“For where your roots are, your heart is.”
Thank you to Forge Books for gifting me an advanced copy of Midnight at the Blackbird Café by Heather Webber.
“Nestled in the mountain shadows of Alabama lies the little town of Wicklow. It is here that Anna Kate has returns 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.” -Goodreads
Besides Stars Hollow, I don’t think that there is a town that I would love to live in more than Wicklow, Alabama. I fell head over heels in love with Midnight at the Blackbird, the town of Wicklow and all of the incredible people that make up this story.
I was completely unaware of this book’s existence until I stumbled upon it while looking through newly released books; I’m not going to lie, I judged this book by its cover and was thrilled when the book showed up on my doorstep (thank you Forge Books). I had another book that I was wanting to read but I decided to start reading Midnight at the Blackbird first and it was the best decision. I will be recommending this book to anyone who I think would appreciate this story and the complex relationships that are depicted within this book
I don’t know about you all but I am a firm believer in looking for signs and listening for that voice that will give me some direction on what I need to be doing. While reading this book, I ached to be able to sit in the Blackbird Café and watch as all of the people sat down around me, enjoying their blackbird pie, drinking their blackberry tea and discussing the messages that came to them in their dreams the night before.
I loved the southern hospitality that poured from the pages. I couldn’t get enough of the southern idioms that made me feel right at home. I started to write them down as I encountered them in the storyline but by chapter 2, I knew I would spend more time writing than I would be reading so I just sat back and savored every phrase. “As I live and breathe,” “Give me some sugar,” “You ever did hear,” and “Right as rain,” are just a few of my favorites.
I could go on and on about the beauty of this book. I will leave you with one last thing, this book is the first book in a long long time that has brought happy tears to my eyes. There are lots of books out there that have made me cry tears of sadness but Midnight at the Blackbird brought those tears of happiness that I haven’t experienced in a while.
Seriously.. if you haven’t already figured it out, I LOVED this book. Go buy yourself a copy of it today!
Thank you to Forge Publishing for gifting me an advanced copy of this book. I will always treasure it!!