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

The Book Charmer (Dove Pond, #1)

The New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular MacLean Curse series crafts a charming and evocative story about a picturesque Southern town, two fiercely independent women, and a magical friendship that will change their lives forever. The residents of Dove Pond, North Carolina, know three things: they have the finest bar-b-que this side of Atlanta, their Apple Festival is the best that ever was, and the town has phenomenal good luck...

Details The Book Charmer (Dove Pond, #1)

TitleThe Book Charmer (Dove Pond, #1)
Release DateJul 30th, 2019
PublisherGallery Books
GenreFiction, Writing, Books About Books, Magical Realism, Fantasy, Contemporary

Reviews The Book Charmer (Dove Pond, #1)

  • Debra
    4.5 Stars "But that's the beauty of a book. It can take you places you can't visit on your own, lets you meet people and see things you can't in real life."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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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 financi...
  • ☕️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...
  • Bam
    *4.5 stars rounded up! A lovely story about the residents of a small NC town named Dove Pond, which is struggling to survive in these modern times. Among the townspeople is Sarah Dove, who is the last of seven sisters which is considered to be a lucky sign. Can she save the town? She is the librarian but everyone knows she is also a book charmer. What is that, you ask? Books speak to her so she knows which book a person needs, although maybe not ...
  • Stephanie Nicholas
    I adored this book! So charming indeed! RTC!
  • 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 com...
  • 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 ch...
  • Rebecca
    Ever since Sarah was seven years old, she's been able to hear books talk, so it's fitting that she works as a librarian in the small town of Dover Pond, North Carolina where she grew up. "Sarah Dove is a book charmer... she knows what book everyone should have."Lately, however, the books have been talking about newcomer Grace. Why are the books so interested in Grace, you ask, and what else do they have to say? Read this charming novel to find ou...
  • JenLovesBooks
    I adored this book! Everything about it, made me fall more and more in love with it. I'm not one to read many books of this genre, or even complete them, but I found myself immersed deeply in these characters' journeys. And, enough love to want to pick up more books like it. Why not? Maybe, just maybe, I've been missing out on tons more like it. Like I mentioned above, I don't normally read stories like this one, because they don't catch my atten...
  • 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?...
  • 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 fu...
  • 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 be...
  • 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 financi...
  • Heidi
    Three and a half stars: A sweet story set in a charming small town with a touch of magic. Sarah Dove is the librarian of Dove Pond. She comes from a long line of Dove women, who possess magical abilities. Sarah’s unique talent is that she can talk to books. Books talk to her and tell her who needs to read them, and Sarah delivers. Lately, the books have been telling her that something isn’t right in Dove Pond. One wise book in particular tell...
  • Vanessa S.
    Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for a free digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.The Book Charmer follows displaced city girl Grace to a sleepy town in the mountains of North Carolina, where she moves to better care for her elderly foster mother, Mama G, who has Alzheimer's disease. Grace's younger sister, Hannah, recently passed away, leaving Grace to care for Hannah's daughter, Daisy. In this charming m...
  • Jane
    Upping to 3.5 stars. Thank you to Bookishfirst and Gallery publisher for this ARC. What a wonderful magical book not only about books but about a small town and all their residents who are family, one way or another, through birth or just friends who are like family. I love how the characters all intertwine with each other and how Grace, her niece and her foster mother Mama G eventually fall in love with this small town though she knows she doesn...
  • Jackie
    Thank you to Bookish and the publisher for an advanced reader copy of this book.I chose this book based on the excerpt that Bookish allowed me to read. I was immediately drawn in to a story about two little girls, one of whom could communicate with books and the other who was a misunderstood foster child taken in by a fantastic foster mother. However, the book only gives one chapter each to these little girls and then moves into the future, where...
  • Linda
    Every so often I need to take a break from my usual genre; thriller, mystery, adventure, etc. and just find something that is a little more easy going and feel good. I hit the jackpot with this delightful book set in a small southern town with an eclectic group of characters and enough love to go around. Being a former librarian I loved the fact that the books actually talked to her and not while she was reading them. You have to read the book to...
  • Suzanne (The Bookish Libra)
    I have to admit that I requested Karen Hawkins’ latest novel The Book Charmer from Netgalley solely based on the beautiful cover and the fact that it was clearly a book about books. That combination was irresistible to me, even without having read the synopsis. Thankfully once I settled down and actually read the synopsis, I knew my instinct to select this book was a good one as it’s marketed as a book perfect for fans of Alice Hoffman’s Pr...
  • Shelley Lawrence
    2.75 starsThe Book Charmer is a quaint, magical story set in a small, southern town, and will appeal to many booklovers. It features Sarah Dove, the town librarian who was born with the special ability to hear the whispers of books and know which books are perfectly suited for a particular reader at just the right time. At present, the whispers lead Sarah to newcomer, Grace Wheeler, with the high hopes that she will be the one to save her beloved...
  • Monica
    This was a really great read. It was heartwarming and I really enjoyed the characters. Sarah Dove hears books. She is from one of the founding families in Dove Pond. One book in particular wants her to save the town. The only problem is that Sarah has no idea how to do that. Grace is another important character to this story. She is a foster kid who has had a hard life. Now she is facing several challenges in her life including taking care of her...
  • Sue
    Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for the free eARC in exchange for an honest review.What a sweet beginning for a heartwarming series for author Karen Hawkins. I loved the blooming friendship between Grace and Sarah. Their differences seemed to complement one another. And having the special gift of choosing the perfect book that "speak" to her for each person that needs it the most, Sarah was able to help Grace find her true purpose for be...
  • Kimberly Mussell
    What a heartwarming story! I loved the character of Grace and adored Sarah!!I know this is going to be a series, and I can't wait! I need to know about the book!!! This is what I like to call a quick, feel good read. Thank you NetGalley!!
  • Darcia Helle
    This is a fun, feel-good story driven largely by the characters' intertwining lives. While the overall tone is light, the author does include serious issues such as PTSD and Alzheimer's disease. These aspects are handled well, so that we understand the heartache without drowning in it. The book starts slow, taking time for us to get to know all the characters. The story's direction is easy to figure out because of the plot's simplicity. We pretty...
  • LibraryLaur
    Simply charming! I want to move to Dove Pond.My only quibble would be that, with the title character being a librarian, we sure didn't get to spend much time in the library!*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
  • Toni
    5 StarsWhen I first started this I had no idea it would be a series. By the time I finished, I knew that if it wasn’t going to be a series, it needed to be. So many more stories to tell in this universe.The Book Charmer series will focus on the 7 Dove sisters of Dove Pond. This book is supposed to be about Sarah. She has a magical ability to know just what book people need to read. The books speak to her. When she was younger, she found a journ...
  • Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
    Did I enjoy this book? What an adorable story! I had just finished reading a bunch of horror and psychological thriller books and needed a break. This book was the perfect solution! The Book Charmer is one of those cute little stories with just a touch of the paranormal (I mean, the main character can talk to books . . . so . . .). I thought it was a great plot device and helped to move the story along. I loved the idea of Dove Pond, I loved the ...