Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Book Review: The Witch of Belladonna Bay by Suzanne Palmieri

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge, from Booksparks , for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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Welcome to the next wonderful book of the Booksparks Summer Reading Blog Tour!

 The Witch of Belladonna Bay cover


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. 

Are love and magic enough to bring a broken family back together? Bronwyn is forced to return home to Magnolia Creek, Alabama—a place she hasn’t been since her mother, Naomi, died fourteen years earlier—and the troubled family she left behind. As Bronwyn unravels the secrets behind the murder, long forgotten memories surface, and the magic living quietly inside of her grows stronger, creating an unbreakable bond between her and Byrd—a bond that will define both of their fates forever.


I adored this book and hated to see it end! Maybe it was because the author had so many of the Southern small town nuances SO right, that the book seemed like I was reading a local story! But more likely, it was because the author makes you fall in love with her characters-both good and bad- and the places that define their personalities. She has accurately grasped how Southern history and culture can affect a person's psyche, almost more than family dysfunction! Add to that mix a little Yankee magic, and you have a mix that has you turning the pages long into the night, and sighing when the book ends, and wanting it to keep going. Call it Southern Gothic lite, but this tale is perfect for a lazy Summer day's read, and one you won't soon forget!

About the Author:

Suzanne Palmieri Hayes is the author of The Witch of Little Italy. She is also the co-author of I’ll Be Seeing You under the name Suzanne Hayes. She lives by the ocean with her husband and three darling witches. She is currently hard at work on her next novel. Connect with the author:on Facebook , Twitter:, on her Website: and on Goodreads

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