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Ava Dove—the sixth of seven daughters of the famed Dove family, and owner of Ava’s Landscaping and Specialty Gourmet Tea—is frantic. Just as she is getting ready to open her fabulous new tearoom, her herbal teas have gone wonky. Suddenly, the tea that is supposed to help people sleep is startling them awake with vivid dreams; the tea that infuses romance back into tired ma Ava Dove—the sixth of seven daughters of the famed Dove family, and owner of Ava’s Landscaping and Specialty Gourmet Tea—is frantic. Just as she is getting ready to open her fabulous new tearoom, her herbal teas have gone wonky. Suddenly, the tea that is supposed to help people sleep is startling them awake with vivid dreams; the tea that infuses romance back into tired marriages is causing people to blurt out their darkest secrets; and the tea that helps people find happiness is making them spend hours staring into mirrors. Meanwhile, living four doors down the road from Ava, sixteen-year-old Kristen Foster’s life has just crashed down around her. After her mother’s death, Kristen’s grandmother Ellen has arrived in town to sweep Kristen off to a white mansion on a hill in distant Raleigh. But Kristen has had enough ‘life changes’ and is desperate to stay with her friends in her beloved hometown of Dove Pond. But to do so means Kristen must undertake a quest she’s been avoiding her entire life—finding her never-been-there-for-her father. With the help of an ancient herbal remedy book found in her attic by her sister, Ava realizes that Kristen holds the key to fixing her unstable tea leaves. So Ava throws herself into Kristen’s search, even convincing Kristen’s grandmother Ellen to help, too. Together, the three embark on a reluctant but magical journey of healing, friendship, and family that will delight fans of Alice Hoffman, Kate Morton, and Sarah Addison Allen.


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Ava Dove—the sixth of seven daughters of the famed Dove family, and owner of Ava’s Landscaping and Specialty Gourmet Tea—is frantic. Just as she is getting ready to open her fabulous new tearoom, her herbal teas have gone wonky. Suddenly, the tea that is supposed to help people sleep is startling them awake with vivid dreams; the tea that infuses romance back into tired ma Ava Dove—the sixth of seven daughters of the famed Dove family, and owner of Ava’s Landscaping and Specialty Gourmet Tea—is frantic. Just as she is getting ready to open her fabulous new tearoom, her herbal teas have gone wonky. Suddenly, the tea that is supposed to help people sleep is startling them awake with vivid dreams; the tea that infuses romance back into tired marriages is causing people to blurt out their darkest secrets; and the tea that helps people find happiness is making them spend hours staring into mirrors. Meanwhile, living four doors down the road from Ava, sixteen-year-old Kristen Foster’s life has just crashed down around her. After her mother’s death, Kristen’s grandmother Ellen has arrived in town to sweep Kristen off to a white mansion on a hill in distant Raleigh. But Kristen has had enough ‘life changes’ and is desperate to stay with her friends in her beloved hometown of Dove Pond. But to do so means Kristen must undertake a quest she’s been avoiding her entire life—finding her never-been-there-for-her father. With the help of an ancient herbal remedy book found in her attic by her sister, Ava realizes that Kristen holds the key to fixing her unstable tea leaves. So Ava throws herself into Kristen’s search, even convincing Kristen’s grandmother Ellen to help, too. Together, the three embark on a reluctant but magical journey of healing, friendship, and family that will delight fans of Alice Hoffman, Kate Morton, and Sarah Addison Allen.

30 review for A Cup of Silver Linings

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kendall

    With having read the first in the Dove Pond series... I fell in love with Karen Hawkins writing. A Cup of Silver Linings is nothing short of Hawkins talent again. I loved this sweet tale and loved the touch of magic in this again. This was the perfect light escape read that I needed. This story is about the Dove sister Ava who has a heart and magic touch for plants. She is planning on opening a tea room. She uses her plants to make special teas for everyone in the town. Unfortunately, something go With having read the first in the Dove Pond series... I fell in love with Karen Hawkins writing. A Cup of Silver Linings is nothing short of Hawkins talent again. I loved this sweet tale and loved the touch of magic in this again. This was the perfect light escape read that I needed. This story is about the Dove sister Ava who has a heart and magic touch for plants. She is planning on opening a tea room. She uses her plants to make special teas for everyone in the town. Unfortunately, something goes wrong with one of her plants and she can't make her teas. This story was about growth with Ava, Kristen, and Ellen. Kristen is trying to move forward from the death of her mother Julie who died from cancer and her grandmother Ellen has come to Dove Pond to take Kristen away from the town. This was such an sweet and inspiring read to the series. I am looking forward to the next in the series. I would say it's ok to read this as a standalone but it's always good to get background from the first book :). 4/5 stars Thank you to Netgalley and Gallery for the arc in exchange for an honest review. Pub date: 7/6/21 Published to GR: 2/20/21

