We’re back in Dove Pond, a book I have waiting for since reading an ARC of The Book Charmer in 2019. This book focuses on both Ava and Sarah as Ava works to set up her tearoom. But also includes chapters from Kristen and her grandmother Ellen. We left book 1 in a precarious place for Kristen, and she’s going through a rough time. Hawkins delivers a heartwarming read in A Cup of Silver Linings.
“Tears are a testament to the strength of a person’s memory.”
I find it interesting that book 1 spent a lot of time with Travis and then omitted him with this one. At times, I found Kristen’s voice was off, but I love her as a character. All the characters are multidimensional and relate well to each other. The storyline is engaging, and you find yourself unaware of the passing of time. Overall, an enjoyable read. Thank you, Gallery Books, for sending this along!
A Cup of Silver Linings is available on Amazon for $9.99.
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.