Waverley Family

2 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 3,520 ratings

Garden Spells 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
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  • Book 1

    • Garden Spells

    • By: Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,175
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,596
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,604

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I so want to give it 5 stars...!!!!

    • By Joihelene on 10-09-10

    Regular price: $24.99

  • Book 2

    • First Frost

    • By: Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,345
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,218

    Autumn has finally arrived in the small town of Bascom, North Carolina, heralded by a strange old man appearing with a beat-up suitcase. He has stories to tell, stories that could change the lives of the Waverley women forever. But the Waverleys have enough trouble on their hands. Quiet Claire Waverley has started a successful new venture, Waverley's Candies, but it's nothing like she thought it would be, and it's slowly taking over her life.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not as good as Garden Spells

    • By Spirit Wandering on 02-15-15

    Regular price: $13.99