Midnight at the Blackbird Café
By Heather Webber
Forge Books; Reprint edition (January 7, 2020)
What a sweet story where a little southern town welcomes one of their “own”.
After the loss of her beloved grandmother Zee, Anna Kate Callow travels to Wicklow, Alabama, the place her mother has sheltered her from for her entire life. Anna Kate is there to wrap up Zee’s affairs, one of which includes running the Blackberry Café. As Zee’s will stipulates that Anna Kate run the café for at least sixty days, she settles herself into the tiny little piece of the south, intent on passing the time without making any connections with the town.
But that proves to be damn hard to do, since the characters and the town itself is so damn easy to fall right in damn love with.
But this story isn’t all sunshine and rainbows.
Why has she been kept from Wicklow? Who are the Lindens and why is the matriarch, Seelie, so prickly towards her? What is the deal with the famous blackbird pie that everyone raves about? Are the blackbirds- who come out at midnight- some sort of magical little dream weavers?
The magic of Wicklow and the quirky little characters in this story answer these questions and tell a tale of love and family, and forgiveness and faith, sprinkled with a bit of stardust.
The little black cat that leads her into her next adventures. The hunky neighbor (there is ALWAYS a hunky neighbor), who not only helps her to fall in love with Wicklow, but to open her heart in other ways as well. The townsfolk, who are so incredibly endearing. Natalie with her adorable daughter Ollie. Seelie and Doc and the memory of their son, AJ, who ties all of these characters together.
I loved this book. I want to live in Wicklow with these people. I want to be friends with Anna Kate help run the café and listen to the town gossip. I want to spend some time making magical blackbird pies and listening to the blackbirds sing at midnight and falling in love with a small town hunky neighbor man.
5 “blackbird pie” star rating!