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Garden Spells

Allen, Sarah Addison (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Garden Spells


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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 plantsfrom 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 Waverleysexcept 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 downalong 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 legacyif they are ever to feel at home in Bascomor with each other. Enchanting and heartfelt, this captivating novel is sure to cast a spell with a style all its own....
Authors: Allen, Sarah Addison
Title: Garden spells
Publisher: New York :, Bantam Books,, 2007.
Characteristics: 290 p. ;,22 cm.
Local Note: 1 3
ISBN: 9780553805482
0553805487
Branch Call Number: F ALL
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Report This Aug 07, 2013
  • artemishi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

With lyrical, smooth prose, Allen tells a story where magic is in the everyday, and anything is possible. This light read was filled with gorgeous metaphors and imagery that had me wanting to wrap myself in the story. Also, Evanelle may be the most awesome character ever written.

Report This May 30, 2013
  • cordesone rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a delightful book! Makes me wish for a little magic in my life. I loved the characters and their special gifts. Highly recommended.

Report This Apr 26, 2013
  • KRockstar10 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This one was really lovely. All of the characters were beautifully developed, even the mischievous apple tree in the garden! I felt as if I knew and loved the Waverly women--I even found myself saying out loud that I wished I could meet them! It's easy to make comparisons with the movie "Practical Magic", but the fantasy here has a much lighter touch. I've been reading a lot of heavy sci-fi and fantasy lately, so it was very refreshing to read a story that takes place in our world, where the magic is easily imagined. I will definitely be looking into reading more by this author

Report This Aug 26, 2012
  • jessssro rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This was the first Sarah Addison Allen book I have read, and she has become one of my favorite authors. It has the perfect mix of mystery and magic and even a little bit of romance. I would recommend this to both teens and adults!

Sarah Addison Allen’s books are a seduction of place. Lovely, quirky characters, with their own peculiar, magics, that somehow seem rather ordinary in the dream of a small southern town that Allen presents. I appreciate that her characters have real struggles, even as they drift into a romantic summer.

Report This Jul 23, 2012
  • longlivesmilies rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Really lovely book! Wish it came with recipes though...

Report This Apr 05, 2012
  • lorcha rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a yummy delicious book! There are lots of references to food and cooking because the main character is a magical cook in the same tradition as Tita in Like water for Chocolate; however the setting is in American South rather than Mexico. This a book that makes you feels good afterwards. Although in some way the overall feeling is light, the story is not at all superficial dealing with childhood scars and broken dreams. This is the first book I have read from Sarah Atkinson Allen and I look forward to reading all her works!

Report This Jan 20, 2012
  • tupelo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My favorite of all her books. A light read that still gives the message that everyone has "gifts" although sometimes they don't want them.

Report This Dec 31, 2011
  • Dukkie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A great book about the ongoing development of a relationship between 2 sisters. And it's a great romance!

Report This Nov 29, 2011
  • EVANS1963 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is one of my favorite books. Love all her books and can't wait for another.

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Report This Mar 29, 2011
  • 20KBT10 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

p. 233. You think I'm going to leave?" [...] "No one I know has ever had this forever." "I think of the future all the time. All my life I've chased dreams of what could be. For the first time in my life, I've actually caught one." He kissed her again before grabbing his shirt and standing. "I'll give you one day at a time, Claire. But rememer, I'm thousands of days ahead already."

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  • redwallflower rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"She sometimes thought she was going crazy. Her first thought when she woke up was always how to get him out of her thoughts. And she would keep watch, hoping to see him next door, while plotting ways to never have to see him again. "

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  • redwallflower rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"It was like the way you wanted sunshine on Saturdays, or pancakes for breakfast. They just mad you feel good."

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  • redwallflower rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"She looked like autumn, when leaves turned and fruit ripened."

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  • redwallflower rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"She was so Southern that she cried tears that came straight from the Mississippi, and she always smelled faintly of cottonwood and peaches."

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  • redwallflower rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"To Fred, those years seemed to pass like quickly skimming a book and then finding the ending wasn't what he expected. He wished he'd paid more attention to the story."

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