  2. 5 out of 5

    Obsidian

    What a wonderful addition to the "Dove Pond" series. I don't have anything to say except that I hope we get a book starring each of the Dove sisters. This book focuses on Ava, the brewer of teas and savant of plants we met in the first book and novella. I really miss magical realism books being in my usual reading rotation, and this was a great read that helped slake my thirst. I cannot wait until book #3 comes out. Hawkins reminds me a lot of Sarah Addison Allen, but in a different way I think What a wonderful addition to the "Dove Pond" series. I don't have anything to say except that I hope we get a book starring each of the Dove sisters. This book focuses on Ava, the brewer of teas and savant of plants we met in the first book and novella. I really miss magical realism books being in my usual reading rotation, and this was a great read that helped slake my thirst. I cannot wait until book #3 comes out. Hawkins reminds me a lot of Sarah Addison Allen, but in a different way I think that really lets you get a sense of her own writing. "A Cup of Silver Linings" follows Ava Dove. Ava is in the midst of trying to get her new tearoom together to open it soon in Dove Pond. The book starts off with a death though. We follow a woman named Ellen Foster who is in Dove Pond burying her estranged daughter, Julie. Ellen wants to get out of Dove Pond and its eccentric citizens, but her granddaughter Kristen wants to stay in Dove Pond. Kristen has ties to Ava since she works for her and using some tea manages to introduce something magical to Ellen's life. Ava is also desperate to keep a secret from her sister, Sarah. I will say the same thing I said in the last book, I really want more of the Dove sisters in this series. They are included, but at times there's so much other stuff going on you don't know what to do with it. I saw other reviewers saying the book felt disjointed at times, and it did a bit, but not enough to bother my reading. I will say though that I wish that Hawkins had kept the book to Ava and Ellen. I think throwing in Kristen's POV was too much. Especially since Ava's big secret was a big thing and it had repercussions for her and someone close to her. I love the town of Dove Pond. It seems like a magical place and I can't wait for the next book in this series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    Deep story of family, loss, and misunderstandings while working on reconnecting. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ The author definitely plays on our emotions in this story which builds on loss and ultimately, fear. Loss of a child, potential loss of a grandchild, fear of change, fear of failure, and secrets that could destroy a family. That is a ton of emotion packed into this book. With clarity and deep dives into the human psyche, Hawkins develops a tight knit family and town where everyone knows everyone, yet acce Deep story of family, loss, and misunderstandings while working on reconnecting. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ The author definitely plays on our emotions in this story which builds on loss and ultimately, fear. Loss of a child, potential loss of a grandchild, fear of change, fear of failure, and secrets that could destroy a family. That is a ton of emotion packed into this book. With clarity and deep dives into the human psyche, Hawkins develops a tight knit family and town where everyone knows everyone, yet accepts them as they are - faults and all. That is something different from what Ellen is used to as she comes to town to attend her daughters funeral and take charge of her granddaughter and the home affairs. Finding a delicate common thread is tough but without realizing it, Ava is that thread. One thing about reading a new series is learning all of the people. Fair warning, there are a lot of people in this book but not difficult to absorb them and follow along. I did feel like some parts were a bit sectioned apart. Ava and her story; Kristen and her story. Both critical to the plot but for some reason they didn't seem relevant to each other until almost the end when brought everyone was brought together. It seemed a bit too disjointed for some reason. Overall, I loved this book with its delightful wander into a bit of mystical imagination and levity that balances out the heavy loss of a friend, daughter, and mother. Dove Pond is a fun series to get lost in! *copy received for review consideration *full review - https://amidlifewife.com/a-cup-of-sil...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    4 stars You can read all of my reviews at Nerd Girl Loves Books. This is another cute, sweet book in the Dove Pond series. In this story, Ava Dove, 6th of 7 Dove daughters and owner of a landscaping and gourmet tea business is suffering trouble with three teas she made for her regular customers, just before the grand opening of her new tea shop. Frantic to solve the problem, and with growing blows to her reputation and canceled orders, Ava isolates herself and scrambles to fix the problem. Kristen 4 stars You can read all of my reviews at Nerd Girl Loves Books. This is another cute, sweet book in the Dove Pond series. In this story, Ava Dove, 6th of 7 Dove daughters and owner of a landscaping and gourmet tea business is suffering trouble with three teas she made for her regular customers, just before the grand opening of her new tea shop. Frantic to solve the problem, and with growing blows to her reputation and canceled orders, Ava isolates herself and scrambles to fix the problem. Kristen, a young teenager who recently lost her mom and who works part-time for Ava, jumps in to help. She'll do anything to avoid Ellen, the cold-as-ice grandmother she barely knows who is determined to move her away from Dove Pond. The demanding and judgmental Ellen is trying to connect to Kristen, but can't get out of her own way and pushes her further and further away. Just as Ava solves the mystery of the tea and Ellen and Kristen make a breakthrough, a dark long-hidden secret of Ava's is exposed and not only her business reputation, but her family ties, are threatened. But, of course, this is a feel good, heartwarming book series of growth and forgiveness, so of course it all works out in the end. Even knowing everything will turn out for the best, it's still a nice read to see how the author gets there. I was give a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Gallery Books. All opinions are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Scottsdale Public Library

