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The Witch of Belladonna Bay: A Novel Paperback – May 13, 2014
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Bronwyn Whalen left her old name, BitsyWyn, back in Magnolia Creek, Alabama, along with her younger brother, Patrick, and her alcoholic father, Jackson. A call from Jackson has her returning home after 14 years to prove that Patrick is not guilty of her childhood best friend’s murder. She finds that not much has changed. There’s still a paralyzing mist over Belladonna Bay, her father would still rather drink than talk about her opium-addicted late mother, and she still feels drawn to Grant, who has secrets of his own. The biggest surprise is Byrd, Patrick’s daughter, whose powers are stronger and maybe more dangerous than those of any of the Whalen women. As Bronwyntries to exonerate her brother, she’ll have to face the truth about herself and the great love she feels for Byrd. High on southern charm, fans of Sarah Addison Allen will appreciate the magic realism with a hint (just a hint) of romance. Byrd can be a bit precocious and the language throughout is a little salty, but reading groups may enjoy sorting out the book’s sometimes complicated mythology. --Susan Maguire
“With a profound understanding of the ties that bind us through the generations and beyond the grave, Suzanne Palmieri has created some of the most emotionally resonant characters I've met in a long time. An enthralling tale of murder, magic, forgiveness, and redemption, The Witch of Belladonna Bay cast its southern spell on page one and hasn't released me yet.” ―Brunonia Barry, New York Times bestselling author of The Lace Reader and The Map of True Places
“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
“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
“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
“All of Suzanne Palmieri's novels cast a spell, and The Witch of Belladonna Bay is no exception. Palmieri delivers a rich and magical story about the two most powerful forces in life: family and love.” ―Elin Hilderbrand, author of Beautiful Day
“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
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This is an amazing story, full of surprising twists and turns. The setting adds to the supernatural mystery. I could not put this book down! Palmieri's books are believable. The supernatural element blends flawlessly into the story, making it intriguing and intoxicating. Now for the sad part...we have to wait until she finishes the net one.
Read this book if...
*you love southern fiction
*you love books with a supernatural element
It hurts to point this one out. There would be some people who would NOT receive the main character's relationship with a black man so easily. This is supposed to be rural Alabama. Granted, they are not all extreme bigots anymore but there are still some stubborn racists. As I said, I've not finished the book so, maybe a truer picture will emerge as I read further. By the way, my home state is firmly entrenched in the Bible Belt. We should be seeing some of the townspeople crying "witch", "demon", or "end times". We should see some appalled anger from some over the acceptance given by others of magic and witchcraft.
I, like many, adore books set in the South. I live in Oregon and have never set foot in the South. Thanks to Dorthea Benton Frank, Anne Rivers Siddons, Pat Conroy, and Mary Alice Monroe I am so enchanted by the Souths' love of their land, their customs, and their past.
The Witch of Belladonna Bay has everything I could want in a book. A heroine who is flawed, fiesty, and lost. Like most Chick Lit books about the South, this is a story about going home. Only home has a mysterious island, ghosts galore, magic, addiction, a murder mystery, a lost love, and strained Mother/Daughter relationship....
You will fall in love with Byrd, the young girl who is contains so much mystery and magic that it is hard to remember she is a little girl. I was fascinated by her charachter and pray she makes an appearance in future books.
And let me tell you, any future books written by Suzanne Palmieri will be pre ordered the minute it is released. If you are in that stage where you just want to read something so good you cannot stand to go to work, or cook dinner... this is the one to get. Then let me know if you loved it as much as I did