Book Review: The Sparrow Sisters by: Ellen Herrick

Publisher: William Morrow

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Synopsis: 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.

Review: The Sparrow family has been a part of Granite Point for centuries and everyone knows the Sparrow sisters: Sorrel, Nettie, and Patience. The Sparrow Sisters are no stranger to tragedy, but as a new doctor comes to town a greater tragedy may we awaiting them. THE SPARROW SISTERS is not everything I thought it was touted to be. I love the magical realism genre and there were parts of THE SPARROW SISTERS which spoke deeply to me. However, I didn’t feel overly connected to the town of Granite Point or to the sisters themselves. I didn’t enjoy how easily Patience seemed to give up when faced with a terribly tragic event. I was pleased to see how much the women of the town gathered their strength to support Patience and the other Sparrows. THE SPARROW SISTERS has a spark of something magical which could have grown into so much more. I do plan on checking out more of this author’s work in the future.

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