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Three lives converge as a wildly talented baker returns to Dove Pond to face her past in this entry in the charming series that proves that sometimes miracles really do happen...

Ella Dove is an acclaimed baker whose desserts spark vivid, cherished memories in those who taste them. A restless soul, Ella goes wherever the wind takes her—but driven by a haunting dream, she’s coming home to Dove Pond. Years ago, her mentor, Angela Stewart Harrington, falsely accused Ella of stealing her beloved family recipe book, known as the Book of Cakes. Now, Ella believes it’s time for them to reconcile.

Angela has her own share of amends to make. Her daughter Jules has never forgiven her for divorcing her father, and they’ve been estranged ever since. But just as Angela begins to hope that she and Jules might mend their tattered relationship, a miscommunication turns into a lie that could destroy everything.

Meanwhile, Jules’s son Gray is shocked that Ella, his first love and his first heartbreak, has returned to Dove Pond. But even though he knows Ella is a wanderer and will soon leave, he’s unable to stop himself from falling for her once again. Can Gray find a way to convince Ella to give him, and their town, a serious chance? Or is he once again on the road to a broken heart?

With so much at stake, Ella, Angela, and Gray must learn to accept each other—flaws and all—forgive the many mistakes of their pasts, and trust that love can, and will, always find a way. For fans of Alice Hoffman and Sarah Addison Allen, The Secret Recipe of Ella Dove is a delicious and magical read that will warm your heart and charm your senses.

About The Author

Photograph by Tricia McCormack Photography

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Karen Hawkins writes novels that have been praised as touching, witty, charming, and heartwarming. A native Southerner who grew up in the mountains of East Tennessee where storytelling is a way of life, Karen recently moved to frosty New England with her beloved husband and multiple foster dogs. The Dove Pond series is a nod to the thousands of books that opened doors for her to more adventures, places, and discoveries than she ever imagined possible. To find out more about Karen, check in with her at, on Instagram @KarenHawkinsAuthor, and on her website


Product Details

  • Publisher: Gallery Books (August 15, 2023)
  • Length: 352 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781982195953

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Praise for The Secret Recipe of Ella Dove
The Secret Recipe of Ella Dove is a charming, whimsical, magical ride. Readers will long to be a part of this spellbinding story and fans of Alice Hoffman will be overjoyed to add this writer to their shelf of favorite authors. It's a heart throb!”—Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Family Affair and the Virgin River series

"The Secret Recipe of Ella Dove is as whimsical as it is heart-tugging. It’s a homecoming story that hits the sweet spot between the fear of loving and losing, and accepting that love is never painless. A must-read for fans of Sarah Addison Allen and all who love an immersing book, preferably read while sitting on a front porch and eating a piece of hummingbird pie (the recipe is helpfully tucked into the back of the book)."—Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of The House on Prytania

“[An] enchanting story filled with emotion and magic… An enthralling story of losing, loving and finding your way home again.”Woman's World

Praise for the Dove Pond series
"Hawkins has created a delightfully quirky town… Reminiscent of Sarah Addison Allen, Abbi Waxman, and Fannie Flagg, this is a great summer read for those who love small southern towns filled with magic.”Booklist

"This heartwarming story by Hawkins will delight fans of cozy romantic fiction with its quirky characters and charming small town."Library Journal

"The literary equivalent of warm custard or fuzzy socks... for readers who enjoy the warmth and Southern authenticity of Fannie Flagg novels mixed with a dollop of Sarah Addison Allen-style magical realism."The Augusta Chronicle

"The beauty of Hawkins’ writing is that even when it moves into the magical––and rest assured that it does—the emotions of the characters are authentic. Every scene, no matter how far from daily reality, is rooted in kindness and friendship, the belief we can all be better, and the hope that starting over is possible. The perfect way to spend an afternoon, teacup in hand, dreaming about what could be."Manhattan Book Review

"Like tea, a new Karen Hawkins book is always a good idea. A visit to Dove Pond, where the real magic lies in forgiveness and acceptance, is balm to my readerly soul. Write the next book quickly please!"—KJ Dell'Antonia, New York Times bestselling author of Reese's Book Club pick, The Chicken Sisters

"For readers who believe that sometimes miracles really do happen."—Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author of All the Days of Summer

"Full of heart, the perfect blend of family, forgiveness, and healing. With quirky, lovable characters and abundant small-town Southern charm, I enjoyed every minute spent in Dove Pond, where life is truly magical."—Heather Webber, USA Today bestselling author of Midnight at the Blackbird Café

"Set in a small Southern town filled with both extraordinary and ordinary magic, this novel sparkles with quirky, endearing characters, dialogue and setting. Fans of women's fiction will love this sometimes whimsical, often insightful, always absorbing story."Shelf Awareness

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