The Book Charmer

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 quai...

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Title:The Book Charmer
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The Book Charmer Reviews

  • Kendall

    This was the best magical escape I could have asked for!! I just LOVED this book!

    Have you ever read a book and was so completely sad that you finished the last page? Well.. this was that for me! I was savoring every moment and didn't want it to end!

    I would love to live in this special town of Dove Pond. Sarah Dove is the librarian for Dove Pond and what a librarian she is. She lives, breathes, and even talks to the books. Her wonderful gift is to place each book into the hands of the correct rea

    This was the best magical escape I could have asked for!! I just LOVED this book!

    Have you ever read a book and was so completely sad that you finished the last page? Well.. this was that for me! I was savoring every moment and didn't want it to end!

    I would love to live in this special town of Dove Pond. Sarah Dove is the librarian for Dove Pond and what a librarian she is. She lives, breathes, and even talks to the books. Her wonderful gift is to place each book into the hands of the correct reader.

    A new fellow traveler has come to the town of Dove Pond named Grace Wheeler. She has become the talk of the town and according to the books of this town... Grace is to be the savior of this dying town.

    Grace has her hands full... she is taking care of her foster mom who is suffering from dementia and her niece Daisy who just lost her mom.. who is being taken care of by Grace now.

    The story alternates between the POV's of Grace, Sarah, and Trav (the next door neighbor who suffers from PTSD). Oh my goodness my friends this book was so beautiful and I fell in love with this entire town and the amazing people in it!!

    I couldn't get enough of Dove Pond... I can't wait to see where the author brings us with the next in the series!!!

    This is a must read and one of my favorite reads so far this year!!!

    Absolutely love love love!!

    4.5 stars!

    Thank you so much to Netgalley and Gallery Pocket Books for the advanced arc in exchange for an honest review.

    Publication date: 7/30/19

    Published to GR: 7/23/19

  • Debra

    4.5 Stars

    Sarah Dove has a gift (all of the Dove sisters do!). Books speak to her, they tell her who needs to read them, they don't tell her why, but they are never wrong. As the town librarian, she places books and readers together. Then one day a book tells her about the arrival of Grace Wheeler. The books whisper to Sarah that Grace will be the one

    4.5 Stars

    Sarah Dove has a gift (all of the Dove sisters do!). Books speak to her, they tell her who needs to read them, they don't tell her why, but they are never wrong. As the town librarian, she places books and readers together. Then one day a book tells her about the arrival of Grace Wheeler. The books whisper to Sarah that Grace will be the one to save the town and return it to its former glory.

    Grace Wheeler and her sister Hannah bounced from foster home to foster home until they were placed with Mama G. There they found a home and Grace discovered the joy of reading and a connection with Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. Now an adult, Grace has quit her job and moved to Mama G's hometown of Dove Pond to care for Mama G and her niece. Both who desperately need her. Grace has no intentions of making this town her own. She plans to stay a short time before heading back to the city. But the books, Sarah and the townspeople have other plans.

    I did not want to put this book down (so I didn't). It had so many things going for it: a librarian who found the perfect books for each reader (actually the books choose the readers), a strong female lead who was strong and vulnerable at the same time, Mama G (man, did she have me crying), a wounded vet, a little magical realism and likable (even lovable) characters. This is the first in the series so here I am doing a happy dance.

    This was the perfect summer read for me. At times light and fun, other times it touches on serious issues - PTSD, Alzheimer’s, and grief to name a few. But it also touches on finding a family, being a friend, love, human connections, being part of a community, starting over, taking chances and letting people in. I didn't want to put this book down. I was absorbed in the story and even though it is a little predictable it did not affect my enjoyment of the book in any way. The Book is called “The Book Charmer” which is Sarah, but the book is more about Grace and her family. I have a strong feeling that Sarah will be the focus of the next book (fingers crossed). I wanted a little more at the end. It did feel as if the book ended a little abruptly but there was an epilogue which tied some things up. There will be more books in the series so I know there will be more to come with the quirky enjoyable characters.

    *Plus, it has a beautiful cover!

    Thank you to Gallery Pocket Books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Nicole (Read Eat Sleep Repeat)

    The Book Charmer was aptly named as it was, in fact, quite charming.

    The combination of a small town setting, quirky characters, and a slightly magical quality come together nicely in this story. Its two main characters are Sarah, the town librarian to whom books speak, and Grace, who moves to Dove Pond with her ailing foster mother and niece. Although the book is titled after Sarah, Grace’s story is the main focus. That being said, these two characters foil each other as they get to know each ot

    The Book Charmer was aptly named as it was, in fact, quite charming.

    The combination of a small town setting, quirky characters, and a slightly magical quality come together nicely in this story. Its two main characters are Sarah, the town librarian to whom books speak, and Grace, who moves to Dove Pond with her ailing foster mother and niece. Although the book is titled after Sarah, Grace’s story is the main focus. That being said, these two characters foil each other as they get to know each other and their relationship grows.

