Avatar by The Domestic Goddess at allavatars
A pure delight, and it is my second time through it. It's sweet and innocent and yummy.
This title I purchased on a whim during one of Audible's "3 for 2" or such sales. I'm so glad I did!
As a reader, I really cared about the characters and could almost believe that the type of magic they experienced was real. -- OK, the tree was maybe a bit out there, but the rest of it . . . if magic is real, this is probably how it works. ;-) I appreciate all the work Sarah Addison Allen clearly put into researching herbal lore.
The narration by Susan Ericksen was wonderful. Even though it was written in third person, her inflection changed depending on whose POV we were hearing at the time. Characters were differentiated without becoming cartoonish, and were treated with sensitivity and care.
One mild production criticism: for scenes involving phone conversations, the "other end of the line" was sampled a bit. I found this distracting and a bit off-putting, and it pulled me out of the story I was enjoying so much.
The reader was excellent and made the story flow.
I enjoyed the properties of the various flowers and herbs and the emotions they could provoke.
She brought an empathy for the story and the characters.
Even when you see the future, you cannot know the future.
This was a sweet enjoyable fantasy, just right!
Interested in books that help one's spirit move beyond the ordinary.
I purchased this book because the sequel, First Frost, is this month's selection for my local library book group. I don't like coming into a series in the middle and I was drawn to the magical theme of the garden and the Waverly sisters so I decided to start with Garden Spells. While magic is woven through the story, it is not really the primary plot. Rather it is mostly about the return of Sidney to her home town of Bascom, NC and the resultant impact on her sister Claire and the other townsfolk.
While I very much enjoyed the book, if you are drawn to it primarily because of the magical bent, you should be aware that it is only one component. Also, while not giving away the story, I think readers should be aware that Sidney's story contains some difficult elements. Thus, the title of this review
I only gave the narrator three stars because her ability to do a range of voices was just not there. She was very good at the female characters, particularly the southern drawl of Evenel. However, the male characters suffered.
Home is where my books are.
While I enjoyed my visit to the Waverley House in Bascome, I usually read more emotionally intense books. In a way, this was a lovely change of pace. The sisters growing affection was believable, the love interest characters charming, and the happy ending was neatly done.
I also thought Susan Erickson's narration was perfect for the pace of this story.
Although I enjoyed the book for what it is, it isn't very deep and it's unlikely I would read it again. Pass it on to someone else? Definitely.
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
I very much enjoyed listening to “Garden Spells”, especially since I had just finished a Tom Clancy “Jack Ryan” rip-roaring shoot ‘em up-er. While I don’t think either book is great literary writing, each is enjoyable in its own way. This is chick lit at it’s best, with some drama, some romance, some mystery with an enchanting touch of enchantment thrown in
Sarah Allen’s novel is nicely developed and Susan Ericksen does a lovely job of narrating it, with just enough drama at the right points, just enough quiet at the thoughtful places.
I enjoyed getting to know Sydney and her daughter, older sister Claire, and I especially enjoyed the older aunt, Evenelle-who is a character I wish had been given more time. I think the book might have gained positively from a bit more length, giving more time to deeper character development of each of the protagonists.
This is a good beach weekend listen-it’s sort of Jodi Picoult meets Nora Roberts. Sarah Allen goes on my list of authors to look for when I want to read romantic mystery.
I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction
I love the hint of magic in this book. I know people like this. I love herbs and gardening. That said, I do NOT like f-bomb language, descriptions of rape and abuse and lewd sexual encounters. I am much more of the type who thinks the bedroom doors ought to remain closed in a story. This now has the distinction of being the worst book I've purchased at Audible. If you like a tale of local town characters with some mystery thrown in, try a Cat Who.... book by Lilian Jackson Braun or a Joanne Fluke Cookie Murder. They won't have you hating the language or cringing at bedroom scenes. If you like mysteries or adventure Elizabeth Peters is quite wonderful, I enjoy Amelia Peabody books and her Vicky Bliss series. I'm going to delete Garden Spells from my Audible library quick before my mother reads it. I don't tolerate bad language from my children or my literature.