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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  11,068 ratings  ·  1,952 reviews
Heather Webber's Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe is a captivating blend of magical realism, heartwarming romance, and small-town Southern charm.

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
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Published July 16th 2019 by Forge Books
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Danielle Very light on the romance. It’s not the focus, and doesn’t really come up until the end. It’s very G rated.
Kristina I know it has been marketed as adult fiction but I think this novel is completely fine for young adults. There’s no profanity, no sex, and no violence…moreI know it has been marketed as adult fiction but I think this novel is completely fine for young adults. There’s no profanity, no sex, and no violence, just some adult themes of grief and family dynamics. It would be fine for high-school aged young adults.(less)

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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A touch of whimsy in a small town. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Anna Kate returns home to the small town of Wicklow, Alabama to bury her grandmother, Granny Zee.

Granny Zee owned the Blackbird Cafe in town and was loved by all. Anna Kate is expecting to be in Wicklow a short time, just long enough to settle Granny Zee’s affairs and close the cafe.

That doesn’t happen, though. Anna Kate feels connected to this town her mother ran from years ago. There’s also this blackbird pie everyone is talking about.

Anna Kate
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe is a sweet and warm story about family, forgiveness, and finding peace.

Anna Kate returns to the small southern town of Wicklow, Alabama to settle her grandma’s estate and honor her last wishes, which include running the Blackbird Cafe for 60 days. Despite her best intentions to get in and get out, Anna Kate forms connections with several locals who respected Grandma Zee and are regulars at the cafe.⁣

Anna Kate also meets Natalie, who has recently returned to town a
Oh what a fun read. Sometimes those books you just jump into are the most unexpected little gems. This one was a buddy read with Dana, which we both enjoyed.

Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe takes you to the small town of Wicklow, Alabama, and this story is told in alternating points of view. It goes back and forth between Anna Kate and Natalie. Anna Kate's granny dies leaving her the Blackbird Cafe. The cafe is filled with a cast of 'characters' who come for the blackbird pie. You see, you eat the
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Debbie Oliphant
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh boy, this was a wonderful read and a reminder why I love to read. The story centers around Anna Kate whose grandmother, Zee, just passed away. Zee's will requires Anna Kate to stay and run the Blackbird Cafe for two months. She is eager to get through the time but she soon learns about her family and the secrets they keep. The story reveals itself with patience as new characters are introduced but they're essential to Anna Kate's purpose. I loved this story and was excited to discover a new a ...more
Tori Thompson
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was really well-written and engrossing, but it super wasn't for me--which is a shame, because I have such a soft spot for cozy small-town magic realism. But the whole message of this book boiled down to the importance of family, and how you should forgive the people who hurt you and make room for them back in your life in the hope that they'll change and grow and maybe not hurt you again (but if they do, you just gotta be the better person and teach them how to be better! Self accountabilit ...more
5 Stars

*A heartwarming and powerful story about family, community, and the joy of food*

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I was still in mood for more Magical Realism after reading Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune. Midnight at the Blackbird Café caught my eye. I’ve read some of Webber’s other books and enjoyed them. But I was surprised by the different direction she went with Midnight at the Blackbird Café. Surprised in a good way! I expected to like this book; I didn’t expect for it to resonate so deeply with me. But
Aug 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
I did not love this book. I gagged a couple times at how cheesy it was and nothing interesting happens the whole time. I was extremely bored and the only reason I finished it was because it was an audio book or else I would have never finished. It was painful to try to force myself through and I don’t mean to be harsh but this was not even close to my cup of tea. If you like cheesy books that seem like a hallmark movie this may be for you but if you’re a couple chapters in and you’re not feeling ...more
Jonathan K
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's difficult not to draw parallels between this story and, Fried Green Tomatoes, another of my favorites. A debut novel by a talented author, the themes of forgiveness, discovery and small town living are key. Light hearted, evocative and heart warming its stories like these that remind us of the joy reading brings. ".. Under midnight skies, blackbirds sing loving notes baked in pies.." There's no faults to be found here, nor are there any missteps. Put simply, this is a marvelous book filled ...more
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a cute, sweet read. I really enjoyed it.

This was the first book I read by Heather Webber. I found her writing to be engaging and the story was cute and sweet. I enjoyed getting to know all of the various characters living in the little town of Wicklow in Alabama.

This is a lighter read. The themes of relationships and following your path in life never felt too heavy. There is certainly loss of loved ones and people that were hurt and resentful, but it is more a story of growth, communit
Kayla TM
Jul 23, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is beautiful, and that’s all I knew about it when I bought it. In the end, it was disappointing for me. I didn’t connect with the story, or any of the characters. It’s the story of two women struggling to find themselves amidst tragedy and outside expectations, which is the set up for a great book. There’s bits that are written from the perspective of a reporter interviewing the people of the town to get information about the flock of blackbirds that appear every night at midnight, but ...more
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for a foodie book for my next buddy read with PorshaJo when I came across this book in my stash. I was looking for a feel-good book, with food and a touch of magical realism. Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe fit the bill perfectly. It is a sweet book with enough magical realism and food to make it a winner. We both felt is was an uplifting, all around feel good story.

