Garden Spells

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Garden Spells

Garden Spells has to be one of the most exquisitely magical books I have ever read. I did not expect to love this book. When I received it, the book barely hit my radar, no promise of sex or violence and just a hint of paranormal magic. Honestly it got lost in my pile then unfortunately fell behind my pile of books, but once I found it and started to read it.OMG.I couldn't put it down. I finished it in two sittings.

Garden Spells is one of those books that instantly grabs your attention and not by any flashy action of crazy tricks. It just grabs you.like magic, so subtle you don't even know you're hooked until hours later and you haven't stopped reading and you don't want to.

Quirky Claire Waverley lives alone in the old Waverley family home in Bascom, North Carolina. Every Waverley has been a little weird and quirky, having some kind of strange and subtle magic about them. Claire is no different, though much different than everyone else in the small town. Claire doesn't have much to with people except for work; she owns a catering company and uses the magical plants that grow in the Waverley garden around the old apple tree. (Who would have ever thought an apple tree would actually be a character in a novel?) People love the food that Claire creates and ask specifically for dishes that do certain things like make people remember.or forget.or love.or envy.

Set in her ways Claire is fine with her life until her wild and crazy sister Sydney comes home with a child of her own and a handsome college professor/artist moves in next door that just won't leave her alone. Suddenly Claire's way of life is turned upside down and her routine is shot. Now what? Will she be able to cope? And what is Sydney on the run from?

Sarah Addison Allen has created a southern story full of that subtle romanticism combined with sultry undertones of magic and surrealism. What a fantastic world. I love the use of horticultural magic and the lighthearted otherworldliness of it all. Sarah Addison Allen is a true Southern Belle herself and it shines through in Garden Spells, her debut novel (now newly released in paperback) that made her a New York Times bestselling author. I can't wait to read her newest book, The Sugar Queen.

This book is a keeper. You're going to love it, trust me you will. The slight magic will weave its web around you and pull you in.and if that don't get you, the apple tree will.


Book Blurb for Garden Spells

In a garden surrounded by a tall fence, tucked away behind a small, quiet house in an even smaller town, is an apple tree that is rumored to bear a very special sort of fruit. In this luminous debut novel, Sarah Addison Allen tells the story of that enchanted tree, and the extraordinary people who tend it..

The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers. Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.

A successful caterer, Claire Waverley prepares dishes made with her mystical plants-from the nasturtiums that aid in keeping secrets and the pansies that make children thoughtful, to the snapdragons intended to discourage the attentions of her amorous neighbor. Meanwhile, her elderly cousin, Evanelle, is known for distributing unexpected gifts whose uses become uncannily clear. They are the last of the Waverleys-except for Claire's rebellious sister, Sydney, who fled Bascom the moment she could, abandoning Claire, as their own mother had years before.

When Sydney suddenly returns home with a young daughter of her own, Claire's quiet life is turned upside down-along with the protective boundary she has so carefully constructed around her heart. Together again in the house they grew up in, Sydney takes stock of all she left behind, as Claire struggles to heal the wounds of the past. And soon the sisters realize they mustdeal with their common legacy-if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom-or with each other.

Enchanting and heartfelt, this captivating novel is sure to cast a spell with a style all its own..


Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2008 5.00