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The Garden of Magic

Narrated by: Tracey Norman
Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
4 out of 5 stars (95 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A magical Pendleford prequel novella from the best-selling author of The Language of Spells, that introduces the world to Iris Harper - the original Harper witch.

Iris Harper has lived in Pendleford for decades. The local witch is mistrusted by the townsfolk, but that doesn't stop some coming to her begging for potions, spells and quick-fixes.

As time has marched on suddenly Iris is aware that her days are beginning to fade. Her sumptuous garden is turning against her, the sweet scent of rot potent and now a young girl has come begging for a solution at her door.

Yet, the problem she brings causes Iris to remember a man from long ago - the man she loved, the man she could never trust...

©2015 Sarah Painter (P)2017 Sarah Painter

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Prequel Novella from Language of Spells

I have not read the Language of Spells but I'm looking forward to reading it soon. This was a short audiobook Novella that was light and easy to follow. The story kept me interested until the conclusion.

The narrator did a good job bringing the story to life.

If you like supernatural stories with a touch of magic you should give this book a try. It was laid back and a good introduction to this author's writing style. She doesn't spend a lot of time with descriptions of places and people. This book was straight forward and I found it engaging. If you have read her Language of Spells, you will probably enjoy learning about Iris.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Short and sweet

I enjoyed this short and sweet book. Easy to listen to and it was captivating.,

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A tad boring

I really struggled through this one. It was almost like listening to some really boring journal entries.

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  • Niki
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  • 02-27-19

nope

The story was short. no depth. It was very disappointing. loved the performance but not her fault that the story couldn't use her talents.

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it had potential

performance that breaks here and there.and characters did not have unique voices. and trying to complete 15 words here.

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Couldn't get into it.

Listened through chapter three and had to stop, it is rare I stop listening to a book but I just could not get into this at all, nothing exciting, intriguing or that interesting even takes place up to that point.

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Perfect Summer Reading

This is a lovely tale told with wit and humor, and a thorough understanding of the magic that glimmers in all gardens. And all hearts.

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A clean story tells life as is, but with humor

its a very nice and clean story, starting out a bit slowly with all the necessary descriptions, but soon enough you can see and hear the underlying humor of everyday life. This is a very realistic portrayal of a slice of village life, telling of all the bumps, aches, and pains in daily life as one grows older. But, along with the realism comes delightfully sly humor in the telling. The matter of fact portrayal of the reader with the characterizations given each person allow the humor in daily life to sneak up on you. After all, it's better to laugh than to curse or cry when life isn't cooperating with expectations or plans. SPOILER ALERT: I really liked the sly old girl of a witch getting the truth out of the dirty not so old goat, but I think my favorite bit is how Bex has an inspiration which finally helps little Carly relax and give in to the expected on the potty.

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Short and Sweet

This was a short and sweet story. A little magic but a lot of funny moments and truth bearing. The witch was really a herbalist but also was a member of a family with different talents. Her's was to discern the right thing to give or do for people. The narrator was good and made the story come alive. The story plot was interesting and I am glad that the HEA was included. Becca needed a break. John hung in there until she realized that she could tell him how she felt. I got this ARC via audiobook boom.

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A WONDERFUL SHORT STORY OF WITCHES AND LOVE

What made the experience of listening to The Garden of Magic the most enjoyable?

The trials and tribulations of being this particular kind of witch.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Iris because she had managed to deal with her life and all her memories and help others at the same time

Which scene was your favorite?

drinking the spiked wine

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending

Any additional comments?

I received this audio book freely from the author, narrator or publisher and am freely offering my unbiased review.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-03-18

a bit disappointing

I enjoyed the book overall, the characters were well rounded and believable, the pace was good and I liked Iris a lot - I felt that the ending was a bit of a let down though. I'd love to read more about these characters and see the relationship between iris and Bec develop more. I didn't think there was enough about the garden and iris either. however, I guess that's part of it being a short story - not enough space to explore everything.

I enjoyed the writer's style though and will look out for books by her in the future. the narrator was also good and I would listen to other audiobooks read by her.

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  • Emily
  • 10-22-17

Entertaining

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This follows two storylines, one concerning a town witch called Iris Harper, who is struggling with loneliness and age, and a young woman called Bex who is fired from her position as a nanny after she is accused of stealing. I much preferred Iris’s storyline and plot even though both felt rather light. It was entertaining but I felt like it ended abruptly.

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  • DubaiReader
  • 05-30-17

Novella.

I'd never read a book by Sarah Painter, but it's hard to resist her beautiful covers, so I offered to review this audiobook for Audiobook Boom. I don't know the author or the narrator, so this is an impartial review.

Iris Harper is a herbalist, but she is getting on in years and I felt for her struggle to get downstairs and answer the doorbell when it rang. She has quite a reputation, but I couldn't quite see how she was going to help when a young girl is wrongly accused of theft.
In fact, I thought she was unacceptably rude to Bex when she came asking for help, and Bex was surprisingly long suffering. In the end, the resolution revolved around a considerable coincidence, which always makes me cringe.

It was an enjoyable listen, if a bit twee; well narrated by Tracey Norman. But it was only a novella, so it was hard to get into the story or the characters, before it drew to its conclusion. For this reason I'd feel this book was better suited to those who had already read some of Sarah Painter's novels, as it would elaborate on some of the folk they had already met. For a first time reader it was too short and didn't make me feel I needed to read more.