The Book Charmer
Book 1 in the Dove Pond NC series
By Karen Hawkins
Read by Tavia Gilbert, Amanda Ronconi and Sebastian York
Unabridged Audio Download, also available in Print or Ebook formats
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio (July 30, 2019)
Runtime: 11 hours and 42 minutes
New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins crafts an unforgettable story about a sleepy Southern town, two fiercely independent women, and a truly magical friendship.
Sarah Dove is no ordinary bookworm. To her, books have always been more than just objects: they live, they breathe, and sometimes they even speak. When Sarah grows up to become the librarian in her quaint Southern town of Dove Pond, her gift helps place every book in the hands of the perfect reader. Recently, however, the books have been whispering about something out of the ordinary: the arrival of a displaced city girl named Grace Wheeler.
If the books are right, Grace could be the savior that Dove Pond desperately needs. The problem is, Grace wants little to do with the town or its quirky residents—Sarah chief among them. It takes a bit of urging, and the help of an especially wise book, but Grace ultimately embraces the challenge to rescue her charmed new community. In her quest, she discovers the tantalizing promise of new love, the deep strength that comes from having a true friend, and the power of finding just the right book.
“A mesmerizing fusion of the mystical and the everyday” (Susan Andersen, New York Times bestselling author), The Book Charmer is a heartwarming story about the magic of books that feels more than a little magical itself. Prepare to fall under its spell. https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Book-Charmer/Karen-Hawkins/9781508292579
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader’s copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
I recently read the next part of the Dove Pond series; it is a shorter book, LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON and enjoyed it so I thought i would check the first in the series too. I often enjoy the charm of the small town trope in romance and cozy mystery. And, what reader, into books enough to check out this post, could resist a small town story about books.
Ostensibly this is about a small town, Dove Pond and the family after which it is named. Every few generations, when the Doves have seven daughter (as in this novel) some of the offspring receive, not superpowers but abilities. In LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON, Ava is a wizard with any green thing and can communicate with plants, and here, Sarah is the book whisperer.
I liked the narration in particular; I found the switching of voices by character effective at giving me a feel for the characters and helped keep my focus.
I also like how nicely and how well the magically equipped Doves are accepted. Their knowledge is useful to everyone. There are no townspeople chasing them with ropes or pitchforks. And, I like how the southern establishment of going to church doesn’t interfere with the story. There’s no proselytizing.
THe family story is just as important as the romance: Grace was a foster child and she and her sister, Hannah have been shuttled from one foster home after another They end up with Mrs. Giano who becomes Mama Giano. They forge a life-long family bond. Grace and her niece are taking care of Mama Giano who needs constant care.
What puzzled me is that this is about the Doves but they are not the characters influenced. Grace and Travis are the book’s main character Sarah is not. This is technical issue for me that really didn’t enter my mind until I finished the novel.
I am enjoying this sweet series about a town that welcomes people and a family that sits at its center.
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