    Dove Pond is a delightful place to visit and one you'll want to stay in for a while. With a hint of magic and a cast of characters you'll want to know better, the 2nd book in the series is a wonderful addition. This time we get to know Ava, her green thumb, her amazing teas, and a terrible secret that threatens all she loves. This series will also appeal to fans of Sarah Addison Allen. - Jennifer K. Dove Pond is a delightful place to visit and one you'll want to stay in for a while. With a hint of magic and a cast of characters you'll want to know better, the 2nd book in the series is a wonderful addition. This time we get to know Ava, her green thumb, her amazing teas, and a terrible secret that threatens all she loves. This series will also appeal to fans of Sarah Addison Allen. - Jennifer K.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    Unfortunately, I didn’t like this as well as the first book in the series. I love stories of magical realism, but this one fell a bit flat for me in some parts. It's the story of another Dove sister, Ava, who is opening a tea room in Dove Pond featuring her teas that help people in the perfect ways that they need help. When some of the teas act in peculiar ways, Ava is afraid a long held secret she is hiding is trying to break free. It's also the story of Ellen, whose estranged daughter Julie die Unfortunately, I didn’t like this as well as the first book in the series. I love stories of magical realism, but this one fell a bit flat for me in some parts. It's the story of another Dove sister, Ava, who is opening a tea room in Dove Pond featuring her teas that help people in the perfect ways that they need help. When some of the teas act in peculiar ways, Ava is afraid a long held secret she is hiding is trying to break free. It's also the story of Ellen, whose estranged daughter Julie dies and Ellen comes back to Dove Pond from Raleigh to wrap up her daughter's affairs and take custody of her teenaged daughter Kristen. Kristen wants no part of leaving Dove Pond for the big city and she and her friends decide that the best course of action would be to figure out the identity of Kristen's father so she can stay with him. Overall, I thought there were too many storylines going on and none of them were given the full attention that they really needed to make a fully fleshed out, meaningful tale. As it is I didn't really feel the connection to the characters or their dilemmas, I thought that Ava was being really childish and there wasn't a really good romance story like in the first book. Yet for its shortcomings, this is still a lovely, charming read and I do look forward to other books in the series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    The Dove Pond NC series by Karen Hawkins needs to be made into a TV series! It reminds me a bit of the Good Witch series (which I love) but with an expanded universe of seven different sisters with seven different powers. Magical realism at its finest. A Cup Full of Silver Linings focuses on the sixth sister, Ava, and a grandmother and grand-daughter, although we do continue to get to know more about the Dove Pond residents from book one. There are some pretty heavy issues dealt with in this book The Dove Pond NC series by Karen Hawkins needs to be made into a TV series! It reminds me a bit of the Good Witch series (which I love) but with an expanded universe of seven different sisters with seven different powers. Magical realism at its finest. A Cup Full of Silver Linings focuses on the sixth sister, Ava, and a grandmother and grand-daughter, although we do continue to get to know more about the Dove Pond residents from book one. There are some pretty heavy issues dealt with in this book including a secret that has been trying to get loose for many years, death, family, and affairs of the heart. Hawkins is able to explore these issues in a sweet but realistic way… along with a touch of magic. I would love to live in Dove Pond and be able to benefit from Ava’s teas and her sister’s knowledge of books. Books and tea are two of my favorite things, so of course, this series has endured itself to me. But I’m also looking forward to the next book since one of the sisters will be coming home, opening a store next to Ava, and using her weather (or air) powers in some spectacular ways. If you enjoy watching movies on the Hallmark channel or books/movies with magical realism you need to check out Hawkin’s Dove Pond series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kimber~☆♡Love of Books♡☆

    3.5 🌟stars I loved the Book Charmer and all the characters. Love the Dove sisters:) Can't wait for more from Karen Hawkins. 3.5 🌟stars I loved the Book Charmer and all the characters. Love the Dove sisters:) Can't wait for more from Karen Hawkins.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sue Em

    Can I just go live in Dove Pond? When is another book in the series coming out? You know how it is, when you finish a book but your head is still in it. Anyway, this is the second of the Dove Pond series., and while books focus on some of the Dove sisters, you get the stories of those whose lives are affected by them. Each Dove sister has a special ability or talent. Sarah talks to books and is able to give you the exact book you need or want which is a seriously good talent for a librarian. Usi Can I just go live in Dove Pond? When is another book in the series coming out? You know how it is, when you finish a book but your head is still in it. Anyway, this is the second of the Dove Pond series., and while books focus on some of the Dove sisters, you get the stories of those whose lives are affected by them. Each Dove sister has a special ability or talent. Sarah talks to books and is able to give you the exact book you need or want which is a seriously good talent for a librarian. Using her gift for talking to plants by landscaping and by making teas that help her customers, Ava is now launching a tea room. The story opens with the death of Julie and her estranged mother coming to Dove Pond to meet her teenage granddaughter. Skipping from one character's point of view every chapter should have been confusing, but it totally engaging. If you are needing a spot of magical realism to brighten your days in these harsh times, this is the book for y.ou

  10. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    Meanwhile, back in Dove Pond the books are still talking to Sarah Pond and sister Ava is about to open the Pink Magnolia featuring her teas, hot chocolate (I really want some even though we just went through a summer heatwave here.), baked goods and yummy quiche. Wait. What is that bumping noise coming from underneath Ava's bed? Why do some of her magical tea mixtures seem to have a mind of their own? Find out how Dove Pond weathers these storms while circling the wagons around young Kristen Fos Meanwhile, back in Dove Pond the books are still talking to Sarah Pond and sister Ava is about to open the Pink Magnolia featuring her teas, hot chocolate (I really want some even though we just went through a summer heatwave here.), baked goods and yummy quiche. Wait. What is that bumping noise coming from underneath Ava's bed? Why do some of her magical tea mixtures seem to have a mind of their own? Find out how Dove Pond weathers these storms while circling the wagons around young Kristen Foster as she mourns the loss of her mother and has to get to know her estranged grandmother. Will including the unknown father in the picture help Kristen stay in Dove Pond? If you are like me, you will love returning to Dove Pond. I am so glad there are five more Dove sisters to keep this series going. Thank you to Gallery Books and Edelweiss+ for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    In this book we see a fusion of mystical and everyday events. A small town read that will have you hooked from the first pages. There are seven Dove sisters and this one focuses on sixth sister Ava. She has it all going for her and is so excited for the opening of her tea shop. There's just one problem, her herbal teas are suddenly not working properly. Throw into the mix her young employee, Kristen Foster is devastated. After her mother passes away her grandmother swoops into town and wants to uproo In this book we see a fusion of mystical and everyday events. A small town read that will have you hooked from the first pages. There are seven Dove sisters and this one focuses on sixth sister Ava. She has it all going for her and is so excited for the opening of her tea shop. There's just one problem, her herbal teas are suddenly not working properly. Throw into the mix her young employee, Kristen Foster is devastated. After her mother passes away her grandmother swoops into town and wants to uproot her taking her to her mansion where she doesn't have any friends or know anyone leaving her old life behind. Kristen is desperate to stay in town to find the father she has never known . Ava,Kristen and grandma all work together to make this happen and to figure out why the tea leaves potions are not working. Along the way the women discover thing about themselves and come together as friends. Pub Date 06 Jul 2021 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Hupe

