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Monday, October 19, 2009

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Genre: Fantasy




Book Review: This book is enchanting, lovely and completely engaging from the moment you pick it up. This was another great read recommended to me by The Eclectic Reader. After reading Teddyree's review I ordered the book from my local library and have had it sitting on my shelf for weeks, it is actually due back on Monday. I was just in the mood for something light and magical so I picked this up last night.

I absolutely loved this book, it was a truly magical story about average people and all the problems they have living their lives. It's so exciting when you pick up a book that engages you with every page that you read, it is also a rare treat.

This book is filled with characters that you just have to love and care about. You have no choice!

Evanelle is the wonderful old Aunt that has an overwhelming compulsion to give people things they are going to need before they know they'll need them.

Claire Waverley is one of the sisters who have a lot of issues to work out. Claire has spent her life avoiding people so that she could not be hurt when they leave. She has a catering business and uses special ingredients from her garden that cause magical things to happen.

Sydney Waverley is Claire's younger sister who comes home after 10 years, running from something she is terrified of, but she doesn't share this with anyone and only her daughter Bay knows the truth.

Apple trees are not usually odd or violent, but the Apple tree in the back yard of the Waverley home is a magical tree. It will tell you secrets about your life, some you shouldn't know. It also throws apples at people which is really funny as it has very good aim.

This is an absolutely fantastic feel good story. The authors writing is lyrical and it was just like feeling the touch of a gentle summer breeze as I read this story. I can't recommend this book highly enough to anyone who loves magic, flowers, plants, family love and romance.

You can find out more about Sarah Addison Allen at her website. I have ordered her next book Sugar Queen and am looking forward to The Girl Who Chased the Moon (March 2010). Order any of these books from Book Depository (free international postage) or Amazon.

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Annie - Princess of the Past said...

I can't wait to read this book. Thanks for renewing your library check-out for me ;-) What a good find from Teddyree! It really has done the rounds.

Her new book and Sugar Queen look really good too.

Loved the review.

Marg said...

I loved both this book and The Sugar Queen. Can't wait for the next book from Sarah Addison Allen!

Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings said...

Annie, you'll love it!

Marg, this author certainly was a great find. I can't wait to read Sugar Queen.

Falling Off The Shelf said...

I loved this book! It was amazing. I have The Sugar Queen on my TBR pile..and can't wait to read it. If it's anything like Garden Spells this author will permanetly be planted in my favorites!

Great review!

fredamans said...

Looks like a great book!

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

I'm glad to read that you enjoyed this book so much; I won it last week in a contest and it's on the way to me now!

Teddyree said...

Wonderful review Alaine, so glad you loved it too. I hope Sugar Queen is just as good!!

K said...

Great review. Looks like a great book. Adding this to my list now

The Book Resort said...

This was just a fun read!

Wonderful review.

Jenny Girl said...

good review!
This book has also been sitting on my tbr. Must rectify that situation.
The characters sound the way I expect them to as well, considering everything I have read about the book so far. Thank Alaine :)

Deanna/ibeeeg said...

Great review! You have most certainly piqued my interest in this story. How could I resist "an absolutely fantastic feel good story.? Seriously, those kind of reads should be read often!
I am putting it on my list and must remember to read it sooner than later.