Friday, July 26, 2019

The Book Charmer (Dove Pond #1) by Karen Hawkins

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.

4.5 Charming Stars

I adore this book, the story line and characters! The Book Charmer is a magical read that brings the town of Dove Pond to life. The author pulls you into the lives of these characters and I couldn't get enough of them. Sarah Dove may seem strange on page, but she - along with her family, are loved by the town. Their something magical that each Dove sister brings to this town. 

Sarah Dove is the town librarian and ever since she was little, the books spoke to her. Sounds weird? It is, but it works - she's such a vibrant and caring character, you just want to be her BFF. When Grace Wheeler and her family move to Dove Pond, Sarah knew right away that Grace was meant to come to their town and save it. 

Dove Pond is the last place Grace wants to be. But after a tough childhood and recent family tragedy, Dove Pond is the only place she needs to be to help her niece and sweet Mama G. Grace is determined to stay in this quirky town for only a year and then she it out and heading back to the big city. But little does she know how much this town needs her and how this town changes her life. 

The Book Charmer is a sweet summer read about small towns, love, finding peace and magic! I'm looking forward to more in the Dove sisters and their magic.

About the author
A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Karen Hawkins writes novels that have been praised as touching, witty, charming, and heartwarming. A native Southerner who grew up in the mountains of East Tennessee where storytelling is a way of life, Karen recently moved to frosty New England with her beloved husband and multiple foster dogs. The Dove Pond series is a nod to the thousands of books that opened doors for her to more adventures, places, and discoveries than she ever imagined possible. To find out more about Karen, check in with her at, @KarenHawkinsAuthor on Instagram, and at her website,

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