    Thank you, NetGalley, Karen Hawkins, and Galley Books for the opportunity to read this book! This book releases on August 1st!! A Cup of Silver Linings by Karen Hawkins is the 2nd book in the Dove Pond Series. A lot of the plotlines from the first book, The Book Charmer, weren’t solved so I was eager to see what happened to these quirky characters. The first book introduced Sarah, the Dove sister who can talk to books. She can always give a person the perfect book that they need at that moment. In Thank you, NetGalley, Karen Hawkins, and Galley Books for the opportunity to read this book! This book releases on August 1st!! A Cup of Silver Linings by Karen Hawkins is the 2nd book in the Dove Pond Series. A lot of the plotlines from the first book, The Book Charmer, weren’t solved so I was eager to see what happened to these quirky characters. The first book introduced Sarah, the Dove sister who can talk to books. She can always give a person the perfect book that they need at that moment. In this book, we are introduced to Ava, the Dove sister whose teas are famous for their help in healing. However, something goes wrong. Customers start reporting awful things that have happened to them after drinking the tea. Between the bad batch of tea and the dreadful secret Ava hides, she is also worried about 16-year-old Kristen. Kristen has lived in Dove Pond all of her life with her mom…who just passed away due to cancer. Now her grandmother has come to town determined to take her from Dove Pond. All these characters’ storylines collide in a story filled with friendship and forgiveness. The word to describe this book is quirky. Everyone is unique and fully embraces it. I am so glad that a few of the plotlines from the previous book were finally resolved–that was actually my main issue in book one. These books aren’t really fantasy, despite how my description sounds, it is actually more magical realism than fantasy. But this book touches on so many themes that we can all relate to, one of which is grief. I really appreciate how the author shows grief in a non-linear way. Most people think that the stages of grief go in a straight line from denial to acceptance. In reality, it jumps, curves, reverses, and zigzags around. The author also shows two different types of grieving: a devoted relationship and an estranged relationship. She gives all of these feelings and emotions validity. Needless to say, I cannot wait for book three! We get to meet a new Dove sister! I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Evelina | AvalinahsBooks

    How I read this: Free ebook copy received through Edelweiss When I read the blurb, I thought this book was MEANT for me. But in the end, I have very mixed feelings about it. About 20% in, I could barely make myself keep reading it, and only really got into it around 40-50% in. That's quite a lot of effort for getting into a book. I feel like I missed out by not reading the first book, The Book Charmer, because while this seems to technically be a standalone, you're still missing some of the setup How I read this: Free ebook copy received through Edelweiss When I read the blurb, I thought this book was MEANT for me. But in the end, I have very mixed feelings about it. About 20% in, I could barely make myself keep reading it, and only really got into it around 40-50% in. That's quite a lot of effort for getting into a book. I feel like I missed out by not reading the first book, The Book Charmer, because while this seems to technically be a standalone, you're still missing some of the setup for the story (when I requested it, I wasn't aware that it's part of a series.) What I had the most trouble with, though, was the amount of characters. The book does feel stand-alone in the sense that people who were mentioned in the first book are still described well enough and in detail, and you get given all the information. But then again... There are just SO MANY PEOPLE. New super minor characters keep getting introduced in every other page it seems, to the point where it just became too many for me to keep track of at one point. The idea of building a whole fictional town you can keep writing stories about is brilliant... But it was just a little too much. For example... "This and this person moved in, met someone, promptly moved out, so Ava now has space. She is thinking of calling a third person now cause maybe he'll want the rental, but he's been commuting to another town which hardly even matters because we'll never ever talk about him and his significant other ever again, but in this paragraph their gay relative and autistic son will be mentioned anyway. So Ava makes a mental note to ask him and moves on to completely unrelated things and never thinks about this ever again." And I'm left wondering, WHY did I need to know all this..? What did this completely unrelated infodumping have to do with the story? Okay, maybe that was laid on a bit thick on my part, but that's what it felt like reading it, and it's not even far from the paragraph that inspired me to write this bit :D Anyway, it did feel a lot like a Hallmark movie. Small cute town, adorable plots, a million of characters, and nobody has actual work to do so they can be in each other's business starting from the very morning. And actually, I think it would have worked great, if it WAS a movie or mini series. It's much easier to deal with a million of new names when you've got a face and a voice to attach them to. In the end, the story did work, but... I'm sad, because the premise was just SO perfect, the idea of the town and the bunch of characters very promising... And yet. Such dry detail. Such a crowded story. Such simplistic solutions and characters suddenly snapping 180 degrees in the other direction because that fits the narrative of the story. The blurb likens A Cup of Silver Linings to Alice Hoffman and Sarah Addison-Allen (at least the one I've read does). Sure, the vibe and aim is the same - but it doesn't scratch the depth of these authors' writing. Their stories always have something deep, dark and profound, magical in them. This story was TRYING to be those things, but I wouldn't really say it succeeded. It's a shame, cause the plot could have been perfect for it. And yet, I won't discount it completely. I kind of want to read the first book now, because while the story was kind of flat, it's nice to get attached to the characters, and I would like to read more about them. I thank the publisher for giving me a free copy of the ebook in exchange to my honest review. This has not affected my opinion. Book Blog | Bookstagram | Bookish Twitter

