Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

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BONUS: This edition contains excerpts from Sarah Addison Allen's First Frost and The Girl Who Chased the Moon.

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….
 

About Sarah Addison Allen

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Sarah Addison Allen is the author of Garden Spells and The Sugar Queen. She was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina.
 
Published August 9, 2007 by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd. 304 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics. Fiction

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Examiner

The book does not focus on particular character, but instead allows the reader to get to know the people in this story on a personal level, which makes the dynamics even more intense.

Oct 11 2010 | Read Full Review of Garden Spells

Book Reporter

In Bascom, North Carolina, a pleasant Southern town with secrets it likes to keep, local caterer Claire Waverley has led a peaceful, quiet life.

Jan 22 2011 | Read Full Review of Garden Spells

All About Romance

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She left right after high school, stealing and drifting from town to town like her mother before her.

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Suite 101

A modern version of Sense and Sensibility recreated in two Austen fans, sisters, who head to Bath and find themselves, love and one another.

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Suite 101

A modern version of Sense and Sensibility recreated in two Austen fans, sisters, who head to Bath and find themselves, love and one another.

Sep 05 2007 | Read Full Review of Garden Spells

Suite 101

A modern version of Sense and Sensibility recreated in two Austen fans, sisters, who head to Bath and find themselves, love and one another.

Jul 06 2008 | Read Full Review of Garden Spells

Night Owl Romance

Garden Spells has to be one of the most exquisitely magical books I have ever read.

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Clear Eyes, Full Shelves

First Frost continues the story of the mystically gifted Waverley family.

Jan 23 2015 | Read Full Review of Garden Spells

Into the Hall of Books

So far, I have only read The Peach Keeper (and loved it!), but I recently downloaded Lost Lake.

Nov 18 2014 | Read Full Review of Garden Spells

Your Entertainment Corner

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.

Aug 12 2011 | Read Full Review of Garden Spells

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