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Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen
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... show more
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 plants—from 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 Waverleys—except 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 down—along 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 legacy—if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom—or with each other.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780553805482 (0553805487)
Publisher: Bantam
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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Obsidian Black Plague
Obsidian Black Plague rated it
5.0 Garden Spells - - Magical Realism Done Very Well
Funny, I love this book, but honestly don't remember the last time I read it. After finishing "Garden Spells" I went and read book two in the Waverley family again so that was a nice and and two punch. Allen does magical realism very well. This book deals with a lot of serious issues, rape, abuse, b...
Brenna M's Book Blog
Brenna M's Book Blog rated it
3.0 Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
Garden Spells Sarah Addison Allen Hardcover, 304 pages Published August 28th 2007 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2007) ISBN 0553805487 (ISBN13: 9780553805482) also available in Kindle, Audio Cd, and Audible Audio Garden Spells is a relaxing read. Sara Addison Allen d...
Just Another Reader
Just Another Reader rated it
4.0 Garden Spells
I picked up Garden Spells for my ongoing Hogwarts Challenge, as it could on its own net me 8 points. I had never heard of it, but I really enjoyed reading it. The story follows the Waverly family who live in a town full of families with long histories and unusual traits, from dating older women, ...
Lindsay's Book Log
Lindsay's Book Log rated it
4.5
The think that the thing that I love about this author is she handles real life difficult situations really well. She allows strong female characters to work through issues without a man just coming into save her. I'm at my in laws so I can't write a proper review but this book was great I loved ...
Lagniappe Literature
Lagniappe Literature rated it
5.0
What a lovely story this was!! So much fun to read and I was absolutely lost in the creatively fragrant imagination of Allen. I loved every moment spent with the magical Waverley sisters!!
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