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Garden Spells (Bantam Discovery) Paperback – April 29, 2008
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I am nearly jealous of those who have not read it yet. It is a vibrant experience to live between the pages even if they turn so quickly.
As a first time novelist, Allen bewitches with savory prose and keen insight, leaving this reader to want more. Think of the very best fairy tale you were ever told; now pick up "Garden Spells" and read one of the best magical stories for adults this reader has enjoyed in a long, long time.
This is the story of 2 sisters who each find a different way to cope with a mother who was wild and abandoned them when they were young. Clare creates a very careful, cautious life for herself. Sydney, the younger sister, lives wildly trying to copy a mother she never knew. For a long time they have no contact until circumstances force them together. In the setting of a magical garden, the sisters need to confront their past in order to move forward.
This is the kind of book I like to read on a day when the world seems dark and depressing. It was light, yet still thoughtful. Magic permeates the story. It's full of delightful quirky characters and a romance which could be formulaic if the writer were not so skilled.
That out of the way, let me say that once again, as noted in the title for my review for Ms Allen's second novel, I always want more. It is a personal inclination to see possibility in things, in people, in situations. Not only that, but also the mapping-out of how everything might be brought to a higher state of potential. And with this début from Ms Allen, it's so much clearer to me what her strengths...and her weaknesses...are.
She has a wonderful knack with the fantastical. Presenting it in such a way as to not have it be some circus event, but rather something to be accepted. To be wondered at, but not in a mawkish way. Here is a very, very creative person, who has managed to go back to this well twice (three times, if the blurbs about her next effort are accurate), and provides the willing reader with a lot to smile about. Being able to 'charm' with something, whether it be a song, a painting, a magic act, a film, or a novel, is a blessed gift.Read more ›
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I adored GARDEN SPELLS!!! It was fun and funny; scary and very different. I love books that have strange things happen. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Leanne M. Thwing
Loved the story about family coming together and finding strength in the hardshipsPublished 5 days ago by Jacalyn Voigt
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I have to thank Suzanne for picking this book for me during the Pick It For Me Challenge. Read more
I adored this book. I don't know what else to say. It was full of wonderful characters and the story was so grand.Published 10 days ago by Katy with a Why
I enjoyed getting to live in the magical world of Garden Spells for a while. A welcome relief from politics and the sad state of the world. Read morePublished 14 days ago by J. Marano
Sarah Addison Allen writes so well and her books are so enjoyable. They make you think you know all her characters and they are such interesting people!!Published 17 days ago by J. Green
I enjoyed reading the tale of the Waverly women and their unusual character traits. This is an easy read, and hard to put down. Read morePublished 23 days ago by William Kyle
As a gardener, and someone who enjoys fictional magic, this was a very enjoyable book.Published 23 days ago by AvidAmazoner5978