Garden Spells

Allen, Sarah Addison

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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 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....

Published: New York : Bantam Books, 2007.
ISBN: 0553805487
Branch Call Number: F ALL
Characteristics: 290 p. ;,22 cm.


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Nov 04, 2014
  • MarissaAnn rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I read 'Garden Spells' to pass the time on a flight. I was initially intrigued by the 'magic', cooking/gardening aspects, and that the story is based the Waverly sisters' relationship. While the magic was more subtle, I enjoyed that it was written in a believable way. Overall, it was a light and quick read.

Aug 04, 2014

This book is along the lines of "Practical Magic". Pretty much has the same story line with just a few different turns but a good read.

Jul 11, 2014
  • gvlee rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A charming tale with a quirky, magic twist. Satisfying and light.

Jul 04, 2014
  • aisha65 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I am really enjoying this author. I have read 3 of her books so far.

Jun 25, 2014
  • msimkins rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my absolute favorites.

Jun 13, 2014
  • skylars rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A tree that throws apples. What fun!

Apr 21, 2014

"In the small North Carolina town of Bascom there stands a house -- and a magical garden -- that has been home to generations of gifted Waverley women. Living there now is successful caterer Claire, who uses edible flowers to create unusual recipes that "affect the eater in curious ways." Her peaceful routine is about to be transformed by the return of her younger sister Sydney, who ran away ten years ago at the age of 18, and by Tyler, the new neighbour next door. A charming read, this book is sure to cast a delightful spell, especially if you enjoy Southern fiction with a touch of magical realism." Fiction A to Z April 2014 newsletter

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.

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.

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

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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."

Mar 05, 2010
  • 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. "

Mar 05, 2010
  • 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."

Mar 05, 2010
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"She looked like autumn, when leaves turned and fruit ripened."

Mar 05, 2010
  • 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."

Mar 05, 2010
  • 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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