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USA Today best-selling author Heather Webber's South of the Buttonwood Tree is a captivating blend of magical realism, heartwarming romance, and small-town Southern charm.

Blue Bishop has a knack for finding lost things. While growing up in charming small-town Buttonwood, Alabama, she’s happened across lost wallets, jewelry, pets, her wandering neighbor, and sometimes, trouble. No one is more surprised than Blue, however, when she comes across an abandoned newborn baby in the woods, just south of a very special buttonwood tree.

Sarah Grace Landreneau Fulton is at a crossroads. She has always tried so hard to do the right thing, but her own mother would disown her if she ever learned half of Sarah Grace’s secrets.

The unexpected discovery of the newborn baby girl will alter Blue’s and Sarah Grace’s lives forever. Both women must fight for what they truly want in life and for who they love. In doing so, they uncover long-held secrets that reveal exactly who they really are - and what they’re willing to sacrifice in the name of family.

A Macmillan Audio production from Forge Books

©2020 Heather Webber (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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Family names cast long shadows

In a small town, your family name casts a long shadow which no one escapes. Both Blue Bishop and Sara Grace Landrenau Fulton knew that better than anyone. Both felt trapped by the legacy their families cast over the town of Buttonwood, Alabama. The small town, named after a famous sycamore tree called the Buttonwood that gave sage advice in the form of a button to those who believed in it’s magic. The tree only asked one thing for its advice, follow it or be cursed.

Blue Bishop, the eldest daughter of Twila and Cobb Bishop, and younger sister to Mac, Wade, and Ty Bishop and older sister to Persimmon (Percy) Bishop, spent her whole life trying to stay out of the trouble that seemed to surround her family. Her father was known to be a cheat and a con man. Losing all members of her family, except Percy, before turning thirteen, she and her sister moved in with Marlo and Mo who raised them as their own. Blue had a knack for finding things – lost keys, lost pets, and apparently lost babies, as she and Marlo found a tiny baby girl wrapped in a pink blanket just south of the Buttonwood Tree during one of their morning walks. The wind often called her to the woods to find lost items; however, she had yet to find the “one lost thing she’s been searching for” and feels she must find this “thing” in order for her to put her past behind her as well as this small town.

Sara Grace Landrenau Fulton knew something about secrets. She spent her entire life trying to please everyone – her mother, her father, her husband. So much that she often times lost herself in the process. She struggled with the guilt of the situation that had occurred 10 years ago when she didn’t follow the Buttonwood Tree’s advice and felt she was cursed with unhappiness. It wasn’t until she visited the old Bishop farmhouse and it welcomed her like an old friend, did she realize that it was time to stand on her own. Her marriage with Fletch had been lackluster for quite a while. Having married him after college mainly to hide in his shadow, Sara Grace still thought of her true love, Shep, and what might have once been. If only she had followed the tree’s advice. Trying to avoid her parents’ and Fletch’s insistence that she and Fletch adopt baby Flora, Sara Grace began questioning her choices in life.

The mystery surrounding baby Flora would expose long held secrets. Little did she know, but baby Flora (named as she was found in the woods) would build bridges between families and community, heal and bring peace to old wounds.

Heather Webber spins another tale of a small, southern town, sprinkled with magic. Her characters are fully formed and you feel for each of them as they weave so intricately throughout the story. Full of unexpected twists and turns, South of the Buttonwood Tree is a treasure to behold.

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Real With Hope.

We are in the middle of COVID, BLM, and politics. I didn’t want a book with that sounded like a news story and this book was the perfect escape. The characters were real with a little touch of magic.

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Beautifully written and performed.

I loved this book even more the second time I heard it performed. As others have described, it is a heartwarming, magical story. Others have thought of it as light. I found it a moving, revealing story of the depths to which family mold and define us, and the journey we all take to discover and grow beyond that influence. Also the characters are well developed, charming, flawed and very human. The narrator brings it all to life! It does have a very satisfying ending. Loved this book!

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Heartwarming

It is a hartwarming book beautifylly narrated. It is a light read but still very much worth the reading. It feels almost magical and will cheer you up.

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Another incredible book by Heather Webber!

Loved every moment in this beautiful story!
The narrators delivered it perfectly as well!
A heart warming magical tale of love, forgiveness, family secrets and new beginnings! A MUST READ!

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Loved this book

Wow, this book was so very good, especially in this time of such unrest. Looking forward to more books by this author.

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FABULOUS!!

A wonderful, moving story of a sweet girl.
The narration was by far the best I've heard. throughly enjoyed!

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Fabulous

Love 💘 , Do not pass this little gem by. You will not be disappointed. it is a wonderful light read.

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Loved!

This has to be my most favorite listen up to now. So unexpected and well done. Beautifully written and beautifully performed

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One of Heather Blake/Webber's best

I've listened to a number of Heather Blake/Webber's books over the years and this one has to be, hands-down, one of her best. The story line is poignant and feels real. The characters are so well-written that you feel you really know them. If you're a burgeoning author, read this book; study this book for Heather has mastered the art of "show, don't tell." The descriptions are fresh and new and so redolent of the south without being trite. I love the hint of magic that is masterfully imbued into the characters.

The narrators do an excellent job of sharing these characters, capturing the emotion of the scenes and carrying you along on the journey.

In the year of COVID and political turbulence, this story brings hope to my heart and will be re-read for many years to come. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars.

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  • 08-23-20

Enthralling tale of magic and solace.

this is a beautiful tale of magic, mystery. I have loved listening to the story

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  • Miss N M da Costa
  • 08-02-20

Beautiful, magical, and intriguing

Such a lovely book full of little mysteries, beautifully drawn characters. Performances really added something and a sense of the south. Very satisfying tying off of even small loose ends at the end leaving one feeling warm, and complete.

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  • 09-18-20

Great!

I read The Blackbird Cafe and immediately wanted to read another Heather Webber story! Did not disappoint!