This is a rather difficult review to write. There were so many things I had never heard of before.
The story of seven women. Living with generational trauma. We begin with Dorothy Moy. Washington’s one-time poet laureate. When her young daughter begins showing signs of the same type of behavior that plagues Dorothy, she decides to go for some experimental treatments that are thought to mitigate inherited trauma. That one I had to look up.
In doing so she connects with past generations of her own family. And in all of the scenarios, there is a man looking for her. So a painful and traumatic past isn’t the only thing she’s searching for answers for.
Her choice to end the cycle of pain may help her find her lost love or it may cost her something.
I enjoyed the women’s stories. How different and yet similar they were. Some of these things I had never heard about before and I am very glad I now understand them.
Ilana Lopez is a biracial Jewish girl of immigrant parents who want more for her. A stable career, a good man, and a good income.
Ilana dreams of becoming a violinist. And she is talented. But her parents don’t believe she understands how difficult the life of an artist can be. So to teach her that they send her to Prague for the summer to stay with her artist aunt. There she is to study hard for her SAT exam and hopefully learn a lesson.
And she does. She learns about history and music and ghosts and more.
Behind her aunt’s house is an old Jewish cemetery. Overgrown with weeds and left to nature. She is determined to clean the cemetery and while there she meets Benjamin. A boy her own age. Except he is rather dead.
But they talk and while she cleans his grave, he shows her a different side of Prague. One where ghosts live. Everyone is enchanted by her and none so much as the old man Rudolph, who has no shadow, which is odd. He is obsessed with her and her music, even giving her a violin. He then offers to share his magic so she and Benjamin can be together. But Ilana finds out a secret and she is willing to lose this boy she has come to love if it means he can be free.
This is a very different story. A bit of magic, myth, and just a brilliant writing style.
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.