Vanilla flavored whimsy

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Vanilla isn't a bad thing. It makes you think of warm cookies and comfort. But sometimes it's just too bland when what you're hoping for is cinnamon and spice.

Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe is a sweet, whimsical story about the proverbial young mother coming home to navigate tense maternal relationships, deal with the grief of losing a husband, and maybe find love. There are no graphic entanglements, and the emotional range is more Hallmark movie than Steele Magnolias, but it's a cute, sweet story if that's what you're looking for.

The whimsy comes from the supernatural forces woven throughout the plot, the magical properties of the pastries made at the cafe, and the implication that two shape shifting employees are somehow trying to make amends for a costly error in judgement years ago that resulted in a death. It's a cute deus ex machina to manipulate our protagonist and the supporting players to their stories inevitable conclusions.