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The Book Charmer
The Book Charmer | Karen Hawkins
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 whenever the Dove family has seven daughters. Fortunately, that time is now, because Dove Pond desperately needs a miracle. The seventh daughter, Sarah Dove, believes in all things magical. Books have whispered their secrets to her since she was a child. Now the town librarian, she makes sure every book finds the reader who most needs it. But recently the books have been whispering something differentthat change is about to come to Dove Pond. Sarah is soon convinced that the legendary Dove Pond good luck has arrived in the form of new resident, Grace Wheeler. After the tragic death of her sister, Grace has moved to Dove Pond with her grieving young niece and ailing foster mother hoping to retrench financially and emotionally before returning to her fast-paced city life. But she soon learns that life in a not-so-sleepy town isnt as quiet as shed hoped. Despite her best efforts to focus on her family, she cant avoid the townspeople, especially her next-door neighbors, the quirky and talkative Sarah Dove and cynical veteran Chris Parker. Graces situation grows more complicated when she assumes her duties as town clerk and discovers that Dove Pond is on the verge of financial ruin. Already overburdened by her own cares, Grace tries to stay aloof from the towns issues, but shes never been good at resisting a challenge. With Sarahs encouragement, and inspired by the wise words of a special book, Grace decides to save her new town. And in her quest, she discovers the rich comfort of being a part of a loving community, the tantalizing promise of new love, the deep strength that comes from having a true friend, and the heartfelt power of finding just the right book. With Karen Hawkinss fast, fun, and sexy (Christina Dodd) prose, The Book Charmer is a feel-good story with plenty of heart that will appeal to fans of Sarah Addison Allen, Alice Hoffman, Heather Graham, and Jude Deveraux.
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Lynnsoprano
The Book Charmer | Karen Hawkins
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It‘s one of those why-people-move-Florida days. I‘m actually a little cool, sitting on the patio with my book. I‘d intended to spend the afternoon reading, but we started discussing plans for next summer and ended up booking a tour in northern England 😄

squirrelbrain Ooh where are you going? We could arrange a meet-up! 😁👍 3d
ValerieAndBooks Ooh, that trip should be fun!! 3d
reading_rainbow excellent! 3d
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Misty1_2 Beautiful ❤️ 3d
Sace Sounds fun! 3d
Annl I live in Florida also. I cut my grass after work today and am now sitting with the windows open. 3d
Slajaunie I love warm weather but I have to have some winter. That is why I live in south Louisiana. We still get winter but more summer. 2d
Lynnsoprano @squirrelbrain We are going to be in Alnmouth for a tour with HF Holidays. 😄 2d
Lynnsoprano @Annl I love having the windows open again! 2d
squirrelbrain That will be lovely - hopefully you will be able to fit in a visit to Barter Books! 2d
Lynnsoprano @squirrelbrain Oh, I hope so! We‘ll be there for a week, and while I know from experience that our touring days will be busy, there‘s also a free day. Hubby will want to walk, but hopefully I can convince him we need to explore the town. 2d
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Serenity_Within86
The Book Charmer | Karen Hawkins
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Read it!!!

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Serenity_Within86
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Determined to finish tonight

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Serenity_Within86
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To sleep or read that's the question 😂 we all know what the answer is ☕📚

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Lauram
The Book Charmer | Karen Hawkins
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed the magical realism in this book and wish that the story had focused more on Sarah, the Book Charmer. There were too many main characters and the ending felt incomplete. If this is the first of a series, I‘m not likely to read any others.

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Serenity_Within86
The Book Charmer | Karen Hawkins
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Best way to kill time on the 🚋

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Serenity_Within86
The Book Charmer | Karen Hawkins
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Getting some reading in before bedtime

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Serenity_Within86
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Lunch time

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Serenity_Within86
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Can't put down!!

Reecaspieces Loved this book!!! Hits right at my heart! 2w
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Lynnsoprano
The Book Charmer | Karen Hawkins
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#gratefulreads #lookingforwardtoreading I haven‘t done a challenge in ages, but I‘m committing to at least this one this month. Just about to diving into this!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So happy you are joining us!!! Pretty cover!! 🧡🧡 3w
OriginalCyn620 Glad to have you aboard! 😊 3w
Linsy Pretty 💕 2w
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Lynnsoprano
The Book Charmer | Karen Hawkins
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#bookhaul Actually, only the tagged book is for me. The journal is for a certain untagged Litten who also happens to be a family member. I‘m putting it away for Christmas. The other book was hubby‘s choice, although I‘ll probably end up reading it at some point. The purpose of our trip to B&N was for the calendar. We may be retired, but we‘re still crazy busy 🤣

Crazeedi I have this one on my tbr too! 3w
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BookishMarginalia
The Book Charmer | Karen Hawkins
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At one of our favorite places, the #ArtisanCheeseCompany in #SarasotaFL - yum!

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BookishMarginalia
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sherri
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Fresh off the bookstore shelf, directly home to begin reading.

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Tracey3
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A new school year started and my ability to read has diminished. I‘m embarrassed by how long it has taken to finish this one. Everything about this book was adorable: the characters, the town, the premise. The portrayal of a loved one suffered from Alzheimer‘s was achingly accurate. I could have hung out in that town a bit longer.

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BookishMarginalia
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Today‘s #LibraryHaul

Cinfhen So basically your weekend read 🥳nice haul!!! #LibrariesRock 🙌🏻💕 2mo
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Insightsintobooks
The Book Charmer | Karen Hawkins
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Thank you @jdiehr for the tag.

#7days7covers

Day 1. I love this cover!

