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Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Garden Spells (original 2007; edition 2008)

by Sarah Addison Allen

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Title:Garden Spells
Authors:Sarah Addison Allen
Info:Hodder Paperbacks (2008), Paperback, 336 pages
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Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen (2007)

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Spellbinding and magical. I was hooked into the story the moment I first read it. ( )
  nu-bibliophile | Aug 26, 2017 |
La storia ricorda "Il giardino delle magie": stessa famiglia un po' balenga, stessi poteri speciali delle donne, stessi intrugli di erbe e fiori, stessi problemi d'amore.
Ciò nonostante, è un romanzo originale e divertente, che ho divorato con passione.
Alcuni punti sono poco approfonditi, ma nel complesso la storia è ben costruita.
Rispetto al suo omologo, si respira magia in ogni pagina: complimenti all'autrice che si è rivelata originale, profonda, e commovente e ironica allo stesso tempo. ( )
  LaPizia | Aug 3, 2017 |
I really, really loved this book. The writing was beautiful and I loved the pinch of the magical in everyday life. My one complaint would have to be that there was quite a lot of buildup to one event that was resolved awfully quickly. I felt slightly let down by that and feel that it should have been developed a bit more. I've added everything by Allen to my TBR list, so there's that. ( )
  Emma_Manolis | Jun 27, 2017 |
5 stars isn't enough! love this! ( )
  Megan.Aubrey.Truslow | May 18, 2017 |
An enchanting story of the Waverley family; a long line of curious women with a mysterious garden and mystical gifts. Claire and Sydney, sisters long estranged, find themselves together again in the family home in Bascom, North Carolina. Each grappling with the weight of her own secrets, the women will struggle to connect with each other, let go of the past, and come to terms with their own unique gifts. ( )
  GennaC | May 9, 2017 |
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Cassen, MelodyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ericksen, SusanNarratorsecondary 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.
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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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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