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Joihelene

Chattanooga, TN, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Garden Spells

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (981)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (535)

    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.

    Together again in the house they grew up in, the Waverley sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy - if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom - or with each other.

    Joihelene says: "I so want to give it 5 stars...!!!!"
    "I so want to give it 5 stars...!!!!"
    Overall

    I have always enjoyed a little bit of magic in storytelling. Though I'm not a big fan of romantic novels, Garden Spells has just that type of mix of magic and romance that I enjoy. This was such an enjoyable read that I wish Ms. Allen would continue writing about these characters. I really enjoyed the Waverly's and their garden, especially their special apple tree. The southern charm was almost a character unto itself. I wish there was a cookbook that accompanied the novel so that I could try some of Clarie's recipes; and the obvious knowledge of edible flowers and herbs was extensive, making me want to start growing a flower herb garden. The only reason I couldn't give this a 5 star rating is because of the lack of detail in some of her writing. I would have loved to know more details about Sydney's life in Seattle or Clarie's when she was young with her mother or how Clarie had decided to become a caterer. I felt drawn into the Waverly home but intimate details outside of that magical place was pale in comparison, which may be Allen's intention. But I often wished as I read that instead of telling me things, she would show through character development. But this doesn't take away from how much I enjoyed the obvious love & magic of these characters and overall story. I will be listening to this book again and again just to stop in and visit these characters and this interesting magical place. A great first book!!!

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Anne of Avonlea

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By L.M Montgomery
    • Narrated By Megan Follows
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    It seemed only yesterday that the skinny, freckled redhead had first come to Prince Edward Island. Now here was Anne, a pretty sixteen, teaching at the Avonlea school and all grown up. Well, not quite grown up. In fact, Anne was not very different from her restless young pupils, their rows of bright, inquisitive eyes staring at her that first day of class. Anne was as mischievous and high-spirited as ever.

    Joihelene says: "A Fan of the Anne of Green Gables Series"
    "A Fan of the Anne of Green Gables Series"
    Overall

    I am a fan of L.M. Montgomery and the Anne of Green Gables series, as well as Megan Follows - the actress who played Anne Shirley in the TV versions. She reads with the same relish and talent that appeared in the television shows. Since its original release, I have listened to this audiobook again and again. This and the others of the series have been a delight that I have shared with many and I hope that you too will enjoy...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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