[BLOG TOUR] South of the Buttonwood Tree


Blue Bishop has a knack for finding lost things. While growing up in charming small-town Buttonwood, Alabama, she’s happened across lost wallets, jewelry, pets, her wandering neighbor, and sometimes, trouble. No one is more surprised than Blue, however, when she comes across an abandoned newborn baby in the woods, just south of a very special buttonwood tree.

Sarah Grace Landreneau Fulton is at a crossroads. She has always tried so hard to do the right thing, but her own mother would disown her if she ever learned half of Sarah Grace’s secrets.

The unexpected discovery of the newborn baby girl will alter Blue’s and Sarah Grace’s lives forever. Both women must fight for what they truly want in life and for who they love. In doing so, they uncover long-held secrets that reveal exactly who they really are–and what they’re willing to sacrifice in the name of family.  


Praise for Heather Webber’s MIDNIGHT AT THE BLACKBIRD CAFE

“Full of family secrets, undeniable charm and that particular touch of magic so often found in the South, MIDNIGHT AT THE BLACKBIRD CAFE is a heartfelt and redemptive tale of a daughter looking to move forward in the place her mother couldn’t wait to leave behind. Heather Webber creates a town as dynamic and real as her characters—and a story so compelling that it will stay on readers’ minds long after the final page. I savored every word.” —Kristy Woodson Harvey, national bestselling author of Slightly South of Simple

“Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe is an enchanting gem of a novel, brimming with charming characters, heartwarming connections, old secrets, and a southern setting that makes you want to move there. As refreshing as a glass of blackberry tea, this is truly magical realism at its best!” —Karen White, New York Times bestselling author

“Family, fate, and magic intertwine in this endearing Southern tale of long-held secrets, homemade pie, and building one’s future from the remains of the past. A tantalizing, delicious delight, through and through. Heather Webber writes with so much detail and imagination that I’ll be craving some Blackbird Cafe pie—and the comfort that comes with it—for a long time to come.” —Kristin Harmel, international bestselling author of The Room on Rue Amélie and The Sweetness of Forgetting  


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Oh my goodness, where do I begin? Well first things first: while I enjoyed this story immensely, I’d probably say that the best age range for it is 16 to 30. Definitely not younger than 15. It deals with a whole mess of wrongdoings, and while they definitely aren’t painted as good things, there’s still quite a few of them, accompanied by mild and occasional swearing. For these reasons, I can’t rate this book any higher than four stars, but I’m not turning it down completely. 

Keeping those things in mind, I do still think this is a wonderful story (though best enjoyed if you have a mature mindset about it). We have two main narrators: Blue and Sarah Grace, with recurring third person accounts by Judge Quimby. Our setting is the tight knit (and lowkey judgemental) town of Buttonwood, Alabama, named for the infamous buttonwood tree that resides there. Through the perspectives of the city’s occupants (because everyone has an opinion) we meet the Bishops: a messy, outcast family who love each other very much but all have a very warped mindset when it comes to showing their love. As we travel through this story, we find a lot of characters having to deal with the repercussions of having secrets, most of which include several children not knowing their real parents. One child being Flora, a baby girl that Blue finds in the woods and wants to adopt.

What I appreciated most about this was that all of these characters had a lot of learning to do, and by the end of the story, just about everyone had come out looking a little different from when they started. There was a lot of betrayal, and there was a lot of heartbreak, but there was also forgiveness, gaining of wisdom, and the desire to put and end to the toxic behaviors of their predecessors.  There was even a bit of magic weaved in, and while it was a little difficult to keep up with at certain points, for the most part it was so well woven into the story that I almost forgot it was there.

All in all, I think the real telltale review is the fact that I’m writing this review at 2:45 AM, having just finished the book after one day. While I had to reschedule my tour date due to my concussion,  I’m very glad that I had the opportunity to read this book. I think I’ll want to read it again when I’m Blue’s age (a mere 29) and see how my perspective has changed.

I’d like to leave you guys with a quote from one of my favorite characters in this book, Judson Landreneau, that I think sums up this book perfectly: “There’s a lot to be learned here once you start peeling back the layers.”

**I received a physical ARC to review. This does not change my opinion**

About the Author

HEATHER WEBBER is the national bestselling author of more than thirty novels–including Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe, the Lucy Valentine novels, and the Nina Quinn Mysteries–and has been twice nominated for an Agatha Award. She loves to spend time with her family, read, drink too much coffee and tea, birdwatch, crochet, watch cooking competition and home improvement shows, crochet, and bake. Heather lives in southwestern Ohio and is hard at work on her next book.  

**Photo content from Heather Webber**

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Tour Schedule

JULY 21st TUESDAY Movies, Shows, & Books EXCERPT
JULY 23rd THURSDAY Reading Adventures of a Book Dragon EXCERPT
JULY 24th FRIDAY Nay’s Pink Bookshelf REVIEW

JULY 29th WEDNESDAY Two Points of Interest REVIEW
JULY 30th THURSDAY Captivated Reading REVIEW
JULY 30th THURSDAY Gwendalyn’s Books REVIEW 
JULY 31st FRIDAY J.R.’s Book Reviews REVIEW 
JULY 31st FRIDAY My Fictional Oasis REVIEW


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