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Preorder Kate Pearsall’s Bittersweet in the Hollow through one of the participating independent bookstores below to receive a custom spell notebook!*

*While supplies last—please contact the store to make sure the gift is still available.


A Room of One’s Own
2717 Atwood Ave
Madison, WI 53704

Anderson’s Bookshop
123 W Jefferson Ave
Naperville, IL 60540

Barbara’s Bookstore
102 Hawthorn Center
Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Woodfield Mall
Space D301
Schaumburg, IL 60173

288 Orland Square
Unit E18A
Orland Park, IL 60462

111 N State Street
Chicago, IL 60602

120 Yorktown Center
Lombard, IL 60148

Beach Books
616 Broadway Street
Seaside, OR 97138

Blue Cypress Books
8123 Oak Street
New Orleans, LA 70118

Book Beat
26010 Greenfield
Oak Park, MI 48237

3019 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Books & Books
265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Books of Wonder
Therea Phung
42 W 17 Street
New York, NY 10011

Bookshop Santa Cruz
1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

621 Central Ave
Barboursville, WV 25504

4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107

Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 McClintock Drive
Tempe, AZ 85283

Gibson’s Bookstore
45 S Main Street
Concord, NH 03301

Joseph Beth Booksellers
697 Wilmer Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45226

Literati Bookstore
124 E Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Little Shop of Stories
133 E Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030

Main Street Books
126 S Main Street
Davidson, NC 28036

McLean & Eakin Booksellers
307 E Lake Street
Petoskey, MI 49770

Mysterious Galaxy
3555 Rosecrans Street
Suite 107
San Diego, CA 92110

Pages Bookshop
19560 Grand River Avenue
Detroit, MI 48223

Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37215

Porter Square Books
25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140

Red Balloon
891 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105

Schuler Books
2660 28 Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Sidetrack Books
325 S Washington Ave
Royal Park, MI 48067

About Bittersweet in the Hollow:

In this beautifully dark and enthralling YA, four sisters with unusual talents investigate a mysterious disappearance in their secluded Appalachian town. For fans of House of Hollow and Wilder Girls!

In rural Caball Hollow, surrounded by the vast National Forest, the James women serve up more than fried green tomatoes at the Harvest Moon diner, where the family recipes are not the only secrets.

     Like her sisters, Linden was born with an unusual ability. She can taste what others are feeling, but this so-called gift soured her relationship with the vexingly attractive Cole Spencer one fateful night a year ago . . . A night when Linden vanished into the depths of the Forest and returned with no memories of what happened, just a litany of questions—and a haze of nightmares that suggest there’s more to her story than simply getting lost.

     Now, during the hottest summer on record,another girl in town is gone, and the similarities to last year’s events are striking. Except, this time the missing girl doesn’t make it home, and when her body is discovered, the scene unmistakably spells murder.

     As tempers boil over, Linden enlists the help of her sisters to find what’s hiding in the forest . . . before it finds her. But as she starts digging for truth—about the Moth-Winged Man rumored to haunt the Hollow, about her bitter rift with Cole, and even about her family—she must question if some secrets are best left buried.


The Appalachian witch book of my dreams! I wanted to crawl inside Bittersweet In The Hollow and live with the James women. Haunted golden boys, deeply nuanced, magical girls, and the threat of something lurking in the woods kept me turning the page long after dark. Pearsall’s debut is positively spellbinding.” —Sasha Peyton SmithNew York Times bestselling author of The Witch Haven

Bittersweet in the Hollow is a story rich in tradition and lore. Let the James sisters lead you deep into a world where beauty and evil hold handsin the shadows. Summer storms darken the skies and magic and mystery swirl like fog on the mountain. If you’re brave enough to peer into the darkness, you’ll be tasting the secrets of Caball Hollow on your tongue long after the last page is read.” —Ginny Myers SainNew York Times bestselling author of Secrets So Deep

A captivating debut that blends a palpable atmosphere, visceral magic, and the depths of sisterly love to create a concoction even more enticing than the Harvest Moon’s famous tomato pie. Pearsall is a master at weaving the deadly and supernatural into everyday life in this isolated mountain town, creating a spellbinding story rich with folklore and family.” —Andrea Hannah, author of Where Darkness Blooms

“Debut author Pearsall balances paranormal thrills and the horrors of the central mystery to craft a cottage-core-infused world replete with cozy domestic enchantments, a close-knit female cast, and a captivating romance.” —Publishers Weekly

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