South of the Buttonwood Tree-Book Review #southofthebuttonwoodtree #heatherwebber

Hello all! Back with an honest book review, South of the Buttonwood Tree which will be released on 21st July, written by Heather Webber. Here’s my review!

South of the Buttonwood Tree by [Heather Webber]

Blue Bishop has a knack for finding lost things. While growing up in charming small-town Buttonwood, Alabama, she’s happened across lost wallets, jewelry, pets, her wandering neighbor, and sometimes, trouble. No one is more surprised than Blue, however, when she comes across an abandoned newborn baby in the woods, just south of a very special buttonwood tree.

Sarah Grace Landreneau Fulton is at a crossroads. She has always tried so hard to do the right thing, but her own mother would disown her if she ever learned half of Sarah Grace’s secrets.

The unexpected discovery of the newborn baby girl will alter Blue’s and Sarah Grace’s lives forever. Both women must fight for what they truly want in life and for who they love. In doing so, they uncover long-held secrets that reveal exactly who they really are—and what they’re willing to sacrifice in the name of family.

No. of pages:- 330 pages

Date published :- 21st July 2020

Genre:- Magical Realism/ Women’s 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 |

This is the second book I have read from this author, the first book, The Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe, which I did a blog on months ago. I got this free unedited copy from Netgalley and the publisher so I would really like to thank them for giving me this advanced copy.

Like in the Midnight at Blackbird Cafe, the story starts with Blue Bishop, who has an affinity of finding lost things. So one day, she finds an abandoned baby in the south of the infamous Buttonwood tree. Apparently, the Buttonwood Tree has a famous folklore story about advising and granting wishes by giving out buttons with the words of advise engraved on the button. If the advise is not followed, you are doomed to be cursed, hence is the folklore. Blue had been wanting to adopt a baby and she was amazed that this wish is granted. However, there were many people in the town who do not want the baby to be adopted by Blue, because she was a Bishop, since Bishops family are not very well liked by the community due to their criminal nature.

Meanwhile, Sarah Grace always tried to do the rights things, even though she was having an unhappy marriage. She was trying to impress her mother but at the same time she wants to do what is right for her. She is also hiding secrets that would make her mother disown her…

But the arrival of the new baby would change both Blue’s and Sarah Grace’s life forever.

So here are the things I liked about the book

  • Just like the Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe, the story deals with the magical realism and folklore tales. The Buttonwood Tree holds a certain folklore that is actually intriguing to read. Normally, I am not much into magical realism but this book made me intrigued to read more.
  • The story is told from the perspectives of Blue and Sarah Grace–so as a reader we would know what each of the characters are feeling and also the type of secrets they seemed to be holding.
  • Towards the end, it got more and more interesting, particularly the ending where you did not expect that unusual and unexpected twist!
  • The writing was really good, quiet a page turner and author did a good job of making the reader engage into the story, as if the reader was also going on that rollercoaster ride with both Blue and Sarah Grace.
  • The story, except for the folklore part was realistic.

Overall, this is an emotional, heartbreaking and quiet a page turning book, that will keep you into the story and you will not be able to put this book down at all. Worth five stars!

This book will be released on 21st July so if you are looking to buy the book, here is the link below

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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 |

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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