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Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  493 ratings  ·  186 reviews
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,
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Published July 16th 2019 by Forge
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Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Wonderful Book About Family, Friends, Love, a Past and a New Future

Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber was a well written book. I was drawn in right from the start. It allowed me to forget about everything else and immerse myself in the lives of the characters in this story. A cozy, comforting feeling surrounded me as I read Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe. By the end of the story, I felt like I knew each character and felt a kinship with them. The story alternately focused on Anna
I love this book. I have been a fan of Heather Blake/Heather Webber for almost ten years. I love her paranormal cozy and gardening cozy series, but this is a whole new kind of love of a story from this author. If you need a comparison to a style or genre for this book, think along the lines of Sarah Addison Allen or Fannie Flagg. It's described as Southern magical realism, but it's also about relationships, forgiveness, hurt, growth, change, coming home, love, friendship, understanding....
I love
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was one of those books that pulls you in before you even realize it's happened. I started it, thought I liked it fine but didn't love it, kept reading it, and then put it down for a few hours - and my thoughts kept wandering back to it. Turns out I liked it a lot more than I first thought. It seems fitting, almost, given the trajectory and plot of the book, and the recurring theme of the central town taking hold of you and not letting you go.
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Can you really leave Wicklow once you have spent time there?

Anna Kate came back for her grandmother's funeral and stayed in Wicklow because she was required to spend sixty days there to inherit The Blackbird Cafe. Anna's mother vowed to NEVER return to Wicklow, and Anna finds out why as the days pass.

Was her mother wrong, though?

The characters all seemed lovable and were folks you would want to have in your life except for a few of them.

As you read, you will feel the warmth of the small town, bu
While in town for her grandmother’s funeral, Anna Kate learns that in order to fully inherit her Granny Zee's Blackbird Café, she must run it for two months. Meanwhile, Natalie, a young widow and mother to a two year daughter, Ollie, has returned to the small, southern town where she grew up and where everybody knows everybody... and their business. Natalie doesn’t get along with her mother but has nowhere else to go. Besides being new to Wicklow, what else do the two women have in common? How w ...more
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a very small, rather rundown town in the shadows of the mountains in Alabama, there is a flock of blackbirds. But this is no ordinary old town, and these are no ordinary blackbirds. Everyone knows the blackbirds can give guidance, but exactly how does that work? The only person who knew has passed on.

In this town, there are two young women, linked by love but divided by hate. Both struggle to find their way through staggering grief and loss, and one of them holds the key to the future of this
I want to rave about this book, I want to curl up and read it all over again. I want to cry from the warmth and heartbreak, family and friendship of it all.

Family, Friends, secrets, feuds, Mystery, Magic, Romance, Past, Present and future all roll together in this amazing book. you are not going to want to put it down.

come along with Anna Kate and Natalie as two very different but similar woman come together, both running from past hurts, neither knowing of the other's existence but seeming to
Susan Peterson
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe is a heart-squeezer!! This lovely story about forgiveness, grief, family, and home is set in a small town, filled with southern charm, and a bit of magic!! The characters in this book are unique, quirky, complicated and delightful!! I fell in love with each and every one of them, and all I want to do is sit down and chat with them, eating pie and drinking blackberry tea! This book is guaranteed to make you smile, maybe even cry, but mostly what it will do is make y ...more
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
* Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. *

With charming magical realism and a distinct semblance to Sarah Addison Allen's Garden Spells, Heather Webber's Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe is a wonderful and heartwarming work. The story is emotional and somewhat mysterious, with a fabulous cast of characters that are reminiscent of a gathering in Stars Hollow. Loved, loved, loved this so much. A fantastic read for those wishing to get their fe
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heather Webber has written has written a beautiful story of loss, betrayal, forgiveness, love and friendship. Within this story there are many layers to the wonderfully developed characters where you come to find the true meaning of family and where home, legacy and love lives. Wicklow AL has a way of taking hold of you once you visit. The Blackbird Cafe is the heart of Wicklow.

