FICTION

The Book Charmer

Gallery: S. & S. Jul. 2019. 352p. ISBN 9781982135669. $28; pap. ISBN 9781982105549. $16ebk. ISBN 9781982105556. F
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Grace Wheeler has a plan: she will move her niece, Daisy, and her foster mother, Mama G, back to her small hometown of Dove Pond, NC, for one year. Long enough to figure out how to transition from aunt to full-time mother for Daisy and from daughter to full-time caretaker for Mama G. After she sorts that all out, she will go back to Charlotte, NC. However, the town librarian, Sarah Dove, and her books, which live and breathe, according to Sarah, have other plans for Grace. They tell Sarah that she must convince Grace to stay and that the social committee is going to help her see to it. Armed with books that whisper whom they should belong to, Sarah sets out on a campaign to woo Grace over to Dove Pond. Taking on the community’s apple festival and rescuing the village from bankruptcy are all part of the plan, not to mention falling in love with the local bad boy.
VERDICT This heartwarming story by Hawkins (“MacLean Curse” and “Hurst Amulet” series) will delight fans of cozy romantic fiction with its quirky characters and charming small town.

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