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Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen (2007)

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I loved this book. Great imagery, where desire literally leaves skin hot to touch, and the smells from the kitchen welcome you "like a kiss on the cheek". The apple tree is a tree of knowing, self-knowledge, and the tree reaches out to the ones it has a message for. The house itself responds to the emotions of its inhabitants. These are well-meaning women, no evil intent here, just a recognition and (eventually) an acceptance of the gifts they have been born with. ( )
  juniperSun | Nov 16, 2014 |
In the vein of Practical Magic and Like Water for Chocolate. The Waverley women tend a special garden containing an apple tree that bears prophetic fruit and edible flowers with special powers.
  Rockett | Oct 7, 2014 |
This is my favorite of Sarah addison Allen's books! I was swept in by the magic and characters and could not put it down. Quirky, fun, and romantic. ( )
  robin_thompson | Aug 21, 2014 |
Sarah Addiston Allen is the queen of magic.

So I expected alot, although what was there ended up being somewhat different.

This is only her first try; she is still becoming who she is, which is why it's rather in the rough, I think.

It's still a very good book.

(9/10) ( )
  fearless2012 | Jul 2, 2014 |
Bascom, North Carolina is one of those small Southern towns where everyone knows everyone and where your family name can dictate your fate. Everyone in Bascom knows that the Waverleys have a strange sort of magic, that the apples that grow in their backyard can show you the most important moment of your life, and that Claire Waverley makes food that will influence the mood of you and your guests. Claire has accepted her role in Bascom but when a new neighbour starts showing interest in her and her younger sister, Sydney, suddenly returns to Bascom, Claire's carefully structured life threatens to fall apart entirely.

A quiet and charming novel, I fell in love with the world this book creates from the first page. Filled with a cast of slightly eccentric but thoroughly endearing characters, Allen interweaves it with the kind of magic that leaves the novel on the edge of being a fairy tale. While neither the twists of the plot nor the motivations of the antagonists were particularly surprising, the novel is still compelling as the reader watches the Waverley sisters grow. The magic that exists in Bascom is fascinating for its oddness and its subtlety. A lovely read that I highly recommend. ( )
  MickyFine | May 27, 2014 |
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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….

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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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