    Where this book shines is in its exploration of the characters and its focus on family and friendships. Despite the fantastical element of books being able to speak to someone, the characters felt realistic and well rounded, making them interesting to spend time with. The fact that this is also a book about books – but not from your typical angle – really worked for me as well. As much as I enjoyed the writing, story, and characters, it was this element that took it up to a full five for me. I might consider picking up future books in this series but realize that without the bookishness, they may miss the mark for me.

    I had a feeling upon reading the first sentence of The Book Charmer that it would become a fast favorite, and each page only served to confirm that feeling. This is probably not a book for everyone but if it sounds like something you’d enjoy I definitely recommend giving it a chance!

    *Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • ☕️Kimberly

    New York Times, Best-Selling Author, Susan Anderson called The Book Charmer, “A mesmerizing fusion of the mystical and the everyday” and I think she sums it up perfectly. I completely slipped into the everyday affairs of this quaint town and its struggles as I embraced the mystical qualities of the Dove’s and community.

    Our story begins when we meet the seventh daughter of the Dove family, Sarah Dove. Legend has it that good things happen to the town of Dove Pond when the seventh daughter is born

    New York Times, Best-Selling Author, Susan Anderson called The Book Charmer, “A mesmerizing fusion of the mystical and the everyday” and I think she sums it up perfectly. I completely slipped into the everyday affairs of this quaint town and its struggles as I embraced the mystical qualities of the Dove’s and community.

    Our story begins when we meet the seventh daughter of the Dove family, Sarah Dove. Legend has it that good things happen to the town of Dove Pond when the seventh daughter is born. Sarah is a bookworm, and not just any bookworm, for in her seventh year, the books speak to her. Not out loud, but they whisper to her and because of this she knows exactly what book each person in town needs and when they need it. The town desperately needs the miracle promised with the seventh daughter and the signs of its approach are appearing. Sarah just doesn’t know what she is supposed to do. I felt for Sarah; she feels the weight of her responsibility and doesn’t want to fail.

    Grace Wheeler arrives in town with his deceased sister’s daughter and her aging mother who is suffering from dementia. She has accepted the town clerk job because it offers flexible hours and a home to go with it. For her it’s a temporary fix. I love when life or perhaps fate has other plans.

    The tale that unfolds was wonderful and I lost myself in this small southern town. I laughed, cried and wanted to stay. I thought at first the book would focus mostly on Sarah, but it was truly Grace’s story and those within her circle. We get romance, address dementia, PTSD, acceptance, and see a family being built and taking root. Throughout the story Hawkins weaves magical realism and books….. wonderful books!

    This is one of those stories that wrap you up in its warm magical embrace and transports you. For a spell I was a member of Dove Pond and experienced all the emotions of these characters and shared in the events that unfolded. I absolutely love when that happens.

    I cannot recommend The Book Charmer enough and hope you will add it to your summer reading list. From the secondary characters to the towns comings and goings I felt like I was right there.

  • Carrie

    I will miss Dove Pond and all of my new friends terribly.

    This book has all of my favorite things:

    magic, books, a small town, romance, friendship, family drama, sisters, women in leadership positions, cats, and books —- wait, did I say that twice? The blurb on this book mentions Sarah Addison Allen and Practical Magic, and that’s spot on. The dialogue is so believable, it feels like eavesdropping.

    This poet, gooey warm cookie of a book had better have a sequel.

  • Jayme

    4.5 magical ⭐S!

    Sarah Dove is the librarian of Dove Pond, but she is no ordinary librarian. Books are more than just objects to her: they live, breathe, and sometimes they even speak. Her gift is to place each book in the hands of the correct reader.

    But, recently they have been whispering about the arrival of Grace Wheeler. If the books are right, (and they haven’t been wrong yet!) Grace, the new town clerk will be the savior of this financially strapped, dying town.

    But, Grace only plans to st

    4.5 magical ⭐️S!

    Sarah Dove is the librarian of Dove Pond, but she is no ordinary librarian. Books are more than just objects to her: they live, breathe, and sometimes they even speak. Her gift is to place each book in the hands of the correct reader.

    But, recently they have been whispering about the arrival of Grace Wheeler. If the books are right, (and they haven’t been wrong yet!) Grace, the new town clerk will be the savior of this financially strapped, dying town.

    But, Grace only plans to stay one year, and she doesn’t have room on her plate for any more demands on her time. She has arrived with her foster mom, Mamma G, who is suffering from dementia, and her niece, Daisy, who has just lost her own mom, and is now being raised by her Aunt Grace.

    The book opens with a prologue, one chapter introducing you to Sarah Dove and her gift-(all the Dove Sisters have one) and one chapter introducing you to how Grace and her sister Hannah, come to live with Mamma G.

    The story then alternates between the point of views of Grace, (who is the actual main character of this book), Sarah, (my favorite chapters!) and Trav, the next door neighbor who suffers from PTSD, and needs some healing of his own.

    You know the kind of book that makes you sad when it ends, because you don’t want to say goodbye to the characters? This is one of those books.

