Monday, September 23, 2019


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.
Release Date: July 30, 2019
Gallery Books
Dove Pond #1
Romantic Fiction
Review copy provided by publisher

Liza's Review:

The Book Charmer is the first book in the Dove Pond series of books from Karen Hawkins, and honestly the first book I've read by this author somehow. I absolutely adored this book.

Sarah Dove has always had books talk to her telling her who needs to read each book. As a bookworm, this seems like the coolest gift ever. I love we find out in this book that each of the 7 Dove sisters are each given a special gift. I firmly believe books talking to you is the best one. 

Sarah has always wanted to be the one to save her beloved hometown of Dove Pond, but the books are telling her the newest resident Grace Wheeler will actually be the one to save the town. However, Grace only has plans to say in Dove Pond for a year and then move back to the city with Mama G and her niece Daisy. Grace also seems to be all about doing her job and taking care of her family with no help from other when she first arrives. I loved seeing the growth of each of the characters in this book as the story progressed.

I adored the town of Dove Pond. I grew up in a small southern town and I love reading about small towns. Dove Pond was just as much a character in this book as all the people and books. While there is an element of romance in this story, the friendships seemed to be much more important and in the forefront of this book. I love seeing Sarah and Grace become such good friends as they worked together with so many other friends to save their town. Ms. Hawkins gave her readers a beautiful and emotion filled story and I wish I already had the next book in the series. While this is the first book I've read from Ms. Hawkins, it absolutely will not be the last.

Rating: 4 Stars (B)

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