Review: The Witch of Belladonna Bay

Title: The Witch of Belladonna Bay
Author: Suzanne Palmieri
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Published: May 13, 2014
Paperback, 350 pages
ISBN: 978-1-250-01553-2
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Summary:
It’s the trouble you aren’t expecting that gets you. And it’s all around you, Bronwyn, it’s all around you like the air.…
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.

My thoughts:
If you're looking for a good book to read this weekend, look no further. The Witch of Belladonna Bay by Suzanne Palmieri is an engaging read about the ups and downs of family life, regrets, getting lost, and finding your way home again. Add a dash of magic into the mixture and you have a book that will keep you glued to the pages all weekend long.

Bronwyn hasn't been home in fourteen years. When she left, she had no intention of coming back to her town of Magnolia Creek, Alabama. However circumstances changed when she gets a call from her father telling her that her brother has been arrested for murder and she must come home to look after his daughter Byrd. Though reluctant, Bronwyn gets on a plane to return to the home she never wanted to see again. She knows her brother is innocent, she just has to prove it. But of course, once she returns old memories, friends, and ghosts start to haunt her. Palmieri weaves a magical, Gothic tale about three generations of women who are not only connected by blood but also magic. 

Bronwyn must try to figure out the mystery of who killed her former best friend, and why her brother confessed to a murder he didn't commit. Not to mention, she has to deal with her dysfunctional family and try to mend broken fences. The story is told from three different view points: Bronwyn, Byrd, and Naomi. This dynamic mixture of women makes for an entertaining read. 

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