The Cup of Silver Linings is the second in this author’s Dove Pond series. I enjoyed the first novel, The Book Charmer (see review on my blog or NetGalley). Each of these books has featured one of the Dove sisters. They each have a magical property so in this way remind me of books by Sarah Addison Adler.
In the first novel, Sarah hears books. They literally tell her which book a reader needs. In this new story, Ava has a special relationship with plants and teas. She has a talent for knowing what special drink a person needs for what ails them, much as Sarah knew about books.
This book tells several stories. One is about Ava and her life’s work. Another thread tells the story of Kristen Foster and her grandmother Ellen. Kristen and Ellen come together in the aftermath of Kristen’s mother’s death. Julie was, of course, Ellen’s daughter. Julie, an artist, rebelled against Ellen in every way. Ellen begins the novel as a talented architect who is precise and stiff. Kristen is more like her mother. She wants to stay in Dove Pond while Ellen wants to move the two of them back to Raleigh. Can these two disparate people come together in a way that will feel right for each of them?
In the meanwhile, Ava’s teas have gone amok. Will she be able to find out what the problem is and to fix it? Will her (gorgeously described) tearoom open on schedule?
Also, what about this book’s title? Will there be silver linings for each of these characters?
This book is good women’s fiction. I enjoyed the characters and the setting. I would certainly read book 3 if/when it is published. Note however, that Julie suffered from mental illness if this is something that a reader needs as a spoiler alert.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.