Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Garden Spells Book Review

Goodreads Synopsis: 
The women of the Waverley family -- whether they like it or not -- are heirs to an unusual legacy, one that grows in a fenced plot behind their Queen Anne home on Pendland Street in Bascom, North Carolina. There, an apple tree bearing fruit of magical properties looms over a garden filled with herbs and edible flowers that possess the power to affect in curious ways anyone who eats them. 

For nearly a decade, 34-year-old Claire Waverley, at peace with her family inheritance, has lived in the house alone, embracing the spirit of the grandmother who raised her, ruing her mother's unfortunate destiny and seemingly unconcerned about the fate of her rebellious sister, Sydney, who freed herself long ago from their small town's constraints. Using her grandmother's mystical culinary traditions, Claire has built a successful catering business -- and a carefully controlled, utterly predictable life -- upon the family's peculiar gift for making life-altering delicacies: lilac jelly to engender humility, for instance, or rose geranium wine to call up fond memories. Garden Spells reveals what happens when Sydney returns to Bascom with her young daughter, turning Claire's routine existence upside down. With Sydney's homecoming, the magic that the quiet caterer has measured into recipes to shape the thoughts and moods of others begins to influence Claire's own emotions in terrifying and delightful ways. 

As the sisters reconnect and learn to support one another, each finds romance where she least expects it, while Sydney's child, Bay, discovers both the safe home she has longed for and her own surprising gifts. With the help of their elderly cousin Evanelle, endowed with her own uncanny skills, the Waverley women redeem the past, embrace the present, and take a joyful leap into the future. 

My Feelings on Garden Spells:

So obviously from the Goodreads synopsis you can hear a little bit of practical magic floating through the words. Practical Magic is probably one of my FAVORITES of all time!  Even though I compare it is not a valid comparison both are wonderfully put together and I loved both equally as much!  I loved the magical aspects of all of Sarah Addison Allen's books.  It really just captures me right away and often these are a quick read since I want to get to the end to see what happens next.  Here is one of my favorite quotes from the book. 

Everything is beautifully written and now I am ready for her next book that again talks about the Waverley family, in First Frost!  

Here is a sneak peak into her newest book!

Find me on Goodreads:  Rachele Hirsch-Brooks

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