The Book Charmer Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Prepare to fall under the spell of “this sometimes whimsical, often insightful, always absorbing story” (Shelf Awareness) following two fiercely independent women and their truly magical friendship in a sleepy Southern town, from New York Times best-selling author of Karen Hawkins.
Sarah Dove is no ordinary bookworm. To her, books live, breathe, and sometimes even speak. As the librarian in her quaint Southern town of Dove Pond, her gift helps place every book in the hands of the perfect reader. Recently, however, the books have been whispering about something out of the ordinary: the arrival of a displaced city girl named Grace Wheeler. If the books are right, Grace could be the savior Dove Pond desperately needs.
The problem is, Grace wants little to do with the town or its quirky residents — Sarah chief among them. But with a bit of urging, and the help of an especially wise book, will Grace ultimately embrace the challenge to rescue her charmed new community?
“A mesmerizing fusion of the mystical and the everyday” (Susan Andersen, New York Times best-selling author), The Book Charmer is a heartwarming story about the magic of books that feels more than a little magical itself.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 42 minutes|
|Narrator||Tavia Gilbert, Amanda Ronconi, Sebastian York|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 30, 2019|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #13,570 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#409 in Family Life Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#709 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,931 in Women's Domestic Life Fiction
Reviewed in the United States on February 5, 2020
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This is an American small-town story of revival, both personal and community, and a story about friendship.
The book charmer, Sarah, is the small town librarian from the founding family of the Doves. The Dove family women have a little bit of magic. Some people might consider it intuition, some people might think it’s New Age baloney, but the Dove women have their gifts. Sarah discovered as a small girl that books actually spoke to her, quietly and her brain - sometimes disruptively, not always in a welcome way - but the books know things so Sarah listens.
Sarah also grew up thinking that somehow she was going to save their struggling, little town. She was waiting for the wisdom. The burden is so clear to her that she doesn’t consider that the inspiration may come from another person.
Enter Grace, she moves to Dove Pond with her tiny, hurting family just for a year to help her ailing foster mother, her young niece, and herself grieve her sister and gather themselves before moving back to the big city of Charlotte. Really, she doesn’t want to get to know people; she will just be leaving again. So this is a story about how even reluctant neighbors learn to trust one another, like one another, and then rely on one another.
The book starts slowly as we are introduced to many people but then takes off about the end of chapter 9. It is the first of a series about the small town and I am pretty sure there will be love stories coming up. There was a bit of romance in this one but it was a healing, tentative reaching sort of romance with the promise of an HEA.
I think I was expecting a romance so at first I thought the pace a bit slow but it is chatty and gossips about the townsfolk in a good humored way. There’s meat here and beautiful lessons about trust and connection. There are hints of some fun stories ahead and I have faith that they will be her usual funny and sweet romances.
It is a good beginning to what looks to be a fun series. Buy the book (or get your librarian to), read it, be patient with the slow beginning, and enjoy the sweetness of getting to know a new group of friends because although we don’t learn each other in a day we can still be kindred spirits.
Again, it's a charming read. But it doesn't give you the elements that the cover and title lead you to expect. If I found the second book at Goodwill I'd buy it, but I wouldn't pay full price after reading the first.
The Book Charmer takes place in Dove Pond where many generations of gifted families have grown up (just a hint of magic!). Some are able to "smell a man with money" and some are gifted storytellers, but Sarah Dove has the coolest gift of them all... she can talk to books. This novel mixes magic with reality seamlessly. Dove Pond is picturesque. I wasn't only invested in Mama G, Sarah, Grace, Daisy, and Trav as the main characters, but the entire town was written in such a way that I cared about each resident and was rooting for the town as a whole to succeed and come together again.
An absolutely fabulous novel about friendships, hardships, and the relationships that form if you just open your heart a little. :)
I am now very excited to read Ava Dove's story, A Cup of Silver Linings in July!