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Garden Spells Audiobook

Garden Spells

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2007 Sarah Addison Allen; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"The blending of horticultural folklore, the supernatural and a big dollop of Southern flavor should find favor with a wide swath of readers." (Publishers Weekly)
"Spellbindingly charming, Allen's impressively accomplished debut novel will bewitch fans of Alice Hoffman and Laura Esquivel." (Booklist)

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    Dianne Temecula, CA, United States 07-30-12
    Dianne Temecula, CA, United States 07-30-12
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    "Just OK"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book was OK, a bit predictable, but with enough of a different premise that I kept going. I liked the narrator as well which always helps. The characters were a bit formulaic and their growth during the tale was nothing unexpected. If you like cozy little mysteries wrapped in mystical occurrences, this is right up your alley. I just kept wanting something more.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was fine. It did wrap up rather suddenly and if you've listened this far you can probably predict what happens for yourself.


    Did Garden Spells inspire you to do anything?

    This book really made me wish I had a garden again. I miss cooking with fresh herbs I've grown myself. I did love the details of the food and how the fresh ingredients were used to produce the desired effects in those who consumed them.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is great. I'd listen to almost anything she reads.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daisy VINALHAVEN, MAINE, United States 04-02-12
    Daisy VINALHAVEN, MAINE, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2011

    One of my favorite things to do is listen to books while taking my dog on a walk in the woods.

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    "Not my favorite narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I bought this book on sale which made it worth it, It wouldn't have been worth it if
    i'd used a credit to get it since there are much better books out there to listen to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Garden Spells?

    The narrator's voice really bothered me.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    For me it did because she narrates a lot of mediocre murder mystery novels and that's all I could think of while listening.


    Did Garden Spells inspire you to do anything?

    No


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea 08-08-11
    Andrea 08-08-11
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    "Got spelled in the garden.."

    Fluffy, dopey, predicatable and thoroughly enjoyable. Good choice if you just read/listened to something heavy!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Michele Kelley 06-28-16 Member Since 2016

    As long as I have my Audible, I'm content.

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    "Gentle magic"

    What a fun book! And so much better than the movie! It gets a bit like a bad romance novel in a couple of spots, but not enough to ruin the book. The story of these two sisters, the one daughter, and all the other characters in the neighborhood was the perfect summer read. I wish I had these gentle magical powers and a mischievous tree in my backyard!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daysha Lawrence 05-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "sweet story"

    Such a sweet story about the daily lives of the Waverly women. I felt like part of the family.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 02-29-16
    Barbara 02-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Enchanting!!!!"

    LOVE, LOVE and LOVE this book!!! The story line is enduring and the characters are beautiful. Ms. Allen weaves a magical story that will transport the reader/listener to a whimsical southern town where family, forgiveness and hope are magical words and Flowers are truly the language of love.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie 09-28-15
    Stephanie 09-28-15 Member Since 2012

    kidzbooks

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    "Magical!"

    Loved the story and enjoyed the reader. Sarah Addison Allen writes the most whimsical books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 09-07-15
    Linda 09-07-15 Member Since 2012
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    "sweet magic"
    What made the experience of listening to Garden Spells the most enjoyable?

    The reader was excellent and made the story flow.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Garden Spells?

    I enjoyed the properties of the various flowers and herbs and the emotions they could provoke.


    What does Susan Ericksen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brought an empathy for the story and the characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Even when you see the future, you cannot know the future.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a sweet enjoyable fantasy, just right!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Charming"

    A little hokey and predictable, but overall fun and sweet. Just the thing for a beach vacation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David 09-04-15
    David 09-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Southern Soapy Opera"

    I chose this based off of reviews from Good Reads. It was recommended based on my love for Joshilyn Jackson's novels, but it is a far cry from any J. Jackson novel. It was so cheesy and predictable. But if you want a good old fashioned, goopy romance story with a touch of magic, then this is for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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