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Garden Spells (2007)

by Sarah Addison Allen

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: Waverley Family (1)

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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.… (more)
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Recensione: http://thereadingpal.blogspot.it/2017/04/recensione-89-il-profumo-del-pane-alla....

Tutto in Claire urlava: "Destino..." E tutto ciò che
l'aveva condotto a Bascom, all'inseguimento di sogni mai
divenuti realtà, lo aveva portato a quel momento.
L'unico sogno mai realizzato.


La città di Bascom è abitata da famiglie con certe caratteristiche solo loro, proprio come nelle favole. Ci sono le donne Clarks, che usano sesso e seduzione a loro vantaggio, ci sono gli Hopkins, i cui uomini si innamorano sempre di donne più mature di loro.. E ci sono le Waverley, donne strane, ognuna con un dono. Il dono di Claire è saper utilizzare le piante in cucina per preparare cibi particolari e buonissimi che provocano in chi li mangia specifici sentimenti. Claire ha trovato la sua routine nella casa che era stata della nonna, e usa le sue abilità per guadagnarsi da vivere. La sua pace viene interrotta quando Sydney, sua sorella, torna a casa assieme a sua figlia, la piccola Bay. Anche a causa del nuovo vicino, l'affascinante Tyler, la vita di Claire riceve uno scossone.
Questa è, in fin dei conti, la vita di tre donne: la giovane Claire, così chiusa in sé stessa e insicura, le cui certezze si sbriciolano pian piano; la sua sorellastra Sydney, scappata da un rapporto violento e in cerca di stabilità; e la giovane Bay, che sa sempre il posto delle cose e che si trova subito a suo agio con la zia.
Sappiamo da subito che il rapporto tra le due sorelle, in gioventù, è stato praticamente inesistente, ma i casi delle loro vite le porteranno a far sbocciare quella tardiva relazione che si instaura tra le sorelle, così diverse tra loro, che le porta ad aprirsi e ad aiutarsi l'una con l'altra e che, volenti o no, le porta sempre una accanto all'altra. E so di cosa sto parlando, credetemi, anche io ho una sorella. Ad unirle ancora di più c'è Bay, così giovane ma già dalle idee chiare, che vuole solo la felicità della madre e che sa con certezza che il loro posto è con zia Claire.
E poi c'è anche Tyler, che cerca in tutti i modi di conquistare Claire, anche se quest'ultima lo dissuade in tutti i modi. E alla fine soccombe all'evidenza. E Sydney, che riprende i rapporti con Henry Hopkins, innamorato perso di lei.
Il tutto, in quel magico giardino dalle piante speciali, all'ombra di un melo praticamente personificato, attaccato alle Waverley, che vuole far parte della famiglia e se ne prende cura in tutti i modi a lui possibili, anche grazie alle sue mele, che fanno vedere a chi le mangia l'avvenimento più importante della loro vita.
L'unico problema, David, che incombe su Sydney e sulla sua ritrovata felicità e il cui odore la perseguita, mischiandosi al buon odore di casa.
Il rapporto tra le due sorelle è sicuramente la cosa che mi è piaciuta di più, come anche il giardino e il melo. Meno la storia d'amore, ma io non ne leggo mai e comunque non mi ha dato nessun fastidio, anzi. Era nel posto giusto, come direbbe Bay.
E' un libro che credo non avrei mai letto se non me lo avessero suggerito, ma non mi pento di averlo fatto. La storia è molto bella, fresca e nuova per me, e il modo in cui è scritta rende un piacere leggerla. Credevo davvero di sentire gli odori descritti e di trovarmi nel giardino, assieme a Claire prima, e con Bay poi.
Ho odiato David, e ho provato solo disgusto per lui, ma forse anche perché era il personaggio meno approfondito della storia. Al contrario, ho adorato Evanelle, una vecchietta così strana e divertente, ma che sa subito di cosa hanno bisogno le persone attorno a lei.
Come probabilmente avrete capito, il libro è consigliatissimo, e spero di poter leggere presto qualcos'altro scritto da questa autrice! ( )
  thereadingpal | Jun 14, 2022 |
One of my all-time favorite gentle romances. Full of magic, flowers, and gardens. ( )
  suzannekmoses | May 20, 2022 |
Sarah Addison Allen’s books are a seduction of place. Lovely, quirky characters, with their own peculiar, magics, that somehow seem rather ordinary in the dream of a small southern town that Allen presents. I appreciate that her characters have real struggles, even as they drift into a romantic summer. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
This was a fun easy read. ( )
  Wren73 | Mar 4, 2022 |
This is a gentle, welltod story with a touch of magic. I enjoyed it as a beachread. ( )
  Marietje.Halbertsma | Jan 9, 2022 |
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Sarah Addison Allenprimary authorall editionscalculated
Cassen, MelodyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ericksen, SusanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hauser, SonjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
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.
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ISBN 055338483X is just for Garden Spells.

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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.

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Flowers have powers,
Family magic runs deep,
This garden sparkles.
(SylviaC)

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