Thank you, NetGalley, Karen Hawkins, and Galley Books for the opportunity to read this book! This book releases on August 1st!!
A Cup of Silver Linings by Karen Hawkins is the 2nd book in the Dove Pond Series. A lot of the plotlines from the first book, The Book Charmer, weren’t solved so I was eager to see what happened to these quirky characters.
The first book introduced Sarah, the Dove sister who can talk to books. She can always give a person the perfect book that they need at that moment. In this book, we are introduced to Ava, the Dove sister whose teas are famous for their help in healing. However, something goes wrong. Customers start reporting awful things that have happened to them after drinking the tea. Between the bad batch of tea and the dreadful secret Ava hides, she is also worried about 16-year-old Kristen. Kristen has lived in Dove Pond all of her life with her mom…who just passed away due to cancer. Now her grandmother has come to town determined to take her from Dove Pond. All these characters’ storylines collide in a story filled with friendship and forgiveness.
The word to describe this book is quirky. Everyone is unique and fully embraces it. I am so glad that a few of the plotlines from the previous book were finally resolved–that was actually my main issue in book one. These books aren’t really fantasy, despite how my description sounds, it is actually more magical realism than fantasy.
But this book touches on so many themes that we can all relate to, one of which is grief. I really appreciate how the author shows grief in a non-linear way. Most people think that the stages of grief go in a straight line from denial to acceptance. In reality, it jumps, curves, reverses, and zigzags around. The author also shows two different types of grieving: a devoted relationship and an estranged relationship. She gives all of these feelings and emotions validity.
Needless to say, I cannot wait for book three! We get to meet a new Dove sister! I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars!