“As she struggled against me, suddenly all I could think of was my mother and how she’d shown me that living a life in fear was no way to live at all. It was a choice.”
Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe. 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, Anna Kate finds herself inexplicably drawn to the quirky Southern town her mother ran away from so many years ago, and the mysterious blackbird pie everybody can’t stop talking about.
As the truth about her past slowly becomes clear, Anna Kate will need to decide if this lone blackbird will finally be able to take her broken wings and fly.
This was the perfect book to kick off my September reading. I have been reading quite a few books which follow the same plot line of this story, and have thoroughly enjoyed them all.*woman returns home and inherits xxx* usually a bed and breakfast, but in Anna Kate, our heroine of this novel’s case, a cafe.
“Once upon a time there was a family of Celtic women with healing hands and giving hearts, who knew the value of the art and used its abundance to heal, to soothe, to comfort. Doing so filled their sounds with peace and happiness. Those women held a secret.”
The cafe and specifically the blackbird pie is a staple in the small town of Wicklow, Alabama. Anna Kate never really spent any time in Wicklow, Alabama growing up but when she returns, I don’t think she quite grasped how important her family cafe meant to the community. The magical realism in the story kicks in early in the book when we get glimpses of her grandmother’s storytelling and throughout the book when we get scenes with Anna Kate and the blackbirds. I love what the birds symbolize and how much the importance of love and the magic of love are honed in, in the book.
Grief. This book really touches on how a tragic accident. One moment in time. One incident. How it can affect everyone who has now experienced a loss. We see how grief affects who you become. We see how grief affects relationships and a lot of this book in its own magical way, is a good look at healing.
There is a lot going on in this story, and the story itself is set in a small Alabama town which I felt was a character itself. I love when setting plays a huge part in the story and Wicklow definitely did. You truly get the small town vibe: everybody knows everybody’s business, when there is trouble someone is coming by to help and the southern charm is irresistible.
Overall, I loved it. I already know it is a story I will be recommending for a very long time. I rated it 5/5 stars. Add this one to your autumn tbr if it’s not on there already.