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The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins

Series: Dove Pond, #1Preview (opens in a new tab)

Publication Date: 30 Jul 2019

Publisher: Gallery Books

ARC copy from Netgalley.com and Gallery Books


“Life is made up on moments, good and bad. But while you don’t get to pick all the moments, you do get to pick which ones you cling to.”

–Mama G.

 The Book Charmer must be embraced with light-heartedness and a suspension of reality. The story weaves its magic through the pages of everyday life in Dove Pond, N.C. Sarah Dove, the town librarian, has a gift for hearing books when they talk to her. While many of us feel like our books talk to us through themes and messages, Sarah’s books talk to her.

When Grace Wheeler rolls into town with her niece, Daisy, and her beloved Mama G, Sarah feels certain life is about to change for the entire town. Grace, a strong but emotionally wounded young woman, takes on the task of raising her grieving niece and caring for her much-loved foster mother who is fading away with the onset of Alzheimer’s. As if Grace doesn’t have enough on her plate, Travis Parker, a wild looking, motorcycle riding veteran lives right next door and unsettles her life in a multitude of other ways and Sarah gives her books that she doesn’t really want.

As Sarah and Grace navigate the path to friendship, they each learn some valuable lessons. Grace learns that being independent and successful deals with much more than careers and finances. She learns the true value of family, friends, and community in this heartwarming tale. The quirky secondary characters in the book further enrich the novel making it a fun and enticing read for the summer.

I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful story. Readers of Sarah Allen Addison will absolutely love this book! I personally can’t wait for book two of the series to be published.

This ARC copy was received from Gallery Books and Netgalley.com. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel

Publication Date: March 2018

Publisher: Gallery Books

ARC copy from Netgalley and Gallery Books


“We just have to believe, Ruby. We have to believe that things will work out just the way they’re meant to.”

                                                            –Thomas Clarke, pilot


Ruby Henderson Benoit, a beautiful young American citizen, arrives in Paris in 1939 having little knowledge or understanding of what her life will become over the next few years. Life seemed romantic at the time when she married Marcel Benoit, a handsome Frenchman and moved to Paris to live in his family’s apartment with a view of the tip of the Eiffel Tower. Being young and in love clearly influenced their life in those first few months before the realities of the coming war set in.

The arrival of the war brings emotions and complications neither Ruby nor Marcel can foresee. Marcel turns into a different person than the one Ruby married. As the changes become more evident and the war marches closer to their doors, Ruby and Marcel both make decisions that will impact their lives forever.

Charlotte Dacher, a bright young 11 year old Jewish girl, plays a key role in Ruby’s new life.  Charlotte’s survival depends on Ruby and Ruby’s responsibilities give her a reason to survive the all consuming war.  The novel follows Ruby and Charlotte through the war years as they struggle to survive and assist others in unfortunate circumstances brought on by the war.

A very good historical fiction book that delves into WWII and the Resistance! A compelling cast of secondary characters adds life to the story and the plot definitely holds your interest all the way through. A terrific book for fans of historical fiction!

This ARC copy was received from Gallery Books and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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