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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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    Matthew Yoder St Petersburg, FL 07-18-17
    Matthew Yoder St Petersburg, FL 07-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "My favorite book to date"

    I can't say anything bad about this book. I enjoyed every moment that it had to offer. I wish it would not have ended and May read it again

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    Yarnspinner13 07-12-17 Member Since 2002
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    I don't know if others do this or not but I sometimes keep books/audios for years before I somehow know it's the right time to read or listen. This is one of those books. I bought it years ago and gave it a quick listen start when I first got it but knew it wasn't the right time to listen. This is usually because of a time restraint in whatever I am doing at the moment. If I think I am going to become immersed in a story, I want plenty of time for it. It was wonderful. Great story, great characters, great time of year (summer) to listen to it. What a treat. (:

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    Islo Hartwig Lomira, WI, US 07-07-17
    Islo Hartwig Lomira, WI, US 07-07-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not what I expected"

    I like gardening and magical fiction, less fond of romances. This had enuf of the former to get me to the end after several tries. I probably won't read more of the series, tho. Good reader!

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    Jessie 04-30-17
    Jessie 04-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "memorable story"

    it is a cute story, wish the males were represented by a male narrator instead of one for the whole things

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    Kitty 04-21-17
    Kitty 04-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Food, Flowers, and the Sacred Feminine"

    A whimsical tale of magic, love, sisterhood, Southern charm, and women as warm and strong as the earth that nurtures their enchanted culinary flowers. Beautiful and unique! If you enjoyed Harris' "Practical Magic," you'll love Allen's "Garden Spells."

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    Becky PALL MALL, TENNESSEE, United States 03-23-17
    Becky PALL MALL, TENNESSEE, United States 03-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Entertaining"

    Fantasy story that was actually believable.
    Enjoyed the characters although i think more discription would have been nice to the ending of Bays dad, I guess that happens with continuations.
    Not sure i want to continue though depends on cost.

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    Letha Cox 03-10-17
    Letha Cox 03-10-17
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    "delughtful"

    I loved this story. It was sweet and enduring. I never lost interest and didn"t want it to end.

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    AbsolutelyKathy 01-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Just amazing"

    I loved everything about this book. The story fully wrapped around you like a warm blanket. There were ups and downs and even moments where I was holding my breathe. I would recommend this book to all my friends who love a good romance story.

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    Lena Lynn 01-11-17
    Lena Lynn 01-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good up until the ending"

    I thought this book was really great but the ending was very cheesy and predictable. For such a creative book this ending was too predictable.

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    Bridget Richmond, MO 11-26-16
    Bridget Richmond, MO 11-26-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyed the plot"
    What did you like best about Garden Spells? What did you like least?

    The writing was good


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

    Ending was not the best, but the story was good


    Did Susan Ericksen do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    no, it is good as is.


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