The Book Charmer, written by New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins is an unforgettable story about a sleepy Southern town, two fiercely independent women, and a truly magical friendship.
The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins
I am a huge fan of Sarah Addison Allen and when I stumbled on The Book Charmer book in NetGalley and read the description (there’s an air of magic), I knew I had to read it. So, I hit the request button and crossed my fingers that I could receive an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC). And well, you know that I received an ARC because now I’m talking about the book. (BTW, it releases on July 30, 2019…but you can pre-order it now!).
Let’s talk about the book, shall we?
There are 2 female leads in this book: Sarah Pond, Dove Pond’s Librarian and Grace Wheeler, the newcomer to Dove Pond. Sarah has this special gift with books (that magic I was talking about earlier) and when Grace arrives in town, things start happening. Sarah knows her town is in trouble. People were moving away. Businesses were closing shop. She knows she’s instrumental in saving the town, but she’s not sure how she’s supposed to do it, until she realizes Grace coming to town is her key to saving the town. But it’s not going to be easy because she has to convince Grace that she has to help her. The story has a great cast of characters: Mama G. (Grace’s adoptive mother); Hannah (Grace’s sister); Daisy (Hannah’s daughter); Travis (the next door neighbor); Kat Carter (member of Dove Pond’s Social Club); Mayor Moore (Dove Pond’s Mayor); Ava Dove (one of Sarah’s six sisters) and so many more.
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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 Facebook.com/KarenHawkinsWriter, @KarenHawkinsAuthor on Instagram, and at her website, KarenHawkins.com.