    The kind that makes you wish you lived in this town, and were blessed to have these people in your life.

    I wanted to know more about how Mamma G broke through to Grace and Hannah when they came to live with her. I want more of Sarah Dove. And, I want to know what happens in the next chapters of all of their lives!

    Fortunately, this is just book one in the Dove Pond series, so this isn’t Goodbye...it’s just goodbye for now!

    Favorite quote: “Love can’t cure a broken heart, but it can hold the two sides together while they heal” ❤️

    Hurry up and write the next installment, Ms. Hawkins! I am watching for its release!

    Thank You to NetGalley, Gallery, Pocket books and Karen Hawkins for the digital ARC I received in exchange for a candid review!

    Recommended for you if you love books with quaint towns, and charming characters who make you smile and cry-this installment will be available to read on July 30, 2019!

  • Darla

    If a book were to speak to you -- which one would it be? What would its message be? In this new novel, Sarah hears books speaking to her. They choose their next reader and can be quite stubborn. This touch of magic realism enhances the narrative in this sweetly Southern small-town story. I was charmed by both Sarah Dove and Grace Wheeler in this new novel. Will the Dove Pond Social Committee be able to revive the town and save it from extinction? I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did!

    Thank

    If a book were to speak to you -- which one would it be? What would its message be? In this new novel, Sarah hears books speaking to her. They choose their next reader and can be quite stubborn. This touch of magic realism enhances the narrative in this sweetly Southern small-town story. I was charmed by both Sarah Dove and Grace Wheeler in this new novel. Will the Dove Pond Social Committee be able to revive the town and save it from extinction? I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did!

    Thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley for a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Karen Hayes

    A light, charming read for fans of Sarah Addison Allen - I wavered between 3 and 4 stars because despite the book being named for her, our librarian book whisperer is only a minor character in the story, which is clearly the set-up for a town-wide series. Also, the epilogue read like the author was told she'd hit her limit with about 3 or 4 chapters left in her outline. Despite those flaws, I really enjoyed the book and will definitely pick up future installments.

  • Dianne

    There is warmhearted magic in the small town of Dove Pond and it is all because of the Dove family. The current custodian of the town is librarian Sarah Dove, who lets books talk to her, tell her who needs them and what she should do, cryptically, of course. Who know what will happen when Sarah follows their orders, but it is always for the good of the town and especially the people who live there.

    Lately the books have talked about a stranger coming to town, Grace Wheeler, who has her hands full

    There is warmhearted magic in the small town of Dove Pond and it is all because of the Dove family. The current custodian of the town is librarian Sarah Dove, who lets books talk to her, tell her who needs them and what she should do, cryptically, of course. Who know what will happen when Sarah follows their orders, but it is always for the good of the town and especially the people who live there.

    Lately the books have talked about a stranger coming to town, Grace Wheeler, who has her hands full with her orphaned niece and elderly mother who suffers from worsening dementia. For Grace, Dove Pond is just a temporary stopover, a place to re-group and get her bearings, but the books say otherwise…and Sarah knows the books are never wrong.

    by Karen Hawkins is a delightfully charming and quirky tale of finding inner peace, a place to grow roots and learning to stop and smell the roses. Fun, heartwarming, heartbreaking and sweetly romantic, this read will fit into your beach bag perfectly as the unusual citizens of Dove Pond worm their way into Grace’s heart, as well as any reader who wants a little sunshine in their lives!

    I received a complimentary ARC edition from Gallery Books!

    Series: Dove Pond - Book 1

    Publisher: Gallery Books (July 30, 2019)

    Publication Date: July 30, 2019

    Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy/Fantasy

    Print Length: 368 pages

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  • Sherwood Smith

    A cozy small town book with a hint of magic, this was a lovely spring read (and will be an equally lovely summer read).

    Though titled

    , Sarah, the librarian with whom books speaks is not really the main character. She's important to the story, but she takes second seat to Grace, who has the main story arc.

    It begins with both girls when young, setting their background, then shifts to the present day when go-getter Grace, who has never had a friend, finds herself the guardian not on

    A cozy small town book with a hint of magic, this was a lovely spring read (and will be an equally lovely summer read).

    Though titled

    , Sarah, the librarian with whom books speaks is not really the main character. She's important to the story, but she takes second seat to Grace, who has the main story arc.

    It begins with both girls when young, setting their background, then shifts to the present day when go-getter Grace, who has never had a friend, finds herself the guardian not only of her sister's abandoned child, but the foster mom who finally gave her a sense of stability. Only her beloved Mama G is sinking slowly into the twilight world of dementia.

    This was a tad on the nose for me (currently dealing with two elders with dementia) but for the most part the handling was sensitively done.

    The characters are well drawn, especially the older women. Hawkins is especially good with giving these women agency, even Mama G in her lucid moments.

    Grace is quite well done, and though Sarah's story is left for future volumes, Grace's comes to a satisfying resolution, leaving the reader wanting to know more about the town and its serious dilemma, and the other characters.

    Copy courtesy of NetGalley

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