Sunday, August 7, 2016

Book Review: Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Garden Spells
by Sarah Addison Allen

Series: Bantam Discovery
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Bantam Discovery; Reprint edition (April 29, 2008)

Kindle Edition
File Size: 1022 KB
Print Length: 306 pages
Publisher: Bantam; 1 edition (August 28, 2007)
Publication Date: August 28, 2007
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Note: Paperback won from Leann's (Between Library Shelves) book giveaway. The review posted below is based on my personal thoughts while reading the book.

Ratings: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

This, along with the second book, sat in my shelf for almost a year! I can't believe it took me so long to read this. Won the series thru a paperback giveaway. With the life issues, I just didn't have time and energy to start new books for months. Oh I'm highly pleased to have finally read Garden Spells.

I so love the magical element here, love the Waverly world and actually the whole uncanny town! Every character's story is fascinating. The kind that will make you feel hopeful and inspired. 

A confession - read this twice. The second one was when I started First Frost (book #2) weeks ago. And I just want to read this again! Definitely a book I highly recommend. I guarantee you, your money would be well-spent on this.

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About the book:

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 must deal 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…


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