September 7, 2011

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Garden Spells (Bantam Discovery)The Waverly women of Bascom, North Carolina have special gifts and a unique legacy. Their garden grows herbs and edible flowers that have affect those who eat them in mysterious ways, and the apple tree that grows in the garden bears fruit with magical qualities. Claire Waverly has inherited the home which used to belong to her grandmother, and she lives alone, focusing on her successful catering business. Claire’s quiet, solitary life is turned upside down when her sister Sydney suddenly returns to Bascom with her daughter and an attractive man moves in next door and tries to win Claire’s heart. 

This was my first Sarah Addison Allen book, and it definitely will not be my last. We have a staff book club at the library, and this was our August selection. I probably would not have picked it up on my own, but I’m so glad my fellow book club members introduced me to this wonderful author! Garden Spells contains the perfect blend of southern charm, quirky characters, romance, humor, and magic. The characters felt real and their relationships were believable. My favorite character was the eccentric elderly aunt Evanelle. She brought a lot of humor into the story and reminded me a lot of a family friend. Garden Spells was a comforting and enchanting story, and a I recommend it to anyone looking for an entertaining read with a strong sense of place and fascinating characters. 


Anne Bennett said...

How did the discussion on this book go? I find that often the books I like best are the ones we have the worst discussions on.

Thanks for the recommendation.

danya said...

I really enjoyed this one too! I'm not normally big on adult fiction but the magical realism in this one was nicely crafted, as was the actual prose. Enchanting is a great way to describe this one!

Super Librarian said...

Annd - The discussion went pretty well. We used some questions from the author's website. We used the questions from the author's website ( as a rough guide to the discussion. It was a lot of fun to discuss the different magical gifts the Waverly women had and to pick which one we'd want to have! The characters were complex and interesting, so that gave us a lot to talk about too.

Super Librarian said...

That comment was for Anne, not Annd. I can't type when I'm sleepy apparently! ;)

thelibrarianreads said...

Love Sarah Addison Allen...She just does magical realism so well!

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