I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Sparrow Sisters by Ellen Herrick
Published by William Morrow on 1 September 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
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With echoes of the alchemy of Practical Magic, the lushness of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, and the darkly joyful wickedness of the Witches of East End, Ellen Herrick’s debut novel spins an enchanting love story about a place where magic whispers just beneath the surface and almost anything is possible, if you aren’t afraid to listen.
The Sparrow Sisters are as tightly woven into the seaside New England town of Granite Point as the wild sweet peas that climb the stone walls along the harbor. Sorrel, Nettie and Patience are as colorful as the beach plums on the dunes and as mysterious as the fog that rolls into town at dusk.
Patience is the town healer and when a new doctor settles into Granite Point he brings with him a mystery so compelling that Patience is drawn to love him, even as she struggles to mend him. But when Patience Sparrow’s herbs and tinctures are believed to be implicated in a local tragedy, Granite Point is consumed by a long-buried fear—and its three hundred year old history resurfaces as a modern day witch-hunt threatens. The plants and flowers, fruit trees and high hedges begin to wither and die, and the entire town begins to fail; fishermen return to the harbor empty-handed, and blight descends on the old elms that line the lanes.
It seems as if Patience and her town are lost until the women of Granite Point band together to save the Sparrow. As they gather, drawing strength from each other, will they be able to turn the tide and return life to Granite Point?
The Sparrow Sisters is a beautiful, haunting, and thoroughly mesmerizing novel that will capture your imagination.
I really, really, really enjoyed this book. I loved the whimsical writing, and the way you get lost in the town of Granite Point. I also loved the magical element, even though the book focuses on the characters.
The Sparrow Sisters are so close, and I love that they have such a strong sibling relationship. Even when they are irritated with each other, they stand beside each other through everything. Nettie is quiet and definitely not flashy. She stays in the background and offers up her support and ideas when they are needed. Sorrel is a bit surly at times, but she’s the mother figure. She gets things done, and makes sure her sisters are doing okay. And Patience is, well there isn’t just one word to describe Patience. She doesn’t get involved with the town gossip, but she’s magnificent. She has the ability to tell when people need something in their lives, and helps with her remedies to make them better.
The other characters are very well written, and each has some sort of connection to the Sparrow family. Henry isn’t exactly fond of Patience helping the town with her remedies. As a doctor he believes the citizens should go to him. He struggles with trying to understand what she’s capable of as he wants to get closer to her. They are both more alike than either wants to voice. Ben has longed for a certain sister for as long as he can remember, but has always been scared to make the first move. He does show his unending support when one of them falls under the scrutiny of the town. And Simon, well he had feelings for one of them when they were younger, and still holds love for her now.
I think this book showed how an entire town can go into chaos when something bad happens. They want to place blame, and sometimes the easiest to blame are those that, even though they have helped them, are a bit odd. I love how the women of Granite Point band together to help the Sparrow Sisters, and the support of those close to them. I got lost in this small town, and the images were unfolded as I turned the pages.
This is definitely a must read, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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