I'll tag @cinfhen

Cinfhen Beautiful cover 😍but I‘ve already played 😌thanks for thinking of me 2mo
marleed I need this book. I love the cover so much! 2mo
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Victoriahoperose
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This was a really sweet book. If you need something light with an upbeat story, this is definitely great to read. This has a Gilmore Girls vibe with a splash of magical realism. I really liked the characters and the story and how it all came together. Very cute book!

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ReadingEnvy
The Book Charmer | Karen Hawkins
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Mehso-so

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.) 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 daughters have magical abilities. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy The librarian is one of those and she gives books to people they don't know they need. By the end the focus is on a woman who has brought the woman who was her foster parent back to her hometown to care for her and her sister's child, and the neighbor nextdoor who is a returned soldier slash mechanic.⤵️ 3mo
ReadingEnvy All in all there's a lot thrown in that I would have saved for subsequent novels to really focus on a single story or relationship at once. But maybe the author intended to introduce the town and its characters in this first novel. Living so close to many NC mountain towns, I enjoyed the story from that perspective. 3mo
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scripturient
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What a sweet story! The plot is a bit thin but the charming characters just about make up for it.

heidisreads Cute cover! 3mo
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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
The Book Charmer | Karen Hawkins
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This was a nice change of pace for me. With it's small town setting and the bit of magical realism, this book reminded me of a comfort food. While it touches on some tough topics, the overall feel good attitude of this story really warmed my heart.

𝘋𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘳: 𝘐 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘢 𝘧𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘈𝘙𝘊 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘪𝘯 𝘢 G𝘰𝘰𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘴 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸.

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Booknerd2
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This book is so cute!!!! Grace has the weight of the world on her shoulders. Sarah is trying to save her town. She needs Grace to stay permanently and help but Grace has other plans. This story is about a small town with its quirky residents, friendships, magic, and a little romance. So, so good!!!! Highly recommend. 💜💜💜

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Daria.Adrianna21
The Book Charmer | Karen Hawkins
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Mehso-so

Oh my gosh I forgot to post a review for this book when I finished it on Thursday!
It was a cute little book that really reminded me of Gilmore Girls and Good Witch. There were a few complaints, such as I wish things like the festival and the impact of Sarah's books in people's personal lives was talked about more so we could get a real understanding of it.
All in all, cute, fantastic, and something sweet to pass the time.

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Booknerd2
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I 💜💜💜 my LIBRARY!!! I better get reading.😎😜Happy Friday everyone!!!

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Gnora
The Book Charmer | Karen Hawkins
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Just a little late to the party, but here are my best covers for July 2019!

#TopSix #CoverLust #CatchyCovers #IJudgeBooks #LibraryBooks

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Reecaspieces
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🍭🍭🍭🍭Review is up on my blog. Stop by and say hi. This is such a sweet read. https://reecaspieces.com/2019/08/01/the-book-charmer-by-karen-hawkins-thekarenha...

essayareayaitch Karen Hawkins, the romance novelist? 4mo
Reecaspieces @essayareayaitch yes! It has a little romance but not much at all. This is the start of a new series for her 4mo
essayareayaitch I'll need to look into it. I loved her early romance novels. 4mo
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robinb
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#bookmail for today! I simply couldn‘t resist this cover, and Hawkins is a favorite of mine. 😊 Looking forward to getting to it soon! 💙💚💗

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Reecaspieces
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Getting a little reading time in before work this afternoon! This tagged book is adorable!

SilversReviews It sounded adorable!!! 4mo
Reecaspieces @SilversReviews you would love it 4mo
SilversReviews @Reecaspieces I just requested it on NETGALLEY,but I doubt I‘ll have it read by tomorrow. THANKS. 4mo
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cookreadsleep
The Book Charmer | Karen Hawkins
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This is another loveable curmudgeon tale, where the town comes together to make the grinch's heart grow three sizes. It includes themes of raising children while taking care of parents with dementia, along with small town life. The only difference is that there‘s a bit of magic. The middle of this book was a little long, and the dialogue was a bit tedious. Overall, it‘s a fine book if you‘re looking for something light.

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aprilpohren
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Oh my gosh!! Just finished this and completely in love with the story and the characters. Imagine what it would be like if books talked to you!! I also love the cover!! #netgalley

Bookwormjillk I think I would have to stop reading Stephen King 5mo
Crazeedi Sounds very good, I love books about books! 5mo
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aprilpohren @Bookwormjillk That is very true! Lol! I do as well @Crazeedi !! 5mo
tracey38 Sounds like a great story! Stacked! 5mo
kspenmoll Another book about books to stack! Thx! 5mo
aprilpohren This books spoiled me because I want to read another like it! Lol! 5mo
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PatriciaU
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The concept of a town librarian hearing books talk and giving the right book to the right person at the right time is the stuff of magic for people who love books. Pair that with a small town full of down to earth people who love each other despite their differences, and a set of main characters so appealing that it‘s impossible not to like this book. Review at https://itsallaboutthebook.org/2019/04/10/the-book-charmer-by-karen-hawkins/

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Insightsintobooks
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I've started reading this book from #netgalley. Isn't the cover beautiful?

Butterfinger I adore that cover!!!
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Bookishlie This sounds amazing! 7mo
GenreMinxReviews I agree with you, I love that cover 🥰 7mo
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AmberWB
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I loved this book. I‘ve already told my mom just to go ahead and pre-order it because I am that confident she will love it as well. There are definitely parts of the storyline that are predictable, but in the best way possible- it is what you want to happen. There is even a bit of magic thrown in. If you are a fan of Jenny Colgan or Elin Hildebrand, this is for you.

Book was received as an ARC from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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AmberWB
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Perfect day for Bailey‘s iced coffee and a good net galley book on my kindle. 😊 Trying to ignore the storm clouds moving in....

Daisey Sounds and looks wonderful! 7mo
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