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Black Candle Women

By Diane Marie Brown
Black Candle Women by Diane Marie Brown digital book - Fable

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A Read with Jenna Book Club Pick as Seen on the Today Show

“If you like Practical Magic… you will love Black Candle Women.” —Jenna Bush Hager

Named a Best Book of the Month by: Shondaland, MS. Magazine, TODAY.com, Reader’s Digest, Katie Couric Media, AARP Sisters, Goodreads, BookRiot


A warm and wry family drama with a magical twist about four generations of Black women, a family love curse, and the secrets they keep for and from each other over one very complicated year

Generations of Montrose women—Augusta, Victoria, Willow—have always lived together in their quaint California bungalow. They keep to themselves, never venture far from home, and their collection of tinctures and spells is an unspoken bond between them. But when young Nickie Montrose brings home a boy for the first time, their quiet lives are thrown into disarray.

For the family has withheld a crucial secret from Nickie all these years: any person a Montrose woman falls in love with will die. Their surprise guest forces each woman to reckon with her own past choices and mistakes. And as new truths about the curse emerge, they're set on a collision course dating back to 1950s New Orleans’s French Quarter—where a hidden story in a mysterious book may just hold the answers they seek in life and in love…

Richly imagined and elegantly told, with plenty of satisfying secrets, heartaches, and twists.
—Sadeqa Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of The House of Eve, a Reese's Book Club Pick

“Propulsive and poignant, Black Candle Women concocts an intoxicating potion of warmth, wisdom, and wonder.” —Ava DuVernay

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3.5
Thumbs Up“I enjoyed reading this. The way things were revealed from the different perspectives. Each person having their own troubles with love and how the curse impacted each of them differently. None of the women were the same personality.”
Believable charactersBeautifully written
Slightly Smiling Face“It took some time for this book to pick up. It was okay, I did care enough about the characters to finish it. I did enjoy the idea.”
Characters change and grow
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Believable charactersCharacters change and growDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingFast-pacedRealistic settingComing of ageHeartbreakingThought-provoking

About Diane Marie Brown

Diane Marie Brown is a professor at Orange Coast College and a public health professional for the Long Beach Health Department. She has a BA and MPH from UCLA and a degree in fiction from USC’s Master of Professional Writing Program. She grew up in Stockton and now lives in Long Beach, California, with her husband, their four daughters, and their dog, Brownie. Black Candle Women is her debut novel.

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