The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins – A Belated Book Review

What happens when someone asks you for a book recommendation, and you when youearch for your review on a particular book, you discover you only raved about it on social media? (Apparently, you only wrote the review in your head and on NetGalley…) You write a belated book review to make up for it! In this instance, the book in question is the very magical novel The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins. I received an advanced copy of the book from Gallery Books via NetGalley; all opinions are my own. This post contains some affiliate links that may earn me a commission if you purchase through them. My Thoughts The Book Charmer was an absolutely delightful book! This will appeal to fans of Sarah Addison Allen and lovers of Magical Realism. This is a lovely story, one that I thought would be about Sarah, the “book charmer” in question. However, Sarah is more the glue that holds the story together. Her library books speak to her and tell her what book each person needs. Instead, this story centers around Gracie. Gracie has come Dove Falls to help raise her niece after the death of her sister and to help her ailing foster mother. Ultimately, she will help the town of Dove Falls. Sarah needs to find a way to make her stay. (And surprise, surprise – Gracie doesn’t want her book from Sarah.) This is a story about love, redemption, and family. It touches on topics of PTSD and dementia and captures the small town dynamic well. The writing is engaging and the characters are relatable and interesting. I was caught up in the emotions of the novel, and sad to see it end. I fell in love with so many of the characters. This looks to be the first of a series, and I’m here for it! I love the idea of seeing more from these wonderful, quirky characters. The Book Charmer was an easy, light read, and a bit of a love letter to the power of books. Want more like this? Karen Hawkins has written a novella for the Dove Pond series. Love in the Afternoon brings together more Dove Pond residents (with the help of a ghost). For more magical realism and themes on family and redemption, check out Heather Webber’s amazing novel Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe!