Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: William Morrow
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Contemporary Women's Lit | Magic Realism
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.
THE SPARROW SISTERS, Ellen Herrick's debut, stole my weekend and I don't mind it one bit! This novel is completely bewitching, it's magic realism at its finest, and the type of novel that will completely engulf you with from beginning to end. It's a charming storybook-like small town story that is rife with colorful characters, brimming with quiet romance, family, and friendship, and abundant with herbal trivia and magic.
I fell in love with THE SPARROW SISTERS after the first three chapters, Patience and Dr. Henry Carlyle had me swooning in the middle, EHerrick broke my heart and had me close to sobbing at one point, but things ended in such a hopeful note in the end. Not just in terms of the conclusion, but also with the prospect of more books to come.
THE SPARROW SISTERS is the perfect Fall read and highly recommended for fans of Sarah Addison Allen and Alice Hoffman.