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Garden Spells The women of the Waverley family whether they like it or not are heirs to an unusual legacy, one that grows in a fenced plot behind their Queen Anne home on Pendland Street in Bascom, North Carolina There, an apple tree bearing fruit of magical properties looms over a garden filled with herbs and edible flowers that possess the power to affect in curious ways anyone who eats them For nearly a decade,year old Claire Waverley, at peace with her family inheritance, has lived in the house alone, embracing the spirit of the grandmother who raised her, ruing her mother s unfortunate destiny and seemingly unconcerned about the fate of her rebellious sister, Sydney, who freed herself long ago from their small town s constraints Using her grandmother s mystical culinary traditions, Claire has built a successful catering business and a carefully controlled, utterly predictable life upon the family s peculiar gift for making life altering delicacies lilac jelly to engender humility, for instance, or rose geranium wine to call up fond memories Garden Spells reveals what happens when Sydney returns to Bascom with her young daughter, turning Claire s routine existence upside down With Sydney s homecoming, the magic that the quiet caterer has measured into recipes to shape the thoughts and moods of others begins to influence Claire s own emotions in terrifying and delightful ways As the sisters reconnect and learn to support one another, each finds romance where she least expects it, while Sydney s child, Bay, discovers both the safe home she has longed for and her own surprising gifts With the help of their elderly cousin Evanelle, endowed with her own uncanny skills, the Waverley women redeem the past, embrace the present, and take a joyful leap into the future Third time One of my favorites. Chicken soup when you re sick Chocolate when you re hormonal Lavender for your bathroom Citrus for the kitchen Pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving Peppermint at Christmas time.This book completely spoke my language that of food and how we are connected to what we serve, eat and order We may not be able to put magic into our cooking, but as a mother I know there are certain things to feed my family for certain reasons, and that can be sort of a form of magic at least to the little child in bed w Chicken soup when you re sick Chocolate when you re hormonal Lavender for your bathroom Citrus for the kitchen Pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving Peppermint at Christmas time.This book completely spoke my language that of food and how we are connected to what we serve, eat and order We may not be able to put magic into our cooking, but as a mother I know there are certain things to feed my family for certain reasons, and that can be sort of a form of magic at least to the little child in bed waiting for hot cocoa after being caught in a rain storm.Garden Spells is beautiful Each character of the family has a special gift Either through food, hairstyling, knowing where things go or giving gifts that will be needed in the future, they are all important gifts, but to the characters, sometimes a curse But, in the end, they all figure out how to deal with their gifts and how to come together as a family.Then of course, there is the apple tree that will show you your future that is in their backyard Would I be willing to take a bite of the apple and be prepared for what I saw or should I go through life, accepting each action and moment as it comes Yes, this book is definitely reminsicent of Practical Magic in plotline I can t imagine anyone not thinking soa beautiful old house, two magical sisters whose mother died when they were young, one practical and a homebody, the other a wild woman with a daughter who comes back home to escape an abusive man Umsounds familiar Very.BUTThe author creates an amazing atmosphere, and the basics of the plot may be the same, but the details are entirely new and lovely The aunt Evanelle is an abs Yes, this book is definitely reminsicent of Practical Magic in plotline I can t imagine anyone not thinking soa beautiful old house, two magical sisters whose mother died when they were young, one practical and a homebody, the other a wild woman with a daughter who comes back home to escape an abusive man Umsounds familiar Very.BUTThe author creates an amazing atmosphere, and the basics of the plot may be the same, but the details are entirely new and lovely The aunt Evanelle is an absolutely fascinating characternot to mention the wonderful apple tree who wants to share in all the experiences I stayed up late to finish reading this book, and I don t do that often Practical Magic had undertones of darkness and spices, mystery and tragedy Garden Spells instead makes magic beautifully mundanea part of these women s everyday life, and just as difficult but worth dealing with than the marital problems of Emma and her husband Very highly recommendedthe best book I ve read in a long time 3.5 Stars I ll keep this review short, and in the spirit of this adorable story sweet Garden Spells offered the perfect magical escape I was searching for The writing was exquisite and the plot enchanting This book did sort of feel like a cross between Practical Magic and Sleeping with the Enemy, as many readers have mentioned, but it certainly offered a unique enough spin in its storytelling The element of magic was handled with care and executed to perfection not too far out there, but so 3.5 Stars I ll keep this review short, and in the spirit of this adorable story sweet Garden Spells offered the perfect magical escape I was searching for The writing was exquisite and the plot enchanting This book did sort of feel like a cross between Practical Magic and Sleeping with the Enemy, as many readers have mentioned, but it certainly offered a unique enough spin in its storytelling The element of magic was handled with care and executed to perfection not too far out there, but solid enough to whisk the reader outside of reality for a while.Although I found the plot fairly predictable, the romance was sweet and gentle and the fact that I knew where the story was heading didn t seem to dampen my enjoyment The lack of angst was refreshing and a nice change from my current string of tension filled reads Recommended for readers in search of a light read who also enjoy a bit of magic in their fiction

  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • Garden Spells
  • Sarah Addison Allen
  • English
  • 09 November 2017
  • 0553805487

About the Author: Sarah Addison Allen

New York Times Bestselling novelist Sarah Addison Allen brings the full flavor of her southern upbringing to bear on her fiction a captivating blend of magical realism, heartwarming romance, and small town sensibility.Born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Allen grew up with a love of books and an appreciation of good food she credits her journalist father for the former and her mother, a fabulous cook, for the latter In college, she majored in literature because, as she puts it, I thought it was amazing that I could get a diploma just for reading fiction It was like being able to major in eating chocolate After graduation, Allen began writing seriously Her big break occurred in 2007 with the publication of her first mainstream novel, Garden Spells, a modern day fairy tale about an enchanted apple tree and the family of North Carolina women who tend it Booklist called Allen s accomplished debut spellbindingly charming The novel became a Barnes Noble Recommends selection, and then a New York Times Bestseller.Allen continues to serve heaping helpings of the fantastic and the familiar in fiction she describes as Southern fried magic realism Clearly, it s a recipe readers are happy to eat up as fast as she can dish it out.Her published books to date are Garden Spells 2007 , The Sugar Queen 2008 , The Girl Who Chased the Moon 2010 , The Peach Keeper 2011 and Lost Lake 2014 and First Frost 2015 From BN.com


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