Garden Spells (2019)

Garden Spells Sarah Addison Allen 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 T
  • Title: Garden Spells
  • Author: Sarah Addison Allen
  • ISBN: 9780553805482
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Hardcover
Garden Spells Sarah Addison Allen 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 anyoneThe 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, 34 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.
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  1. Sara Madden

    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 fo [...]

  2. Grace

    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 Umunds 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 fasc [...]

  3. Kristin (KC)

    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 e [...]

  4. Nancy

    Posted at Shelf InflictedFor generations, the Waverly family has made their home in Bascom, North Carolina Each of the Waverly women possesses a unique magic which has made them a curiosity in the town, but their oddness also keeps others at a distance Claire is a caterer who uses the enchanted herbs and flowers in her garden to prepare exquisite dishes that affect the eater s feelings Claire s aunt, Evanelle, gives odd and random gifts that she knows the recipient will need in the future Her yo [...]

  5. Darth J

    So good, I read it twice There is a great sense of place for this book, the imagery is truly enchanting and visceral What I really like about the novel is how grounded in reality it is, making the magic seem entirely plausible in its subtlety The pain and drama of the characters make them three dimensional and completely relatable.I was left with only two questions 1 Is there a sequel to this 2 If not, why the hell isn t there ETA February 2015 There is a sequel Special thanks to Christina to al [...]

  6. ♛Tash

    3.5 StarsThe Waverleys of Bascom, North Carolina have always been considered strange by their neighbors, what with Claire s skill in whipping up delectable dishes from flowers with magical attributes, Evanelle s sudden compulsion to give mundane presents that eventually become useful in the near future, and Claire s uncanny ability to choose the hairstyle apropos for the person s situation A decade ago, Sydney ran as far away as she can from Bascom, while Claire stayed home to carry on the famil [...]

  7. Erin

    What I learned from this book isif an apple tree throws its apples at you, for goodness sake, pay attention already This book is lovely, magical, enchanting I sat down to read just one chapter, basically to decide whether it was worth holding onto even though it was already overdue At 2 30 a.m I finished the whole darn thing Couldn t stop myself I floated in a state of suspended reality, where time had no meaning.The basic idea of the book two sisters experienced their childhoods very differentl [...]

  8. Dorlana

    It is really difficult for me to find a book that suits me I love stories, and I love to read Since I don t have a lot of time to read, I have to be really picky Which means, if it hasn t grabbed my attention early on, I normally don t continue.When I saw Garden Spells on the shelves in the book store I immediately wanted to read it because of the cover, the title and the blurb I knew for sure that this was a book that I had to read.I was so excited when I sat down and opened the book Perhaps it [...]

  9. Carmyn

    Set in North Carolina, we explore the lives of the Waverly women and their strangeness in a community where everyone has their expectations for the long family lines native to the area The Waverley s have a garden where an enchanted apple tree grows and Claire masterfully creates foods with properties that do than tantalize the taste buds The ideas behind this are great and this first novel for Sarah Addison Allen might be a fun summer read for someone less picky than me While I enjoyed the IDE [...]

  10. Diane

    Sometimes you just want to read a book with a happy ending This is not a novel I would recommend to others, and yet, I enjoyed its sweetness Garden Spells is the story of Claire and Sydney Waverley, two estranged sisters in Bascom, North Carolina Claire is a gifted caterer who knows how to create special dishes, and she is surprised when Sydney and her daughter, Bay, suddenly show up on her doorstep needing a place to stay Sydney s arrival stirs up some drama among her former friends, and Claire [...]

  11. Sarah

    Find this other reviews at reallyintothis Happy Reading Oh my goodness, this book was so enjoyable I just love the premise A tragic family history, a psychic cousin, a sister coming home to escape her abusive marriage unrequited love I can t believe I waited so long to pick this up.As a Texas girl at heart, these Southern characters their mannerisms are so familiar to me I really connected to Evanelle, the cousin who always seems to know the right thing to do The Waverleys share a long family hi [...]

  12. Amanda

    In Bascom, North Carolina, everyone is destined to live up to their family name Clark women are lascivious femme fatales, Mattesons will be wealthy and put family duty first, Hopkins men always marry older women, and the females of the Waverley clan always manifest a quaint magical talent Fate is heavy handed in Bascom There s no escaping your name and there s no escaping your heritage, even though Sydney Waverley, just like her mother before her, has tried.Sydney grew up a Waverley, but didn t [...]

  13. Karla

    Sometimes you just need a good enchanting fantasy with humor, heart and charming loveable characters I enjoyed the differnt points of view and the revealing look into their personal jouney for love, strength and fulfillment It captured everyday loss, pain, and personal growth and twisted in the perfect touch of whimsy There is a unique magical apple tree that grows in the Waverly s back garden and each Waverly woman or girl has an special gift to share with the little town of Bascom, North Carol [...]

  14. Siobhan

    This book is completely twee and unoriginal, and I am a little embarrassed to be reading it It s the literary equivalent of eating a whole box of cookies but not even good cookies, like Snackwell s Mediocre and unsatisfying And yet I am reading it anyway Now that I ve finished it, I can say definitively that the barrage of five star reviews for this book kind of makes me lose my faith in humanity Even if you like this kind of writing, it is so clearly a wholesale ripoff of Practical Magic not e [...]

  15. William

    Fascinating premise, ineptly implemented.The author is a graduate of the Octavia Butler Rosie Lyons School of Literature which features victims instead of protagonists.Shamelessly manipulative.The family of witches in a magic garden is a great setting for a novel It is pathetic that the author could not do any better than this.

  16. Armina

    4 STARS Take one man, one foolish woman, put them in a bowl and stir I loved this Some kind of review to come in a few days after I catch up with everything GR I ve missed for the last 5 days while I was not around.

