It’s the trouble you aren’t expecting that gets you. And it’s all around you, Bronwyn, it’s all around you like the air.…
Bronwyn "BitsyWyn" Whalen hasn’t set eyes on the red dirt of Magnolia Creek, Alabama, for fourteen years—not since her mama died. But with her brother, Patrick, imprisoned for the murder of her childhood best friend, and her eccentric father, Jackson, at his wits’ end while her eleven-year-old niece, Byrd, runs wild, Bronwyn finds herself once again surrounded by ancient magnolia trees and the troubled family she left behind. She becomes immersed in a whirlwind of mystery and magic as she tries to figure out what really happened that fateful night her friend died. And as her bond with Byrd deepens, Bronwyn must face the demons of her past in order to unravel her family’s uncertain future.
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Bronwyn Whalen left home at the age of 17, shortly after her mother passes away. She'd stayed away until she received a phone call from her father after 14 years. Her little brother was in a world of trouble, accused of murdering Wyn's best friend Lottie, and her son Jaime. Wyn returns home determined to prove her brother's innocence and take care of the niece she's never met. Unfortunately,, in order to accomplish this, she needs to come to terms with her past, accept who she is and embrace the future.
This was a great story about redemption, forgiveness and love. I loved the stubbornness of the Whalen women. The mystery of who murdered Lottie kept me engrossed to the very end. It's a great story of embracing who you are, no matter how different that may be. A beautiful and bittersweet story of love and loss, be sure to have a box of kleenex ready. One of the best summer reads thus far this year!
About the Author:
Suzanne Palmieri (AKA Suzanne Hayes), is the author of The Witch of Little Italy (Saint Martin's Press/Griffin) and the co-author of I'll Be Seeing You & This Heart of Mine (Mira Books), as Suzanne Hayes. She lives by the ocean with her husband and three darling witches. "I'm a Lost Witch. Are you a Lost Witch too?"
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