Novel by Suzanne Palmieri
Pre-release eBook on netgalley, book to come out about 15th June.
I absolutely loved this book, and give it my full recommendation. In this book, Palmieri creates a strong sense of the landscape of community of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou. The magical elements are intriguing and believable, but the focus remains on the characters. We meet a wonderful cast of quirky people, the strange Sorrow family of the Tivoli Parish, an old and once noble family now laughed at, while sometimes admired for their supposed magical powers that mostly seem to take the form of telling futures at 13 Bourbon Street.
Frances Sorrow was meant to save the family, but she lost faith in herself and in her magic a long time ago, now things are changing and it is finally time to put her life and her family back together.
This is a great story about fixing your mistakes, about the importance of family, and about how nobody is perfect. It is a story about magic, but also about the magic in friendship, family and accepting yourself for who you are.
Running a parallel to the modern day story is the mystery of the the murder and disappearance of the old Sorrow family, the ancestors a hundred years ago, which has bearing on present events.
The book has a bit of a Gothic feel to it, and a wonderful sense of magic and the lively and unique lifestyle of Louisiana. I really enjoyed my visits to Tivoli Parish and Bourbon Street! I really loved the big old house with the plants getting in through the holes in the roof. It was also a nice reminder that it is never too late to fix your mistakes and make things right.
6 stars out of 5