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Garden Spells | [Sarah Addison Allen]

Garden Spells

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.

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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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    John R Myers Macon, Georgia United States 04-05-11
    John R Myers Macon, Georgia United States 04-05-11 Member Since 2010
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    I can compare Garden Spells to an infant, while it was cute and enjoyable, it just didn't have the teeth or communication skills for me to recommend it.

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    Ida Bloomington, IL, United States 02-19-11
    Ida Bloomington, IL, United States 02-19-11 Member Since 2009
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    Takes awhile to understand what is occuring in this story, but stick with it. It is a fabulous story about family relationships, family secrets, forgiveness, friendship and unconditional love. A good listen.

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    Kathy Alexandria, KY, United States 02-08-11
    Kathy Alexandria, KY, United States 02-08-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful story!"

    I felt at home with the characters right away. The story pulled me in right away. In other words, it kept me spellbound from page one!

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    Cindy Omaha, NE, United States 12-10-10
    Cindy Omaha, NE, United States 12-10-10 Member Since 2009

    I love the stories of light supernatural tales with some romance, and giggles.

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    "my kind of story!"

    A genuine magical love story with lots of laughs, and it really kept my interest (Beautifully done)

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    Karen Cayce, SC, United States 10-03-10
    Karen Cayce, SC, United States 10-03-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Missed the Mark"

    This book has many of the elements of a best seller. I love all the quirky characters - especially the apple tree. However, the writing could be better and the characters could have more depth. It is a just a little too sweet for me in places. I think this writer has a great career ahead of her.

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    Joy Annapolis MD United States 09-26-10
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    "Lovely story"

    This story was an easy listen and delightful. I found the characters engaging and I enjoyed all the strange quirks of the families in this southern town. If you listen to books while you work, this is a good book to listen to while you do what you do.

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    Katherine Swanson Bonner, MT, US 11-27-09
    Katherine Swanson Bonner, MT, US 11-27-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Expirence"

    I found the authors twist on an old storyline wonderful. The hint of a the metaphysical made the expirence more enjoyable. Kind of like an "Enough" (movie with Jennifer Lopez)meets Pratical Magic. The choice of narration could not have been better. I have listend to the book twice...so far. I am planning on exploring this author further.

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    Martha Pensacola, FL, United States 10-20-09
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    "A Fun Listen"

    Though I didn't consider myself a romance fan, I thoroughly enjoyed this listen. I "moved into" the garden and spent today hating to see it come to an end.

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    Danielle Meriden, CT, United States 09-26-09
    Danielle Meriden, CT, United States 09-26-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great new author"

    I really enjoyed this book. I know many people don't like comparisions, but I consider her along the line of Alice Hoffman. I also have the Sugar Queen, although I think this is the better book of the 2. Her books have the thread of a touch of magic which I like. Personal preferences aside, this one is worth a listen, especially right now at this week's sale.

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    Ruth United States 01-06-11
    Ruth United States 01-06-11 Member Since 2010

    I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction

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    "Readers Beware"

    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.

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