Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Review: The Biscuit Witch by Deborah Smith

Rating: ★★★★★ stars
Date published: April 30th, 2013
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Synopsis: Dear Dr. Firth:
I know you are in your cups at this time, drinking and sleeping under trees, but I have some experience rehabilitating lost souls in that regard, and so I am enclosing a box of my biscuits and a cold-wrapped container of cream gravy for dessert. Please eat and write back. 
We need a veterinarian of your gumption here in the Crossroads Cove of Jefferson County. 
—Delta Whittlespoon, proprietress of The Crossroads Café

Biscuit witches, Mama called them. She’d heard the term as a girl. She’d inherited that talent. My mother could cast spells on total strangers simply by setting a plate of her biscuits in front of them. –Tal MacBride

Welcome back to the Crossroads Cove where new loves, old feuds, and poignant mysteries will challenge siblings Tal, Gabby, and Gus MacBride to fight for the home they lost and to discover just how important their family once was, and still is, to the proud people of the Appalachian highlands. 

Tallulah MacBride hasn’t been back to North Carolina since their parents’ tragic deaths, twenty years ago. But now, Tal heads to cousin Delta Whittlespoon’s famous Crossroads Café in the mountains above Asheville, hoping to find a safe hiding place for her young daughter, Eve. 

What she finds is Cousin Delta gone, the café in a biscuit crisis, and a Scotsman, who refuses to believe she’s passing through instead of “running from.” He believes she needs a knight in shining flannel.

When a pair of sinister private eyes show up, Tal’s troubles are just beginning. 

For Tal’s brother and sister—Gabby, the Pickle Queen, and Gus, the Kitchen Charmer—the next part of the journey will lead down forgotten roads and into beautiful but haunted legacies.

What I Thought:

This was the first new Deborah Smith book I'd seen in a very long time when it was released in 2013.  As a super fan of hers, I own everything she's ever published.  That's right everything.  I always try to end my year on a high note. I tend to "save" books for special times and I'm glad I saved this one for now (December 31st). Deborah Smith has always been one of my favorite authors. Her books are full of Southern charm and magic. The Biscuit Witch is no different.

This book starts off with a high octane event and goes from one high to another after that.  I went from wanting to protect Tal and Eve to enjoying them come out of their shells and feel secure in themselves and their surroundings.  I loved how quickly Tal shut down all the doubters with her biscuits.  I love how she and Eve were protected by everyone at the Crossroads when trouble came a calling. I laughed and cheered when things went right, and cried when truths were revealed.   I mean this isn't just about Tal and Eve finding a safe harbor and coming home, it was about Dr. Douglas Firth finding the other half of his soul again and all of Crossroads too.  This book isn't just a story, it's a wondrous journey.  By the way, Dr. Firth more than lives up to his name.  He's one heck of a Scotsman.  Where can I sign up for one him?  *Sigh*

I was very excited to learn about the deep history the MacBride family had in the area.  I was equally excited to learn about Tal's siblings and that they might be coming home too. There is still more to be revealed about what happened to take them so far away from home, but but I'm eager to find out why.  

Any book that can make me laugh and cry is a winner for me.  Deborah Smith has written a story that has it in spades along with some biscuits and gravy I wish I could pull out of the pages of this book and eat.  The characters are as magical as the biscuits Cousin Delta and Tal make.  They will find their way into your hearts just as they did mine.  If you like your fiction with some humor, lots of Southern sass, and the magic of biscuits, The Biscuit Witch is a must read for you!

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About the Author
Bestselling Author
Co-founder, co-publisher
Vice-president, Editor in Chief
BelleBooks, Memphis, TN 

Deborah Smith is the author of 35 novels in romance and women’s fiction, including the New York Times bestseller, A PLACE TO CALL HOME, and the Number 1 Kindle bestseller, THE CROSSROADS CAFÉ.    RT Magazine named A PLACE TO CALL HOME one of the Top 200 Romances of the 20th Century. In 2006, Library Journal  named THE CROSSROADS CAFÉ one of the top romances of the year. Since 2000, Deborah has been a partner in BelleBooks, a small publishing house that now includes the imprints Bell Bridge Books and Imajinn Books. As a writer, Deborah is currently working on novellas and short stories spun off from THE CROSSROADS CAFÉ. The newest story is THE  YARN SPINNER, January 2014. She lives in the mountains of north Georgia with her husband, six cats and two dogs; all rescues. (Not her husband.) 

Deborah's newest books are the Crossroads Cafe novellas: THE BISCUIT WITCH, THE PICKLE QUEEN, THE YARN SPINNER, and THE KITCHEN CHARMER (2014). She released a mini-short story, SAVING JONQUILS, in March 2014. A sexy romantic novella, A HARD MAN TO FIND, is scheduled for later in the month.

* I purchased a copy.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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