Disclosure: I received this book in order to facilitate my review. I have received no other compensation, and, as always, the opinions are my own.
From the Publisher:
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.In Suzanne Palmieri’s thrilling new novel, The Witch of Belladonna Bay, readers will learn if love and magic are enough to bring a broken family back together.
I lost a week in my review cycle. I went to visit @EssieBurns to help her with a major project in Minnesota last week, and that just so happened to entail going without internet for four days. That may not be a big deal for you, but for me it is HUGE! I also accidentally left my iPad at home. The iPad that houses many of my books, and all of my favorite time killers (Candy Crush, anyone?). I learned though, that this internet exile was a really good thing. I had no choice but to spend good, lovely, quality time with my dearest friend. But, long story short, this review did not get posted last week.
I have a disclaimer for this review. I am a woman of strong Christian faith. I am not a fan of witchcraft. I do not condone witchcraft. This novel DOES deal heavily with many aspects of the supernatural. I am able to discern, and have the curiosity and ability to read about other cultures without being pulled away from my faith. Because of this, I was able to enjoy this gothic novel. IF you are more sensitive about themes like this, you may want to skip this book.
Disclaimer aside, I enjoyed [easyazon_link asin=”1250015537″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”dakotapamcom-20″]The Witch of Belladonna Bay[/easyazon_link]. I enjoyed the comparison and contrast between Alabama and Massachusetts. The relationship between Bronwyn and Byrd is touching to watch unfold. The dysfunctional family dynamics, combined with the magic, intrigue and mystery make this a page turning novel.
About the Author:
Suzanne Palmieri Hayes is the author of [easyazon_link asin=”1250015510″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”dakotapamcom-20″]The Witch of Little Italy[/easyazon_link] and the forthcoming [easyazon_link asin=”1250015537″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”dakotapamcom-20″]The Witch of Belladonna Bay[/easyazon_link] (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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