The Witch of Belladonna Bay
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, ...more
It was very easy to be drawn into this story, the characters and the descriptions w ...more
I cannot wait for this to come out in real-time. I need to read the end product before I give any stars because I need to see how it really looks on paper before I give my final thoughts. I can tell you, though, it will be 4 or 5 stars.
At this point, I can recommend this story to those who love Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird, readers who liked the ambience of The Secret Life of Bees even though this is nothing like that, really, except f ...more
I, like many, adore books set in the South. I live in Oregon and have never set foot in the South. Thanks to Dorthea Benton Frank, Anne Rivers Siddons, Pat Conroy, and Mary Alice Monroe I am so enchanted by the Souths' love of their land, their customs, and their past ...more
The story is told in first person from the main characters Bronwyn, her niece Bryd and her dead mother Naomi.
Most of the characters were well described and relatable but I had a little bit of a problem with Byrd.
Now she is the quintess ...more
"I was Southern Belle mixed with rattlesnake. My venom hurt people."
Bronwyn "BitsyWyn" Whalen is a layered character who is pretty normal considering the dysfunction she found herself growing up around. Not only was the relationship with her parents a source of heartache and contempt but growing up with "shine" in her blood didn't make things any easier. When she goes back to her hometown after 14 long years away, Brownwyn is forced to confront her past in order to not only save her brother...more
This is the third novel from Suzanne Palmieri, the second published under her name, and each story gets better and better.
Thanks for giving me an opportunity to read such amazing books. So I was very happy with this book that I needed to write my review in Tagalog, here it goes....Madami na ako nabasa lalo na about people with strange ways pero this one is different hindi puro magic but also talked about relationship with family hindi puro imbento. Siguro ung iba hindi naniniwala sa hula pero sabi nga nila you have to believe for it to work.I was lucky to be given an Arc copy and I really love i ...more
'It seems to me, that whatever a person does, they should have a second chance in happiness and redemption. As long as they remember it ain't about other people. It's about forgiving yourself from the inside out ...more
Though lighter than what I am normally inclined to read and with some things that make it good, rather than great, what caries the story is that Plmieri draws you into the characters and the mystery of the story.
Magic and ghosts are a very real part of this book, but so is the importance of finding and being true to one's self, t ...more
The story follows Bronwyn, a photographer living in New York, who has been called home to Alabama to take care of her eleven year old niece, Byrd, afte ...more
This is one of the most beautifully written novels I’ve read in a long time. Very quickly, I fell in love with the setting and the characters. I’m from the South, and it’s so refreshing to see a novel that portrays that environment in a positive light. The Faulkneresque aphorisms and slow-moving style were absolutely captivating. Seeing the power in nature and the connection to the land is a huge part of the novel, and anyone who’s ...more
At the center of the story are two characters, both with varying degrees of mystical powers called “shine.” Bronwyn “BitsyWyn” Whalen, and a little girl named By ...more
It’s the story of Bronwyn and her return to her h ...more
Bronwyn Whalen left home at the age of 17, after her mother passed away. She'd stayed away until she received a phone call from her father after 14 years. Her little brother was in a world of trouble, accused of murdering Wyn's best friend Lottie, and her son Jaime. Why returns home determined to prove her brother's innocence and take care of niece she's never met. Unfortunately,, in order to accomplish this, she needs to com ...more
I loved the characters and the special magic they all seemed to have. Byrd was of course my favorit ...more
Wyn has spent the last fourteen years running far away from the South and from the pain of her life. After Wyn's mother died, she was constantly on the move, until she found Ben. For the past seven years, Wyn has lived comfortably and at peace in the North. She hasn't seen or spoken to her family since the night she left, even though her father sends her mon ...more
The Witch of Belladonna Bay is nowhere near a disaster. There are intricate plots at play from the past and present but it never jumps around where you do not know where you are. I really did try to read it slowly but I couldn't. I had to know what happened to the characters that I had an invested interest in. I had sat up ...more
This was a quick read, and I honestly couldn't put it down when I started reading it. I was sucked in to the tale of Brownwyn, who has escaped her Southern roots and magic for a calm farm in New York. She returns to her family home in Southern Alabama to try to help her brother, who is sitting in jail accused of murder. Wyn slowly embraces her roots and finds answers to secrets that have been eating away at her for ...more
Let me praise Suzanne's writing, it felt effortless the way she wrote this book. It made me fall in love with her writing way before I fell in love with the characters. Which is what I'm about to talk about next. Byrd, my sweet Byrd. She felt like such a child throughout the book, but in the beginning she wasn't. So it helped soften up a bit about her. Anybody that reads this book will definitely fall in love with her and of course her ...more
This story definitely had a magical feel to it with paranormal incidents and doings.
Loved how the characters loved each other - especially between the main characters Wyn and Byrd which was of the mother-daughter sort.
Really got a sense of the small town and its colorful array of townsfolk in regards to its relationship with Byrd.
|Have you read this? It's one of the best this year for me||2||9||Feb 06, 2015 02:27PM|