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
"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)
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.
This was a nice easy listen. I thought the narrator did an excellent job with all the characters. It's nothing spectacular but I did enjoy the story and thought it was worth the credit. The "magic" in the story made it different and more interesting.
I loved this book! It was so delightful even though somewhat predictable. I could get lost in the garden or in just listening to the descriptions of the food and flowers. The characters are so endearing and I love that apple tree! I will definitely listen to this one again.
Mother of 3, grandmother of 6, retired nurse and substance abuse counselor. Thrilled to have the time to read or listen to books again.
a wonderful little book, a thoroughly lovely way to spend about 8 hours. Never thought I would fall in love with an apple tree!
This is a real world magic book. It brings you in to the family, the town, and the characters' lives. I found myself more and more drawn in as the story progressed. I did not want the book to end. Very enjoyable listen.
Geeky, weatherman, birdwatcher, ultra-marathoner (if you've never run 50 to 100 miles for fun you wouldn't understand)
It was an interesting story. Pretty much a fantasy oriented toward women but I wouldn't go so far as to call it
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