Garden Spells

Garden Spells

Book - 2007
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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 plantsfrom 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 Waverleysexcept 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 downalong 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 legacyif they are ever to feel at home in Bascomor with each other. Enchanting and heartfelt, this captivating novel is sure to cast a spell with a style all its own....
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2007.
ISBN: 9780553805482
Characteristics: 290 p. ;,22 cm.


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Claire Waverley's family has always had a reputation in their small town for being slightly magical. When a new neighbour and Claire's sister both arrive in town, Claire's orderly world gets thrown upside down. A charming and gentle read, the magical realism element of the novel gives the novel a... Read More »

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Aug 22, 2017

A delightful read!

SquamishLibraryStaff Mar 20, 2017

This is my go to title when I'm ready to dive into a lovely story studded with one families history and their connection to flowers and plants. Suspense, town gossip, and a magical apple tree make for great entertainment.

Mar 01, 2017

Adorable story. This book was recommended to me and now I have 3 more of her books. Love them

Oct 11, 2016

I loved this story!

TSCPL_MichelleM Jun 03, 2016

This is easily my favorite of Allen's books.

Jan 18, 2016

The apple tree was my favourite character, along with clueless Claire. I absolutely admire authors who can make a character out of an object (i.e. Gladys, the bicycle, in Alan Bradley's novels).

CMLibrary_gjd_0 Jan 03, 2016

Not my usual type of read, but I read this for a book club and thoroughly enjoyed it. Set in North Carolina featuring a family of witches. Don't worry, they're not THAT kind of witches, they just know herbs and like helping people. I'd call this a gentle read.

booklady413 Sep 07, 2015

A truly magical novel, but more than that, a story about family and the bonds that can never be broken. I loved it.

Aug 03, 2015

I enjoyed this light read. Fun, a bit quirky with interesting visual images and analogies. A great summer afternoon type of book.

Mar 30, 2015

Nice read. Sort of "Language of Flowers" meets "Practical Magic". One of those books where you can feel the warm sunshine.

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Mar 29, 2011

p. 233.
You think I'm going to leave?" [...] "No one I know has ever had this forever." "I think of the future all the time. All my life I've chased dreams of what could be. For the first time in my life, I've actually caught one." He kissed her again before grabbing his shirt and standing. "I'll give you one day at a time, Claire. But rememer, I'm thousands of days ahead already."

Mar 05, 2010

"She sometimes thought she was going crazy. Her first thought when she woke up was always how to get him out of her thoughts. And she would keep watch, hoping to see him next door, while plotting ways to never have to see him again. "

Mar 05, 2010

"It was like the way you wanted sunshine on Saturdays, or pancakes for breakfast. They just mad you feel good."

Mar 05, 2010

"She looked like autumn, when leaves turned and fruit ripened."

Mar 05, 2010

"She was so Southern that she cried tears that came straight from the Mississippi, and she always smelled faintly of cottonwood and peaches."

Mar 05, 2010

"To Fred, those years seemed to pass like quickly skimming a book and then finding the ending wasn't what he expected. He wished he'd paid more attention to the story."

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Jun 29, 2014

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