There is something very soft about this book. Despite the razor edges of some of the problems our protagonists face, there is a cushion of magic thrown to catch them. I do not use the word magic as symbolic but directly pointing to the magical realism woven into the narrative. The extent to which the tale depends on the magic of the town is hard to put into words. I would not recommend this to those people who like just plain realism in their story.
The Bishop family has had it tough for several years. They began as a big, boisterous local family but ended up decimated and left destitute till the remaining two girls turned things around.
Each chapter begins with one or the other person voicing their own views about whether or not Blue Bishop should be allowed custody of a foundling. They made me tearier eyed the further into the book I dove. I wept freely for the revelation chapter.
I read this a few days before the writing of this review, but the calm that the book left me in is still just a feeling away. The writing was smooth and glided through introducing us to all the eccentric characters, none more so than the Buttonwood tree. I read this book at just the right time, and it energized me into restarting reading binges. There is a heavy dose of romance and familial bonding thrown in, and none of it made me cringe! I highly recommend this to anyone on the lookout for a comfortably great read.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.
P.S: This book reminded me a lot of another author I read in my pre blog days: Sarah Addison Allen. It was not just the location but also the style. Did that happen to anyone else?