Wednesday, June 30, 2021

A Cup of Silver Linings (Dove Pond #2) by Karen Hawkins

From New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins comes another “mesmerizing fusion of the mystical and the everyday” (Susan Andersen, New York Times bestselling author) in her Dove Pond series—and this time Ava’s famous tea leaves spell trouble ahead.

Ava Dove—the sixth of seven daughters of the famed Dove family, and owner of Ava’s Landscaping and Specialty Gourmet Tea—is frantic.

Just as she is getting ready to open her fabulous new tearoom, her herbal teas have gone wonky. Suddenly, the tea that is supposed to help people sleep is startling them awake with vivid dreams; the tea that infuses romance back into tired marriages is causing people to blurt out their darkest secrets; and the tea that helps people find happiness is making them spend hours staring into mirrors.

Meanwhile, living four doors down the road from Ava, sixteen-year-old Kristen Foster’s life has just crashed down around her. After her mother’s death, Kristen’s grandmother Ellen has arrived in town to sweep Kristen off to a white mansion on a hill in distant Raleigh. But Kristen has had enough ‘life changes’ and is desperate to stay with her friends in her beloved hometown of Dove Pond. But to do so means Kristen must undertake a quest she’s been avoiding her entire life—finding her never-been-there-for-her father.

With the help of an ancient herbal remedy book found in her attic by her sister, Ava realizes that Kristen holds the key to fixing her unstable tea leaves. So Ava throws herself into Kristen’s search, even convincing Kristen’s grandmother Ellen to help, too. Together, the three embark on a reluctant but magical journey of healing, friendship, and family that will delight fans of Alice Hoffman, Kate Morton, and Sarah Addison Allen.

5 Cup of Tea Stars

There is something magical about the Dove Pond series. A Cup of Silver Linings had me up until 2:30am finishing this book - while crying and blowing my nose in bed. Wow - is all I can say. The different POVs from each characters made me feel every emotion these character went though and I couldn't get enough of this book. 

Dove Pond is charming and just makes me want to move to this fictional town and befriend Ava and Sarah Dove. These sisters are a generation of family who offer insights to their towns people through their unique gift. I won't spoil or share any details of this book, but each characters have their own unique storyline, but they all intertwine together. I will say the relationship between Ellen, Julie and Kristen gutted me the most. I literally had tears in my eyes for most of their story.  

Overall, A Cup of Silver Linings is a heartfelt read and I'm ready for the next magical adventure with the next Dove sister!

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