Monday, April 11, 2011

Book 50: Garden Spells

Barnes and Noble's Description:

Written by: Sarah Addison Allen

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. 

Enchanting and heartfelt, this captivating novel is sure to cast a spell with a style all its own….

My Thoughts: I cannot say enough good things about this book. What a wonderful story! I love the way it read, it was sort of fairy-tale like. I had never read a book by Sarah Addison Allen and look forward to reading others by her. I loved the flow of the story and focus on family (mainly the sisters). Not to go right off the book description (above) but it definitely was an enchanting and magical story. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who just wants a good read and heartfelt story.

My Grade: A+++++

1 comment:

  1. I can truly say that Garden Spells is one of my all time favorite books. I've read all of Sarah Addison Allen's books (I'm reading The Peach Keeper now), and have never rated them less than excellent. Great review.