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Garden Spells (Bantam Discovery) Mass Market Paperback – April 29, 2008
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“It’s refreshing to find a Southern novel that doesn’t depend on folksy humor or stereotypes but instead on the imaginative use of magical realism. Just buy it, read it, and recommend it to others.”—Library Journal, starred review
“Garden Spells is so tender and enchanting, it drew me in on page one, and held me captivated—without letting me go for even a minute—until the end. I fell in love with Sarah Addison Allen’s writing, and her world. She believes in love, and that’s her magic: She conjures a garden of moon vine and angel’s trumpet, fills it with characters who need each other, and writes so well you’ll never forget any of them.”—Luanne Rice
“Sarah Addison Allen has crafted a wonderful story that will cast a spell on everyone who has the pleasure of reading it. Garden Spells has a harvest of rich characters, a plot that will have you checking what you eat, and a heart that is overflowing with the tangled joys and sorrows of love and life.” —Kris Radish
“Garden Spells is a rare and mesmerizing novel, brimming with light and fierce joy and the sharp shadows that must accompany such a tale. I desperately want to go live in Bascom and fall asleep in the Waverleys’ garden and let the magic and sweetness fill my every hour with its heady sense of possibility. So will you. This is one of the most charming books I’ve read in ages!”—Barbara Samuel
“Garden Spells is truly spellbinding, beautifully crafted and as bewitching as the title suggests. This is Southern charm at its most beguiling, with characters you’ll take to your heart, a delicious love story, and a magical garden you’ll wish was in your own backyard. I devoured it in one sitting and was left eagerly awaiting Sarah Addison Allen’s next novel.”—Eileen Goudge
“Charming.... [Imbued] with a Southern charm that readers won't want to resist any more than they would Claire's violet cake.”—Christian Science Monitor
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Sarah Addison Allen lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where she is at work on her next novel.
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Claire now lives in the old Queen Anne house, and she caters local parties, bringing some of her beautiful and magical recipes to the residents of the town.
Her sister Sydney, six years younger, left years ago, but something is about to bring her back home, along with her six-year-old daughter Bay.
Claire is a woman who likes things to stay the same. Afraid of change, nursing childhood hurts that somehow defined her, she sticks to her familiar routines and avoids anything that will stir up her world. Her mother Lorelei’s abandonment years before has left its mark.
Sydney has been living with David, the abusive father of her child, but she has put all of her efforts into planning her escape, and finding her way back to the place she fled years ago.
A coming together of this family and special people around them will bring something bright and beautiful into all their lives.
Garden Spells is a magical tale that kept me eagerly reading and hoping to learn more about the healing properties that seemed to lurk within the pages.
We meet interesting characters from the town, like Tyler Hughes, who lives next door and can’t seem to stop thinking about Claire. Then there is Henry, who has been in love with Sydney since they were in school together years before. Evanelle Franklin, a 79-year-old aunt, has her own special gifts: she loves giving unique things to people, and changing the direction of their lives.
What will happen to each of these characters, and how does the strange apple tree in the Waverley yard figure into it all?
I loved this book, and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. When I reached the last page, I didn’t want to leave the unique characters or the setting. 5 stars.
There are changes coming and both Claire and Sydney will learn that different isn't always a bad thing.
I appreciate the mystical quality, the wistfulness,
which is why i purchased this book to begin with.
nice mystery, somewhat unpredictable. Some edge.
fun, good story with characters developed enough.
a little cheesy. good to pass time pleasantly, though
it's surprisingly edgy at points!