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Ava shares a kindred spirit with plants instinctively knowing just what they need to thrive. She's putting her magical ability to use by opening a tearoom, but will the secret she's keeping from her sister, Sarah, ruin everything? Meanwhile, when Ellen visits Dove Pond for her daughter Julie's funeral, her 16 year old granddaughter, Kristen (who works for Ava), is adamant that she will not be leaving her beloved hometown. Will Ellen be able to persuade her? Ever since reading the first in this ser Ava shares a kindred spirit with plants instinctively knowing just what they need to thrive. She's putting her magical ability to use by opening a tearoom, but will the secret she's keeping from her sister, Sarah, ruin everything? Meanwhile, when Ellen visits Dove Pond for her daughter Julie's funeral, her 16 year old granddaughter, Kristen (who works for Ava), is adamant that she will not be leaving her beloved hometown. Will Ellen be able to persuade her? Ever since reading the first in this series, The Book Charmer (4 stars) and the novella, Love in the Afternoon (4 stars), two years ago, I've been looking forward to revisiting this sweet town where magical things happen. It took me a bit longer to get immersed in this one, but once I did, then I really enjoyed the story and getting reacquainted with the characters. The storyline caused me to tear up several times as poor Kristen grieved the loss of her mom. Can't wait for the next installment! "Books are warriors. If you let them, they'll fight off boredom, pain, fear, even loneliness." Location: Dove Pond, North Carolina

  15. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    A Cup of Silver Linings by Karen Hawkins was a sweet and lovely story about friends, family and secrets. Ava must release a secret that has haunted her for years, help a young girl to move forward from her grief to accept a possilbe new relationship with a grandmother she doesn't know and solve a mystery as to how one of her tea blends was altered. Ms. Hawkins' writing allowed me to move to Dove Pond for a short while and make new friends. A Cup of Silver Linings by Karen Hawkins was a sweet and lovely story about friends, family and secrets. Ava must release a secret that has haunted her for years, help a young girl to move forward from her grief to accept a possilbe new relationship with a grandmother she doesn't know and solve a mystery as to how one of her tea blends was altered. Ms. Hawkins' writing allowed me to move to Dove Pond for a short while and make new friends.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sharlene

    "Ava Dove—the sixth of the seven famed Dove sisters and owner of Ava Dove’s Landscaping and Specialty Teas—is frantic." In book two of the Dove Creek series we find Dove sister Ava having to deal with the fact her dream of opening her own tea shop in jeopardy due to several of her special teas having unforeseen effects on her patrons. Ava is forced into searching for remedy while she deals with the aftermath of keeping a secret for over a decade. "Meanwhile, successful architect Ellen Foster has "Ava Dove—the sixth of the seven famed Dove sisters and owner of Ava Dove’s Landscaping and Specialty Teas—is frantic." In book two of the Dove Creek series we find Dove sister Ava having to deal with the fact her dream of opening her own tea shop in jeopardy due to several of her special teas having unforeseen effects on her patrons. Ava is forced into searching for remedy while she deals with the aftermath of keeping a secret for over a decade. "Meanwhile, successful architect Ellen Foster has arrived in Dove Pond to attend the funeral of her estranged daughter, Julie." Ellen has a successful career in Raleigh and is eager to gather up her granddaughter and get back to her life. However, her sixteen-year-old granddaughter, Kristen, has other ideas about leaving. A Cup of Silver Linings is a fabulous story about secrets, grief, love and forgiveness, Put this one on your to be read list, as you don't want to miss out on this fabulous book

  17. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    Karen Hawkins has written a heartwarming story of family, friendships, secrets, grief and learning to move forward with compassion and compromise. I've enjoyed the previous books set in Dove Pond and this one was a perfect addition to the series. Karen Hawkins has written a heartwarming story of family, friendships, secrets, grief and learning to move forward with compassion and compromise. I've enjoyed the previous books set in Dove Pond and this one was a perfect addition to the series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Pj Ausdenmore

    I fell in love with Dove Pond and her citizens while reading The Book Charmer and couldn't wait to return for book two, A Cup of Silver Linings. This time around, Ava Dove takes center stage but she's not the only one with a story to be told. I love how Hawkins takes the threads of various people in town, some related, some not, some old, some new, and weaves them together into a heart-tugging tapestry that completely immersed me into their lives and kept me eagerly turning pages while also want I fell in love with Dove Pond and her citizens while reading The Book Charmer and couldn't wait to return for book two, A Cup of Silver Linings. This time around, Ava Dove takes center stage but she's not the only one with a story to be told. I love how Hawkins takes the threads of various people in town, some related, some not, some old, some new, and weaves them together into a heart-tugging tapestry that completely immersed me into their lives and kept me eagerly turning pages while also wanting to slow down and savor each scene. There are some heart-wrenching situations, including grief and betrayal. I appreciate the fact that the author doesn't veer from the deep anger and pain that often accompanies those situations but that she also allows her characters to gradually, and realistically, work through those emotions and emerge on the other side with hope and the first steps towards healing. But balancing those deeper emotions are the charm, humor, and heart that are always evident in a story of Hawkins' creation. There are subtle hints of romance in the book but the primary focus of this series is on the women, their trials, triumphs, and relationships. I'm invested in them now and have a stake in their happiness, and in the case of the Dove sisters, their magic. I'll be in line to buy every book Hawkins decides to write in this series. This book could stand on its own but I strongly recommend reading the books in order. As there are many characters and inter-woven stories that continue to evolve through the books, I think you'll have a much better understanding of the characters and less confusion if you begin with The Book Charmer before moving on to A Cup of Silver Linings. *Advance copy received for a fair and unbiased review

