Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Witch of Belladonna Bay by Suzanne Palmieri

Publish Date May 13, 2014 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Bronwyn "BitsyWyn" Whalen hasn’t set eyes on the red dirt of Magnolia Creek, Alabama, for fourteen years—not since her mama died. But with her brother, Patrick, imprisoned for the murder of her childhood best friend, and her eccentric father, Jackson, at his wits’ end while her eleven-year-old niece, Byrd, runs wild, Bronwyn finds herself once again surrounded by ancient magnolia trees and the troubled family she left behind. She becomes immersed in a whirlwind of mystery and magic as she tries to figure out what really happened that fateful night her friend died. And as her bond with Byrd deepens, Bronwyn must face the demons of her past in order to unravel her family’s uncertain future.

My Thoughts:

This is not a romance book, there is romance in the book but I would not call this romance.  This is a story of magic and mystery.   The mystery of who killed Charlotte is the main plot.   There were a lot of twists and until almost the very end I did not have any idea who the killer was.   I had many ideas, went through most of the characters, but never came up with who really did it until the very end.  

I loved the characters and the special magic they all seemed to have.   Byrd was of course my favorite.  Such a precocious child, who was so much older than her years.   She seemed to know everyone and what everyone was doing or, many times, going to do.  I found myself wanting to pull her close and keep her safe.    She needed a mother, since her died, to keep her out of the danger that seemed to be calling for her at every turn of the page.     When Bronwyn returned to her home and to Byrd I was sure that this was the roll that Bronwyn would step into.  

There was a lot happening in this novel, both with the characters and the plot.   This is a story that I will recommend.   Suzanne Palmieri is an author that I will be on the lookout for more from.

Praise for the Book:
"Suzanne Palmieri has crafted a riveting tale that will keep you up late at night guessing what will happen next. It is a story that will intrigue both male and female readers. Guys, don't let this one slip past you."—Jason Mott, New York Times bestselling author of The Returned

"Ms. Palmieri's authentic dialogue, and ability to paint a family in crisis, is both charming and layered. If you're a lover of Southern fiction, magic in its many forms, and the kind of storytelling that keeps you turning the pages, you've come to the right place, y'all."—Lesley Kagen, New York Times bestselling author of Whistling in the Dark

"Murder, mystery and magic meld in a novel of absolute enchantment. About the lies we tell, the love we struggle for, and the way we find our way back to our rightful place in the world, Palmieri's book is a stunner."—Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You and Is This Tomorrow

"Magic weaves its way through this beguiling southern gothic, swirling from the moss-laden trees around the Big House through the misty and menacing Belladonna Bay, and settling into the hearts of Bronwyn and her niece, Byrd, whose Strange Ways most people just don’t understand. Reminiscent of Sarah Addison Allen’s Garden Spells, this bewitching tale of ghostly mystery, love and family ties will enchant you from the very first page and linger in the air around you long after the last."— Wendy Webb, bestselling author of The Fate of Mercy Alban

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About the author:
Suzanne Palmieri Hayes is the author of The Witch of Little Italy and the forthcoming The Witch of Belladonna Bay (May, 2014). She is also the co-author of I’ll Be Seeing You under the name Suzanne Hayes. She lives by the ocean with her husband and three darling witches. She is currently hard at work on her next novel.
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