South of the Buttonwood Tree

“No one is perfect. We all have flaws. We all have strengths. The things we do in the name of love might not be our proudest moments, but they’re actions that come from the heart.”

If you’ve been following me for a while then you know that one of my favorite books from 2019 was Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe; I fell in love with Heather Webber’s writing style. Well, folks, she has done it again with South of the Buttonwood Tree.

“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 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 are–and what they’re willing to sacrifice in the name of family.”

I was nervous going into this book as I was worried I wouldn’t feel the same about it as I did her last book. I didn’t feel the same way because they are two completely different stories but I love them both equally. There were countless beautiful life lessons nestled within the pages of Buttonwood that I had to read slowly so I could try to absorb them all. 

Heather Webber has this incredible way of writing that draws you in. I feel myself being called into her books, to her characters and to the towns that she writes about. I truly feel that she encapsulates the beauty of small southern towns. I also adore her way of weaving in magical realism into the book that I’m often left with goosebumps because it “is the South after all, where there’s always a touch of magic in the air.”

I loved how with each chapter that I read there was a little bit more information revealed; a connection here, a memory revealed there. It made me stop and think that not everything that we see and hear is correct and that there are, always, two sides to every story. 

When I finished reading South of the Buttonwood tree, I felt as if I was leaving a part of myself behind in Buttonwood and my heart was full of love for, not only, the story but the characters. I can’t recommend this book enough to you and I will certainly be adding it to my favorites of 2020. 

“You see, sometimes it takes someone else to help you find another way, to help you find yourself.”

South of the Buttonwood Tree was published on July 21, and is available to order from your local bookstore! 

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