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The Witch of Belladonna Bay 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
A perfect summer night read. Did I enjoy this book: I really did. It kind of creeped me out, but it had me hooked. The Witch of Belladonna Bay was an interesting read that had me lured at the beginning, grabbed ahold of me about a third of the way in, and wouldn’t let me go until the end. I read this book in a day because I had to read it every free chance I had. It had a bit of romance, some family drama and history, magic, and ghosts. This book was unexpected. It was haunting. I enjoyed the different narrators. The reader is reading from Bronwyn’s, Byrd’s, or Naomi’s point of view. That was different, and I liked the different, distinct voices. Byrd was my favorite–so innocent, yet so old. She had a gift. I loved the parade scene. Bronwyn was finding her way and place. I liked watching her embrace her heritage. Naomi kind of broke my heart. She was lost and confused. It was hard to hear her story. I wish I had learned more about Ben, his family, and his role. I think this is a book I will read again. I’ll bet this is a book that I will find out something new every time I read it. We’ll have to see. I have Ms. Palmieri’s book, The Witch of Little Italy, on my bookshelf waiting to be read. I think I will have to move it up in the queue. Would I recommend it: Yes. The Witch of Belladonna Bay would be a perfect beach or summer night read. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an easy and entertaining read with a dose of mystery.
AnnieMcDonnell More than 1 year ago
I was utterly enraptured by Suzanne Palmieri’s novel. This story is told with such embraceable Magic, like a pouring out of one’s soul; speaking of things like intuition and “shine” in a rather poetic prose. Byrd would occasionally speak directly to the reader, which was quite original, and made it more intense. Suzanne Palmieri wrote this story in the way a quilt maker tells a story. Her Art is story-telling. It was a very different approach to writing, and I devoured every sentence. This is literary genius with a lighter punch (meaning easy to understand….like silk…..”an easily gliding approach to storytelling”). This is a novel that will remain with you, whether it is because of the magic, intuition or beauty within the story. You choose. But, either way; this is a book I recommend for everyone to read. This is a “Just plain fun to read” novel! There are a lot of stand-alone sentences. I loved that!! It will bring out the “dreamer” in you. It would be hard-pressed not to see magic, shine, and glowing in the least expected places, once you put this book down. We are introduced to a wonderful array of characters, Bronwyn “Wyn” and Byrd being the most involved; as every inch of this book comes back to them. Wyn and Byrd both grew up in Magnolia Creek, Alabama. Only Why left to head north when her mother died. She was 17, and truly on the lam; she was running, staying away…and not remembering. Her first stop was Manhattan, where she met her boyfriend Ben, and they moved to upstate NY , together fo r7 years. I was in amazement as to how this relationship unfolds. Wyn was gone for 14 years, missing her Brothers marriage, the birth of her niece, Byrd (now 11), and so many other significant events…..only to return when her best friend, Charlotte is found murdered; and Jamie, Charlotte’s son went missing. Wyn’s brother Patrick (Paddy) confessed to the murders, and was in prison for the crimes. Although no one believed he committed the crimes, he did confess; so in jail....He remained. The things we do for love. Whimsical, smart, ignorant or not, we do them for love. Wyn comes home with the hopes of figuring it all out! She does not believe that her brother could have killed Charlotte, and she was determined to find Jamie’s body (alive or dead). She is going to get her brother out of jail, even if it meant building a case of reasonable doubt. This means letting go of her “Yankee” ways. She has to truly come home…..and, like she states in the novel “She was Southern Belle mixed with Rattlesnake”. She did not lie. Rattlesnake is coming out. There are quotes in this book that are now going on my refrigerator: “Truth is worse than soap in your eyes”, “Family can be such a foul business”, and, “Heaven equals moving air sometimes”. There was a breeze on my face yesterday, and now it will mean something to me more than air just passing by. My loved ones that have gone to heaven are within that breeze!! But, the quotes about Truth and Family most likely hits home for a lot of us, it did for me. Byrd has a penchant for ‘words of the day’, and they were glorious words. This story is almost like living in a dream; a fantastically magical one. I did not want this book to end, and when I had to put it down; I could not wait to return to it. I hate that it ended; but, it was perfection. Beginning to end.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Told from multiple perspectives - two of those being Bronwyn the daughter who ran away years ago to try to find a different path for herself and her niece Byrd who is in adolescence and just trying to find herself in general.  Bronwyn's deceased mother gets a few chapters/moments to tell her side of the story.   I loved the combination of prodigal daughter and who dun it mixed into one.  Bronwyn is called home to take care of her niece Byrd while getting to the bottom of the murder of her best friend and her brother is accused of the murder.  With help of her niece's magical senses and her way with tarot cards they are able to find the murderer and redeem her brother.  Although I thought the murder came a little out of left field, I was satisfied with the outcome.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I had a really hard time getting into this story. Kept waiting for something to happen. Ending was good but I struggled to get there. Don't think I will try anything else by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good story. Loved the characters. Could have done with less of Naomi. But all in all, enjoyable. If you like reading about the spirit world, you may like tethered.
MakeupByOne More than 1 year ago
A fiction novel with supernatural elements
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book. Written in a layered styled so that each chapter is in first person but not always the same as the previous. There are questions at the end of book making it great for a book club or study group. Very thought prevoking. Not about witches really (at least to me). Read this book and we can have a discussion group of our own.
JacksonvilleReader More than 1 year ago
I found the book a little hard to follow in the first several chapters. The characters weren't fully explained and changed how they were presented depending on the character. Once the who is who was sorted out, the story was easier to follow. Still, I didn't like this book as well as I liked The Witch of Little Italy. I think it was because I didn't find the majority of the characters as likable as those in the previous book. Still, not a bad story.
nserje More than 1 year ago
Fell in love with all of the characters...couldn't put it down!!