Image of The Witch of Belladonna Bay: A Novel


Image of The Witch of Belladonna Bay: A Novel

Palmieri’s mystical novel has a storyline that promises to reel readers in slowly. Their interest will be held throughout the entire story, but it becomes a confusing read. The magical feel is exciting, but it may get muddled and even disappear because there are so many subplots involved and it’s hard to figure out where to aim your attention. Thankfully, the characters are very colorful, and the setting of Magnolia Creek makes up for most of the bewilderment.

When Bronwyn Walen’s mother died, she fled her hometown of Magnolia Creek, Ala. She returns 14 years later to chaos and madness. Her brother is in jail for the murder of a childhood friend, and magic and mystery ensue as she tries to figure out what really happened on the eve of the killing. Plus her niece, Byrd, is out of control. Bronwyn doesn’t have a clue as to how to fix her broken soul and her warped family, but something must be done before it’s too late. (ST. MARTIN’S GRIFFIN, May, 350 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jaime A. Geraldi