Garden Spells

Garden Spells

Book - 2007
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The Waverleys are a curious family, even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers. When Sydney returns home with a daughter of her own, she and her sister Claire must deal with their legacy.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2007
ISBN: 9780553805482
Characteristics: 290 p. ; 22 cm


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Anyone in the mood for a light, sweet story and some magic will enjoy this book, particularly if you like Southern US literature. You really do need to be in the mood to totally suspend your disbelief, but it’s worth it. The magical apples show the eater either the very best or very worst moment of their life. And each of the women in the Waverley family have a special gift. For example, caterer Claire cooks delicious dishes using edible flowers that affect the diner’s emotions. Their distant relative, Evanelle, has perhaps the most interesting yet frustrating skill – she gets feelings that she must give people things. All kinds of things – gadgets, spare change, clothing – she can’t rest until she’s given them the item and they always end up needing it, though sometimes for strange or unwelcome reasons. I love Addison’s writing style, and I was enchanted by these Spells, by the Waverly women, and by the whole town of Bascom, North Carolina. (submitted by GH)

Aug 22, 2017

A delightful read!

SquamishLibraryStaff Mar 20, 2017

This is my go to title when I'm ready to dive into a lovely story studded with one families history and their connection to flowers and plants. Suspense, town gossip, and a magical apple tree make for great entertainment.

Mar 01, 2017

Adorable story. This book was recommended to me and now I have 3 more of her books. Love them

Oct 11, 2016

I loved this story!

TSCPL_MichelleM Jun 03, 2016

This is easily my favorite of Allen's books.

Jan 18, 2016

The apple tree was my favourite character, along with clueless Claire. I absolutely admire authors who can make a character out of an object (i.e. Gladys, the bicycle, in Alan Bradley's novels).

CMLibrary_gjd_0 Jan 03, 2016

Not my usual type of read, but I read this for a book club and thoroughly enjoyed it. Set in North Carolina featuring a family of witches. Don't worry, they're not THAT kind of witches, they just know herbs and like helping people. I'd call this a gentle read.

booklady413 Sep 07, 2015

A truly magical novel, but more than that, a story about family and the bonds that can never be broken. I loved it.

Aug 03, 2015

I enjoyed this light read. Fun, a bit quirky with interesting visual images and analogies. A great summer afternoon type of book.

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Mar 29, 2011

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

"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

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

Mar 05, 2010

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

Mar 05, 2010

"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

"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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Jun 29, 2014

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