This is a sweet, heartwarming novel that is the first installment in a series about Dove Pond, NC and its townspeople. The book introduces, Sarah Dove, a descendant of the original founders of Dove Pond. Enter the magical realism of this story. Sarah grows up to become the town librarian which is magical enough on its own. On top of that, the books speak to Sarah. Literally. They talk to her. Which might not be a bad thing at this point for me! I can imagine all the wonderful conversations I could have if my favorite books actually talked to me. Maybe this is why I joined Bookstagram. I was tired of all the one-sided conversations I was having.

Okay, enough silliness about my love of books. But that is one of the reasons I was drawn to this one.

Sarah is not the main character of this story. The main character is a woman named Grace. Grace and her sister, Hannah, grew up in one foster home after another until a woman named Mama G took them both into her home. With the love and guidance of Mama G, Grace bloomed from a troubled adolescence into a fiercely independent, financially successful woman. When we meet Grace, she is moving from Charlotte to Dove Pond with Mama G and Grace’s niece, Daisy. Mama G is in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease and Grace is leaving behind her life in Charlotte to care for Mama G in the small town.

This is a lovely story filled with Grace’s journey to Dove Pond and the reason she has unwillingly come to live in this small town. I could relate to Grace a bit because of her love and care for Mama G. Mama G’s dementia was handled quite well in this story, with care and realism. However, I found this book to be a bit slow for me as a reader and the story itself wasn’t quite as engaging for me as I had hoped. I was drawn to this book because the cover is so beautiful and the story sounded like something I might enjoy. I did enjoy it and it is certainly well-written. I am curious to find out more about Sarah, who plays only a minor role in this installment.

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I received a complimentary copy via NetGalley and Gallery Books. All opinions are my own.

About the author:

Karen Hawkins is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 26 fun and lively Regency historical romances and two humorous contemporary romances. Like Sabrina Jeffries, Julia Quinn, Victoria Alexander, and Suzanne Enoch, Karen’s books are renown for their sparkling humor, dashing rakes, independent heroines, and often include freshly retold fairy tales (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, etc), daring rescues, runaway brides, marriages of convenience, Regency balls, and more! With vivid descriptions, strong characters, and captivating plots, Karen takes her readers from London’s Regency ballrooms to the purpled moors of Scotland and beyond. 

When not stalking hot Australian actors, pretending to do ‘research’ while looking up pictures of men in kilts from the Scottish highlands, or teasing her husband (aka Cap’n Hot Cop) about his propensity to idolize chocolate cake over the other food groups, Karen is busy writing her next book while resting her toes on one of her three large rescue dogs. She lives in snowy Massachusetts.


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