The Sparrow Sisters: A Novel

The Sparrow Sisters: A Novel

by Ellen Herrick


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The Sparrow Sisters: A Novel by Ellen Herrick

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062386342
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 125,057
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ellen Herrick was a publishing professional in New York City until she and her husband moved to London for a brief stint; they returned nearly twenty years later with three children (her own, it must be said). She now divides her time between Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a small town on Cape Cod very much like Granite Point.

Original bio sent from Cassandra:

Cassandra Campbell began doing voice overs as the voice for Calvin Klein's Italian commercials. This was followed by commercial and documentary recording in both English and Italian. She has recorded many audiobooks and has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as an Audie(R) Award nomination. As an actress and director, she has worked at the Public, the Mint, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stagewest, Theatreworks, the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Millmountain Theatre, the National Shakespeare Company, and the New York Fringe Festival.

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The Sparrow Sisters 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot twists so its not a saccarine cookie.cutter type of magical fantasy writing is excellent but i did like first half better than second
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everything a romantic mystery with a sense of magic should be! I read the entire book in thirteen hours. I simply could not put it down!
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Crisply written and highly entertaining Favorite Quotes: “She knew that sometimes Patience’s rich interior life, a thing of bright colors, strong scents, and a good deal of swearing, burst forth. The smells that followed her were the most noticeable, and even the town had learned to interpret at least some of the scents that wrapped around the youngest sister.” “Matty was the only one Patience shared her secrets with. He listened with rapt attention as if the names themselves held power. As Patience listed the various ailments her plants could help, Matty almost wished he had rheumatism that called for bladderwrack or high blood pressure to be cured by skullcap… Matty thought maybe he could learn to be like Patience, to save someone the way she did. He was sure that if he could, people wouldn’t look away every time they saw him.” “For her part, Patience felt as if she were holding a soap bubble in her hand. She glided through her day intent on keeping this shiny, temporary, beautiful, perfect thing intact. This in itself was unusual. Patience was adept at snatching misery from the tender jaws of joy.” “Simon knew that it didn’t matter who was telling the truth, just who told it best.” “I hate to think what would have happened to be without you. You are the only thing I have ever wanted to keep.” My Review: Before I signed on to read The Sparrow Sisters I had checked Goodreads and noticed the reviews were mixed, people either loved it or hated it. I have no complaints as I adored it from the beginning. The written words sparkled, they were more than special, chosen well and smartly written. Like her Sparrow sister character of Patience, Ms. Herrick does indeed have magic, as well as considerable talent and finesse. The writing was crisp, insightful, and keenly observant with an edge of humor. The story was luxuriously detailed, unique, and unfailingly interesting. Ms. Herrick’s characters were as quirky and eccentrically individual as most small town dwellers are. I was transported to that small haven and soon lost myself in the story. I was thrilled when Patience and Henry found their rhythm, and was crushed when they argued. Then I was devastated when something horrible happened and Patience was accused of something heinous, and the small-town people showed their small-mindedness, and became just plain rotten. I will admit to being more than petty enough to enjoy how that bended back on them, as once Patience lost her footing, the town began to fail; birds stop singing, crops and plants died, the weather was frightfully weird, animals acted oddly, livelihoods dried up, and people were angry and snappish to each other. Like the witch hunts of a previous time, all kinds of nonsense circulated and I was afraid things were not going to end well for Patience, Henry, or the town. Thankfully, after a touching revelation that squeezed my heart, they are able to reclaim their smiles and we were all able to breathe deeply again. Sigh.
SharonRedfern More than 1 year ago
