The Sparrow Sisters by Ellen Herrick

The Sparrow Sisters

By Ellen Herrick

  • Publication Date: 2015-09-01
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 20 Ratings)

Book Summary

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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Latest Reviews

  • A fine read

    By Beachmissy
    I didn't expect to enjoy this novel as much as I did and I look forward to the next story about the Sparrow sisters. I expected a chick book and it's that but it's much better written than most any I've read. I enjoyed the characters and the author's style. Next book, please.
  • Predictable

    By Artist r
    I didn't like this novel as much as I had hoped. The characters were poorly drawn and shallow. In the end, it was difficult to find any reason to care about The Sparrow Sisters and the author just didn't seem to know how to make any of them complex without making them unsympathetic. There were moments when, though the novel was aiming for drama, it felt comical and pointless. The botany was interesting and the prose describing a New England coastal town was vivid, but the overall novel was incredibly predictable with zero mystery and nuance.