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The Book Charmer: Dove Pond #1    by Karen Hawkins order for
Book Charmer
by Karen Hawkins
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Simon & Schuster, 2019 (2019)
Hardcover, Softcover, CD, e-Book
* * *   Reviewed by Barbara Lingens

Dove Pond is a very special place, or so it seems to Sarah the librarian. But Grace, newly arrived with her foster mother and niece, will have none of it. She is determined to leave after one year, only having come here to help Mama G, her foster mother, with her memory problems. Sarah thinks otherwise. After all, the book has been telling her Grace is The One.

Grace is dealing with a lot in her life right now. She feels abandoned by a sister who just leaves her baby for their foster mother to raise and then goes and dies. That changes Grace's role from that of doting aunt to mother figure, something Daisy, the niece, has zero interest in. Then, Mama G's steadily progressing Alzheimer's is not easy for either of them to deal with. Author Hawkins has an especially fine way of making us aware of this decline and showing us how family can work with their loved one. It is not easy!

Hawkins has written a warm and charming story that will appeal to those who love a bit of mystery with their romance. Grace and Sarah are both strong characters, Sarah being the quirky one and Grace the more straightforward. At first they rub each other the wrong way, but friendship wins out, especially when there is a challenge for each!

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