Such an interesting book! The Sparrow sisters, Patience, Nettie and Sorrell live in the ancestral home and own a nursery that seems to be the barometer of the town's mental and physical health. When Henry arrives in town to be the new doctor, he discovers a sort of rival in Patience who is viewed as a healer by the townsfolk. Henry's ire is tempered by his immediate attraction to Patience and her reluctant return of that feeling. As the two become closer to each other, their happiness is tempered by a unspoken distrust of what the other stands for. When a tragedy happens, the town and the relationship is poisoned by distrust and everything starts to go wrong. Henry has to finally decide how he feels about Patience and her special gift. The townspeople have to look to their own history to see what happens when unfounded suspicion destroys the balance of the natural magic that the Sparrows seem to embody. I loved the people in this book and the way the story played out. There seemed to be a bit of a teaser about one of the sisters which could mean a future book which would be great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Now let's read about sparrow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was read immediately after reading Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman. I had bought it from Book Bub and was overjoyed to find it on my Nook. It is a cross between Practical Magic and Garden Spells with some Saving CeeCee Honeycutt thrown in for good measure. Delightful and a wee bit dangerous. I enjoyed it and I am eager to read The Forbidden Garden. However I think I will take a short break from witchy books for at least a thriller or two. Or maybe just reread the Deborah Harkness trilogy from start to finish and really immerse myself in magic.
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Cherylkochbooks More than 1 year ago
When I read the premise for this book I don't remember reading the references to Practical Magic or the Witches of East End. If I had this would have excited me more about reading this book. Now, that I have seen these references and experienced attempting to read this book, I am saddened. This is because this book was nothing like either of these references. I watched Practical Magic and found it charming, funny, and the sisters shared a great bond. Than there is the Witches of East End. I liked the books way better then the television series. It seems a bunch of other viewers felt the same way as the series was cancelled. However again with that series the family shared a strong bond and there was plenty of action to keep things intriguing. The problem with this book is that I felt no strong connection with the Sparrow Sisters. Also, the tone of this book was monotone and I could only read a few pages at a time as I would get sleepy. Even when Patience got mad I felt nothing. I only got six chapters into this book and put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book resembles too many other books i have read. One in particular comes to mind, the night garden which is so close to this, you wonder how did the author get away with this. Just the same, as i loved that book, it was an enjoyable read. I gave it only three stars because of this as well as the lack of dialog. Looooong paragraphs.
BFF_K_BFF_Book_Blog More than 1 year ago
The Sparrow Sisters is an absolutely lovely book and the perfect pick for your fall book club meeting! I was captivated by the beautiful imagery and remarkable sense of place created by Ellen Herrick in this book. At first Granite Pointe is such an idyllic little seaside town. The residents and their surroundings are seen through the eyes of several of the characters. You learn about the quirks and nuances of Granite Pointe and its' inhabitants. At the center of the community are the Sparrow Sisters and their nursery. The mystical presence surrounding the Sparrows is woven through the first parts of the book and you're left believing in the magic of who they are and what they can do through the plants that they grow in their nursery. The synopsis of the book hints at a pending tragedy and the build up creates a delicious sense of angst and suspense. There were a couple of times I was so nervous, I hesitated to turn the page or press play on Audible for fear of what might be coming. Sorrel, Nettie and Patience are intertwined with the town and you soon realize that the success or failure of one is equal to the other. When Dr. Henry Carlyle arrives in Granite Pointe, he is immediately drawn into a passionate and life altering relationship with Patience Sparrow. When the tragedy strikes, the relationships of EVERYONE in Granite Pointe are tested and strained. I was so intrigued by the way that town turned on one of their own and the strife created from the discontent. It was too easy, almost unsettling, the way the witch hunt unfolded with the Sisters and Henry at the center. But, the devotion that the Sparrow sisters have to one another and their close-knit circle of friends/family is heartwarming. It's critical for the women of Granite Pointe to take a stand and the Girl Power is fully awesome! I had hoped for a little more magic and mystery, but the exceptional characters and relationships made up for any lack of alchemy. Herrick has created a delightful world full of beautiful passages and quirky characters. I enjoyed the entire book, both audio and written. The Sparrow Sisters has an immensely satisfying ending, but still leaves an opening to revisit these endearing characters. I'm looking forward to discovering what's in store for Sorrel and checking in with all of the Sisters. BFF Book Blog uses a set of icon ratings. This book received icon ratings for the following: angst, character development, heroine, romance, supporting characters and world creation. This book was reviewed using a combination of audiobook and Advance Reader Copy. The audiobook was purchased by the reviewer, the ARC was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great book for not-too-heavily-involved reading. It's no Anne Rice novel, but great story line, good plot, and very charming!