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The Biscuit Witch: Volume 1 (The MacBrides series) [Kindle Edition]

Deborah Smith
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Book Description

The Biscuit Witch

Part One of The MacBrides

A Crossroads novella

Dear Dr. Firth:

I know you are in your cups at this time, drinking, taking pills, 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.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 343 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (30 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CJD3U1W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #365,388 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars once again Great! 25 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love Ms Smith's writing style, full of twists and turns, an underlying sense of humour and human kindness. Once again l was not disappointed.
Unlike the previous review, l liked the detailed information about the characters early in the story.
Perhaps because l read the Crossroad Cafe before and plan to read the whole series, so l will com across these characters again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved and hated this book! 10 Oct. 2013
By Serendipity Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
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This book makes me crazy! Never have I loved and hated a book more and been left so desperate for the next one.

This book is oozing with Southern hospitality in the style of authors such as Fannie Flagg and Beth Hoffman. I found myself desperate to visit the Crossroads Cafe which would definitely give the Whistlestop Cafe a run for it's money. I fell in love with the quirky, yet vibrant characters who could easily have stepped out of Northern Exposure. The MacBride's have dug their way into my heart and I can't wait to find out what happens to Tal's brother and sister in the future publications.

However I had a couple of really big issues with this book.

Firstly there was far too much information dumped in the first couple of chapters. I really didn't need to know so much about the characters so soon into the story, especially characters who were barely featured in the story. I can understand that this book is a connected to another and the author wanted to tell us all about the characters, other readers might have already met, but it was too much for me.

Secondly, I actually felt the story could've started further in. There is an extremely hilarious incident with a grizzly bear in the car eating cupcakes and I'm convinced the book should've started there.

Lastly, it took me far too long to work out who was actually telling the story. I didn't realise the POV was alternating between Tal and the Scottish Doctor until a quarter of the way through the book.

Having whinged and moaned about all that - I really really did love this story when I got into it. It was descriptive to the point where you mouth watered every time they mentioned food.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Magical story! 11 May 2013
By Windsong Vance Probst - Published on
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This was My first book I had read by Deborah Smith, but it will not be the last. I truly enjoyed the storyline and found every character in this book interesting. I felt as though I was back home in the Appalachian Mountains as the story unfolded the more engrossed I became with each characters viewpoint. And what an amazing story it is.

The only thing I wished we're different is that I read the Crossroads Cafe, first. As another reader suggested.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good storyline, who loves life, who believes in laughing and who enjoys stories that have a wonderful place to call home. I cannot wait till the next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deborah Smith Is Pure Magic! 9 May 2013
By Jean B - Published on
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Deborah Smith is a born storyteller with a graduate degree in magic! There is not another writer like her, and it's with immense gratitude to the universe that I bought this story the first second I knew it existed. No one writes eccentric characters like her, no one creates such a rich tapestry where the setting is a character itself. If you want a story guaranteed to make your heart sing, there's nobody better. She's a rich cake of a writer - treat yourself!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book 8 May 2013
By Rebecca A. King - Published on
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I would highly recommend that you read Crossroads Cafe before reading The Biscuit Witch, that way you can really understand the characters better....I loved the story and the way Deborah pulls everything together. I have read all of her books and so enjoy her style of writing. I look forward to the next book in this series. Thank you for writing another very entertaining book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading: The Biscuit Witch 28 May 2013
By Linda W - Published on
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At every age, there is an author and her book to be savored. For me, at age thirteen, it was Margaret Mtchell's Gone With the Wind; in my twenties, it was Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged; and for the past two decades, it has been Deborah Smith. Her writing is witty and charming and inciteful. I first "met" her in A Place to Call Home. More recently, it was Crossroads Cafe which made me laugh and cry and introduced me to a world in which I would love to live. It was an immensely satisfying read....but I wanted more...And here it is with The Biscuit Witch A must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deborah Smith Hits Another One Out of the Park 21 Jun. 2013
By Laura - Published on
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Deborah Smith has a rare talent as a story teller: one that can bring any character to life and make the reader feel they know that character personally. She is able to connect with all types of personalities and make the character real.

She's done it again in The Biscuit Witch. Her characters are real, flawed, funny, and very human. Ms. Smith draws the reader in without the reader even realizing how caught up she is until it's time to put the book down and she doesn't want to. Plus, I suspect after read this book, there will be many people wanting to be a biscuit witch...I know I do!

The character Delta, whom we met in "Cross Roads Cafe" opens the story with a letter written in typical Delta style. In my mind I picture her as a Paula Dean type, only more outspoken. Her letter is to one Douglas Firth, a Scotsman destine to be our hero. A flawed hero, yes, but a true hero.

Set in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, this books introduces us to Tal and Eve, mother and daughter, heroes in their own right, and the events in our lives that can set in motion a series of moments that spin out of control until we learn from deep within ourselves how to put our lives back on the track they should have been on all along.

Food, love, family, guns, good and evil, fun animals, healing spirits, and biscuits. Sit down at the table for a bit to walk through the pages of the Biscuit Witch. You'll find yourself charmed, bewitched, and anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.
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