  17. Sarah

    She was a Waverley, and Waverley s were an odd bunch, each in his or her own way This is the second time I ve read this book and I really enjoyed it, I loved the magic, the quirks, and the ending was just so sweet I really liked the characters in this book, and I loved how the Waverley s all had their own special gift, whether it be cooking or something obtuse I loved Evanelle s gift most though, randomly having to give things to people Even embarrassing things But I just loved her, because she [...]

  18. Bonnie

    Garden Spells tells the story of two gifted sisters Claire Waverley, a successful caterer in their hometown who has a decidedly magical touch with food, and Sydney, the younger sister who left town at an early age only to run into trouble forcing her to return to Bascom, North Carolina with her six year old daughter, Bay Sydney left her hometown in an attempt to run from what it means to be a Waverley, and the magical gifts they have, as well as from the heartbreak caused by the breakup with her [...]

  19. Siobhan

    Garden Spells is the first of the two Waverley Family books, and it will leave you diving straight into the second book Honestly, it was a truly adorable read, addictive in so many ways.My friend won this book in a giveaway and positively adored it, thus I knew I needed to give it a read When she read the second book and enjoyed that too, I knew that I d be jumping into the series as soon as I had the chance.Garden Spells is a truly immersive magical realism world It s one of those magical reali [...]

  20. Tammy

    Garden Spells is delightful and magical It is the story of two sisters who are reunited, one of them returning home after leaving an abusive situation Both sisters possess magical abilities The characters are colorful The romance is tender and romantic I enjoyed the descriptions of baking and gardening and how the two intersect The small town setting, the herbal potions and a magical apple tree only make the story charming It was resminiscent of Practical Magic, yet romantic and not quite as d [...]

  21. Heather Ormsby

    Well, this is tricky I really enjoyed the book I enjoyed it the first time I read it when it was called Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman Was it plagiarism I m not sure that s for Hoffman s lawyers to decide, but if you enjoyed the following things about Hoffman s book, then you ll enjoy this one a lovely garden where the plants grow in an atmosphere of magical realism, out of time and season two sisters who seem polar opposites, who suffered the loss of their mother at a young age and are separa [...]

  22. Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh

    With the Bascom, Carolina setting adding that element of Southern charm, this is just a gentle feel good story about longing for a safe place and learning to trust Prefer when the fantasy aspect isn t heavy handed that a garden would be full of mystical elements wasn t a stretch for me at all Allen blends in the magic with the softest touch It s about the developing relationship between two entirely different sisters and there struggle to find common ground The romance with the new men in their [...]

  23. Aleksandra

    Kao to mu je i ime, ovo je zaista jedan aroban roman o dvije sestre iz porodice iji svi lanovi posjeduju neke neobi ne sposobnosti, kao to su predvi anja doga aja, pa vje to kori tenje biljaka za djelovanje na ljude, a tu je i nezbje no stablo jabuke, klju ni stanovnik arobnog vrta koji zapravo upravlja svima Nekoliko je tu romanti nih pri a stanovnika malog gradi a, likovi su veoma simpati ni, jednostavno se moraju zavoljeti, itaju i ovaj roman stalno ete imati osmijeh na licu, stoga ako si eli [...]

  24. Tonkica

    Simpati na arobna pri a nakon koje ti ostane osmijeh na licu Lagano pisana, te kao takva stvorena za ugodno poslijepodne uz dekicu

  25. Ena Hasečić

    Claire Waverley ivi pomalo usamljeno u malom ameri kom gradi u i vlasnica je male tvrtke za dostavu hrane Njeni sugra ani su Waverlyjeve oduvijek smtrali pomalo udnima i izgbjegavali misteriozno drvo sa jabukama u njihovom dvori tu Jedino dru vo joj je udna starica Evanelle koja svima donosi darove koji e im u nekom trenutku ivota biti od koristi Sve te e svojim tokom do trenutka kada na Claireina vrata pokuca osoba koju nije vidjela ve 10 godina, njena sestra sa malom k erom Bay Od tog trenutka [...]

  26. Lisa Kay

    Who would have thought I d like a book about an apple tree with an attitude, but even it wormed its way into my heart in this charming story of two sisters.In fact, I loved all the enchanting Waverley females Claire and Sydney, who were never close in childhood, but are discovering the true meaning of sisterhood Their distant cousin second or third or fourteenth cousin Evanelle, who at seventy nine, still feels a strange compulsion to give people things she knows they will eventually need, even [...]

  27. Bethany Clark

    What an magical bookI loved Lost Lake and I believe that I love Garden Spells just as much The characters are so real yet magical and mystical at the same time Sarah has such an amazing ability to create deep characters with so much emotion they just draw you in and you love each and every one of them The Waverly women are such strong women, even if they don t quite know that about themselves right away.The story takes place in Bascom, North Carolina in a quaint home with an amazing garden that [...]

  28. Mimi

    Not quite 3 stars, but I m rounding up because the story overall is much better the second time around Or maybe I reread it at the right moment and it just clicked Whatever it is about this book, I get it now I get why people gravitate to these cozy reads and atmospheric small towns There s a pleasant way about the writing that makes you want to settle in and stay awhile and learn all about the town and the people and the food, and there s a sense of peace and serenity that you wish you could ta [...]

  29. Sophia

    Borrowed from LibrarySo, I was visiting fellow reader, Bloedeudd s Book Girl of Mur y Castell blog, and read her review of First Frost And it reminded me I wanted to read Garden Spells the first book in the series And a visit to the library sealed the deal when it was the book that leaped out at me no, not literally though if I lived in the author s Waverley family world it might really happen.And argh, this was another one that was so wonderful that I m sad to have put it off for so long Small [...]

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