The Sparrow Sisters: A Novel by Ellen Herrick

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Unfortunately, I don't get nearly as much time to read as I'd like to. My TBR list is so long I probably won't live to finish it. For that reason, I am almost always late to the party. I find myself reading things published a year before. (Keeping those back lists moving!) And when I read something, no matter how old it is, I will still review it here. 

I have just finished reading The Sparrow Sisters: A Novel by Ellen Herrick (published 1 Sept 2015). It was brilliant. I love this type of book. When I first read Alice Hoffman, I was instantly in love with the almost fairy tale qualities of magical realism (so much so that I have also begun to write MR). That love became more an obsession when I found Sarah Addison Allen. If you have enjoyed either of these author's works, you won't be disappointed by Ellen Herrick.

As it is an 'older' book, you probably have already read at least one review of it, if not, I will let the Amazon description introduce you to this enchanting tale. Click the picture to go to Amazon and buy it.

Cover of The Sparrow Sisters 

"With echoes of the alchemy of Practical Magic, the lushness of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, and the darkly joyful wickedness of the Witches of Eastwick, 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."

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