I really am trying to keep up with the blog! We’re all moved into the new place now, but the editing business is hoppin’, plus I’ve received a promotion at my day job. Huzzah! I am busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kickin’ contest! How are y’all doing?
Anyway, back to the books! It’s Wednesday, and y’all know what that means. It’s Can’t-Wait Wednesday! Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme that highlights books soon to be released, the ones we’re excited about but haven’t read yet. It’s hosted by Wishful Endings, and was formerly hosted by Breaking the Spine. Y’all can check out all of this week’s Can’t-Wait Wednesday posts here.
Title: The Lights of Sugarberry Cove
Author: Heather Webber
Genre: Southern Fiction, Magical Realism
Publication Date: July 20, 2021
Publisher: Forge Books
Sadie Way Scott has been avoiding her family and hometown of Sugarberry Cove, Alabama, since she nearly drowned in the lake just outside her mother’s B&B. Eight years later, Sadie is the host of a much-loved show about southern cooking and family, but despite her success, she wonders why she was saved. What is she supposed to do?
Sadie’s sister, Leala Clare, is still haunted by the guilt she feels over the night her sister almost died. Now, at a crossroads in her marriage, Leala has everything she ever thought she wanted—so why is she so unhappy?
When their mother suffers a minor heart attack just before Sugarberry Cove’s famous water lantern festival, the two sisters come home to run the inn while she recovers. It’s the last place either of them wants to be, but with a little help from the inn’s quirky guests, the sisters may come to terms with their strained relationships, accept the past, and rediscover a little lake magic.
When I read Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe in 2019, Heather Webber instantly became one of my go-to authors. You know the ones – you’ll pick up any book they write without even bothering to read the blurb on the back, because you know it will be THAT good. She creates these amazing communities set in the South that are rich with character (and characters!) and where magic is around every corner.
Her next book, South of the Buttonwood Tree, was equally as wonderful and enthralling. So when I saw that she was coming out with another book, I squee’d with delight.
The Lights of Sugarberry Cove comes out July 20, and if that synopsis doesn’t have you rushing to pre-order (affiliate link), well, you just aren’t paying attention. I would say this is easily one of my most anticipated books of the summer.