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Garden Spells (2007)

par Sarah Addison Allen

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Fiction. Literature. HTML: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. . . .

BONUS: This edition contains excerpts from Sarah Addison Allen's First Frost and The Girl Who Chas
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I read this while on vacation... it was a good "by the pool" book to read. ( )
  Andy5185 | Jul 9, 2023 |
A lovely quick read about a family with unexplainable gifts and a magical apple tree. This one has serious Practical Magic vibes, but is a little more character driven. I love the sisters and how the book explores their differences and how they are shaped by their different childhoods. I loved the tree and its interfering tendencies. There's a side plot with another couple in the town that could have been cut entirely. Easy to sink into and wonderfully tied up in the end. ( )
  bookworm12 | Jun 15, 2023 |
A light and easy read, I like that Sarah Addison Allen did not veer towards the saccharine in the writing and plot. There is even a touch of humour in the behaviour of the apple tree, which behaves like a petulant child at times. It became the unlikely hero when an apple fell at David's feet; he ate it, saw his death and fled. I find uncanny similarities with the other book, Black Cake, that I was reading at the same time. Both are about stories in one's life, especially stories that explain behaviour. Here there is a story behind Claire's discomfort at having to try new things, and there is a story about why Claire's and Sydney's mum suddenly left them one day. Besides stories, this book is also about the boundaries we enclose ourselves. Claire was afraid to form new relationships for fear that these are fleeting. She managed to let go of her fears and accept Tyler's love and embrace Sydney and Bay into her life. ( )
  siok | Jun 4, 2023 |
Claire is the Waverly sister who stayed home in Bascom, NC and started a catering business using her backyard's magical flowers and herbs. Sidney left as soon as she could but returns now with her small daughter Bay, escaping an abusive relationship. Evanelle, Tyler, and Emma are extraordinary characters with their own place in this remarkable story. Above all, there's the otherworldly apple tree that resides in the garden, which is an important character in its own right.
Ms. Allen reminds me of a Southern Alice Hoffman; her writing is whimsical and charming in describing Bascom and its residents, just as Hoffman does when writing about New England. Garden Spells kept me spellbound, and I'm delighted to add a new author (to me) to my list of favorites. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Apr 13, 2023 |
Book club. A light, easy read that's heavy on the magical realism. Very different from my typical read. I appreciated the notion that the stories we tell ourselves have such an impact on our life choices and can be wrong. ( )
  CarolHicksCase | Mar 12, 2023 |
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Fiction. Literature. HTML: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. . . .

BONUS: This edition contains excerpts from Sarah Addison Allen's First Frost and The Girl Who Chas

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