Monday, July 20, 2020

South of the Buttonwood Tree by Heather Webber

South of the Buttonwood Tree
Good Day!  I hope your week is getting off to a good start.  Chance of a Lifetime by Jude Deveraux and Tara Sheets releases September 15.  It is the beginning of the Providence Falls seriesTruth of the Matter by Jamie Beck is out on September 22 and is the 2nd novel in Potomac Point series.  Lee Hollis debuts a new cozy mystery series on September 29 with Murder at the PTA.  Are you adding any of these books to your TBR list?
The Magic Tree. There's a poem that goes with it. Click on Susan Noyes Anderson poems (below) to read it. #magic #trees #poems
South of the Buttonwood Tree by Heather Webber takes us to Buttonwood, Alabama.  Blue Bishop has a knack for finding lost things like missing wallets, car keys, and missing pets.  Blue is in the woods near the Buttonwood Tree with Marlo Allemand searching for ingredients for her natural inks.  Blue is surprised when she finds a baby with a note stating, “Give the baby to Blue Bishop.”  Blue has been on the state adoption waiting list for three years and had been saving up for private adoption.  Judge Quimby grants temporary guardianship to Blue while the police search for the child’s birth parents.  Sarah Grace Fulton wants to purchase the Bishop farmhouse that Blue has for sale.  She knows it is the next project for her company, Sweet Home and the house is ready to be brought back to life.  Sarah Grace wishes it were as easy to fix her life.  She wants to make changes, but it would cause problems for her family.  She has secrets that could ruin her father’s bid for governor and disgrace her mother.  Sarah Grace knows she should have followed the advice of the Buttonwood Tree.   The baby that Blue found in the woods will change Sarah Grace and Blue’s lives as well as others.  Each woman must fight for what they want and for whom they love.  Change is in the air as long-held secrets are brought out in the open.
South of the Buttonwood Tree by Heather Webber is a magical Southern tale.  I thought the story was well-written with developed characters set in a charming Southern town.  I liked the Buttonwood Tree that dispenses advice when asked, but you had better follow it or be prepared to pay the price.  The story follows Blue Bishop and Sarah Grace Fulton as they go on a journey.  Blue finds a baby near the Buttonwood Tree with a note that the little girl is meant for her.  No one is aware that this child will bring change to certain lives and hidden secrets will be brought out in the open.  The story is well thought out and I liked how it all came together at the end.  The magical elements are interesting and clever.  The author’s vivid imagery brought the town, characters, and tree alive for me.  I liked that the characters are realistic with their good traits and their foibles.  I loved the descriptions of The Rabbit Hole, the children’s bookshop.  Romance is in the air for two of our characters if they are willing to open their hearts.  The chapters with various town residents talking to the judge were lively.  It allowed readers to learn more about Blue and Judge Quimby.  Forgiveness and family are the two central themes of the book.  South of the Buttonwood Tree is a charming story that will delight those enjoy novels with magical elements.  South of the Buttonwood Tree is a mesmerizing tale with an enchanted tree, an abandoned baby, a helpful house, whispering wind, surprising secrets, and a captivating crow.
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South of the Buttonwood Tree publishes July 21 and can be ordered from Amazon* along with other major bookshops.  Heather Webber is also the author of Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe.  You can find Ms. Webber's other novels here.  Thank you for joining me today.  Next time I am reviewing Handbook for Homicide by Lorna Barrett.  It is the 14th A Booktown Mystery.  I hope that you have a cheery day.  Take care, stay safe, and Happy Reading! 

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