USA Today bestselling author Heather Webber’s South of the Buttonwood Tree is a captivating blend of magical realism, heartwarming romance, and small-town Southern charm.
Blue Bishop has a knack for finding lost things. While growing up in charming small-town Buttonwood, Alabama, she’s happened across lost wallets, jewelry, pets, her wandering neighbor, and sometimes, trouble. No one is more surprised than Blue, however, when she comes across an abandoned newborn baby in the woods, just south of a very special buttonwood tree.
Sarah Grace Landreneau Fulton is at a crossroads. She has always tried so hard to do the right thing, but her own mother would disown her if she ever learned half of Sarah Grace’s secrets.
The unexpected discovery of the newborn baby girl will alter Blue’s and Sarah Grace’s lives forever. Both women must fight for what they truly want in life and for who they love. In doing so, they uncover long-held secrets that reveal exactly who they really are—and what they’re willing to sacrifice in the name of family.
This book was like a hug to read.
In the Alabama town of Buttonwood, the surname Bishop is synonymous with dishonesty and violence. Blue Bishop lost all three of her brothers to violence, her father walked away from his family, and her mother sank into a depression after those losses and also died, leaving Blue to raise her little sister. Blue is trying hard to rise above the ‘curse’ of the Bishop name and desperate to be a mother. When she finds a newborn baby in the woods it seems her wishes have been granted, but this is the catalyst for layers of town secrets to start being exposed leading to some astonishing and life changing revelations.
I fell completely in love with the characters in this book, and the setting of small town Alabama was described so well that I could hear the accents and visualise the woods and the homes and the town.
The one criticism I had was that in the first chapter it wasn’t made clear on Blue’s age, ethnicity, or even what era the book was set in so I couldn’t immediately ground myself into the story. But once I had those fixed I absolutely loved this magical story and all the characters in it!