Review/ The Witch of Belladonna Bay

Review/ The Witch of Belladonna BayThe Witch of Belladonna Bay by Suzanne Palmieri
Format: eARC
Published by Macmillan on 2014-05-13
Pages: 368
Genres: Contemporary Women, Family Life, Fiction, General, Mystery & Detective, Thrillers

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.

In Suzanne Palmieri's thrilling new novel, The Witch of Belladonna Bay, readers will learn if love and magic are enough to bring a broken family back together.



One of the best things about taking part in the Book Sparks Summer Reading Challenge is getting the chance to read books you might not normally read and I have to say that this is the case for the third book I am reading for Book Sparks Summer Reading Challenge.

When I went to check to see if the author has written any other books I discovered that she has another one called The Witch of Little Italy and it sounds like its another fun read. She also writes under the same Suzanne Hayes and those books sound just as good.

One of the things I really enjoy about this summer reading challenge is getting to read a variety of books and I think that this is going to be a really good summer with some really good books. Are you doing this challenge? Has any books interested you yet?

I really enjoyed reading The Witch of Belladonna Bay as it made for great reading while sitting outside this past weekend.

At the age of 16 Bronywn left behind life as she knew it in Alabama and has never looked back. Bronywn came from a family of wealth and privileged. Also within this family she had a father (Jackson) who was a alcoholic and a mother (Naomi) who was addicted to drugs. We discover that in the story that all the women born into the family are witches.
Fast forward 14 years later Bronywn is now living in New York State (another reason to love the book in my opinion). She is a successful photographer and in a loving relationship with Ben. She has basically tried to forget her past until she gets a call from her father, Jackson asking her to go back to Alabama because her brother, Patrick  is being accused of killing her childhood best friend, Charlotte and he is at his wits end with taking care of his grand daughter Byrd who is 11 years old and is running wild.

Bronwyn knows her brother couldn’t have killed Charlotte and sets out to discover the truth of what really happened. Could Patrick really have killed Charlotte?

I really enjoyed reading The Witch of Belladonna Bay and I think if your looking for something to read this summer then I highly recommend this. There was enough going on that wasn’t over the top and it kept you wanting to read what was going to happen next.

Thanks Book Spark for allowing me to be a part of the Summer Reading Challenge and a big thanks to Macmillan for allowing me to read this book.