I'm a magical realism junkie and I needed a happy ending, and wasn't disappointed. I loved the herbal magic, the vivacious apple tree, and Aunt Evanelle. I also really liked how everything was wrapped up, even the author's sympathy for the old rival. This was, while reminiscent (to put it mildly) of an old favorite, a totally unique book. If you like Hoffman and Allende, you'll be happy. Listen to the audible version, you won't be disappointed.
Garden Spells was a wonderful story with a wonderful performance. A sense of magic combined with current day drama.
Claire Waverley was the most memorable character, she was smart, loving, and stubborn...great combination.
I love Susan Ericksen. She really brings the story to life.
She develops a different voice for each of the characters.
I had two favorite characters, Clare and Evenelle. I liked the mystery of Evenelle who always seemed to be interfering without really doing so. Clare I loved her strength and her ability to hold everything together. She had the courage to take what she wanted without becoming an overbearing character.
Very much so, it was so easy to imagine a face for all the characters. Even down to who was tall and who was small.
The Garden of Enchantment
I did not want to finish reading as I came to the end of the story. I was truly enchanted and felt like this could continue with the lives of these people so intertwined. All the characters had a dark side to them which love allowed them to overcome. Great read!
Characters were captivating. Enjoyed the whole book. Recommend this for a rainy day with nothing to do but listen.
It's among the top of the 'Mind Candy' group! It's a wonderful, quirkey, satisfying getaway from the mundane.
Her other book "The Sugar Queen". Both are whimsical, lovely stories of finding oneself through trying circumstances, overcoming the odds families bring to our lives and triumphing in the end.
Well, she didn't perform it exactly, but the tree... Really, the tree brings in the story! However, of the performed characters, I think Sydney because she ran away from what she was and had to come home to find herself.
Extreme... not really, but definite giggling, inner happiness and overall good feelings when finished. Along with a few sighs when Claire - well don't want to give anything away!
Well worth listening to, especially if you're stressed & just want to get away for awhile to give your mind a rest from reality or simply just want to fully relax with the story.
Also gives thoughtful insights into handling situations that might just come in handy - things that are magical, but only because they can be achieved with a little thought and kindness in everyday life.
Tell us about yourself!
Allen mixes magic and realism in a special, wonderful way.The characters are well developed and each have their own special magic.
This book is reminiscent of Practical Magic (very similar story, actually) but is more about the transformation and healing of the characters. This story has good dramatic tension without being dark and negative. For me, it was a real relief to listen to a story that didn't have to have an absolute evil running the show in order to have dramatic tension. I LOVED the style of magic in this story which brought to mind stories such as "Like Water for Chocolate". Thank you for a wonderful heart warming book!
Nothing like a good listen to help you escape!
I loved the way the author blended the garden goodies with culinary delights!
Bay was delightful!
Claire was so multi-dimensional and real!
A wonderful way to spend a day!
To All My Favorite Narrators: You are the voices in my head...
This was a very lovely story. The plot loosly resembled "Practical Magic". Overall, I liked the book and the narration. I just felt like there was more of a story here if she wanted to tell it. But still worth a listen.