This story and people in this book work their way and weave themselves into your heart and mind just the way Wicklow d
Beth McCraw

I want a piece of Blackbird pie and blackberry sweet tea! This book was so charming and sweet! It was also so much more than a fluffy story, there were important family dynamics and community relationships throughout. I really enjoyed the magical realism in this story. It reminded me of Sarah Addison Allen book, so if you love a good hometown, feel good story with a touch of magical realism, this one is for you! I really hope there is another book, I would like to catch up again with these chara
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wob-books
This was such a beautiful book and I'm sad that it's over. This book has some of my favorite things; a small town, magic realism, bits of humor, a dash of romance and wonderful characters. The writing was so poignant and the storylines of each character melded together so well. The author did an amazing job of creating a bit of magical feeling in this small town, with the blackbirds and the pies, but also with the characters. This was an emotional and deep book, looking at grief and family and t ...more
I really enjoyed this light hearted read. Anna Kate returns to her mother’s home town after her grandmother passes away. She has not been here before and is about to learn the real reasons why. Though what she is afraid will be a few long weeks, until she can get everything buttoned up, turns into quite the adventure of her family history as well as learning what family and home means. Thank you at Bookish for the free book!
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It is a very character driven book. Everyone that I met I fell in love with instantly. They were people that I would want to hang out with. Thus, it made for easy reading. After reading this book, I have gained a fond admiration for blackbirds.

Yes, there are some magical aspects woven throughout the pages of this story. However, it was not one of the strong focal points of the book. The main focal point for me was the characters. They truly were engaging as well as e
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Review: This is another one of those books that I just fell in love with. It did have a few issues where I was slightly board in the middle parts. But all in all it was a great movie that I think would work well for the Hallmark Channel. The only other issue I had with this one was the multi POV there were times I felt like I was taken out of a POV before it could totally finish the thought. But in the end it wasn't so bad to make it a bad book. I really loved the story and the flow other tha ...more
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Y'all! This is THE best book! It has catapulted to the top of my list of favorites of 2019!

Magical realism is my favorite genre, and small southern towns with quirky residents are my favorite settings. This had both - in spades. And if you think you are not a fan of the genre, you just have to give this book a try. I think it will change your mind.

A special family heritage, romance, and a 25-yr-old mystery all combine to add to its charm.

You will fall in love with Anna Kate and the rest of the c
Kate Grace
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I need either a sequel to, or a Hallmark movie-esque adaptation of Heather Webber's Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe, like, YESTERDAY.

...OK, the above urgency might be an exaggeration, but my emotional response to the book is real, honest. Despite engaging with themes of loss and grief, Blackbird Cafe serves readers A LOT of charm and comfort. Turning the pages of this book is like sitting down to share a favorite home-cooked meal with loved ones.

Webber achieves this uplifting affect through a n
Mary Kay
It was more of a “Hallmark movie” type book than I usually read- but it was a sweet story and a pleasant way to spend a snowy day.
The Bookend Diner
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Forge Books for gifting me an advanced copy of Midnight at the Blackbird Café by Heather Webber.

Besides Stars Hollow, I don’t think that there is a town that I would love to live in more than Wicklow, Alabama. I fell head over heels in love with Midnight at the Blackbird Café, the town of Wicklow and all of the incredible people that make up this story.

I was completely unaware of this book's existence until I stumbled upon it while looking through newly released books; I’m not goin
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
4.5 stars
MIDNIGHT AT THE BLACKBIRD CAFÉ is Southern fiction at its best. I have long been a fan of Heather Webber’s cozy mystery series (written under the nom de plume Heather Blake) and could not wait to read her first endeavor into women’s literature. But do not let the “women” category deter you if it is not usually your chosen genre, it is wonderful reading for anyone.

It follows the story of Anna Kate, a young woman all set to begin medical school in the fall, as she travels to Alabama to s
Susan Beamon
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This month our book group Novel Conversations picked culinary stories for our genre. We didn't limit it to just cozy mysteries, where a very great lot of books with food seem to be. I mean, I could have read six culinary mysteries without leaving my house, there are so many available. Instead, I picked this new book.
This is one of those women stories where family wounds are found and healed. Anna Kate lived with her mother, a woman who was always moving. Anna had no idea what her mother was look
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an enchanting book! I must admit, I was awarded an ARC from the publisher, but it came after I left for a month's vacation. I hated missing out on reading it so much I purchased it from Amazon, and I am so glad I did!

Reminiscent of a tale told by Sarah Addison Allen, but somehow softer and sweeter, this book is magical realism and women's fiction at its best. The story of a decades old mystery and death, it explores the lines between family, forgiveness, friendship, enchantment, and food.

Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the beginning we meet Anna Kate, she has returned to Wicklow, Alabama to bury her much beloved grandmother. Granny Zee owned and ran the Blackbird Cafe and it's now been left in the hands of Anna Kate who has always been a wanderer, she moves from place to place and has never truly settled down. When she learns that putting her grannies estate in order won't be just a simple signing of papers Anna realizes that her life has taken on a different direction. She has to stay in Wicklow and run th ...more
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Anna Kate makes what is supposed to be a quick trip to Wicklow, Alabama, to close the Blackbird Café and settle her grandmother Zee's estate so she can attend med school in the fall. She's worked hard to get where she is in life and doesn't need anyone, least of all her father's family, to derail those plans. But even after just a few days, she finds herself drawn to the town and its famous blackbird pie that nobody can stop talking about.

I have read several books by this author, but they're all
Christina Marie Reads
I loved absolutely everything about this book! I love the cover and I confess that I'm a cover buyer - I buy many books based on the cover alone and this one does NOT disappoint! It's a magical, heartwarming book that became an instant favorite for me. I know that I will read this book time and time again...

It's a welcome home kind of read that shows the sweet southern hospitality that's found in abundance in the small town of Wicklow, Alabama. Anna Kate Callow returns to Wicklow from Boston to
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2019
Thanks to Forge Books and BookishFirst for an advance copy for honest review!
If you love small town stories, or stories with a food focus, Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe is a warm, (bitter)sweet combination of the two. Anna Kate has reluctantly come to Wicklow, Alabama to run her grandmother's cafe for two months as a condition of her will, and she has no interest in staying beyond that. Her mother fled the town while pregnant with Anna Kate, and now she's there alone to confront the people and
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-print-books
Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe is another example of Heather Webber's talent of writing novels with magical realism elements that feel completely believable. This is important for readers like me who enjoy realism far more than fantasy.

I was completely captivated with the small town of Wicklow, Alabama and the colorful cast of characters in this novel, some who have lived here many years, others who stayed when they intended to simply pass through, and others who recently arrived for various rea
Darcia Helle
Caution: Reading this book might cause laughter, occasional tears, and intense hunger.

I loved this book! I want to move to Wicklow, eat breakfast at the Blackbird Cafe every day, hang out with all the people, and watch the blackbirds at midnight.

This is a highly character-driven story, and oh did I love the eclectic cast inhabiting these pages. They're all unique and incredibly well developed. Even the minor characters come alive. These characters feel like they could step off the pages and join
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: from-publishers
Thanks to Forge publisher for this ARC. Just showed up in the mail and I'm glad it did.

3.5 stars for me.

If you like Southern fiction, this is the one for you. I love the small town feel and how the blackbirds were magical like in bringing back their departed loved ones via dreams by eating blackberry pie. A lot of stories going on in this small town.

The characters were wonderful and I loved everyone of them. There were a lot of characters and I won't mention all of them but AnnaKate was one of
Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs
Evocative. Magical. Heartbreaking. Hopeful.

A beautiful novel that will move you to your core. Heather Webber is a fresh voice to women's fiction. You will want to eat this novel up in one sitting but I promise you it is worth taking your time and savoring every bite. Let the story seep into your soul and fulfill you.

Fans of Southern fiction will not want to miss this. I am already missing my time at the Blackbird Cafe.

I received a complimentary copy from the author. Any and all opinions expresse
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Heather Webber, aka Heather Blake, is the author of more than twenty-five novels. 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.

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