Who doesn’t love Karen Hawkins?! (and if you even thought about raising your hand, please don’t ever let me know, because I might have to ban you from the page forever….just kidding….sort of….?) 😉
And if you really did actually think about raising your hand, you may have missed her 2019 release, THE BOOK CHARMER.
You will likely love this book if you: a) love books with magic in them; b) like books about how amazing books are; c) like books with quirky characters, especially ones set in Southern small towns; d) you might possibly believe that books are maybe a little magic themselves….
If you truly are a Karen Hawkins fan and haven’t yet read this, you might expect a romance—but this is squarely women’s fiction, with the hint of romance if anything. The relationships truly being forged in fire are those between the two main female characters, Grace and Sarah, who have both struggled in different ways to find their path in life.
Once Grace makes her way back to Dove Pond to help her foster mother who is suffering from dementia, she and Sarah connect in that deep, soulful way that happens when you find your people – the ones who’ll be there for you when you need them, and you can depend on that.
It’s an exquisite and touching story, and all the other details – the magical elements of the books and town, the quirky Dove Pond citizens, the representations of friendship and family, either blood or found – are an exceptional new direction for this wonderful author, and I am so excited to read more in this series!
(There’s also a short novella in the series, LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON ($1.99 @Amazon).
Book 2, A CUP OF SILVER LININGS, is available for pre-order (@Amazon), though it’s unclear exactly when it will release . And there is a short story in the Dove Pond world that’s part of an anthology that also includes stories from Molly Harper – I mentioned how much I loved her on Day 2, remember? – and Suzanne Enoch. It’s called I Loved You First amd it releases this month ( the 25th – find it @Amazon). Here’s the tagline:
Escape with three warm-hearted romantic comedy novellas about women’s second chance at first love from beloved romance authors, Suzanne Enoch, Molly Harper, and Karen Hawkins.
How can you resist THAT?!
THE BOOK CHARMER
New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins crafts an unforgettable story about a sleepy Southern town, two fiercely independent women, and a truly magical friendship.
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.
If you haven’t discovered Karen Hawkins, you have some lovely reading in front of you. This post is devoted to her Dove Pond series, but her historical romances are not to be missed, either!
(This review is part of Read-A-Romance Month. Hope you’ll come back every day to check out my book recommendations. You can find the calendar here. Also check out The Romance of Reading, a Facebook “book club” where we’ll have great authors guest hosting every week.)
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