Nestled in the mountain shadows of Alabama lies the little town of Wicklow. It is here that Anna Kate has returned 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.
What I Thought:
Midnight at the Blackbird Café was an unexpected joy! I got a copy of this book some time ago, but have only just settled down to read it over the past week, and I just raced through it.
It is, essentially, a family story set in the Deep South, but it comes with a charming dose of magical realism thrown in. The town of Wicklow is awash with secrets and grudges stemming back years, but could the arrival of Anna Kate Callow begin to set all of that to rest?
Despite much of the plot being a result of sad events, the book is primarily warm and uplifting, and celebrates the value of just being honest! Many of the things that hold the characters in this story back come from their refusal to be honest, but this is something they all have to learn for themselves to allow growth both in themselves, and within their community.
I just loved this book! As an avid watcher of shows like Hart of Dixie, there are typical Southern tropes here, as you would expect, but they are written with the deepest of respect for the characters and you would be disappointed to read a story about Alabama that didn’t contain at least some of them.
The characters were easy to relate to and, despite plenty of angst and tension, the book ends on a happy and hopeful note.
I would happily read more by Heather Webber…
Midnight at the Blackbird Café is published by Forge.
About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author Heather Webber is the author of more than thirty novels and has been twice nominated for the Agatha Award. She loves to read, drink too much coffee and tea, birdwatch, crochet, and bake. She currently lives near Cincinnati, Ohio, and is hard at work on her next book. *Heather also writes under the pen name Heather Blake.
Please note: I was sent a copy of this book via Netgalley for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.