This book really is charming! It had me at at the title and the description of magical books that can speak and I am very happy to say it’s very much worth reading! I did not realize that this was the start of a series which could explain why Sarah, the book charmer, is not the central character I was expecting. She is very much an important character here and very fun but I think she is being set up to have her own book later. In many ways the central part of this story is Sarah’s hometown of Dove Pond and her belief that Grace is meant to save it. You see Sarah found out from her books that Grace is necessary to save her small town whose fortunes have been on the decline. Grace is a young woman who has faced far too many hardships and finds herself in Dove Pond on what she considers a very temporary stay.
The novel jumps between the POV of Sarah, Grace and Trav. They are all neighbors in this town. Trav grew up with Sarah but after going off to war has returned with PTSD that he is working through. These people and a few key members of the town rally together to help each other and their town. A few characters happen to be single and get some extra page time which again could be an introduction for future appearances in this series I think. Much like Sarah and her book charming affinity other characters are mentioned as having their own certain special qualities as well.
I’ve never read a book by this author before but I found myself absolutely impressed by this novel and very much looking forward to the next book in this series! I really want to find out more about Sarah so I hope her story is next. If you were drawn to this book like I was because of its description I think you will be very happy with it. It’s a sweet story with just a tiny drop of magic and a lot of charm! Thanks to Bookish First for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.