I again only finished one book for April, but it’s okay. I am not putting any pressure on myself these days. I read when I read.
How’s your reading going?
Without further ado, my review of…
The Bookcharmer by Karen Hawkins (★★★☆☆)
Sarah lives in a small town, Dove Pond, and she – and her sisters – are each said to have special gifts. Sarah can talk to books, or actually, books talk to her and tell her who needs to read them so she can place them in the hand of the right people.
While the plot is sweet and the idea of Sarah being able to talk to books intriguing, this was only a minor part of the story. I would have wished for a bit more “magic” and book charming, I guess.
You expect the story to revolve around Sarah, but the actual protagonist of the story is Grace, who moves to Dove Pond with her family and who is supposedly the person to save Dove Pond from bankruptcy. The chapters alternate between Sarah, Grace, and Trav, Sarah’s childhood friend and Grace’s neighbor (why Trav? Nobody knows), although Hawkins uses the 3rd-person omniscient narration.
This is a sweet story about connecting and friendship, but also not an overall ‘feel good’ story, as the novel touches on several heavier topics including foster care, trauma, suicide and death, Alzheimers, PTSD, caregiver stress, and a small town’s financial crisis. Almost a little much for one story, to be honest.
Overall, I enjoyed this book well enough. 3,5 stars for a sweet, though predictable story with a few clever nuances. Just what I needed right now.
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