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

The Book Charmer (Dove Pond, #1)

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 ...

Details The Book Charmer (Dove Pond, #1)

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

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 financiall...
  • ☕️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...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    It might be because we have been slowly rewatching Parks and Rec at our house, but this book ended up feeling like a combination of Gilmore Girls (small town culture only in NC mountains) and Parks and Rec (city planner saving the town with festivals and committees and more.) The book starts out focuses on a different character and feel than where it ends up because at the beginning it's all about this family that goes way back and the seventh da...
  • Leslie Ray
    Sarah Dove has a gift for giving a person the right book which will be exactly what they need. Grace Wheeler is new to Dove Pond. However, she has ties there through her ailing foster mother, who she has returned with along with her niece, who is also struggling with the death of her mother.Grace, as we come to see, will be the savior of this town, prodded by Sarah who has been "listening" to the whispers of her books that someone is coming to he...
  • Christopher
    The Dove sisters have always seemed magical, so it’s no real surprise when books begin conversing with Sarah Dove. As the town librarian for Dove Pond, it’s a handy skill— the books tell her exactly what every reader needs. And when the books begin rumbling about the arrival of a new resident, Grace Wheeler, Sarah knows a savior has finally come to break Dove Pond’s string of bad luck. But Grace has no intentions of becoming an active den...
  • Stephanie Nicholas
    I adored this book! So charming indeed! RTC!
  • Bam cooks the books ;-)
    *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 ...
  • 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...
  • David Eppenstein
    Well I've done it again. I picked up a book solely on the expectation that it was a book whose plot would revolve around books. Again, I was wrong. Books do play a part in this story but it is a relatively minor part. I can't say that I was deceived. I'm just an easy mark for any book with "book" in the title. I guess when it comes to my fictional book selections I'm a bit careless but, nevertheless, I am giving this book 3.5 stars. It's a good b...
  • 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...
  • Myrna
    The Book Charmer was charming! Will continue the series.
  • 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...
  • Ellery Adams
    3.5 stars.
  • Jacqie
    Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review.I'm a fan of Sara Addison Allen and have been hoping for another book like "Garden Spells" for a long time. This one seemed to tick all the boxes- quirky Southern town, magical realism (plus magic books!), women who learn to rely on each other. Why not try it?I will answer my own question. The book is slow, bland as unsalted butter, and I didn't care about the characters. I will giv...
  • Tracey Anderson
    A charming story with a small town setting, quirky neighbors and a little magic. What more could you want? I loved it.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 financiall...
  • 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?...
  • Carol
    I had high hopes that maybe this would finally be the author and the book that would fill that Sarah Addison Allen hole in my reading life. Alas, it was not to be. Great concept, just not enough sweet wisps of magic to satisfy my needs.The title is "The Book Charmer" and the book charmer is Sarah Dove, who's the seventh sister in her magically-inclined family and destined to save the beloved town of Dove Pond. You'd think, then, that this story w...
  • Melissa
    This is a very sweet book. Not a gigantic amount of depth and not quite as far reaching emotionally and magically as a Sarah Addison Allen book, but it was still totally worth reading and had so much to say about family. Grace is a headstrong character and was a bit prickly to me at first. It was understandable after everything she had gone through. Her pre-judgment of Trav was annoying to me, but the reader gets more of an insight into what make...
  • 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 ...
  • Heather
    This was such a sweet, feel good story with lovable characters and a touch of magic. Loved it!