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The Book Charmer

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Charming, cozy, and light-hearted read. The book charmer is a perfect beach read for those who don't want anything too serious and want to be left with a warm hearted feeling.
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I wanted a light, happy book to cleanse my palate and that's exactly what I got! If you're looking for a book about books like I was expecting (and like the title suggests), this probably isn't what you're looking for, but I urge you to try it anyway. This book has characters I could root for set in a sweet town that I wanted to visit. It would be a perfect Hallmark movie.
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The Book Charmer makes me want to find a real life Dove Pond! The descriptions of the town and people are picture perfect! I fell in love. The characters are broken/flawed, but together they help each other heal. What an absolutely charming story. This is my first Karen Hawkins story and I cannot wait to read more!
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I received an Advanced Reader Copy from NetGalley and Gallery Books for my unbiased opinion of the book. This book is about Grace who moves into town with her tail between her legs hoping to start a new life with niece and foster mother.  She has an uphill climb trying to move on with her life and go forward.  When she meets the quirky and loveable Sarah as well as Travis who reluctantly try to force her out of her shell and make a difference in the community, she is now living in.    I loved this book I couldn't put it down it grabbed me from the first page and held tight until the last.  I can’t wait to see what the rest of the series has in store.  What a great story Karen keep up the great writing!!!
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The story was great but I questioned one thing after reading this book : the charm. I loved the fact that there was a librarian. I loved a little mystery in it. I just did not like a fact that some plots were left unanswered. I wish the author developed the plot a little more in detail. Otherway, it was a very good experience reading this book.
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This book was charming! The beginning was a little slow for me, but by chapter 10 I was hooked. Chapter 10 in fact was hilarious! What a meeting was had in that chapter. The story was choc full of fantastic characters, so much so I would have trouble picking a favorite. I really enjoyed this read and look forward to more stories about the town and the quest to save it. Recommended.

I received this book from NetGalley and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts were my own.
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I loved this book so much. I loved the warm and caring people of Dove Pond and the way the community came together to support each other. And I loved the magic of the books.

Grace, Mama G, and Daisy are a family, a family that has had their share of troubles and drama. The move to Dove Pond is only temporary, just until Grace can save enough money to move them all back to the city. But... the town and people of Dove Pond have a different plan for this little family.

Grace meets Sarah, the town librarian, and they don’t hit it off... at all. There’s definitely trouble there. But Sarah has the power and wisdom of the books to help her break through Grace’s hard exterior. I’ve always felt that books are special, so to read about the connections the books have with Sarah and how they seem to know what everyone needs made The Book Charmer such an entertaining book to read.

And I love how the ending left the future wide open for more book magic. I can’t wait to go back to Dove Pond and find out what the books have in store for everyone. The author has more stories in her head about this wonderful community, book #2, A Cup of Silver Linings will be out July 7, 2020.
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This book was quaint and lovable! I enjoyed the town that was described with the book tie in! If you’re on the hunt for a heartwarming read that is set in a small town with, lovable characters, and a strong focus on family and friendships, I highly recommend adding Karen Hawkins’ The Book Charmer to your reading list.
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NetGalley recommended the ARC of Karen Hawkins’ new book, The Book Charmer, the second in the Dove Pond series. Now I am recommending it to you. In this enchanting tale, main character, Sarah Dove, has always loved books. So it was a no brainer that she would become the town librarian in the small, picturesque town of Dove Pond, NC, the town founded by and named after her ancestors. Sarah doesn’t just love books, she talks to them – and they talk to her!

After being sent from one foster home to another, Grace Wheeler and her sister, Hannah, were taken in by Ms. Giano, (Mama G to most folks). Now Grace is grown and is raising her deceased sister’s child, Daisy, and is caregiver to Mama G., who has Alzheimer’s Disease. In an effort to provide a more familiar setting for Mama G., Grace quit her lucrative job in Charlotte, and moved to Mama G.’s hometown of Dove Pond to be the town clerk.

The books are telling Sarah that Grace is just what the doctor ordered for the failing town of Dove Pond. Grace plans to stay only one year, then return to her high-powered job in the big city. After a rocky start, the entire town comes to love Grace, and she loves them.

Then there is Travis Parker, who was severely burned in Afghanistan. Travis came home to heal, and ended up being a caregiver for his aging widowed father. Travis keeps to himself most of the time, but couldn’t help noticing the standoffish but gorgeous Grace Wheeler.

The Book Charmer is not just a sweet, heartwarming book, it deals with many issues that affect most or many people:

the difficulty of raising a child;
the fear and exhaustion of caring for an aging parent with dementia;
the struggles of our wounded warriors;
the physical pain those warriors suffer even after wounds appear to be healed;
the overworked foster care program;
the assumptions we make about men with tattoos and long hair;
the regrets we all have after losing a parent;
the assumptions often made about people living in small towns.
Ms. Hawkins has created a very special book. It’s a quick, easy read that I thoroughly enjoyed. The Book Charmer should be made into a Hallmark movie.

What makes The Grumpy Book Reviewer grumpy?