  19. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    *This book was received as an Advanced Reviewer's copy from NetGalley. I went to start to read this book, and realized it was the second in a series. So I found the other book and read it first (of which I'm glad I did, it was great!). You could probably get away with reading this one as a standalone, but you'll understand the characters a lot better if you read the first one ahead of time. This book is about Ava, a Dove sister who is good with plants. And by extension, good at making teas. Except *This book was received as an Advanced Reviewer's copy from NetGalley. I went to start to read this book, and realized it was the second in a series. So I found the other book and read it first (of which I'm glad I did, it was great!). You could probably get away with reading this one as a standalone, but you'll understand the characters a lot better if you read the first one ahead of time. This book is about Ava, a Dove sister who is good with plants. And by extension, good at making teas. Except when something happens to her tea and she's not sure what. She's also got a pretty big secret she's hiding, and that she can tell is coming back to haunt her. But she's not the only one with problems; her helper at her business has just lost her mother, and her domineering grandmother thinks she knows what is best, even if everyone else disagrees. This book is all about character growth. Ava goes through it, Ellen goes through it (she's the grandmother), Kristen's a pretty solid character already but she learns some compromise. Most of the book centers around these three, but the side characters are just as lively as ever and add variety to the book. Honestly, this book had enough of a plot with Kristen; I thought the added bits about Ava's difficulties were almost unnecessary. It might be setting it up for a third book, but really, I would have enjoyed the book just as much without it. It still had the nice magical realism incorporated into the teas. I especially liked how moods and such could have an impact in the brewing. But the book also still had my pet peeve of using modern pop culture references. I know I've said it before, but it irks me because it's dependent upon a reader's likes or dislikes, and how the reference stands the test of time, for this book to also stand the test of time. It just takes me out of that magical world and into the regular for a moment. A small complaint, but still one that jars me as I'm reading. This was a solid 2nd book though and I very much look forward to the rest; there are seven Dove sisters after all. Review by M. Reynard 2021

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cheri

    Seriously, this series has the most amazing covers. Once again, that’s what drew me in even before I knew it was the next book in the Dove Pond series. Just as in the first book of this series, The Book Charmer, the first half of this book moved quite slow. Actually, it moved even slower that the first book. I actually felt there were too many perspectives. I understand how the lives and stories of Ava and Kristen overlap, but it just felt like too much to me. There was so much going on. Kirsten Seriously, this series has the most amazing covers. Once again, that’s what drew me in even before I knew it was the next book in the Dove Pond series. Just as in the first book of this series, The Book Charmer, the first half of this book moved quite slow. Actually, it moved even slower that the first book. I actually felt there were too many perspectives. I understand how the lives and stories of Ava and Kristen overlap, but it just felt like too much to me. There was so much going on. Kirsten grieving her mom and worried she would have to move with her grandmother, Ellen (the grandmother) trying to bond with Kristen and regretting the relationship she didn’t have with her now deceased daughter, Ava trying to get her tea room ready for opening while hiding a huge secret from even her sisters while also trying to be a comforting present in Kristen’s life, Ava also losing business when she has a bad batch of teas. While I loved Sarah in the first book, we were only given random scenes with her here that didn’t show her charm to the extent that I would have liked. With the minimal amount given, I don’t understand why any of the chapters were written from Sarah’s perspective. Again, it was too much. When I was reading Kristen’s storyline, I wanted things to stay on her storyline. While I was reading Ava’s, I wanted it to stay on Ava. That is to say, I enjoyed both of their stories. It was the jumping back and forth that got to me. (I should note, this is not something that generally bothers me in a story.) And as the story jumped characters, it also jumped time. With the weeks flying by, it made no sense that Kristen’s story hadn’t progressed more. Here are a bunch of positive things. Most of the characters are wonderful. I still enjoyed the quirky and magical nature of the Dove family. The town as a whole is downright charming. The concepts are original and interesting. All of that kept me coming back. It was the loosey-goosey nature of the flow of the story that had me only reading a chapter at a time. I feel invested enough in the Dove sisters to want to know what happens next, but I’m hoping the next story is a bit more cohesive. **I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely** You can find more of my reviews at All In Good Time.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I love this series. Feel good read. Can’t wait for the next one!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    The second in the Dove Pond series, this book focuses on Ava Dove, one of the seven sisters in the unusual Dove family. The author’s use of magical realism enhances the book, as Ava’s teas are brewed to heal and influence. Her sister Sarah is a librarian, and books talk to her, letting her pick the perfect book for each person in town. When there is a falling out between the sisters, the whole town becomes involved. Add in Kristen, a young woman who lost her mother and is hoping to find a way to The second in the Dove Pond series, this book focuses on Ava Dove, one of the seven sisters in the unusual Dove family. The author’s use of magical realism enhances the book, as Ava’s teas are brewed to heal and influence. Her sister Sarah is a librarian, and books talk to her, letting her pick the perfect book for each person in town. When there is a falling out between the sisters, the whole town becomes involved. Add in Kristen, a young woman who lost her mother and is hoping to find a way to stay in Dove Pond. I enjoyed this installment he look forward to the next, which is hinted at in the epilogue. Recommended, and thanks to NetGalley for the,opportunity to red this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Wonderful women’s fiction with a touch of romance and magic! I thoroughly enjoyed Karen Hawkins book as much as I enjoyed her first one… And look forward to more stories of romance and magic from the town of Dove Pond. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    A Cup of Silver Linings by Karen Hawkins is the 2nd book in The Dove Pond NC series. While it can be read as a standalone, I believe it is better to read The Book Charmer first. It will give you a better understanding of the Dove family and their gifts as well as the town. I was not aware that A Cup of Silver Linings was part of a series when I requested it. Dove Pond, North Carolina is a town filled with quirky characters that includes Ava Dove, the sixth Dove sister. Ava is getting ready to op A Cup of Silver Linings by Karen Hawkins is the 2nd book in The Dove Pond NC series. While it can be read as a standalone, I believe it is better to read The Book Charmer first. It will give you a better understanding of the Dove family and their gifts as well as the town. I was not aware that A Cup of Silver Linings was part of a series when I requested it. Dove Pond, North Carolina is a town filled with quirky characters that includes Ava Dove, the sixth Dove sister. Ava is getting ready to open her tea shop when something goes wrong with three of her custom tea blends. Ava needs to discover what happened and get it corrected before her reputation is ruined. In addition, Ava’s teenage employee, Kristen Foster is dealing with the loss of her mother. Her grandmother, Ellen has become her guardian and she wants to take Kristen to Raleigh with her. Kristen comes up with a plan to stay in Dove Pond. A Cup of Silver Linings had several storylines with alternating points-of-view. It can be hard to keep track of the various characters and their stories. It does not allow any one of the stories to become fully fleshed out. Plus, new secondary characters are constantly being introduced. I sometimes felt there were details that were not needed. They did not add to the story. It felt like something just added in as filler. I thought the author created a charming small town with quaint, quirky characters. This book series would make a great television program on Hallmark. I liked the paranormal element. It is interesting how each Dove sister has a different gift. I wish A Cup of Silver Linings had focused on Ava and her gift. I think it would have allowed the author to fully develop her character and her talent. I did like how everything came together at the end. Despite my comments, A Cup of Silver Linings is a sweet story. It is a good summertime book (perfect for reading by the pool or at the beach). A Cup of Silver Linings is a charming, heartwarming tale with troublesome teas, an imperturbable grandmother, an impatient package, a tearful teen, and a shocked sister.

