Details: Paperback, 336 pages
Publication: February 2, 2021 by Forge Books (originally released July 21, 2020)
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
My Thoughts: It took me a bit to get into this book, but it was still an amazing book. The first few chapters held a slow pace, though it did help to have a fairly detailed introduction to each character. After you get through the introductions, it’s a very touching and captivating story.
The magic realism aspect of this novel was phenomenal. It made the entire novel more interesting and exciting, though I do wish there’d been a bit more explanation for some of the abilities. The idea of the Buttonwood Tree was also fascinating, but again, a little more history into it would’ve made the book even better.
The characters were very well-written, and the development for several characters was lovely. I also loved that the development didn’t happen over a single chapter; even toward the end of the book, the characters were still obviously struggling with changing their ways. This made it even more realistic.
Throughout the book, I developed several theories to the mysteries in the book, and I’d say that almost every single one – if not all of them – were incorrect. The twists Webber incorporated were brilliant and kept the story moving along nicely. If you’re looking for a book to keep you on your toes, this is absolutely the one to read.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via JeanBookNerd Tours and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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