The Witch of Bourbon Street by Suzanne Palmieri
Published: June 30, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Challenges: 2015 SRC Challenge
Set amidst the charming chaos of The French Quarter and remote bayous of Tivoli Parish, Louisiana, Suzanne Palmieri’s The Witch of Bourbon Street weaves an unforgettable tale of mystery and magic.
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.
However, Frances has no wish to be the family’s savior. Disillusioned, she marries young, attempting an "ordinary life," and has a son, Jack. When her marriage fails and she loses custody of her boy, she runs away to live a quiet life on the dilapidated Sorrow Estate, where she practices solitary magic amid ghosts and gardens. But when Jack disappears, she is forced to rejoin the world she left behind and solve the century-old murder that casts a long shadow over Tivoli Parish and its inhabitants in order to find her son.
This book was so so. I just thought it started out really slow for me and I couldn’t really into the story line or the characters. I have to admit I was a little confused in the beginning with the shifting of the time lines and all the different characters that I had to keep doing back to keep things straight. But that did get better over time. I had high aspects for this read but I honestly just couldn’t get into it. With the Louisiana bayous as its backdrop and the whole Southern gothic feel to it I was hoping for great read but sadly it just wasn’t my cup of tea.