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 300-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.
©2015 Ellen Herrick (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
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"Good narrator, weak story"
Cassandra Campbell has a lovely voice that enhances everything she narrates, but she can't make this debt novel anything more than what it is....a first attempt at magical fiction. Alice Hoffman does MF so much better. Maybe this author will improve with practice, but I just found this story predictable and unenchanting.
"Reviewers Petty in sum"
Found the rhythm, texture and pace of the book just fine. Not certain the reviews on the site are really fair or credible. Show me one from a professional or legit source and I would be more ready to take the criticism seriously.
"both need to work with a different genre."
This book was picked for me by my book club. The synopsis sounded like it could be OK but it wasn't really.
The story was lacking. There was an incident that really. old have added a nice climax to the book that just dropped dead. The characters were very one dimensional like the author had a good idea for a book but never really explored or learned about the characters she was writing about. It is very evident that this is her first book.
The performance and book together remind me of more historical fiction instead of something modern. The whole time while listening I was picturing something entirely different and then forced to come back to reality when this gs like cell phone and Iraq War were thrown I .
I didn't hate but I wouldn't recommend it. Writer needs to take more time with the next book.
I purchased this book hoping for magical intrigue and it completely fell short. Although I did finish the book nothing about it truly gripped me. I'm a huge fan of Sara Addison Allen and so many reviews compared this book to her style and I was left waiting page after page for that to become apparent to me. I felt very let down by the plot and how it ended spinning into a court battle. There were so many opportunities for this book to have taken a different path and I finished it hoping that would happen. Needless to say I was left wishing I had made a better purchase.
"Boring and ridiculous"
Its not like I can't be into a story that has some other worldy aspects to it. This book was boring and the lead character was whiney. I was just so tired of hearing this character contstantly whining about her :gift" . This book is sold as a mystery, thriller but not so much. More of a romance that kinda sucks. Don't waste your credit on this one.
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