Today I’m reviewing the 13th book on my 18-book BookSparks 2015 Summer Reading Challenge: The Witch of Bourbon Street by Suzanne Palmieri. Last summer, I reviewed Palmieri’s The Witch of Belladonna Bay. I adore Palmieri’s witch books and have my fingers crossed that another will be ready for next summer’s read.
About The Witch of Bourbon Street: 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. 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.
Read The Witch of Bourbon Street
by Suzanne Palmieri
My Book Review: The Witch of Bourbon Street is every bit as wonderful as the other book I read by Suzanne Palmieri, The Witch of Belladonna Bay, which has me planning to read The Witch of Little Italy as soon as I can get my hands on it.
A captivating story with a strong sense of place, The Witch of Bourbon Street weaves memorable characters (with fabulous names) in and out of time through their connections to the tragic circumstances that befell the Sorrow family at the turn of the century.
At the heart of the story is family. Specifically, Millie and Frances the Great, but also Frances and her son, Jack, and her estranged daughter, Sippie Wallace. In a real cool scene early in the novel, Sippie “travels” with Crow – a crow who acts as a weather vane, only showing up when things are about to change – to Serafina’s Bayou, to learn from and hopefully heal the witches living there. There’s a Book of Sorrows, the legacy of the Sorrow family, and ghosts and witches with so much depth and backstory, I was completely sucked in. Bewitched, you might say, by another one of the “witch books” by Suzanne Palmieri. Read two, will read the third, and certainly hope there’s a fourth book coming soon. I’d have to consult the tarot, but I suspect, the fourth book might be set in Massachusetts?
About the author: Suzanne Palmieri is the author of The Witch of Little Italy, The Witch of Belladonna Bay and co-author of I’ll Be Seeing You under the name Suzanne Hayes. Also under the name Suzanne Hayes, Empire Girls. She lives by the ocean with her husband and three darling witches. She is currently hard at work on her next novel.
Find out how it all began: READ 5th Annual BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge and My Travels Have Begun!
1. The Year My Mother Came Back by Alice Eve Cohen
2. The Grown Ups by Robin Antalek
3. Wishful Thinking by Kamy Wicoff
4. The Balance Project by Susie Orman Schnall
5 . Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
6. Worthy by Catherine Ryan Hyde
7. Pieces by Maria Kostaki
8. Summer Secrets by Jane Green
9. It’s You by Jane Porter
10. Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
11. Beautiful Girl by Fleur Philips
12. The Road Home by Kathleen Shoop
13. The Witch of Bourbon Street by Suzanne Palmieri
14. Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica
15. Anchored by Brigitte Quinn
16. Satisfaction by Andee Reilly
17. A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan
18. Star Craving Mad by Elise Miller
Thank you, BookSparks!