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Today, we're grabbing our party hats and throwing the confetti as we celebrate the BOOK BIRTHDAY of the latest release in the Dove Pond series from author Karen Hawkins! You might recall the MAGIC and BEAUTY that was the first title, The Book Charmer, and if you need a refresher, just click here for my review. It was a pleasure to read with charm to spare and a great beginning to what we hoped would be a growing series to come. That time has arrived and without further ado, here comes today's book birthday celebrant and book of choice...
Dove Pond series, Book 2
About the book...
Ava Dove—the sixth of the seven famed Dove sisters and owner of Ava Dove’s Landscaping and Specialty Teas—is frantic.
Just as her fabulous new tearoom is about to open, her herbal teas have gone wonky. Suddenly, her sleep-inducing tea is startling her clients awake with vivid dreams, her romance-kindling tea is causing people to blurt out their darkest secrets, and her anti-anxiety tea is making them spend hours staring into mirrors. Ava is desperate for a remedy, but her search leads her into dangerous territory, as she is forced to face a dark secret she’s been hiding for over a decade.
Meanwhile, successful architect Ellen Foster has arrived in Dove Pond to attend the funeral of her estranged daughter, Julie. Grieving deeply, Ellen is determined to fix up her daughter’s ramshackle house, sell it, and then sweep her sixteen-year-old granddaughter, Kristen, off to a saner, calmer life in Raleigh. But Kristen has other plans. Desperate to stay with her friends in Dove Pond, Kristen sets off on a quest she’s avoided her whole life—to find her never-been-there father in the hopes of winning her freedom from the grandmother she barely knows.
Together, Ava, Kristen, and Ellen embark on a reluctant but magical journey of healing, friendship, and family that will delight fans of Alice Hoffman, Kate Morton, and Sarah Addison Allen.
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Another Dove sister, another magically infused dilemma...
...but this time, the choice made once upon a time,..
...may come back to bite with a VENGENANCE.
OH yes. Those decisions we make out of an abundance of love for someone, may be from the kindness of our heart, but they can still backfire in spectacular ways. Ask Ava...she knows ALL about that...and yet to see her, to know her, to work with her, is to care for her and see just how very much she cares for those around her. Her calling in life may be to work with plants, and the outlets she's cultivated through gardening and her specialty teas are a perfect match, but at the heart of it all, she's human. She can make mistakes even when entirely laced with love and the repercussions of those chances taken can echo through the years.
It was both heartbreaking and heartwarming to be immersed in this story. From the sister dilemma coming back to life from their shared past to their recent loss of a a dear friend and the challenges presented when change comes in like a wrecking ball...and in the form of a relation you never knew...there is so much here to love, you won't know which shoulder to cry on, or hug to embrace. The tough times ARE TOUGH, and those Ava inadvertently wronged do not let her off easy, but the joys are equally uplifting, the sisterhood something to celebrate, and the second chances others didn't know they'd be getting a gem to remember.
All in all, a great addition to the series with characters to love and new charms to cherish. You can feel the family fold growing despite the bloodlines not always being shared, but that's the beauty of family. It's not always who was born into it, but WELCOMED into it that matters most. Can't wait to see what the next release has in store for us!
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About the author...
A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Karen Hawkins writes novels that have been praised as touching, witty, charming, and heartwarming. A native Southerner who grew up in the mountains of East Tennessee where storytelling is a way of life, Karen recently moved to frosty New England with her beloved husband and multiple foster dogs. The Dove Pond series is a nod to the thousands of books that opened doors for her to more adventures, places, and discoveries than she ever imagined possible.
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Special thanks to Lucy at Simon & Schuster for the ARC for review (THANKS!). For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now via Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!