It is a small town story that uncovers family secrets, love, forgiveness and new beginnings. I loved every single char
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Anne OK
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads

Need a little magic in your life? Sometimes real life can be boring and difficult, but adding a little “magic” can make it all better. So, set your spirit free, seize this book or live to regret it! Spend some time at Granny Zee’s Blackbird Café in Wicklow, Alabama. You'll need to prepare to stay up late because the blackbirds only come out at midnight.

Flawlessly smooth and descriptive writing whisks you away to small town America. You’ll meet Anna Kate, Gideon, Natalie, Bow and Jena, Mr. Lazen
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a delightful book to read. The writing was exquisite and the story was sweet and heart-warming. This story is told in two alternating perspectives with some journalist interviews sprinkled in between. Anna Kate and Natalie have both returned back to Wicklow Alabama. Anna Kate has never been to the home of her mother but her grandmother Zee made sure she understood her roots were there. Zee has passed away and in her will she leaves everything to Anna Kate if she comes to Wicklow and run ...more
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
“Sometimes, it takes almost losing something to realize exactly how important it is to you.”

What a beautiful, enchanting story about family, legacy and magical pies. I’m glad that I’ve read this book. Midnight at the Blackbird Café was a very well written, feel-good magical realism book. I was in the mood for easy-read book, and I’m glad that I grabbed this. I felt the connection between the characters and I feel sad that I have finished the book and now I won’t ever know the continuation of th
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 thi
This is rather formulaic, and the formula has become rather threadbare for me, but the author writes well. She made me fall in love with this small town in which the book takes place, and all of the characters need to be there for important reasons. There's nothing frivolous or unnecessary here, and she certainly brings the town and its people to life in vivid ways. ...more
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
- Cosy.
- Safe.
- Fluffy.
- Sweet.
- Likeable characters.
- Great narrators.
- Gorgeous cover.

- Predictable.
- Y'all need some therapy.
- Wear your goddam seatbelts!

This book is like a Hallmark movie with a dash of sorrow and grief thrown in to make it a bit more deep. In many ways it isn't much deeper though. It ends perfectly tied up with a cute little bow - just like you would expect it to.

I started out really liking this book, but as certain subjects kept being repeated over and over wit
Once my concerns about people eating blackbirds in a pie were relieved (they are not) - I leaned easier into the story the author tells through her characters.

It's a southern mystical magical tale, with romance woven in, with family restorations and pie. Fluffy, a little slow, and from which I was easily pulled away. I had to concentrate to finish, and called the ending before I got there - still I stayed to the end and felt relatively satisfied once there. I felt happy for all the characters a
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my book club’s pick for Sept/Oct 2019. It’s a well-written, light venture into magical realism and Southern lifestyle. At times a bit overdone, tiresome, and more-than-a-little cliche, overall the characters and the magical setting redeem the story and keep the pages turning quickly. It’s a good supplement for fans of Sarah Addison Allen and Lynda Rutledge. Oh, and there’s a cat also which always makes a story worthwhile...
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Utterly delightful. Two young women forced to confront tragedy, family secrets, and the uncertainty of the future connect in small-town Alabama, through the magic of blackbirds who return only when their roosting trees are loved and cared for. A bit of mystery, a bit of romance, and a lot of wisdom on these pages, in a crisply-told story.

But I warn you: You'll want pie.
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Midnight at the Blackbird Café by Heather Webber is a magical tale with romance, mystery, family drama, grief and special blackbirds. I thought Midnight at the Blackbird Café was well-written with developed, warm characters, a charming small Southern town, and a dash of magic. I enjoyed Heather Webber’s writing style which makes the book just fly by. I found myself drawn into this special story and it did not let me go until I finished the last word. Anna Kate returns to Wicklow, Alabama to bury ...more
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rounded it to four stars because the thing actually made me cry at the end and that was unexpected....

A mysterious magical cat. Rare blackbirds that sing from midnight to 1AM, when pies are made by a guardian (Callow family member) at the Blackbird cafe, and eating those pies will give the diner a message from a deceased loved one that night in a dream. Got it? Two heroines, each with a love interest, and each with loss. Many townspeople with loss. Loss includes, a grandmother, mother, father, b
With it’s beautifully illustrated cover, and rather entrancing title Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe beckoned with its alluring possibilities. I’m always up for a foody theme; the Southern USA setting had me twinkling as I prepared to immerse myself in this story.

There is much to delight over- the light touch of magical realism is quite charming, the blackbirds are a quirky plot device - and yes, real blackbirds DO “sing in the dead of night” - and Anna Kate, who has inherited the cafe, has to d
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

After losing her grandmother, Anna Kate makes her very first visit to her deceased mother’s hometown for the funeral and to tie up the loose ends of her grandmother’s estate. There is a stipulation in the will that requires Anna Kate run her grandmother’s cafe for a couple months so she ends up staying much longer than intended. She soon learns that the town is full of magic and heartache, but one has the power to change the other.

This is a very sweet story and while it’s dramatically
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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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