Garden Spells, by Sarah Addison Allen

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen: Book CoverFinished 1-12-09, rating 4.75/5, fiction, pub. 2007

She’d learned the hard way to avoid hiring anyone local if she could help it.  Most of them expected to learn something magic or, at the very least, get to the apple tree in the backyard, hoping to find out if the local legend was true, that its apples would tell them what the biggest event in their lives would be.

Chapter 1

Claire Waverly and her sister Sydney, were part of the Waverly’s of Bascom, North Carolina.  The family that was just a bit off, strange, and they had that magic apple tree in the back yard.  Claire stayed in the family home after her mother and grandmother died, but Sydney had escaped to New York and beyond as soon as she could.  The sisters had never been close, so when Sydney returned to Bascom with her 5 year old daughter in tow, Claire was surprised. 

Claire’s gift was affecting people’s mood and feelings through food.  The garden was always in bloom, even if she had to put up with the trouble-making apple tree.  Sydney had spent most of her life denying her Waverly roots, but even she found her special gift when she returned home.  The only other family still around was a great-aunt who had the gift of giving people, even complete strangers, trinkets that they would soon need. 

I loved this book.  Loved it.  It had romance, charm, and drama.  The relationship between the sisters was compelling and the magical elements made it very light and fun.  The reason that drew Sydney back to Bascom was a shadow hovering over the Waverlys and it provided a grounding effect for this magical story.  I was drawn into their world and didn’t want to leave. 

In my first two years of blogging I gave out a total of five 5 star ratings.  This was very, very close, but I’m giving out my first 4.75 rating.  I think this means that I’m going to have a year of reading  great books 🙂

This came from my personal library and I want to thank  Debbie, Mary, Amanda, Allesandra, Soft Drink, Bonnie, and Melissa for recommending it.  Here’s what they had to say…

“Easy read, nice story.” Debbie

“I loved this short novel and will probably read anything the author writes.” Mary

“Magical realism.  A bit of fluff.”  Allesandra

“Spellbinding story with a twist of magic, loved it.”  Bonnie

“You’ll like it.”  Amanda

“Cute magical realism story.” Soft Drink