South of the Buttonwood Tree by Heather Webber
A magical realism tale full of Southern charm
Synopsis: "It doesn't sound strange to me at all. It sounds normal. This is the South after all where there's always a touch of magic in the air." This adorable story is full of Southern charm, deep rooted family secrets, a little romance and an enticing mix of magical realism. USA Today bestselling author Heather Webber's South of the Buttonwood Tree is a touching story about love and the importance of family. The small town of Buttonwood, Alabama is full of secrets that threaten to get exposed when a baby is found in the woods near the legendary Buttonwood Tree. Blue Bishop, a local children’s book author takes the baby in as the town works to uncover who the baby’s mother is. Sarah Grace crosses paths with Blue and the baby as she works on purchasing an old farmhouse from Blue. As the story unfolds, deeply held secrets will come to light, and the entire town will discover the importance of love and family. My thoughts/feelings:Oh my word, could this book get any cuter?!! The magic is very vague...not “in your face” fantasy type of magic.
I loved this book so much! It's a fast paced, emotional read full of important reminders about love and family. I fell in love with the cute, Southern charm characters. This is a book I will recommend over and over for years to come!
"Stand in your own light."
"Love is worth the risk. Love is life."
"Follow your heart to find your happiness."
"...I felt bookended by love."
"Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it."
"Mine was an imperfect family, but a good family full of love for each other, and that’s nothing to be ashamed of."
"There’s no better escape from real life than into a book."
"We were women who’d kept secrets in the name of protecting people we loved when in truth we were protecting only ourselves. From embarrassment, shame, humiliation, awkwardness. Foolish women, because trying to save ourselves only put us in a prison of our own making, one constructed of lies and pain and heartache."
"Some lessons are taught, others learned."
"No family is perfect. No one is perfect. We all have flaws. We all have strengths. The things we do in the name of love might not be our proudest moments, but they’re actions that come from the heart. Trying to achieve perfection in any form is harmful in the long run."
“Viewing life with a little sweetness can make a world of difference.”
Thank you to NetGalley, Forge and Heather Webber for the advanced copy of South of the Buttonwood Tree in exchange for my honest review.