Well, because this was an advanced reader’s copy that had not yet had its final editing when I read it, I will let the verb tense disagreement and numerous typos slide. Still, it did have its share of split infinitives, and the use of “bringing” in place of “taking” – both of which most editors these days seem to ignore. They shouldn’t.
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This was a great, feel good read. I felt like the characters were developed well and there were some tough issues that they had to deal with. The small town and the people in it grew on me for sure as the story progressed. Even though there were magical books, which I thought would take away from the story, it didn't bother me. The Book Charmer was well written and I'm looking forward to the next in the series now.
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This was definitely a charmer of a book! I don't read much fantasy or magic, but this was just the perfect amount and focused on some good plot lines and of course - the beauty of books. Thanks NetGalley for my review copy.
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Although I received this book in exchange for my opinion from the publisher (via netgalley) all opinions are my own and in no way are influenced by the publisher or netgalley.

I loved this book. It is the perfect balance of magic and realism. It does follow some of the classic story lines, big city girl is thrown into small town life, not by choice but by necessity. This time because she is caring for her aging mother and her sister's orphaned daughter. I love the magic of the book charmer, the small city trying to survive as a bedroom community, the small businesses trying to survive the big box stores in surrounding cities. The small town people trying not to be swallowed by the big surrounding cities. (I know, I've said cities a lot, but it is a big thing in this town.) The planters are changing and there is a cat with two homes. You have to read it to find out more. It's seriously a charming book. Can not wait to read more from Karen Hawkins and learn more about the Dove family.
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This was an amazing story of a small town, the wonderful people who live there and believe in it and their hope for the future.  It is also a story about family and friendships and hardships and the challenges that must be overcome.  Grace is new to the town of Dove Pond but has relocated there to help Mama G and her niece Daisy.  Sarah Dove, the town librarian, has a special gift with the books and she and the other long-time residents believe that the town will once again be the wonderful place that it was when they were growing up.  This story touched my heart from the beginning of it and I hated to see it end.  I was so glad to find out that there will be another book in this series because there are so many more stories that can be told about this town and its residents.

I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from Gallery Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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Pure magic. A book about how wonderful books are. Love the cover and all the insides! Wonderful. Great plot, charming characters.
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This book is amazing.  If you like Practical Magic, this book is a must read for you.  I couldn't put it down and found it engaging and fun!
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The Book Charmer was a book full of sweetness and magic. I knew the book was about books, but I loved it much more than I thought because of it. I loved the quotes about books and about everything. If you know me, you know I love quotes and when I find a lot of them, it is normally a sign that I really liked the book.
The story is simple, but as I said, it has a touch of magic. I thought that was interesting, but I would have loved to know more about that (I understand there will be more books, so hopefully we will get to know the Dove magic more deeply). I loved the characters, they were all nice and sweet and they all added to the story. I did not like Grace at the beginning, though, but then I started to understand her and then I liked her more with each chapter. I loved Sarah and Trav and I would like to know more about the whole Blake thing. 
That is actually one of the only things I did not like about the book. I felt the ending was a bit rushed. It was as if all the story had developed slowly and then everything ended. I was not a bad ending, but I needed more (like about the Major thing and Blake’s story).
However, I deeply enjoyed the book. It was the perfect lovely story to read. The plot is perfect for book lovers; the pace is just the right one for a weekend read, and the whole setting for more Dove Pond stories is great.
Highly recommended, I cannot wait to read more of the author’s books.
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Sarah Dove is the 7th daughter of the Dove family and the town librarian in the charming, quaint town of Dove Pond.  Books "speak" to her - they tell her who they need and insist on Sarah getting that book into the hands of their intended reader!  The town is better because of Sarah - she loves books and creating magic for her hometown.  
Grace Wheeler moves into Dove Pond - her family has experienced tragedy and she is trying her best to care for her orphaned niece and her elderly mother who suffers from dementia.  Grace is skeptical about this town and has no intent on staying - but she meets Sarah and develops a close friendship.  She becomes the town clerk and discovers that Dove Pond is in financial ruin.  Grace and Sarah both have the mutual desire to come together with the residents of Dove Pond in order to save the beloved town.
I loved this book!!!  It was such a special book that touched my heart - the topics of friendship and family and the bond we share with them was prevalent throughout.  I generally don't care for "magical fantasy" types of books, but this one was done just right!  I really look forward to more books in this series!
Thanks to Karen Hawkins, Gallery Books and NetGalley for the ARC of this wonderful book!
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A great premise, with well-formed characters and enough tension to keep it from feeling superficial. I really enjoyed the author's writing style, and how real the characters felt.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful novel.  The characters were so warm and lovable and the interactions were funny but also heart warming.  I loved all the different facets and relationships that evolved throughout the story.  I also enjoyed the nice blend of humor, self growth and a little romance too with a surprising dash of magical mystery.  I would hands down recommend this book to anyone and cannot wait to read more by this author. This is definitely one of my favorites I have read so far this year!

Thank you to Gallery Books for an advanced reader copy via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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A fun book to pick up and get lost in for the weekend!  Moving back to a town your family comes from has its problems, but making an effort to learn will get you far.
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