Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.


No title (2007)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations / Mentions
3,4592791,552 (4.04)1 / 473

Work details

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen (2007)


Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

English (275)  German (1)  Piratical (1)  All languages (277)
Showing 1-5 of 275 (next | show all)
I cannot think of the right word to describe this book. It is perhaps a good summer quick read, but I was not overly fond of the mysticism or maybe New Age aspects of the story. An apple tree that was cognizant of its surroundings and sent messages by tossing its fruit at unsuspecting bystanders? An elderly lady who felt compelled to give things to people that somehow they would “need?” (Although I did like that old lady – probably my favorite character in the book.) The book was OK, but I would not rush to re-read it. ( )
  TheresaCIncinnati | Aug 17, 2015 |
I found this book completely charming. It centers around a completely dysfunctional, and somewhat 'magical', family. What I loved so much about this book is that it's told from so many different points of view that you actually get the whole story.
Claire runs a catering service in her home town and tries to live as quietly and peacefully as possible. That is until her sister, Sydney, and niece, Bay, show up on the yard. While Claire and Sydney fight the magic around them, Bay embraces it and the meddling apple tree.
The entire feel of the book is light and the magic itself mostly serves as a minor character slightly pushing the girls where they need to go. While the story feels light it most certainly isn't lighthearted when it comes to the domestic violence that eventually finds itself back in Sydney's life. It wrapped up nicely as a story and I'm not 100% convinced on a sequel but will most likely read it eventually.
  SaraEllen | Jul 3, 2015 |
Sarah Addison Allen is a LibraryThing Author, and I've discovered the book that way. I like author's voice and the subtle, benevolent magic.

The Waverley family is known for their talents and their magical garden. Claire, for example, has a catering service famous for her mood-changing edible flowers. Evanelle's little gifts are always useful later on. And the apple tree in the garden likes to throw apples at everyone.

Claire lives alone in the old family home, but that is going to change. There's a new neighbor moving in. Claire's sister is coming home with her daughter, fleeing from an abusive relationship. Old friends and aquaintances are showing up. ( )
  hnau | Jun 29, 2015 |
Claire Waverley loves her heritage, living in Bascom, North Carolina, tending her special garden and catering in her small town. Her sister Sydney, who escaped the town ten years ago, returns suddenly with secrets and a young daughter.

I loved this tale of sisters and love in a small town, with a touch of magic. Claire has a knack for creating recipes that are more than just tasty - they can rekindle good memories, help you see in the dark, make people see you as successful. Sydney never felt like she fit in - nor did she really want to be a "weird" Waverley - and she and Claire were never close as children. But as they each come to know each other, Sydney begins to find her place and Claire starts to open up to new experiences. I really felt for the characters, wanted to be their friend, wanted to hug them when they were upset, and was extremely satisfied with how everything came together. Now I have to go find something else by Sarah Addison Allen... ( )
  bell7 | Jun 22, 2015 |
One to keep on the read again stack.

I love Sarah's writing and every time I re-read Garden Spells, I feel like I'm coming home to see old friends. She paints with words, so visually, and I am an interloper eavesdropping on a magical scene.

I have read and re-read all of her books but I am absolutely smitten with this one. ( )
  chef13 | Jun 3, 2015 |
Showing 1-5 of 275 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (8 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Sarah Addison Allenprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Allen, Sarah Addisonmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Ericksen, SusanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
For my mom. I love you.
First words
Every smiley moon, without fail, Claire dreamed of her childhood.
When you're happy for yourself, it fills you. When you're happy for someone else, it pours over.
When you tell a secret to someone, embarrassing or not, it forms a connection.  That person means something to you simply by virtue of what he knows.
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Haiku summary
Flowers have powers,
Family magic runs deep,
This garden sparkles.

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553590324, Mass Market Paperback)

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….

From the Hardcover edition.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:04 -0400)

(see all 5 descriptions)

The Waverleys of Bascom, North Carolina, 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.… (more)

(summary from another edition)

» see all 9 descriptions

LibraryThing Author

Sarah Addison Allen is a LibraryThing Author, an author who lists their personal library on LibraryThing.

profile page | author page

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
10 avail.
165 wanted
5 pay11 pay

Popular covers


Average: (4.04)
0.5 2
1 15
1.5 3
2 37
2.5 17
3 220
3.5 93
4 530
4.5 67
5 446


2 editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions


Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Store | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 99,074,152 books! | Top bar: Always visible