  25. 4 out of 5

    ⓐⓥⓡⓔⓔ ☞ The Bookish Blonde

    A Cup of Silver Linings Does Not Disappoint I fell in love with Dove Pond, the Dove sisters, and the entire community really, upon reading The Book Charmer (Dove Pond Series Book 1) and really enjoyed following Sarah and learning all about her peculiar gift. (For those reviewers who have not read Book 1 and felt that Sarah’s gift “did not add value to this story” I HIGHLY recommend reading them in order—even though they could serve as standalones—because you’ll be missing out on so much.) Since A Cup of Silver Linings Does Not Disappoint I fell in love with Dove Pond, the Dove sisters, and the entire community really, upon reading The Book Charmer (Dove Pond Series Book 1) and really enjoyed following Sarah and learning all about her peculiar gift. (For those reviewers who have not read Book 1 and felt that Sarah’s gift “did not add value to this story” I HIGHLY recommend reading them in order—even though they could serve as standalones—because you’ll be missing out on so much.) Since books and tea are two of my favorite things, I absolutely enjoyed getting a closer look at Ava and her own unique gift. And gosh, this story has the entire gamut of emotions—there was grief, quarrels, budding romance, heartache, and wonderful humorous moments. Another terrific leisurely read that allows one to escape into a magical world that you wish were truly possible. Ah, but that’s the beauty of books—to transport yourself to a place where it is possible. There were moments of intrigue, hope, love, friendship, and was so beautifully written. I also love how Karen Hawkins teases us with the third book in the series, about Dove sister Ella, in the epilogue. I’m so there! This is such a fun read and, since it wasn’t initially a typical pick for me, I’m so grateful to the Goodreads community (and my sister-in-law Christine) for introducing me to such an intriguing world and a cast that feels like they could be your friends. Thank you to NetGalley and Karen Hawkins for the ARC of this wonderful book in exchange for my honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    Oh, how I love Dove Pond! This is the second book in the Dove Pond series and I loved it! The story is full of magic. The story is about Ava Dove, who owns a local landscaping business and is in the process of opening a tea room. There is a long history about the special talents of the Dove sisters. Ava's particular talent is that she can understand the feelings of plants. That's what makes her a master gardener and successful in her landscaping business. That is also what led her to create her Oh, how I love Dove Pond! This is the second book in the Dove Pond series and I loved it! The story is full of magic. The story is about Ava Dove, who owns a local landscaping business and is in the process of opening a tea room. There is a long history about the special talents of the Dove sisters. Ava's particular talent is that she can understand the feelings of plants. That's what makes her a master gardener and successful in her landscaping business. That is also what led her to create her own line of specialty teas. She even makes personalized teas to "cure what ails you" for many of the the people in town. We get to know more about Ava's employee Kristin, a teenager who has just lost her mother. Kristin's high brow grandmother, whom she barely knows, comes to town and is her guardian. Kristin struggles with the loss of her only parent, and the drastic changes her grandmother wants to make in her life. Ava and her sister Sarah (who talks to books) have a falling out and Ava starts losing all her tea business and many landscaping customers too. Things are really falling apart but that's when the power of love, forgiveness, and family come into play for all the customers involved. I don't want to give anything away, but I really love this story and this series and would highly recommend to anyone looking for a lighthearted read. My thanks to #Netgalley and the publisher for an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Margie Shaw

    A Cup of Silver Linings is book #2 in the Dove Pond series by author Karen Hawkins. These books are fun, entertaining and so enjoyable to read. What I love most about them is that they have a touch of magic to them which makes them so special. Dove Pond is a quaint little town where the seven Dove sisters grew up. Each book tells the story about a different sister. The first book, The Book Charmer, is about the sister Sarah who is the town librarian. She has the ability to speak with books. This A Cup of Silver Linings is book #2 in the Dove Pond series by author Karen Hawkins. These books are fun, entertaining and so enjoyable to read. What I love most about them is that they have a touch of magic to them which makes them so special. Dove Pond is a quaint little town where the seven Dove sisters grew up. Each book tells the story about a different sister. The first book, The Book Charmer, is about the sister Sarah who is the town librarian. She has the ability to speak with books. This particular book is about Ava. She has a greenhouse, a landscaping business and a soon to be open tearoom. She has the special ability to make teas specifically made for different peoples ailments. The author has done a wonderful job blending the two books together so it’s like one continuous storyline. The characters in Dove Pond are all quirky and wonderful and people you would love to have for neighbors. This was such a fun read and a series I’m sure everyone will enjoy. I know I sure do! I’m looking forward to July 6, 2021 which is the release date so I can order my own personal copy to add to my home library. I’d like to thank Gallery Books for accepting my request and NetGalley for the arc to read, review and enjoy. I really love this series and am looking forward to adding all of Karen Hawkins books to my collection. This is another 5 star read of hers!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Addie BookCrazyBlogger

