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Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen (2007)

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Quick, easy, enjoyable read. Rather predictable though. ( )
  | Mar 19, 2014 | edit |
Loved this book though need to check and see if it was this one or Language of Flowers that came out first since both are similar.

Not for our high school due to the sex, but otherwise a very nicely done book of a woman who had been left behind by her mother and thus finds it hard to trust people. Enter the stepsister who there is a fear that she will do the same thing (dump the kid and run) and you have all the makings of the disfunctional family that actually turns out to be OK. ( )
  carolvanbrocklin | Feb 20, 2014 |
Garden Spells is an enjoyable tale of sisters and a garden containing plants of magical qualities.

Sydney escapes an abusive husband and comes back home to Bascom, North Carolina with her daughter Bay. She moves into her the house where she was raised by her grandmother and is now owned by her sister Claire.

Claire has a catering business where she creates dishes using herbs in her garden that have qualities that affect those who eat them.

Both sisters have issues from the past and find healing in each other as well as the men that enter their lives.

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  jamesfallen | Feb 7, 2014 |
Fun story, entertaining, if some aspects were a tad predictable. ( )
  dreamingbear | Feb 6, 2014 |
I have read this book 3 times and each time I fall in love with this book again. The pace is quick and I never want to put it down. The characters are wonderful, lovable and relatable. I love the magical realism and the feel that this could be happening in the little southern town. ( )
  Kr15tina | Feb 5, 2014 |
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For my mom. I love you.
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Every smiley moon, without fail, Claire dreamed of her childhood.
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When you're happy for yourself, it fills you. When you're happy for someone else, it pours over.
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Flowers have powers,
Family magic runs deep,
This garden sparkles.
(SylviaC)

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….


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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)

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