reading the book also did a good job acting out the book). You will never get bored when you start reading this book, and you will get hooked into the book soon.
  • I like how the author has used descriptive adjectives and words to describe a scene or a place in the book and as a reader, you feel that you are also in that place with the character, which I think is a good job by the author. I can almost picture the place and scene in my mind and feel like I am in Wicklow, Alabama with the characters.
  • I like how Anna Kate and Natalie, who are related to each other and how their relationship between each other soon develops. I also like the hint of romance between Cam and Natalie and Anna Kate and Gideon.
  • I also like the community and how the author has written the community get together in times of difficulty, including the customers at the Blackbird cafe. This is more like a motivation of getting together in times of difficulty.
  • I like how Anna Kate who didn’t really Natalie’s parents due to a past event and soon how she bonds with them.
  • I like the way author has made the gray cat and the blackbirds with their distinguished eyes in the mulberry tree made a magic realism that enabled Anna Kate to dwell into the secrets that have been hiding and how she starts dealing with the past. I also like how with the help of magic that enabled Anna Kate to remain tin the small town.

Overall, this is a heartwarming novel, deeply touching and emotional read, worth five stars!

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