The Witch of Bourbon Street
written by Suzanne Palmieri
published by St. Martin’s Griffin, 2015
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did I enjoy this book: I really did. I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed Ms. Palmieri’s other book, The Witch of Belladonna Bay (see my review here), and I have The Witch of Little Italy sitting on my bookshelf, waiting for me.
The Witch of Bourbon Street has magic and mystery. It has heartache and Sorrow. It is a slow read that hooks you and slowly reels you in. You want to know what happens, and you want to know what happened. Frances, Sippie, Jack, and all the other characters will have you sucked in before you know it. There’s magic, family secrets, family legends, healing, forgiveness, searching, and so much more. And the French Quarter and bayou as the setting. There’s nothing else needed.
Would I recommend it: Yes.
About the book – from Goodreads: When Frances Sorrow returns home to the now dilapidated Sorrow Estate to restore her birthright, she finds herself haunted by a 100-year-old mystery only she can unravel
Set amidst the charming chaos of The French Quarter and remote bayous of Tivoli Parish, Louisiana, Suzanne Palmieri’s The Witch of Bourbon Street weaves an unforgettable tale of mystery and magic.
Situated deep in the bayou is the formerly opulent Sorrow Estate. Once home to a magical family, the Sorrows, it now lays in ruins, uninhabited since a series of murders in 1902 shocked the entire community. When Frances Green Sorrow is born, the family is on the brink of obscurity and the last remaining Sorrows cling to the hope that she is the one who will finally resurrect the glory of what once was.
However, Frances has no wish to be the family’s savior. Disillusioned, she marries young, attempting an “ordinary life,” and has a son, Jack. When her marriage fails and she loses custody of her boy, she runs away to live a quiet life on the dilapidated Sorrow Estate, where she practices solitary magic amid ghosts and gardens. But when Jack disappears, she is forced to rejoin the world she left behind and solve the century-old murder that casts a long shadow over Tivoli Parish and its inhabitants in order to find her son.
The Witch of Bourbon Street is a story of love, family, redemption and forgiveness. It’s a story that bridges the nostalgia of time, and brings those that are separated back together again.