The Book Charmer is a charming and magical story of a town in trouble, two very strong women determined to save it, and maybe a bit of magic thrown in to make the perfect tale.
Dove Pond is a small town on the verge of financial disaster. The Dove family has always been lucky. They all have their own talents and Sarah’s is books. What better job for her to have than a librarian?! Sarah’s gift is knowing which person needs which book. To be fair the books tell her who needs what and she doesn’t argue with them. Most of them anyway.
When Grace arrives to take over the town clerk’s job and settle Momma G and eight-year-old Daisy, in Momma G’s hometown, she immediately gets off on the wrong foot. Hurting from the loss of her job, her sister and now Momma G’s worsening dementia, Grace comes off as snooty and judgy. Both cover a lot of uncertainty and fear.
As Grace and the town get to know each other better she feels as if she may have found the family she never had. But is she still leaving when her year is up?
This was so beautifully written. The characters were quirky and very relatable. I hope we see more of them.
Very Well Done!
NetGalley/ July 30th, 2019 by Gallery Books
Translated by Simon Bruni
From a beguiling voice in Mexican fiction comes an astonishing novel—her first to be translated into English—about a mysterious child with the power to change a family’s history in a country on the verge of revolution.
The day Nana Reja found a tiny baby under a bridge, wrapped in a blanket of bees, life in their small village in Mexico changed. Baby Simonopio had been kissed by the devil some said. With his deformed mouth, there are some that believe he is the devil. But not the Morales family. They have adopted Nana Reja and Simonopio and love them both deeply.
As he grows he wanders the fields with his swarm of bees. Listening to what they tell him. It seems his purpose is to watch over the family and protect them with the visions he has.
In the middle of the Mexican Revolution and the 1918 flu outbreak, the Morales family survives and with the help of Simonopio, they thrive. Is it magic? Is it love and faith?
Whichever it is there is always someone waiting to destroy what they do not understand and this evil could destroy an entire family.
If this book was this beautiful and moving after the translation, I can only imagine what it feels like in its native tongue.
It was a pleasure to read and I’m sure I will read it again!