E-book of the Week: Midnight on the Blackbird Cafe

Midnight at the Blackbird Café

By Heather Webber

(333 pages, fiction, 2019)

Anna Kate travels to the small town of Wicklow, Alabama, to colonize her beloved grandmother Zee’s estate and close Zee’s thriving Blackbird Cafe. The Blackbird Café has a mystery. It is said that when you eat the blackbird cake (fruit and a secret ingredient), you may receive a message from a deceased loved one in your dreams. Some people in town depend on their daily piece of cake. But only someone in Anna Kate’s family can bake them. And there is a large flock of blackbirds that don’t fly until midnight, which attracts many interested bird watchers. Anna Kate says she won’t stay. She promised her mother, Eden, that she would become a doctor. She tries to fight back, get to know the townspeople, but she warms up for them. She meets her aunt Natalie and the adorable little niece “Ollie” and then her grandfather and grandmother with mixed reactions. A long time ago there was a car accident and Eden was driving. Eden’s friend died, and his mother accused Eden of accusing her of murder. Eden left town when she was pregnant with Anna Kate and vowed never to return. As the story progresses, Anna Kate learns more about the accident and her family’s history. Anna Kate also finds it very hard to think about leaving quirky little Wicklow. The townspeople tell her that once Wicklow gets hold of you, he won’t let you go. This is a wonderful book full of secrets, family relationships, and a little bit of magic. With the help of the blackbirds and a mysterious cat, Anna Kate can find the answers she’s looking for and decide whether the blackbirds really call her home.

This adorable story is a great fit for anyone who likes the books by Fannie Flagg, Sarah Addison Allen, or Sandra Dallas. It has great characters and a lot of southern charm!

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Robbin Bailey

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