    Ellen Foster is devastated when her estranged daughter Julie dies but is determined to bring her granddaughter Kristen back to Raleigh, to live a “normal” life. Kristen however, has no intentions of leaving her beloved Dove Pond or giving up working at her mother’s best friend, Ava Dove’s opening tearoom. Ava, part of the rumored mystical Dove family, is forced to confront a secret that threatens her work as an herbalist, while Ellen tries to focus on a relationship with her granddaughter. Krist Ellen Foster is devastated when her estranged daughter Julie dies but is determined to bring her granddaughter Kristen back to Raleigh, to live a “normal” life. Kristen however, has no intentions of leaving her beloved Dove Pond or giving up working at her mother’s best friend, Ava Dove’s opening tearoom. Ava, part of the rumored mystical Dove family, is forced to confront a secret that threatens her work as an herbalist, while Ellen tries to focus on a relationship with her granddaughter. Kristen herself decides to go searching for her father and a spiritual journey across generational lines begins. Oh my goodness. Listen, are you looking for a women’s fiction novel to just absolutely fall head over heels for? Because this one will do it. I got 70 pages in and found myself hoping for an entire series about the Dove sisters and the townspeople of Dove Pond, because I fell in love with all of them. Think Gilmore Girls but way better because there’s no Lorelei and Rory (nor are there any caricatures of them) involved. (Seriously, petition to just focus on ANYONE else in the Gilmore Girl universe or possibly just replace it with the characters in this book.) I laughed, I cried, I stayed up until 2 am reading this and I immediately ordered the first book in the series. I absolutely adored this book. Consider me a Dove sister fan for life.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Abbey

    Karen Hawkins's MUCH anticipated sequel to 'The Book Charmer' came out last week, and I was ECSTATIC! I have been waiting oh, so long for 'A Cup of Silver Linings' and I was NOT disappointed! (Also, can we just take a second and drool over this cover?!? I want to frame this one AND Charmer's for my wall. *sigh* Pure Delight.) The story picks back up around 2 years after the end of 'Charmer,' with Mayor Grace happily living with Trav, Sarah still having conversations with books, and Ava getting re Karen Hawkins's MUCH anticipated sequel to 'The Book Charmer' came out last week, and I was ECSTATIC! I have been waiting oh, so long for 'A Cup of Silver Linings' and I was NOT disappointed! (Also, can we just take a second and drool over this cover?!? I want to frame this one AND Charmer's for my wall. *sigh* Pure Delight.) The story picks back up around 2 years after the end of 'Charmer,' with Mayor Grace happily living with Trav, Sarah still having conversations with books, and Ava getting ready to open her tea shop. However, our opening scene is the funeral for a woman we have not yet met. It may bring a sadness to your entry back to Dove Pond, but the story that is woven from it is heart-warming and magical....as are all of the stories we encounter. This book, like its predecessor is Filled To The Brim with the magical realism that Hawkins writes so perfectly. She's quickly going to catch up with Sarah Addison Allen, the Queen of MR! It's a feel-good, small-town, Southern treat that makes you want to move in right next door to Ava, talk books with Sarah, and hug sweet, sweet Kristen, promising that life will get easier. Another HUGE Thank You to NetGalley and Gallery Books for the opportunity to read and review this gloriously sweet novel. I highly recommend it and already own a physical copy for myself...and an ebook...and audiobook.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Abbey

    Karen Hawkins's MUCH anticipated sequel to 'The Book Charmer' came out last week, and I was ECSTATIC! I have been waiting oh, so long for 'A Cup of Silver Linings' and I was NOT disappointed! (Also, can we just take a second and drool over this cover?!? I want to frame this one AND Charmer's for my wall. *sigh* Pure Delight.) The story picks back up around 2 years after the end of 'Charmer,' with Mayor Grace happily living with Trav, Sarah still having conversations with books, and Ava getting re Karen Hawkins's MUCH anticipated sequel to 'The Book Charmer' came out last week, and I was ECSTATIC! I have been waiting oh, so long for 'A Cup of Silver Linings' and I was NOT disappointed! (Also, can we just take a second and drool over this cover?!? I want to frame this one AND Charmer's for my wall. *sigh* Pure Delight.) The story picks back up around 2 years after the end of 'Charmer,' with Mayor Grace happily living with Trav, Sarah still having conversations with books, and Ava getting ready to open her tea shop. However, our opening scene is the funeral for a woman we have not yet met. It may bring a sadness to your entry back to Dove Pond, but the story that is woven from it is heart-warming and magical....as are all of the stories we encounter. This book, like its predecessor is Filled To The Brim with the magical realism that Hawkins writes so perfectly. She's quickly going to catch up with Sarah Addison Allen, the Queen of MR! It's a feel-good, small-town, Southern treat that makes you want to move in right next door to Ava, talk books with Sarah, and hug sweet, sweet Kristen, promising that life will get easier. Another HUGE Thank You to NetGalley and Gallery Books for the opportunity to read and review this gloriously sweet novel. I highly recommend it and already own a physical copy for myself...and an ebook...and audiobook.

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