Black Candle Women: A Novel

Written by:
Diane Marie Brown
Narrated by:
Bahni Turpin

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
February 2023
12 hours 13 minutes
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,, 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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Latoya L.

I think in my past life, I was a candle woman; my soul and enlightenment from my ancestors tells me this. This book brought gave me all the feels. I love it when I read a book and can see it play out in my mind. Magic is something you have, a gift if you will, and if misused, it can be detrimental. The Montrose women found this out through 4 generations. Just like magic, secrets can cause as much harm and strife. Augusta, Victoria, Willow, and Nikkie all think they have a curse and hell bent on breaking it. The curse "any person a Montrose women fell in love with will die". And having the Spellbook isn't concrete in removing it. It takes the youngest Montrose girl to shake things up and challenge the so-called curse and break family secrets. #Book8of2023 #Bookworm #Whatsnext

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