The Book Charmer
By Karen Hawkins
Published July 2019 by Gallery Books
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.
Oh, my friends, how I loved The Book Charmer!
It has a dash of magic, mixed in with small town charm and a severe love of books. If you’re a fan of Sarah Addison Allen books (and I very much am), then you will ADORE this book like I did.
Dove Pond is special. The Dove family has 7 daughters, and the seventh daughter has a bit of magic and that magic helps keep Dove Pond going.
Sarah Dove is the seventh daughter of this generation of Doves, and her ability is that books speak to her. She’s the town librarian and has the uncanny ability to pair books with people, even if they don’t particularly think they need the book she chooses for them (they always do need it eventually).
But even though the book is about Dove Pond, Sarah isn’t really our main character, Grace is.
Grace is rough around the edges, and she has every reason to be. She had a tough childhood, and even though she thought she had her life figured out as an adult, life throws her a curveball. I don’t want to give too much more away about Grace’s character or backstory, because it definitely could be a spoiler.
This book made me laugh, it made me cry (a lot more times than I’d care to admit) and I just wanted to hug it when I was done reading it.
I loved all the quirky characters and how they danced around one another in their lives trying to figure out how to work together.
The only thing I really wished was that the romance wasn’t so behind the scenes. We know it happens, but I wanted a front row seat to the show. And I don’t mean I need a graphic detailing, I just wanted MORE details of any kind.
The Book Charmer is a first in what I’m sure will be a series that I will devour.
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.