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The Book Charmer

Series: Dove Pond, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
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The New York Times best-selling author of the wildly popular MacLean Curse series crafts a charming and evocative story about a picturesque Southern town, two fiercely independent women, and a magical friendship that will change their lives forever.

The residents of Dove Pond, North Carolina, know three things: They have the finest barbecue this side of Atlanta, their apple festival is the best that ever was, and the town has phenomenal good luck whenever the Dove family has seven daughters. Fortunately, that time is now, because Dove Pond desperately needs a miracle.

The seventh daughter, Sarah Dove, believes in all things magical. Books have whispered their secrets to her since she was a child. Now the town librarian, she makes sure every book finds the reader who most needs it. But recently, the books have been whispering something different - that change is about to come to Dove Pond. Sarah is soon convinced that the legendary Dove Pond good luck has arrived in the form of new resident, Grace Wheeler.

After the tragic death of her sister, Grace has moved to Dove Pond with her grieving young niece and ailing foster mother hoping to retrench financially and emotionally before returning to her fast-paced city life. But she soon learns that life in a not-so-sleepy town isn’t as quiet as she’d hoped. Despite her best efforts to focus on her family, she can’t avoid the townspeople, especially her next-door neighbors, the quirky and talkative Sarah Dove and cynical veteran Chris Parker. Grace’s situation grows more complicated when she assumes her duties as town clerk and discovers that Dove Pond is on the verge of financial ruin.

Already overburdened by her own cares, Grace tries to stay aloof from the town’s issues, but she’s never been good at resisting a challenge. With Sarah’s encouragement, and inspired by the wise words of a special book, Grace decides to save her new town. And in her quest, she discovers the rich comfort of being a part of a loving community, the tantalizing promise of new love, the deep strength that comes from having a true friend, and the heartfelt power of finding just the right book.

With Karen Hawkins’s “fast, fun, and sexy” (Christina Dodd) prose, The Book Charmer is a feel-good story with plenty of heart that will appeal to fans of Sarah Addison Allen, Alice Hoffman, Heather Graham, and Jude Deveraux.

©2019 Karen Hawkins (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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  • N.Sum
  • Pacific Northwest
  • 07-30-19

A little bit Fannie Flagg a little bit Good Witch

I love this! I love all the people in this small town and want to know all of their stories. What a great way to kick off a new series.
I thought at first it was supposed to be a romance but it is a “small town” narrative on the lines of Fannie Flagg. The town is struggling and Sarah knows that Grace is important to saving it she just doesn’t know how they will get it started.

I love how bossy the books sometimes are and how Sarah talks to them as if they are people. I love how people take books she gives them with only reluctant weird looks because she always seems to know they need that one. I love the interactions between the characters.

And I love Grace. She is complex and strong and full of wounded love. All of the parts having to do with her mom and dementia are so real.

The narrators are excellent too!

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it was a little slow to start, but in the end you learned to love every one of the characters.

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  • kaylady
  • Morgan Hill, CA US
  • 08-10-19

Fun chick lit

I wish my books would whisper to me and tell me what books I should read when. Don't you?