I picked up this book because the cover art looked delicious. A photo of blueberry pie. So simple a thing, but it drew me to the book regardless. I started reading it while the blueberry pie I made baked in the oven. What can I say? I was inspired.
The story is equally simple. Anna Kate returns to small town Alabama after her grandmother died to close the Blackbird Cafe and sell the house. A quick trip. Or so she thought. The townspeople know the magic that resides in the cafe, or at least in the pies. Baked right, with love and berries from the tree behind the cafe, the pies were said to give whoever ate them premonitions about their life. These dreams were delivered by the black birds that lived in the tree out back.
Soon, the town’s residents find a way into Anna Kate’s like, and heart. The place begins to grown on her even as the complicated relationships her mother had left behind were making their presence known. Including relatives she knew nothing about.
This book is a magical tale, one I am sure many will enjoy. It was a little too simple for my tastes, and it reminded me of Kristin Hannah’s novels. If you love Kristin Hannah, you’ll love this one. A cute story with likable characters told in a way that doesn’t completely hook you, but is interesting enough to keep reading.