A friend of mine Ronni (you can find her at the Hooking Reader) recommended Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe to me. When I saw that there were blueberries on the cover, well, how could I resist? I’m so glad I didn’t.
Anna Kate Callow comes to Wicklow, Alabama for her grandmother’s funeral. Almost no one in town has ever even heard of Anna Kate as her mother Eden left in the early stages of her pregnancy. Due to her grandmother Zee’s will, Anna Kate must stay in Wicklow for sixty days before she can sell the cafe that is her legacy.
Natalie Linden Walker has returned home to Wicklow. Her husband Matthew died in a boating accident, leaving Natalie a single mom of their daughter, Ollie. Natalie hates that she’s forced to come home and live near her mom, who has never gotten over Natalie’s older brother’s death. To say that they have a contentious relationship is a slight understatement.
Brief Summary (while trying not to give everything away)
In Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe, Wicklow is a typical Southern small town. Everyone knows everyone else. So throwing a newcomer like Anna Kate into the mix is going to stir up a storm. Anna Kate has the Blackbird Cafe up and running with the help of Jena and Bow.
There’s a legend about the blackbirds coming out at night and singing love notes to those who eat the pie at the cafe. Natalie, knowing the legend, comes to pace outside the cafe. But she knows that going in would just drive a wedge between her and her mother. But what Natalie doesn’t know is just how close she and Anna Kate are. Want to know more? Read the book!
This book was fantastic. So well-written. It’s very realistic with a hint of whimsy and magic to it. Mr. Cat and a phoebe bird often appear and seemingl disappear. The ending ties up most loose ends nicely. Well worth the read. Considering that I got very little work done because I kept disappearing inside this story, it’s easy to see that I definitely recommend reading this one.
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And in case you hadn’t figured it out, my plan for 2021 is to write a blog post for each book I read. Last year, I read 150 books. We’ll see how I do this year.